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Is panini's work “jambavati vijayam” fully lost?

Do any of the scriptures or commentary refer back to the epic "Jambavati Vijayam"? Or are some of its verses surviving somewhere?
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Aren't girls allowed to have twin-braid hairstyle?

I came across a facebook post that today schools instruct girl students to have twin braid hairstyle due to lack of knowledge in Sastras, but actually as per Sastras it is prohibited. Is it true? If ...
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Hindu traditional book about people skills, making friends and influencing people

Is there a Veda, Puran,Aagama or any ancient Indian book that talks about how to manage people in an organization, make friends and influence people?
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What are the granthas written by Sri SomAnanda nAtha?

Sri Somananda was main guru in the kashmir agamic tradition. What are the main texts attributed to him ? And also if some minor texts or commentaries if available.
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What is Ashta Kona Maharshi's contribution to Hinduism?

Elucidate about Ashta Kona Maharshi's contribution to Hinduism. In Hindu scriptures are his contributions narrated?
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Are there any handshake restrictions for Hindus?

According to this question on Workplace.SE: Muslims have some restrictions when it comes to interacting with members of the opposite sex. Usually many people in USA and Europe do not know that, for ...
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When a lizard makes noise whatever we think may happen --Is it a myth or true?

Generally when we are in house thinking some good things or bad things, if a lizard makes noise, there is a saying that whatever we thought at that time will happen. Good things or bad things may ...
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Why auspicious things not performed in Aadi and Margashirsha?

Auspicious things like marriage, upanayanam, grihapravesh etc are not performed in the months of Aadi & Margashirsha. Both the months are prescribed for bhajans and visiting temples as per Hindu ...
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How do almanacs predict future natural calamities?

Almanacs are a mathematical tool for calculating thithis, stars, yogams and karnams. Apart from these a one year prediction is also given for example - this year there will be more rain eg. In the ...
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Small Carvings and statues in pillars in temples

If we observe in ancient temples there are lot of carvings and statues comprising animals, flowers, hanuman, vinayaga, brahmahathi etc in pillars. Further ancient man and woman in different poses can ...
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Uniqueness of darbha grass

It is a known fact that dharba grass absorbs radiation. Dharba ring is wore in different counts in different occasions? Why is it so? On auspicious occasion dharba ring made of 2 grass is wore. On ...
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What consequences will a person face if he kills a Brahmin?

What are the consequences if a person kills a Brahmin? What sort of difficulties the killer will have and what will be the after effect of Brahmin atma?
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Applying Chandan on God statues

Some elders say that chandan should not be applied on God statues. If the statue is in stone form chandan is applied on the forehead,at the two end of the eyes, ears nowadays. Any scriptural evidence ...
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Garuda and Lizard

I came to know recently that Garuda willnot fly and lizard will not make sound in and around Kasi for a distance of 45 miles. Any reason from puranas??
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Can we blow Conch?

Susumna Naadi gets activated when a conch is blown. As per Hindu tradition during aarthi a conch is being blown and during death it is used. Generally if we blow a conch the respiratory tract will be ...
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Translations for Vamadeva Samhita & Kapila Samhita required

Can anyone please direct me to the links for english translations of Vamadeva Samhita and Kapila Samhita along with the original Sanskrit verses.
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What are the similar characteristics of Swami Nammalwar and Jadabaratha?

There are some similar characteristics found in Swami Nammalwar and Jadabaratha. Can the answer be given in detail by mentioning the characteristics?
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Source of Guru Ashtakam

Guru Ashtakam is a hymn said to be composed by Adi Shankaracharya. Can it be traced back to any of the texts written by him?
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Do Hindu texts talk about how to respond to ideology which is against Hinduism?

To further my question here, I ask this related question. This wiki article talks in great length about anti-Hinduism and related events. Do Hindu texts about how to respond to such ideology?
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Hierarchy of entities spanning from gross body or senses to parabrahman

Across the scriptures, different hierarchies has been mentioned regarding entities related human life. For example consider the following hierarchies: #1: Hierarchy by Krishna The senses are superior ...
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What is the interpretation of Nirukta-1:20?

Nirukta-1:20 sākṣāt kṛta dharmāṇa ṛṣayo babhūvuḥ te avarebhyo asākṣāt kṛta dharmabhya upadeśena mantrānt samprāduḥ Upadeśāya glāyanto.avare bilma grahanāya imam grantham samāmnāsiṣur vedaṃsa va veda ...
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Estimation of number of Jivanmukthas in Indian society

According to Krishna in Geetha, one can guess that a single Jivan Muktha may exist in atleast 10,00,000 people Amongst thousands of persons, hardly one strives for perfection; and amongst those who ...
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Sense organ suppression as a sadhna

Podcast with Sarvesh Shashi 5:28-6:00 He mentions Not touching , Staying silent, Vipasana,etc. Can someone elaborate on what sadhanas is Sarvesh referencing to? Please also give scripture reference. ...
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Lord Shiva and Brahmavadis

From the lecture of HG Anogh Lila Prabhu 3:25-5:01 HG makes mention of Lord Shiva training Brahmavadis in 4 courses.Can someone give a reference to this claim?
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Maya and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 2:49-3:03 Quoting HG: This tatva(Lord Shiva’s) is unaffected by Maya;it is neither beyond(transcending) Maya,neither is it polluted by Maya,it is pure. ...
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Is the story of Kapalikas (skull-bearers) killing Krishna, Narasimha etc. found in sacred scripture?

From New World Encyclopedia - A mythological origin for the Kapalikas is given in the Goraksa-siddhanta-samgraha, which tells of an occassion upon which the 24 avatars of Vishnu became intoxicated ...
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Is there anything in Hinduism to refute the idea that plant species are controlled by a single soul?

I feel like the most sensible answer to how plant souls work when plants can have cuttings is to say plants are single souled and the entire species is controlled by one soul. This makes sense with ...
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Are the epics mentioned in Hinduism but never written down and given to humans ever named?

When we think of epics in Hinduism, we usually think of the Mahābhārata or the Rāmāyaṇa. However there are a bunch more epics that are suggested to exist somewhere, but not retold to humans. The most ...
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Is it allowed for a married women to participate in sex during her menstrual cycle?

I am asking this question due to the confusion between popular notion in current society and the scriptural references. Consider the following statement by Vyasa in the Mahabharatha (The house-holder)...
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Is there any scripture prohibiting marriage across Varṇa, that can't be explained as being just dating advice?

I know scriptures encourage to marry within the same Varṇa (especially a female marrying a lower Varṇa), but these always seemed to me to be about people seeking marriage, not wanting to marry someone ...
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Are there any pandemics (like covid-19) in scriptures other than the one by Visuchi

Yoga Vasistha contains the story of Visuchika and the details of pandemic caused by her. Visuchika killed many humans for several years by entering through nostrils of human in form of very small ...
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Is there any statement from scriptures that has been proved false in all possible interpretations?

Although there are some questions in our site regarding this line, I found no question that is asking directly for such statement. Is there any statement for scriptures that has been disproved by ...
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Is there any procedure for giving a curse?

For giving a curse, does any mantra need to be recited, water sprinkled, etc.? Is there any procedure which needs to be followed? Also, who is eligible to give a curse? Are there any qualifications ...
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What would the elder brothers among main characters in Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata call their younger brothers' wife?

To not make this question broad, let's be specific. What would Rama, Yuddhishthira, Krishna call their younger brother's wife? Would they even talk with them? Since we aren't sure about language, let'...
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The Rākṣasa-Yakṣa are twin races that could be considered paired races. Are all the races paired? Does a scripture validate this?

(Viṣṇu forms for each race above the race name.) Rākṣasa-Yakṣa have a mostly sweet pairing because they are complimentary at their birth and do not leave each other's side. That made me wonder if the ...
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Looking for Vyom Samhita by Madhavacharya

I am looking for Vyom samhita copy online .Particularly want to find this quote often attributed to it. Bramhakaya samadbhooto kayastho bramhasangyakah;Kalowhi kshatriyah tasya japyagye surajanam.
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What do we call those who are knowledgable but tend to forget it sometimes?

In general ,in Hindu culture, what do we call those beings who are highly knowledgeable but tend to forget the knowledge sometimes ?
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Does any scripture mention Mārtāṇḍa to be ONE who can revive dead cells?

In this answer of this question - Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?, it was described about Mārtāṇḍa, as follows: The Voice said: O sage, since this foetus of Aditi was pronounced slain by you, ...
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Where in scriptures do we find this mantra 'Aum Rudraya Namaha'?

I would like to know if the following mantra is there in the vedas or other scriptures? If yes then please do share the details. Aum rudraya namaha Translation I prayerfully bow To the One who is the ...
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Existence of mantras that does not need concentration for attaining siddhi

Mantras are of different kinds. Some mantras can be uttered loudly and some can be done by internal monologue. But are there any mantras that can be either uttered or chanting inside, but gives siddhi ...
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Is there only one soul that is incarnated again and again at different times?

According to this video, there is only one soul in the universe which is incarnated at different times. Do scriptures agree with this theory? Edit: If Link Dies here is the story
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Which scripture mentions about Kayarohana?

Kayarohana is a practice in Hinduism in which a person disappears instantly if (s)he wishes to die. Which scripture mentions about kayarohana?
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Is it mentioned anywhere that Earth appears instantly at the starting of the kalpa?

It is well known that universe annihilates at the end of each Kalpa and then creation starts again for new Kalpa. Is it mentioned anywhere across scriptures that the earth appears instantly at the ...
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Who is Lord Dattatreya and Lord Dakshinamurthy? What is their relation with other avatars? When did they originate? What is their true timeline?

I know many say lord dattatreya and lord dakshinamurthy are guru rupas or avatars of Vishnu and shiva, but are they really? Can someone really tell the truth? Also what were they doing in other kalpas ...
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Position of statements by unprophesied famous/great people of kaliyuga in the hierarchy of authority in sanathan dharma

In case of any differences, the well known hierarchy of scriptures (according to scriptures) are 1) Veda 2) Smriti and 3) Puranas There are a lot of great persons in Sanathan dharma, ...
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Is Swami Vivekananda a Jivan Mukta according to the following?

Is it true that Swami Vivekananda was a Jivan Mukta? I am asking the answer from anyone of the three sources: words of Vivekananda, words of his guru RamaKrishna paramahamsa and (prophecy by) ...
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Where can one find the original bengali book of Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma?

I am look for the book Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, an important Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya. Any idea where i can find it?
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Do the scriptures mention of a particular period of the year more suitable for birth of progeny or for copulation?

As the question says, do the scriptures mention of a particular period of the year more suitable for birth of progeny or for copulation? Any Rutus/months/weather which is better suited?
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How somebody can get rid of Vyanthara?

I want to know what is Vyanthara and how to get rid from them.
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Why is there no mention of 'life review' after death in any scriptures of Hinduism?

I have came across many accounts of near death experiences (NDEs), Past life regression therapists, Mediums, Channelers in the West, who say that what happens after death is a standard process. ...

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