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Protection of cows and subsequent sins when failing in it

In India, I saw many cows roaming freely in the city. They were feasting on plastic bags. Isn't this ironic? On one hand, Hindus seem to accept that humans shouldn't harm cows. Does this not imply ...
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Does Hinduism give preference to scriptural injunctions over own logical thought in day to day activities?

We face many situations in our daily life. Starting from morning to night. We also face situations where we have to make decisions to get out of those situations. Should we follow what the ...
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Where is Buddhism also considered a Valid Path in Hindu scriptures?

The Philosophy of Buddhism is directly refuted itself in Brahma Sutras. But refutation of Philosophy doesn't mean that the path is not Valid. For eg. Adi Shankaracharya also refuted the Philosophy ...
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According to Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna is the ultimate God. So why are there other beliefs in Hinduism?

I am talking about monotheism and polytheism. When we refer to bagavat Gita we can see that bagvan gives answer to this, he is the creator, preserver and destroyer.
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Can a married woman take out her Mangala Sutra and keep it anywhere?

I have seen many of our sisters and mothers wear the Mangala Sutra. The question Why do brides wear a mangal sutra? answers why they wear it in the first place. But my question is: Nowadays we see ...
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Which famous quotes are wrongly attributed to Bhagavad Gita? [closed]

There are many famous sayings, found in Facebook, WhatsApp & other social media, which are wrongly linked to Bhagavad Gita. Purpose of this Qn is to link all the duplicates in one place. Meta ...
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Does any work say 'Vishnuraham' - I am Vishnu like there is 'Shivoham' - I am Shiva?

"Shivoham" (I am Shiva) is well known conventional term which represent the Self is Shiva. But I have not yet found similar for Vishnu as well like "Vishnuraham" (I am Vishnu). It might be because ...
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What is the meaning of “Swasti na Indro Vridhhashravaha…”?

This mantra is very famous, mostly also used in TV shows while showing Yajnas. This is also known as Shanti Path Mantra: ॐ भद्रं कर्णेभिः शृणुयाम देवाः । भद्रं पश्येमाक्षभिर्यजत्राः । स्थि...
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Are there any Mantras to bring rain?

We are suffering from water problem without rain. Any suggestions about rain generating Mantras are welcomed. This question may appear as a primarily-opinion based, but actually it is not. So, please ...
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Which scriptures state Vishnu teaching principles of Vaishnavism to his four disciples?

In many questions asked on this site, I frequently see a line about Vishnu teaching principles of Vaishnavism to his four disciples: Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to ...
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Is there any significace of twitching of eyes?

Is it true that twitching of eyes indicates something? Does it give us signal of something good or bad that is going to happen in the future? What is the significance of left eye twitching and ...
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What are the counter-arguments within Hinduism(scriptures) against the Birth based Varna and Caste system?

Even if earlier Varna was not birth based, and later it degenerated into birth base Varna and even later into birth based caste system. But whether there are counter arguments within Hinduism(esp. ...
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Should ONLY ISKCON English translations of Scripture be cited when Traditional versions are also available? [closed]

ISKCON has more or less denied being Hindus. They focus on only a small subset of Hindu scripture but their translations are often significantly different from translations by established Hindu ...
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Are there any verses which pray for the birth of daughter in Vedas?

Prajāpati, Anumati, Sinivāli have ordered it. Elsewhere may he effect the birth of maids, but here prepare a boy.-Atharva Veda 6.11.3 There are especial hymns and verses in Vedas which pray for ...
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Sequential Order of Puranas

We all know that there are 18 puranas in the Hindu mythology. The puranas were composed one after the another. What is the sequential order of the puranas, from the first to the last?
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The story and Principle of adding “shree” “श्री” before our sacred religious books?

What is the story and principle behind adding the word "shree" श्री. Before our sacred religious books like "Shreemad Bhagvat श्रीमद भागवत " , Shreemad Bhagvad Gita श्रीमद भगवदगीता" etc. When was this ...
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What exactly is the role of the Puranas in the Sanatana Dharma?

We treat the Vedas including the Upanishads as representations of our highest Truth. We have Itihaasas like Ramayana and Mahabharata that provides the Bhagavad-Gita, which contains the essence of the ...
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In which scriptures can we find the original stories of the Mahavidyas?

The Dash Mahavidyas are an enigmatic group of goddesses worshiped majorly in the Tantrik disciplines but except Kali, the origins of most are unclear. In which scriptures can we find more about the ...
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Does “Free Will” really exist, even if universe repeats itself in perfect pattern?

The concept of universe repeating itself is similar to philosophy of Eternal Return. Such philosophy is subscribed many ancient Indian philosophers as well. In brief: A finitely timed universe ...
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Why Dattatreya is shown surrounded by 4 dogs and cow?

Simple google search with word "Dattatreya" shows many images of lord Dattatreya. but 1 important point to note is in most of those images, lord Dattatreya is shown surrounded by 4 dogs and cow. And ...
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Which scripture mentions Lord Parshurama was born on Akshaya Tritiya?

The Drikpanchang says that Parshuram Jayanti falls on Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Vaishakha also known as Akshay Tritiya. It is believed that Parashurama was born during Pradosh Kala and ...
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महामद is not Islamic Muhammad, its a Sanskrit word and it has its own meaning? [closed]

I visited many of non Hindu sites that they argue that Prophet Muhammad is mentioned in our(Hindu) scriptures and they mention some sloka , I find one sloka in Bhavishya Purana that they mention in ...
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What are the exact ten avatars of Vishnu?

I know that there are many avatars of Vishnu but some say that the famous Dashavatar include lord Buddha (Wiki) and some say as Balarama (hinduism.about.com). but Mohini avatar is not considered as ...
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Which are the principle texts/scriptures of Advaita Vedanta?

I want to learn & study the Advaita Vedanta. So, which are the principle texts/scriptures of Advaita Vedanta? In other words which are the major text/scripture related to Advaita Vedanta. I know ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about Hindu temples?

Yes or No Questions: Do Hindu scriptures say that we should build temples? (Yes | No) If I go to Lord Shiva's and Lord Hanuman's temple, but I also have the deities at home temple (puja mandir), can ...
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Where is it written that Kshatriyas are eligible to eat meat?

I have often heard from many people that Kshatriyas are allowed to partake non-vegetarian food. Some people who believe Sri Rama took meat (this is due to certain controversial verses present in the ...
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Do the eight immortals (Including Lord Hanuman) still exist in Kaliyuga?

Hindu scriptures contain a mantra about the Eight immortals: अश्वत्थामा बलिव्र्यासो हनूमांश्च विभीषण:। कृप: परशुरामश्च सप्तएतै चिरजीविन:॥ सप्तैतान् संस्मरेन्नित्यं मार्कण्डेयमथाष्टमम्। जीवेद्वर्षशतं ...
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Which Scriptures contain the verse “Arogyam bhaskarad ichcheth”?

First line of the following verse is used in Ayurveda and Surya Namaskaras to substantiate significance of Lord Surya as bestower of good health. Arogyam bhaskarad ichcheth Sriyam ichcheth ...
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What are the eight forms (Ashtamurti) of Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva pervades the entire universe through various forms like that of Ekadasha Rudra, or PanchaBrahma and also through Ashtamurti form. Lord Shiva is also called by the name Ashta Murti, for eg. ...
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Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman?

Which Vedic verses describe Indra as Brahman? Or as creator of universe or as source of universe or as someone who pervades whole universe?
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Who are the demonic beings called Yatudhanas?

This verse of Rigveda mentions a class of beings called Yatudhanas: I balm with oil the mighty Rakṣas-slayer; to the most famous Friend I come for shelter Enkindled, sharpened by our rites, ...
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Is the hierarchy of scriptures discussed in any scripture or in the works of Acharyas?

Once I debated with someone regarding the superiority of Darshana Sutras vs Puranas. Because of my interest in philosophical scripture, I argued that Mimansa Sutras are written/based on Samhita & ...
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What are 16 shastras?

I learned from internet that there are 16 shastras, But I didn't find valid source for list of those shastras. Can you tell me please the what are those 16 shastras? Are there any upa-shastras (sub-...
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What scriptures other than Dharma Sindhu say sins are stored in hair?

This answer says sins are attached to hair and devotees tonsure their hair when they visit temples to get rid of sins. It says Dharma Sindhu mentions the verse. तीर्थोपवास कर्तव्य सिरसोमुन्दनानिच सि...
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How many types of Gita spoken by Lord Krishna(Vishnu) himself?

Another Question Suddenly raised in my mind, I know that there is Bhagvad-Gita which is told by Lord Krishna. But I heard about other Gita which is told by lord krishna like Uddhav-Gita, So, Do you ...
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Were Hindu scriptures tampered with by the British?

I am not sure if this claim is true. I often read in some online forums that our scriptures were tampered by the British when they invaded us. One of the speculated reasoning while doing so was to ...
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Sahasra Mukhi (Thousand Faced) Raavana Killed by Sita

Siya Ke Ram is an Indian historical epic TV series on Star Plus produced by Nikhil Sinha. I'm talking about the episode telecast on 30 Aug 2016, which you can watch here Here you can see how Sita ...
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Where are the original versions of the Vedas?

Where are the original versions of the Vedas? Are our oldest scriptures lost in the history of time? Some say that they were lost due to the religious war which happened in the earlier days and some ...
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Is Parvati mentioned in the Vedas?

The pretext of this question is Sati(from Swayambhuva Manvantra) is mentioned in the Vedas, but Parvati(of the current Vaivasvata Manvantra) is not. Correlating the absence of characters who come in ...
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Does nAma-japa also require dikshA (initiation)?

As far as Mantra japa is concerned, I think everybody knows that the first step towards Mantra Siddhi (mastery over the mantra) is Guru DikshA (taking the mantra from one's Guru) and then we have to ...
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Ramayana ➡ Mahabharata: 31 Ikshvaku Kings. What was the (average) age of those kings?

Book IV Chapter 4 of Vishnu Purana describes Ikshvaku dynasty as: "Rama and his brothers had each two sons. Kusha and Lava were the sons of Rama; those of Lakshman were Angada and Chandraketu; ...
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Any references where varna/caste is determined independent of birth/parentage?

Is there any incidence or statement in the scriptures which shows that varna/caste was not deduced from birth/parentage, and was deduced only from "qualities independent of parentage"(without ...
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Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not?

This question itself is motivated from this other question: What are different types of sins? Where the accepted answer cites some points from scriptures: Maha-pataka: Killing a Brahman, ...
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Does Hinduism acknowledge the existence of other religions?

Hinduism isn't a religion but a way of living. Koran and Bible both mention Hinduism, Islam and Christianity and treat Hinduism and themselves as a religion but nowhere in a Hindu text Hinduism is ...
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Can it be precisely known exactly how much amount of Vedas has been lost?

We all know that we have lost a huge volume of our Scriptures including the Vedas.A huge amount of Agama Texts are also lost. For example ,AFAIK,Rig Veda itself originally contained 8 Shakhas but of ...
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Are married women allowed to fast religiously(vrata)?

In India a lot of women(both married & unmarried) fast for religious purposes. Many Vratas are there all throughout the year viz:- Varalakshmi Vrata,Mangala Gowri Vrata,Rishi Panchami Vrata(...
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Is there any hierarchy for Devi's incarnations?

In this question's answer, the hierarchies of Lord Vishnu's incarnations are listed. Is there a similar hierarchy for Devi's incarnations? If yes, what is that hierarchy?
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Absence of names of days in scriptures. Why?

As far as I know, the names of the days e.g., Sunday, Monday, etc. are not found in scriptures like Srimad Bhagavatam. Say you want to find the day of week of Krishna's birth, it is not available. Do ...
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Is there any mention of boon deadlock in scriptures?

Gods give boons to different people based on what they ask but what if Person A gets a boon that he will kill everyone he wars against in the next 10 years. Person B gets a boon that he cannot be ...
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What are the meditation techniques found in the scriptures?

There is so much emphasis on Meditation in Hinduism. Can common meditation techniques of today be traced to scriptural sources? I have heard through word of mouth that Transcendental Meditation ...

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