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Can devotees drink “Abhishekam water” of Shiva Lingam?

There are many theories on Internet that Shiva Lingam (the material by which Lingam is made) is radioactive and continuously water must be poured on it. By citing this, they opine that water is not ...
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What is the meaning of Saraswati?

Devi Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, learning and creativity. But what is the etymological meaning of the name Saraswati? How does Nirukta explain the name Saraswati? I guess it's related to '...
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What is the source of this (Kayena vacha…) text? or Where does it come from?

I am talking about the following shloka (posting it in Sanskrit and English): कायेन वाचा मनसेन्द्रियैर्वा बुद्ध्यात्मना वा प्रकृतेः स्वभावात् । करोमि यद्यद् सकलं परस्मै नारायणायेति समर्पयामि ॥...
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How knowledge of weapons (shastra) शस्त्र got lost?

How did the knowledge of great weapons like Bramhastra got lost in Hinduism tradition? As can be seen in Ramayan and Mahabharat, Gurus used to give knowledge of weapons to their shishya which were ...
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How do the scriptures describe some of the key features of Avataras?

We know that Hindu scriptures contain many stories about Avataras (or incarnations). Lord Vishnu's 10 incarnations (Dashavatara) are well-known, for example. Few questions on Avataras are given below:...
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Can I please have a scriptural reference for Pitru Runa?

I heard that in Hinduism, we must beget offspring after marriage as part of Hindu belief (Pitru Runa). In other words is there scripture about the importance of carrying on a blood line? Is it ...
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Why Sanyasi (संन्यासी) shouldn't stay at a place for Long?

I was going through the below lines from a very famous गुरूचरित्र (Guru Charitra) श्रीगुरु म्हणती शिष्यांसी । तुम्ही आश्रमी संन्यासी । राहूं नये पांच दिवशीं । एके ठायीं वास करीत ॥१६॥ In above ...
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What was the actual reason for Krishna to kill washerman?

The following episode from Bhagavatam clearly says that Krishna got angry on washerman and then killed him. SB 10.41.32: Seeing a washerman approaching who had been dyeing some clothes, Krishna ...
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Are the words inside Bhagvad Gita exactly the same words used in actual conversation (ie, used By Lord Krishna and Arjuna)?

In Bhagvad Gita most of the slokas are in Anushtup chhandas (except a few which are in Trishtup chhandas).. i.e., each verse of Gita consisting exactly of 32 letters, arranged in 4 quarters in a ...
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What will happen if all souls inhabiting Earth attain Moksha?

What will happen if all souls inhabiting Earth attain Moksha? Would new souls be created? They also say that only a human is capable of attaining Moksha (in extremely rare cases, animals too). In ...
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Which Scripture mentions the famous Shiva Tandava Stotram?

Shiva Tandava Stotram is a hymn dedicated to Lord Shiva and it describes the daily evening dance of Tandava. It also poetically describes destroying aspects of Shiva. Shiva Tandava Stotram mentioned ...
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How did Rishis perform Tapasya (transcendental meditation) so that they heard Shruti/Veda?

The oldest and primary scripture we do have is Veda and we know that ancient Rishis heard Veda in the state of Tapasya directly from Ishwara and that is called Shruti. But one question often comes in ...
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How does the soul returns in the dead body when a dead person is revived using Amrita?

There are many references in our scriptures when deads are revived to life using Amrita and Mrita Sanjeevani Vidya.. A common accepted vedic doctrine is that soul (along with manomaya, vijnamaya and ...
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Did Lord Rama reach Ayodhya after 20 days from Dusherra?

I've came across this question in Quora which got so many answers according to their view. I think some answers are utterly incorrect. Moreover one answer says it took 1 yr 18 days to return to ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about gambling?

Is gambling considered righteous or is it a sin? Are Kshatriyas allowed to gamble? Do Kshatriyas have accept a gambling invitation compulsarily? (The Mahabaratha answer seems to say so) Is ...
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Help me to find out the verse : “Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah”

According to wikipedia, The Famous verse from Vivek Chudamani (विवेकचूडामणि) is: Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah Translation: Brahman is the only truth, the world is unreal, and ...
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Does Hindu morality come from scripture or is it the other way round?

Background: The question Is the Gadhimai massacre a Hindu ritual? has an answer which says animal sacrifice is against the Hindu principles of ahimsa while the other answer says 'Animal sacrifice is ...
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How can one save Sanatana Dharma?

It is said on multiple occasions that we need to protect our sanskriti, our dharma, etc. But is there any reference in our shastras on what should we do to save dharma?
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Is Mahishasura Mardini Lakshmi or Durga?

Who is the killer of Mahishasura? Is it Durga or Lakshmi? My confusion arises after finding out that Lakshmi killed Mahishsura in the Devi Mahatmaya. Goddess Mahalakshmi is the presiding Goddess of ...
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What are some scientific facts described in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

Bṛhat samhita- chapter 35 (6th century CE) describes formation of rainbow. This was later proposed by Sir Issac Newton nearly after 11 centuries. The verse is as follow. सूर्यस्य विवधवर्णाः पवनेन ...
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Is taking interest from bank a sin?

In Hinduism, is regularly depositing some money in a PPF account with the intention of getting handsome interest when we retire, a sin? I came across this blog post that says: A Brâhmana and a ...
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Why are there two versions of Chapter 1 - Verse 8 of Bhagavad Geetha?

As I read Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1st chapter from here (http://asitis.com/) I stopped at the 8th verse and switched to this site (www.bhagavad-gita.org) and noticed that 8th verse is different in both ...
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In Hinduism, what exactly is a lie? And is lying adharma?

I would like to know what is considered a lie in Hinduism? Sometimes we speak good but we speak the same thing in a different way which appears as a lie to the listener but it's not really a lie. In ...
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Which Scriptures say that by chanting Lord's name during the time of one's death one can attain “Moksha”?

In Bhagawat Gita Sri Krishna says that one who remembers the Supreme Lord and Pranava(OM) while dying reaches the higher states of bliss or the Supreme Lord Himself. ओमित्येकाक्षरं ब्रह्म व्याहरन्मा...
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How difficult or rare is it to get human life?

According to scripture(s), how difficult or rare is it to get human life?
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How many available smriti are there in total?

How many currently available smriti are there? Are there any smritis whose names are known but not available? What are the names of smritis available along with the corresponding author names and the ...
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Where does Rig Veda states about Cyclical Nature of Creation?

It is a common belief in Hinduism that the nature of creation is cyclic. Continuous creation and destruction happens in certain intervals of time. Most of such ideas are found in Puranas and also in ...
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What scriptures say Indra has right/authority to test sages with Kama, Krodha, lobha, Moha, Madha and Matsarya?

Mylavarapu Srinivasa Rao is a well-known scholar of Hinduism and its philosphy in Telugu states. He talks about Greatness of Indra in this video (in Telugu). He says Indra is king of all Devas who ...
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What are the valid and foolproof methods of determining whether a certain scripture is interpolated or not?

It is believed that certain Hindu Scriptures (specially portions of some of the Puranas) were interpolated on a date much after its original creation. Such interpolated texts are often used by small ...
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On what basis vritra is referred to as a snake/dragon?

On what basis vritra is referred to as a snake/dragon? Is there any proof from the vedas? And if not then what was he? NOTE:— VEDIC VERSES ARE REQUIRED PROVING
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Who was the sage who witnessed Mahabharata and Ramayana multiple times?

I recently heard about time travel and am curious to know about the sage who had seen Mahabharat and Ramayan multiple times.
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Why are there different classes of पुराणs (Puranas)?

The Padma Purana mentions that the eighteen Puranas are divided into three groups of six: Sattvika, Rajasika, and Tamasika. Why do the Rajasika and Tamasika Puranas exist at all? Does the Padma Purana ...
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Is there a Hindu Scripture that prescribes monogamy?

Polygamy in Vedas Krishna Yajur Veda 6.5.1.4 therefore as one goes many follow; therefore one becomes superior among many; therefore one wins many wives Polygamy in Ithihas: Mahabharata Adi ...
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Why be so secretive in mentioning Devi Radharani's name in Srimad Bhagavatam

It is extremely difficult for us to find the name of Devi Radharani's name in the Srimad Bhagvatam, how can this be when she was the foremost of the Gopis who were with Krishna. This even led an ...
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What is the origin of Kumbha Mela?

Once every 12 years, the Maha Kumbh is celebrated at Haridwar, Prayag, Nasik and Ujjain. It is generally believed that the reason for celebrating Maha Kumbh at those 4 places is because the Amrita (...
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Were Radha and Rukmini the same person?

I saw several videos on YouTube saying that Radha and Rukmini were the same person, but from what I have read, I wasn't able to find any references about the same. Links to YouTube videos: क्या राधा...
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What scriptures mention the “Vaikuntha-Kamalaja” form which is Half Vishnu & Half Lakshmi?

We all know "Ardhanarishvara" form of Shiva & Shakti . Similarly. Vaikuntha-Kamalaja is depicted as Vishnu-Lakshmi ,half male and half female, split down the middle. The right half ...
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Why the names of yugas are satya, treta, dwapara and kali?

I want to know what are the meanings of yugas' names. Why are they called satya , treta , dwapara and kali ? Are there any reasons for such names of the yugas ? What do our scriptures say about the ...
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Should Eclipses be considered as an auspicious and divine event or as an inauspicious occurrence?

Most Hindus just view eclipses as something which is an inauspicious thing and also believe negative energies are radiated from it. The word 'Grahana' itself also induces a sense of fear to many. ...
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Want to know about Brahmaloka

While reading Mukhya Upanishads, I found there are many verses that say who does Upasana upon Brahman or Om, is led up or reach/attain to Brahmaloka. Example: (Verses from Sanskritdocuments and ...
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Where is Pitru Loka among the 14 lokas?

My dear son Nārada, know from me that there are seven lower planetary systems out of the total fourteen. The first planetary system, known as Atala, is situated on the waist; the second, Vitala, ...
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Why don't we see Lord Shiva living on Kailash if he really exists?

In olden times it was said that Mahadev lived on Kailash mountain, which was difficult to climb thousands of years ago. But in modern times, people are able to climb mount Kailash and no traces of ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

As we know that Lord Indra is the most important Vedic deity. I want to ask if there is literature available for Lord Indra's worship. (except Vashitha Ganapati muni books) Are there mantras (vedic/...
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Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water?

Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water? This page make the following claims: During eclipse all waters are equivalent to Ganges water and all Brahmins are ...
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Are the 3 gunas mentioned in the Vedas?

Are the 3 gunas, namely, sattva, rajas, tamas mentioned in the Vedas? I know they are mentioned throughout the Smrtis, notably the Puranas, Bhagavad Gita, and the Sankhya Smriti. In fact, the 3 gunas ...
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What is Lord Hanuman's weapon of choice from scriptures?

Lord Hanuman always depicted with carryinging a mace: But during few conversation with our in-house user Sree Charan, he said There is no explicit reference that Hanuman used Gada/mace. In ...
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How much earth year passes in 1 second of Brahmaloka?

Every religious book, Vedas and Purans , units of distances such as Yojana have been tried to be converted in English in modern age. In Such Situation How much is the 1 second of Brahmaloka on earth ...
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What are the principle texts/Scriptures of Trika or Kashmir Shaivism?

Kashmir Shaivism is an Advaita (nondualist) Shaiva tradition from Kashmir based on Shaiva Agamas. One important scripture i am aware is Shiva Sutra by Vasgupta, in addition to Shivabheda Agamas (as ...
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What are the names of the Kalpas as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavat Mahapurana or in any other scriptures?

Kalpa is a period of time as per Hindu scriptures - each Brahma Rules over various Kalpas, each Kalpa consisting of 14 Manvantaras. Can I have the names of all the Kalpas? NOTE: I want the names of ...
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Mentions of bacteria, viruses, or microbes in Hindu scripture?

Are there any references to microbes, such as bacteria or viruses, in any Hindu scripture?

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