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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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What are the three Shivalingas ( Itara, Bana and Swayambhu) mentioned in some Agama texts?

In Agamas, we find the mention of three Jyotirlingas or Shiva lingas known by the names Itaralinga, BAnalinga and Swayambhu linga. For example in KulArnava Tantram Lord Shiva says: ...
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Do Hindus intermarry with other religions?

Are Hindus allowed to marry people of other religions? If yes, how should they marry someone belonging to a different religion? Are the rules different for a man and a woman?
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Where is the mention of 'Chanting Rama three times is equal to chanting 1000 names of Vishnu'?

In the ending part of Vishnu Sahasranaam Stotra these verses are recited: पार्वत्युवाच : केनोपायेन लघुनां विष्णुर्नामसहस्रकम् । पठ्यते पंण्डितैर नित्यं श्रोतुमिच्छाम्यहं प्रभो ॥ 26 ॥ ...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...
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Is Bhagavad Gita text Shruti or Smriti?

We know that Hindu Scriptures are classified as: Shruti: "Which is heard", divine origin, authored by God. Smriti: "Which is remembered", attributed to an author, derivative work. Now I am confused: ...
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Why was Garuda cursed by Swayamprabha to lose his wings?

This Hindupedia information page states that Garuda once lost his wings due to a curse by Swayamprabha, the female ascetic that Hanuman and other Vanars met while looking for Sita. Can anyone shed ...
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What are Five Layers (Pancha Kosha) of Human?

While going through I found scriptures depicting about Pancha Kosha, suggesting the Atman is not just inside the physical body but is actually wrapped up in these Five Kosha. What are these Pancha ...
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Negative Characterisitcs of Women - Ravana

Women are generally loving and we worship women in the form of Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati, Durga and others. Our scriptures also tell us to respect women. However, this YouTube video says that some ...
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Story of origin of the Godavari river?

I heard that the Godavari river is believed to be "river Ganga of South India" and has some story behind the origin of it. Can someone please explain the origin of Godavari river as per scriptures?
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What is the story of Indra attacking Lord Shiva on his neck?

In this chapter of Anushashana Parva of Mahabharata Lord Shiva tells the reason why his neck is blue. He states: देवकार्यार्थ सिद्ध्धयर्थम् पिनाकं मे करे स्थितम् ।। इन्द्रेण च पुरा वज्रं क्षिप्तं ...
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Who is the supreme god according to Nath sampraday?

I want to know who is the supreme god according to Nath Sampraday ? And what are the main scriptures of Nath Sampraday ?
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Origin of the Law of Karma

The Law of Karma can be said to be the cornerstone of Hindu philosophies. Where in Hindu scriptures do we find the first mention of the Law of Karma? Does it have mention in Vedas?
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What is the overall take of Hinduism on menstruation?

One of the debated topic related to Hinduism is menstruation and related matters. There are some texts including smritis which seem to depict menstruation with antipathy. In some of the regions and ...
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“Sarva Dharman Parityejya Mamekam Sharanam Vraja…” in Shiva Gita?

One of the most important verse of Bhagvad Gita is the 66th verse of 18th Chapter where Lord states as: सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज | अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुच: || 66||...
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What scripture does the sacred thread mantra come from?

If you're a brahmin, you're probably familiar with the following mantra (see page 2): Yajnopavitam, paramam pavitram Prajapatim yatsahajam purastath | Ayushyam agriyam pratimunja subhram Yajnopavitam ...
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What is the story of Vyuptakesha incarnation of Lord Shiva?

Sri Rudram is the 16th chapter of Vajasaneyi Samhita, and also 4.5.1 -4.5.11 of Taittariya Samhita. There are 11 Anuvaks in total in Krishna YajurVeda. 5th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram is of specific ...
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What is the real concept of brahmacharya?

What is the real concept of brahmacharya as per vedas or Hindu scriptures ? Is it about remaining bachelor or about celibate? Or is it abstaining from inter course? Or controlling desires? Or ...
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Can Garuda Puranam be read at home?

This question is in reference to the question asked before. Why can Garuda Purana be read on specific days only? When I talk to people they mention that the Garuda Puranam should be read at sacred ...
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Why does Sage Bhrigu have an extra eye on his foot?

It is a part of folklore that Sage Bhrigu has another eye on his foot. However, it is difficult to find on the internet any authoritative source for this piece of information. The Wikipedia article ...
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What is the actual birthplace of Sita ji according to scriptures?

Recently Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was in Nepal at the Janaki Temple in Janakpur which is supposed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and I came to know about this place due to the news ...
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What is the story of Prahlada being slain by Indra?

In Mahabharata, Santi Parva, SECTION XCVIII, it is said by Indra himself that he has slain Prahlada. Having slain in battle Jambha, Vritra, Vala, Paka, Satamaya, Virochana, the irresistible Namuchi,...
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Is Lord Shiva First Vaishnava (Devotee of Lord Vishnu)?

My question is that Lord Shiva is also Vaishnava (Devotee of Lord Vishnu). Because I read this fact before from one scripture, so anybody can attach that scripture which claimed that Siva is greatest ...
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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

A soldier killing an enemy is not violence because it's done as a part of the war (Yuddha Dharma), or police killing criminals is not violence to reduce the burden on society. Similarly, in what ...
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Does a soul have any gender?

Normally we consider Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh as the Supreme God and as stated below all souls are part of this Supreme soul. yathā sudīptāt pāvakādvisphuliṅgāḥ sahasraśaḥ prabhavante sarūpāḥ ...
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What are the Hindu Code of Conduct (Ethics)?

Codes of Conduct or Ethical codes are very essential norms, rules and values that guides the right living practices and standard behaviour for individual as well as social welfare. For example Code ...
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How important is the Bhagavad Gita when compared to other Hindu texts?

I was raised at LDS (Mormon) in the United States of America. My only real experience with Hinduism is my readings of the Bhagavad Gita this summer (Isherwood translation with introduction by Aldous ...
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Is everything in the universe conscious according to Hinduism?

In Devi Bhagavatam and some other scriptures of Hinduism, it is explicitly mentioned that (almost) every thing in the universe has a related god/goddesses. Here, every thing includes living things, ...
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Are there Hindu scriptural references for “Simulation hypothesis” or the “theory of simulation”?

Simulation hypothesis is a theory which is available in both philosophy as well as science. There is a long philosophical and scientific history to the underlying thesis that reality is an illusion....
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What are the instances where Lord Shiva was found laughing?

In Shivashtakam (Listen here), Lord Shiva is said to be the one having immense laughter. वटाधोनिवासं महाट्टाट्टहासं महापापनाशं सदासुप्रकाशम् । गिरीशं गणेशं महेशं सुरेशं शिवं शङ्करं शम्भुमीशानमी...
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Which scripture wrote the “Ganapathi Moola Mantra”?

For removal of Drishti the remover should wash his/her hands and legs before entering the home and we believe Mantra can prevent Dhristi Doshas. The following Mantra to prevent Dristi Doshas/ Evil ...
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Where does Rig Veda say that Shiva is the God who grants Moksha?

Me and my friend had a debate on whether Vedas talks about Moksha or not. My friend told me that there is a verse in Rigveda which tells Shiva grants Moksha. Is it true? Does Rigveda really mention ...
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In Hinduism, what does “immortal” mean? Is there a limit on an immortal's lifespan?

I would like to clarify that this question is not about immortals, or about how to become an immortal. It is about the word immortal in Hinduism. We have a very brief idea, that an immortal is only a ...
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Is Lord Shiva clearly noted as Prathama Purusha in any Veda?

Is it true that Shiva is clearly noted as "Prathama Purusha" in any veda? If yes, please give me the references of it. I need the Sree rudra suktam reference from agniveer foundation veda pdfs.
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Shadripu in Hindu texts

What is the source of the concept of Shadripu (six enemies) in Hindu philosophy, i.e., which Hindu religious text first described the Shadripu (षड्रिपु)? From Wikipedia : Shadripu (Sanskrit: षड्रि...
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What is the importance of Brahmacharya (Celibacy) in Hinduism?

Many saints and yogis practice Brahmacharya(Celibacy) for whole life. What are the benefits of Brahmacharya and how important is this practice according to Sanathana Dharma? What are the rules to be ...
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Are there online ebooks of English translations of ancient Indian cookbooks?

Ancient Indian cookbooks draw exquisitely from Ayurvedic scriptures and apply it to everyday cooking. This is very important from the view point of preservation of both health and culture. There are ...
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Please provide all the scripture references where Hare Krishna Maha mantra is mentioned except Kalisantarana Upanishad?

Maha mantra is Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
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“Karmanye vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana” Similar shlokas from Vedas and Upanishadas?

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥ २-४७ Karmanye vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana । Ma Karmaphalaheturbhurma Te Sangostvakarmani ।। Meaning- ...
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Does not performing the Garbhadana samskara result in Sudra progeny?

In Hinduism the Samskaras or the purificatory rituals (like Garbhadana,Upanyana etc) play pivotal role. The complete list of such Samskaras are as given below : Garbhaadaana Pumsavana ...
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How Rudra became Shiva in Vedas?

There are four parts of Vedas; Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. Among these Samhita are those parts which are directly revealed to the seers. ie. They are always eternal syllable by ...
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What do scriptures say regarding Immigration & Emigration?

For example, one popular rule that is believed to be scripturally imposed is that brahmanas can't participate in sea voyages. Where is it mentioned that such journey is prohibited?
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Which mantras should be recited to properly worship Lord Rudra?

Apart from Gayatri mantra ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात्॥ Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat॥ and Rudram- Chamakam and Namakam. Are ...
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If Shiva Linga is worshiped in all yugas then what curse did Rishi Bhrigu give to Lord Shiva?

EXPLANATION : Shivalinga is said to be the Formless Brahman and is worshiped from the beginning. There is also a story of Bhirgu rishi cursing Lord Shiva when he visited Kailash. It was misunderstood ...
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What is the best time to read Sri Rudram?

I would like to know the best time to read Sri Rudram (Namakam Chamakam) and also the order in which we need to read. Are there any rituals that should be performed while reading Sri Rudram? The ...
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“Cows are sacred” & at the same time “It's only a sinful soul which gets born as an animal” - How to deal with this apparent contradiction?

On one hand we have the cows considered as the most sacred in the scriptures. All deities, pilgrimages, Rishis are said to be found in it's body. Giving it pain is considered as an offence. Killing ...
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Is it possible to read and understand Vedas without guru?

As per my knowledge there are four Vedas and Upanishads are the gist of Vedas and the different Vedanta schools of thought are commentary on Vedas. Is it possible to understand Vedas without the help ...
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Do any other scriptures mention Brahma Tirtha, bathing where non-Brahmins become Brahmins?

Mahabharat, Vana parva, tirtha-yatra parva https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-mahabharata-third-book/d/doc7362.html. Says: One should next proceed to the excellent tirtha of Brahma. ...
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Apart from the Padma Purana, does any other Purana say that Adi Shankaracharya will teach mayavadi philosophy?

In the Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda, Chapter 236, Lord Shiva says to Parvati that He would incarnate as Adi Shankaracharya to teach the mayavadi philosophy: mayavadam asac chastram pracchannam ...
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What's the origin of the verse “Mangalyam tantunanena mama jeevana hetuna…?”

In many South Indian marriages while the groom is tying the maṅgalasūtra to the bride, the priest usually chants the following verse. Mangalyam tantunanena mama jeevana hetuna: kanthe badhnami ...

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