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Questions tagged [shloka]

A couplet of Sanskrit verse, especially one in which each line contains sixteen syllables.

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Why is the Sloka “Suklambaradharam Vishnum…” used as Ganapaty Dhyanam when it is clearly a Dhyana Sloka for Lord Vishnu?

As is well known, before starting any ritual Lord Ganapaty (also known as Vighneswaram,or the Lord of obstacles) is invoked first. Usually, almost everywhere, the following Sloka(in bold) is used ...
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How many shlokhas are there in the Valmiki Ramayana?

Bibek Debroy in the article 10 Sanskrit texts everyone must read says: 1. Valmiki Ramayana - Valmiki was the first Sanskrit poet. He invented the shloka. In roughly 25,000 shlokas, this is the ...
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Does the shloka 'ahiṃsā paramo dharma' or excerpt appear in Mahabharata?

Ahimsa paramo dharma, is it taken from Mahabharata? Many sources over internet say so and claim that it is a half-truth and the remaining half is Himsa dharma tadaivacha. Is it true? Who is the ...
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Chanting Gayatri mantra

I read that gayatri mantra should be learned from a sage or yogi OR Brahman. I want to start learning gayatri mantra. What is the procedure to follow for this and whom should I contact?
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Source of the Shloka Yad bhavam tad bhavathi

I see this Shloka in many places which means "as you think so you become". The Sanskrit verse is Yad bhavam Tad bhavathi. Is there a scriptural source for this verse?
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What does gita anvay yog samanvay mean?

I came across this verse via a speech I heard at a temple. And I would like to know more about this sentence or verse or something describe about What I have understood till now is that Geeta anvay ...
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Any other slokas suggesting drinking of cow urine

The following statement from Section 81, Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata suggests to drink cow urine "Vyasa said, ... One should for three days drink the hot urine of the cow..." In addition to ...
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What is the true meaning of the shlok Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah?

Dharma Rakshati Rakshitah means if you protect Dharma, then Dharma will protect you. Can someone understand me better
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What is the origin of the Sloka “Mantraanaam Pallavo Vaaso…”?

The sloka is to be found here. मंत्राणां पल्‍लवो वासो । मंत्राणां प्रणव: शिर: । शिर: पल्‍लव संयुक्तो । कामधुक्‌ भवेत्‌ ।। The meaning: The letters or words in a mantra constitute its body ...
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Where does Yajurveda have “karpūragauraṁ karuṇāvatāraṁ…bhavaṁ bhavānīsahitaṁ namāmi” verse?

One of the most famous slokas used for Lord Shiva (Rudra) during arti or prayer is कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतारम् संसारसारं भुजगेन्द्रहारम् | सदा वसन्तं हृदयारविन्दे भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि || ...
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Which scripture is the source of the verse “janmana jayate shudrah.. ” (everyone is born a shudra)?

Janmanā jāyate śūdraḥ saṁskārad bhaved dvijaḥ This is the verse in question which means: Everyone is born a shudra and by samskara one upgrades to dvija status. Is it the Bhagavata Purana that ...
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Origin of कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः (karaagre vasate lakshmi)

One of the most popular and widely used Shloka in Hinduism is कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः करमध्ये सरस्वती । करमूले तु गोविन्दः प्रभाते करदर्शनम् ॥ karAgre vasate lakShmIH kara-madhye sarasvatI ...
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Source of Sanskrit shloka - Avidyayamantare Vartamanah Svayam Dhirah Panditam-manyamanah

Shloka अविद्यायामन्तरे वर्तमानाः स्वयं धीराः पण्डितंमन्यमानाः। दन्द्रम्यमाणाः परियन्ति मूढा अन्धेनैव नीयमाना यथाऽन्धाः II Transliteration Avidyāyāmantare vartamānāḥ svayaṃ dhīrāḥ ...
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What's the correct translation for this sloka which is used for Ghanta Puja

While reading through the purvanga kramas of Sri Vishnu Pooja vidhi laid down by Sri Jayatirtha in the padhyamala, i have come across the below verse. Āgamārthaṃ tu devānāṃ gamanārthaṃ tu rakṣasām ।...
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What is the source of this famous verse?

आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम् । सर्वदेवनमस्कारं केशवं प्रतिगच्छति ॥ ākāśāt patitaṃ toyaṃ yathā gacchati sāgaram । sarvadevanamaskāraṃ keśavaṃ pratigacchati ॥ Meaning: As the ...
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What is source of the Saraswati sloka “ Saraswati namastubhyam varade kamarupini…”?

Saraswati Sloka is a Hindu prayer chanted before beginning a class or at the beginning of one’s studies, so that all learning may resolve in knowledge alone. It is addressed to the Goddess Saraswatī, ...
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Where is the verse ''sahasra-namnam punyanam… prayacchati'' found?

sahasra-namnam punyanam, trir-avrttya tu yat phalam; ekavrttya tu krsnasya, namaikam tat prayacchati Meaning: If one utters shri-krishna-nama once, one obtains the same result that comes from ...
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From which Hindu text the following slokha has been taken?

The slokha is "Avasyam anubhogthavyam kritham karma subha asubham; naa bhugtham ksheeyathe karma kalpa koti sathairapi" Is it from vedas or puranas or any other text?
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Who was Sri Vathsa Somadeva Sharma and how valid are the following shortcut mantras/slokas?

Several short Slokas/Mantras are found on this page and they are said to be compiled by Sri Vatsha Somadeva Sharma. The mantras are shortcut ways of solving various day to day problems and are also ...
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What is the source of “ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param” (of all methods of worship, Viṣṇu worship is the topmost)?

Prabhupāda, starts a lecture in August, 1972 by quoting a verse from the Śiva Purāṇa. To strengthen his argument he cites another verse (ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ...) supposedly from the Padma ...
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Sita- Avatar of Lakshmi goddess or next birth of a pious woman?

In Ramayana, I have read somewhere that Sita is Avatar of a pious women who was a devotee of God Vishnu in previous birth. Please let me know the related sloka from Ramayana?