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Questions about symbols and iconography, which are used to symbolizing the ideas and concepts of philosophical and spiritual meanings behind.

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Vomitting knowledge as food - is it an allegory?

SOURCE Yajnavalkya was the son of Devavrata and the student of the renowned sage Vaisampayana. Once Vaisampayana got angry with Yajnavalkya as the latter argued too much about the inclusion of some ...
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Are Puranic stories symbolic? [duplicate]

Quora scholar According to him purans are symbolic, there storys are symbolic. So is it true, is this the way ancient scholar have interpretated Puranas? what is the opinion of majority of puranic ...
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What is the symbolic significance of Maa Lakshmi offering bel fruit (Shree Phal) during her Shiv Puja.?

The story of origin of Bel Fruit is associated with Goddess Lakshmi. The link. While in skanda Purana it is said that the bilva tree appeared from maa parvati's sweat and she resides in it. The ...
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Is there any esoteric meaning of Hanuman Chalisa?

Is there any esoteric meaning of Hanuman Chalisa ?
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Why do many Gods and Goddesses bear a serpent? [duplicate]

I've observed that many Gods in one form or the other bear a serpent. For example, Devi Durga holds a serpent in one hand. Is there a spiritual significance to this?
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What are the traditions of multiple symbolisms of Onathappan as symbols of Mahabali and Vamana?

There seems to be multiple symbolisms in play here. My question is the same as that in Wikipedia. In Wikipedia, there is a question: Somebody mentioned in this talk page "Onathappan is ...
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Do Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent Cosmic Energy, Cosmic Space and Cosmic Time?

Are there any interpretations of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva representing Cosmic Energy, Cosmic Space and Cosmic Time? If not, what exactly do Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent symbolically?
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Significance of Symbol from Asura's Wrath [duplicate]

In the above image, at the mid-bottom section of the screen, is shown a symbol, of whose origin i do not know, appearing within the final fight between Asura and Chakravartin in the game: Asura's ...
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Why is Goddess Kali's depiction so scary? Do we get less scared of her image as we shed our ego?

I was wondering why Goddess Kali's image is so scary. She is said to be a mother that is compassionate and loving to her children.
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Is there any religious significance of saffron flag as per our scriptures?

Modern Hindu organisations usually use saffron triangular flag as a unanimously accepted symbol of Hinduism. However, does the flag or colour have any significance as per authentic Hindu scriptures?
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Why Saligram is considered symbol of Vishnu?

We can understand that Shiva linga/lingum depicts entire universe or to say existence. But, Saligram is a fossile of a creature of a type Ammonite. What could be the possible reason behind considering ...
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What is the reason behind men/women tying a waist band?

I have seen many men wearing a waist band or thread around their waist, red or black color. It's called Karbuta in Marathi. Is there any significance behind wearing it?
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What does three steps of Vamana avataar symbolize?

I very well understand the story of Bali and Vamana but as a common man I would like to understand what exactly does three steps of Vamana (Vishnu avataar) symbolize?
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Does any scripture mention that forms of God or Goddess are symbolic?

Often I read different interpretations of the Forms of God. For example, the ten hands of Durga repesent the ten directions, the standing of Kali over Shiva repesent the Saguna Brahman or Prakriti ...
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What is implied by the Tribhanga form of God or Goddess?

Lord Sri Krishna is known as 'Tribhanga MurAri', as shown in the enclosed image. As per the Dhyana-Mantra of Goddess Durga, She is also having a Tribhanga form. What exactly is meant or signified by ...
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What is the significance of PAsha and Ankusha?

What is the importance PAsha and Ankusha in Devi's hands? I didn't see these in Sri Parvathi's hands, as Sri Parvathi either holding Kumara in one hand and Lotus in another hand, when along with ...
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Why is the holding of Chakra different in different images of Vishnu

In northern parts of India, Sri Vishnu holds Sudarshana Chakra on His forefinger. But in the Southern parts of India, He is seen holding the chakra within two fingers (as seen in the enclosed images). ...
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What does Shiva purana says about Shiva wear tiger skin and hold a trishul with damru? [duplicate]

[ According to Shiv puran when did Lord Shiva start to wear tiger skin and hold a trishul with damru? Does it describes any story about it. I have heard that Shiva had killed a tiger and wrapped the ...
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Are mythologies real (historical) or merely allegorical?

Are all mythologies real or are they stories or symbolic things meant to teach us something higher? I know that we (individuals) too are not so real as far as Vedanta is concerned. All is one. But ...
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Did Bhima have the strength of 10000 elephants?

I remember a story to that effect - is it in the Mahabharata?
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What is meant by Lord Vishnu as protector?

I would like a more detailed meaning of this. Whom does he protect? From what does he protect?
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What is the symbolic meaning behind the siva-sakthi triangle?

What is the symbolic meaning behind the siva-sakthi triangle? I know there are several variations of symbols that can represent her, but what does this upside-down triangle with the dot in the ...
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What is the message that Lord Krishna giving to us stealing butter? [duplicate]

We all know that Krishna is god, but he also stolen butter in his childhood, so what someone can perceive good in that? How can we look into it in a positive way?
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What is the significance of bride leading the groom during Saptapadi?

This question has nothing to do with feminism or anything else. In Vedic or Hindu religion every step has deep meaning or significance. I know the significance of sacred oaths taken during Saptapadi. ...
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Why does Devi Mantras contain the name of the Demons She slayed?

Goddess Durga got her name after slaying the Demon Durgamasur, there are mantras such as "Om Durgaye namaha", She got the name Mahishashura Mardini after slaying Demon Mahishashur, again there are ...
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What is the Laghunyasam recited before Sri Rudram? What does it symbolize and represent?

Sri Rudram Laghunyasam The above is a question about the "Why" of Laghunyasam. The time, precautions and reasons. However my question is not the same and I ask for what Laghunyasam symbolizes and ...
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What is the meaning of Karni Mata's description as a woman with a head in her hand?

What's the meaning of Karni Mata's depiction as a woman with a head in hand, a lion behind her and rats on the floor? What is her story? Also known as Shri Karniji Maharaj, she is worshiped as the ...
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What are the symbolisms associated with the fingers of the hands?

I read somewhere recently that with your palm facing you and going clockwise (anti-clockwise if left hand), starting from the middle finger, the Panchabhuta in order of creation are represented. To be ...
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What is the significance of Lord Ayyappa's sitting posture?

Lord Ayyappa is mostly shown as sitting in a peculiar posture. Like shown in the images given below: When i checked his Dhyana Sloka in order to find out whether this posture is any particular ...
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What are different symbolic representations behind lingam?

I know shiva lingam is call Mark of God, some shiva lingams are phallic symbols mainly in tantric traditions, some represent brahmand, I want to know what different scriptures say about different ...
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What does Shiva's third eye signify? [duplicate]

I am not a scholar of Hinduism but I think Shiva's third eye is not a physical eye but it represents the deepest knowledge of nature and its actions. Shiva reached the deepest state of meditation ...
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Why is the queen required to sleep next to the dead horse at the end of Aśvamedha Yajña?

From the Wikipedia article on Aśvamedha Yajña: After this, the horse, a hornless he-goat, a wild ox (go-mrga, Bos gaurus) are bound to sacrificial stakes near the fire, and seventeen other animals ...
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Why does Krishna suck his toe while lying on a Banyan leaf?

The very famous imagery of a baby Krishna sucking his own toes is mentioned in various places. The first paragraph of the Balamukundashtaka clearly depicts the scene: Kararvinde na padarvindam ...
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Is there any Texts in Hinduism that mentions the existence of different universes(multiverse)? [duplicate]

Modern Science is now reaching the conclusion that multiverse,i.e many universes existing in parallel with each other,is possible thanks to various fields such as String Theory and Quantum Physics. ...
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Do birth marks signify anything?

I understand that it may sound little absurd but I have noticed that some people have birth marks and some have none, some birth marks are pretty prominent ones. My question: Do birth marks tell ...
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what is the reason behind the snake with several gods and goddess

I saw some of the god's and goddess having snake with them is there any particular reason for this. And also I want to know each and every deities having some birds and animals domestic and wild ...
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Real or virtual banayan tree?

Bhagvad Gita says: Bg 15.1 — The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is said that there is an imperishable banyan tree that has its roots upward and its branches down and whose leaves are ...
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What does a Dove symbolize?

In Christianity a dove symbolizes peace. Does it have a similar meaning in Hinduism if any meaning at all?
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What is the significance of Lord Hanuman on flags?

It is often seen that triangular saffron flags have the silhouette of Lord Hanuman on them, what is the significance of this? What does this represent, or what is the myth(story) behind this? Edit: If ...
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What is the sanskrit name for the “Star of David”?

Is there a Sanskrit name or term for the "Star of David" itself, since archeological evidence shows it being part of Vedic culture in India?
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The symbol for 'OM' ॐ [duplicate]

I have been wondering for quite a long time now about the symbol for 'OM' and it's association with 'Shiva'. My questions are: Are Om symbol ॐ & Shiva correlated, if yes then how exactly? (the ...
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Is Sambhoga (sex) the need of the body or soul as per Vedas?

I am not sure if there is an explanation to this question in Vedas or not but it came to my mind because we have often heard about 'KaamDeva' in mythological stories and what was expected of him when ...
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Why do they put a hole behind some Ganesha idols?

I just bought a Ganesha idol from market to my home for Ganesh chaturadhi puja. I found this small hole behind the idol. What does it indicate?
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Sequence of weapons in Vishnu's hands [duplicate]

I have seen idols of Lord Vishnu having the Shankh, Chakra, Gada,Padma(Lotus) at different locations of 4 hands. Are there any logic,myth behind it ? Which position is true and original?
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Does anyone know the exact details of the first part of the Horse Sacrifice yagna?

I am trying to find out details of the pole and the corresponding circle type mandala in the Horse Sacrifice. Did the mandala, where the pole was placed, have orientation to the four cardinal ...
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What is the meaning behind Shiva with 26 heads and 52 hands?

I was wondering what the meaning is behind Shiva's 26 heads and 52 hands in a temple in Tamil Nadu? I have never seen him in this form before.
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What is the reason behind considering number 12 as special?

Purna Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years. It is also believed that spiritual progress happens in practitioners in the cycle of 12 years i.e., it takes 12 years of disciplined practice to change ...
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Is the mirrored image Swastika forbidden or inauspicious?

There is already a question about the significance of the swastika and Pandya's answer describes it in detail, but one part of it says : Note: only right Swastika is almost used and reverse (left) ...
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Stories in Hindu scripture on drinking human blood [duplicate]

Kaali drinking blood of Raktabīja. Bheema drinking blood of Dushasana. Draupadi intending to drink blood of Bheema. What's the intent behind drinking blood?
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What is significance of purple lotus in hands of Goddess Parvati?

Although I'm not a Hindu, I once had a beautiful dream about a Hindu lady who presented me with a purple lotus. The dream was AMAZING, but I didn't really understand it, but I remember seeing her eyes ...