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Vedas are the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. There are four vedas viz., Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. They were compiled by Sage Vyasa.

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Is all of Vedas (Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad) supposed to be completely infallible (errorless), authorless and eternal?

I have heard of the concept of Apaurasheya, being authorless, and that all of the six astika Darsanas considered Vedas either infallible or eternal or authorless. My question is, does that apply to ...
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King Janaka in the Vedas

As we know , King Janaka Vaideha is mentioned in ancient Vaidika texts such as Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa , Jaiminī Brāhmaṇa and the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad. I thought only these 3 texts mentioned Janaka ...
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Rulelessness in Hinduism: Fact or Fiction?

Many a times Hindus today are heard saying that there are no rules in Hinduism. Hinduism doesn't provide any scriptural injunction whether you are in 'Bramhacharya', 'Grihastha', 'Vanprastha' or '...
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Despite Vritrasura, are other dragons mentioned in the scriptures?

I know that Vritrasura is mentioned as dragon in Vedas, from this question. However, i also wanted to know about is any other mentions of dragons in any scripture. So my question is, despite ...
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Hindu Equivalent of Pascal's Wager?

There is this famous wager designed by Pascal which aims to convince humans to act as if God is real Pascal's wager is a philosophical argument advanced by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), seventeenth-...
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Patriarchy, Matriarchy and Hinduism

Is Hinduism a patriarchal religion? Or is it matriarchal? If it not either patriarchal or matriarchal, are there 'Sampradayas' which are patriarchal and 'Sampradayas' which are matriarchal? If so, ...
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Meaning of Sat and Asat in the Vedic context?

The Nāsadīya Sūktam is as follows: नास॑दासी॒न्नो सदा॑सीत्त॒दानी॒म् नासी॒द्रजो॒ नो व्यो॑मा प॒रो यत् । किमाव॑रीव॒: कुह॒ कस्य॒ शर्म॒न्नंभ॒: किमा॑सी॒द्गह॑नं गभी॒रम् ॥ It tells us that there was neither ...
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Athrava-veda hairfall treatment

In the vol 6.21, 6.136, 6.137 of Athavaveda. Two herbs are mentioned to promote hairgrowth namely (revatis, nitatni). Can some please provide the scientific name or any english name of these two ...
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Is Lord Śiva's throat Really Blue?

We all are aware of the fact that Lord Rudra ( Śiva ) drank the Kālakūṭa poison which came out of the ocean during the Samudra Manthana and his throat became blue. But did it really become blue? In ...
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Can mantra purascharana be done through manasika japa alone?

Ofcourse, There are majorly three types of mantra japa. Vachika, upamshu and manasika mantra japa. I wanted to know if mantra purascharana can be accomplished only through manasika mantra japa alone ...
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When did the specific proper features and characteristics of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva start appearing in the Hindu literature?

Note: This is a research question. By specifc proper features and characteristics I mean Niravakasha Linga. My question is when did atleast a couple of the Niravakasha Lingas listed below, of Lord ...
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How do vaishnavas interpret the Tryambaka hymn, accounting for all the internal vedic explanations of it provided in the Brāhmaṇa-s?

I know that they think the hymn is for Nṛsiṃha/Saṃkarṣaṇa etc. My question is specifically how. Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa and Gopatha Brāhmaṇa as well as other texts such as Sarvānukramaṇī of Kātyāyana, ...
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Is there a flood history similar to the Bible in the Vedas?

According to The Bible of Bibles;, by Kersey Graves, there is a flood history in the Vedas. He mention the name Sherma, Charma and Jyapheta.. TRUE? In his book, he is writing a long list of ...
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What are the Vedic antecedents for Caturvyūhavāda ('doctrine of four emanations') of Pāñcarātra theology?

In Pāñcarātra Bhagavatism, the four earthly emanations, or "Vyūhas", are identified as Saṃkarṣaṇa (Balarāma-Saṃkarṣaṇa, son of Vasudeva by Devakī), Vāsudeva Kṛṣṇa (son of Vasudeva by Devakī),...
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Where in the Vedas — Lord Indra is compared to "that archer of heaven"?

The archer is not named but He is assumed to be Rudra/Śarva. I mean by Vedas here: the saṁhitā, brāhmaṇa, āraṇyaka portions and the early upaniṣads
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Who is Indra? From where he came?

I have read many places that Indra dev is not just a single person, but multiple as per every yug. Can someone explain: Who is Indra (god of rain)? Does Indra mean king of God ? How other dev do ...
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Shri Vishnu and Mata Parvati

I came across an article with a very weird title: The Tale of Lord Vishnu and his consort Parvati It mentions stories I have never heard or read about in any sources. So I wanted to know whether there ...
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Can you pray to Vedic gods without doing yajña

Can you pray to gods like Indra, Agni, Varuna without doing a yajña? Just praying to them in mind, chanting mantras in mind or saying prayers in mind in languages other than sanskrit. Is it possible?
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What is the Śruti status (Prāmāṇya) and dating of Mahopaniṣat? Is it accepted by sects other than Vaishnava-s?

The text seems to be of a much later date than mukhya and other old upaniṣads complied before common era (BCE) e.g. Mahānārāyaṇa, Śvetāśvatara etc. as it is supposedly the conversation between Śuka ...
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Can vedic gods like Indra or Agni understand English

Can gods mentioned in the vedas like Indra, Varuna, Agni, Vayu understand english. Can you pray to them in English or do you have to strictly stick to sanskrit to pray to them even if you are praying ...
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Realize the Unchangeable - which Veda says this?

One of the Sayings and Utterances of Swami Vivekanada says: Of all the scriptures of the world it is the Vedas alone that declare that even the study of the Vedas is secondary. The real study is &...
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Is this verse present in bori Mahabharata

"Maheswara said, "Hari is superior to the Grandsire himself. He is the Eternal Purusha. Otherwise called Krishna, he is endued with the splendour of gold, and shines with effulgence like a ...
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Modernish books on Gita, Vedas/Upanishads for tweens/teens

Are there any modern books based on ancient Hindu texts suitable for children? I am looking for books that can answer questions about life and introduce spirituality to a child. Some books I've found ...
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How are the Nitya Srauta Yajnas like Agnihotra done while travelling?

According to Srutis once someone kindles the Tretagni must perform the Agnihotra and the fortnightly Darsapurnameshti homas daily till the death of either husband or wife or till sannyasa. My ...
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Is Apostasy considered a punishable offence in Hinduism?

If someone decides to Leave Hinduism and become atheist, do any the scriptures (Vedas, Smritis, Puranas) consider it an offense worthy of punishment and prescribe any punishment for it? Just like how ...
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Meaning of Kapardin " कपर्दिन् "

Lord Rudra is praised as Kapardin in the Ṛgveda and Yajurveda. The meaning is taken as " Braided hair " or " Matted hair " , what proof do we have that the word Kapardin means one ...
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What are the 'obscene rites of queen in Aswamedha' talked about in Sarvadarsanasamagraha by Carvakas?

In Sarvadarshanasamagraha by Madhavacharya, Carvakas complain that "authors of Vedas were...(abuses)...And all the obscene rites for the queen commanded in the Aswamedha" My question is ...
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Which verses of Yajurveda does Satapatha Brahmana 13.5.2.1-10 correspond to?

Satapatha Brahmana, afaik, is a book to explain rituals of Veda samhita. In 13.5.2.1-10, it describes Aswamedha Yajna. The verses are supposed to explain Aswamedha sacrifices in Yajur Veda, right? My ...
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What was the actual ancient way of doing Sandhya?

We all know in the current Sandhyavandanam paddhatis that are available to us, contains many procedures or mantras that are from Puranas like the shuklam baradharam mantra or the apavatri pavitrova ...
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Kosala in the Vedas

Is the Kosala empire to which Lord Rāma Belonged mentioned anywhere in the Vedic Texts? pls provide me with 4-5 refrences from Vedic texts (Be it Brāhmaṇas , Āraṇyakas or Upaniṣads) that mention ...
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Did Sri Ramanujacharya attain nirvikalpa Samadhi

Did Sri Ramanujacharya ever attain nirvikalpa samadhi or Dharmamegha samadhi and at last Maha Samadhi ?
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The Ikṣvākus in the Vedas

In the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa , We have characters who belong to Vedic Dynasties. Goddess Sītā is from the Videha Empire and is the daughter of King Janaka Vaideha who is mentioned in the Brāhmaṇas and ...
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Where can I find reference of Caturvarga?

According to Hinduism, there are four Purusharthas or the goal of life: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. However, in Mahabharata (Mahabharata 1.139.69-70) and Arthasastra (Arthasastra of Kauṭilya 1.7.3-...
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Transition of Vedas to Puranas and Tantric literature

How and why did the people transition from the Vedic literature to the Puranic and Tantric. If Vedas are fundamental with its essence cumulated into the Upanishads, why and how did it transition into ...
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The Vedas - where to start and how to start

I want to read, understand and comprehend The Vedas, but I do not know about the mystical or nuanced aspects of the language and terms used in these hymns. Kindly suggest me with good resources to ...
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Dreams - false awakening - explanation in shastras

Hinduism says lot about dreams and it's meaning. About thuriya state etc. But I want to know about false awakening. False awakening happens when u feel that u have risen from sleep and do morning ...
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What exactly are the Hindu laws for 'avarna' or dalit people?

I want to know that in Hindu scriptures from Vedas to Puranas to Smritis to Shastras, what are the laws regarding avarna people (people outside of varna system)? I want to see some actual quotes. I ...
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Understanding Vishnusuktam

तद्विष्णोः परमं पदं सदा पश्यन्ति सूरयः । दिवीव चक्षुराततं । ।१.२२.२०.। तद्विप्रासो विपन्यवो जागृवांसः समिन्धते । विष्णोर्यत् परमं पदं ।।१.२२.२१.। अत्र रावणभाष्यं । विष्णोर्व्यापनशीलस्याऽपि परमात्मनः ...
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On Potential interpolations in The Vedas as per Matsya Purana

The Following is what I came across while reading Matsya Purana Chapter 144. Before, There was Only Veda having four feet(parts). That Got changed on and on, due to the short lives of the people, ...
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Why god takes birth only in India?

Why God take birth only in India (Aryavrata) ? Why not in any other place ?
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When there is conflict between 2 scriptures which one wins?

When there is conflict between 2 scriptures which one wins? Put followings in order of authority: Vedas, Upanishads, Smritis, Ramayan, Mahabharat and Puranas
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Can a brahmin boy marry a shudra girl?

I am sahu from caste and my boyfriend whom I love very much is sharma. I never thought that this will come when I met him in college. I never had knowledge about this.. Jab mene college ke baad ...
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In case of ignorance Or athiesm if one criticize ved will he incur great sin and go to hell?

I want to know if one is childish and disrespect ved without knowing much about it in ignorance. Will he face serious consequence. Also if one with context say a material thing is greater than ved ...
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What is the mantra for Putra Kameshti Yagna?

In 15th chapter of Bala Khanda of Ramayana, before performing Putra Kameshti Yagna, Rishyashringa said :- "I will procedurally conduct the ritual contained in the preamble of atharva-veda with ...
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Agama sastra existence

From were did Agama sastra came into existence? Was there any reference of it in Vedas / Ramyana/ Mahabharata/ Bhagavatam? Did the previous yuga people followed it ?
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Is animal sacrifice valid in Hinduism?

Do shrutis and smritis validate animal sacrifices? Do Vedas validate animal sacrifices? Any sutras/dharmashastras/works of any great hindu sage validate it? Does mimamsa (purva mimamsa) validate it? ...
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Reference for shloka related to qualities of soul - Chin matram shreehareer ansham sookshma akshar

Trying to find the reference for shloka: Chin matram shreehareer ansham sookshma akshar avyayam Krishna bhi nit prabhu jeevan gyan guna advayam चिन मात्रं श्रीहरेर अंशं सूक्ष्म अक्षर अव्ययं कृष्णा भी...
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Reference for shloka - Yathā nāma rūpā vimuktā samudre saṅga gacchant

which scripture does this shloka belongs to: Yathā nāma rūpā vimuktā samudre saṅga gacchant यथा नाम रूपा विमुक्ता समुद्रे संग गच्छन्ति based on the verse it sounds like its related to Kaivalya ...
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Manusmriti: Legal Guide or Sacred Text?

I’ve heard discussions about the Manusmriti not being considered a religious text for Hindus. Some claim that it was just made out to be a Hindu legal document by colonial British authorities, and was ...
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What does it mean when a dead person feeds someone in their dream

Recently I saw a dream in which my late mother was feeding me. What does it mean?
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