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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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What is the meaning of this Atharva Veda hymn on bottle-gourd, drums and camel?

Atharva Veda Book 20 has this curious hymn that I couldn't make sense of: Then too the single bottle-gourd, the bottle-gourd dug from the earth, The lute dug up from out the ground: this ...
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Was the Atharva Veda compiled at the time of King Parikshit?

The Hymn 127 of Book 20 of Atharva Veda glorifies the king Kaurama who is further mentioned with the name of Parikshit: Listen to this, ye men, a laud of glorious bounty shall be sung. ...
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Do scriptures mention Indra's age when he destroyed Shambhara?

While reading the Atharva Veda I came across this interesting hymn to Indra that mentions: He who discovered in the fortieth autumn Sambara dwelling in the midst of mountains: Who slew the ...
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Who is Hari? Is it the only entity named before OM?

We have 108 names of Vishnu which all starts with OM(AUM). But we call it Hari (and then) OM.
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What is the correct translation, context & interpretation of a verse, which demeans women?

Taittiriya Samhita of Krishna Yajurveda has the following verse. [Translated by Arthur Berriedale Keith and emphasis mine]. From archive.org Women are powerless, have no inheritance, and speak more ...
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Are only the hymns of the Vedas considered apaurusheya, or are the Upanishads considered apaurusheya as well? [duplicate]

I've read multiple times that the Vedas are considered to be without error, and I was wondering whether the same thing is thought of the Upanishads that are often claimed to be part of the Vedas.
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What are the herbs that arose three ages before the gods?

Rig Veda Book 10 Hymn 97 is dedicated to the herbs and I am sharing a part of it here: HERBS that sprang up in time of old, three ages earlier than the Gods,— Of these, whose hue is brown, ...
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Do the Vedas teach that Brahman is a conscious being?

Do the Vedas speak of Brahman as a being that is able to think and perform actions? Or is Brahman more like an inanimate thing, except immaterial?
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What do the Vedas say is the relation or difference between Ishwar and Brahman? [duplicate]

The Vedas appear to speak of one Ishwar that manifests as other beings, but it also speaks of Brahman being one. I'm confused as to what Ishwar is, and why Ishwar differs from Brahman. Is Brahman the ...
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Which Veda verse Narendra Modi referred in relation to Paris climate treaty?

In reference to then US president Donald Trump's allegation of India'a lesser commitment towards saving environment, then Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi told: "I have in simple way ...
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What are the most accepted and authentic Hindu texts across the different traditions?

I don't understand Hinduism, so I'm looking for the most accepted and the most authentic texts to read. I've been attempting to discover what those texts are but, so far, I've only concluded that this ...
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Is Indra being a temporary post described in Vedas?

I'm asking from all four part of Vedas, was Indra ever changed?
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Do Vedas mention about Chaturvarna? [duplicate]

As per my understanding, Vedas are source of knowledge while Chaturvarna(i.e. caste system) creates separation more than knowledge. So my question is, Where is the first mention of Chaturvarna found?...
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Why should a sister get married first before brother in a family? what does hinduism and shastras say about this?

My boyfriend is waiting for his younger sister to get married since they will not allow male kids to marry before sisters get married. what is the reason behind this culture in Hinduism?
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What is the story of Indra restoring the vitality of Shashvati's husband?

Rig Veda Book 8 Hymn 1 is dedicated to Indra and sings his glories while calling him to partake of the soma juice being prepared for his sake. The ast verse of the hymn mentions something like this: ...
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Are Vedas re-revealed every mahayuga, manvantara or kalpa?

I'm trying to understand, the Hindu timescales, but unable to understand if Vedas are revealed in every mahayuga or manuvantara, does any purana provide info as to when were Vedas revealed?
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Meaning of Urdhwaretam in Narayana Sukta

The following mantra appears at the end of Narayana Sukta: ṛtagṃ satyaṃ pa’raṃ brahma puruṣa’ṃ kṛṣṇapiṅga’lam | ūrdhvare’taṃ vi’rūpā’kṣaṃ viśvarū’pāya vai namo nama’ḥ || All the words ...
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Who is the Rishi Lamagayana, relative of Agni’s wife Svaha?

This excerpt from the Gopatha Brahmana of the Atharvana Veda describes the goddess Svaha, wife of Agni the fire god: Svaha was born of truth, she was made by the Brahman, and she is of the same ...
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What makes Varanasi so special? [duplicate]

I am in the city of Varanasi. I want to know what makes Varanasi so special in Vedic memory ? Are there any references to Varanasi in the Vedas ?
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Is Moksha compulsorily given to every died people by their family? [duplicate]

What is death and rebirth cycle according to Veda ? After giving Moksha, can that soul take rebirth ?
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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 intention of the following Rigvedic verse to the Spirit

Rig Veda Book - 10 Hymn 58 is dedicated to Maanas which Griffith translates as Spirit. I am sharing the mantras here: 1 THY spirit, that went far away to Yama to Vivasvān's Son, We cause to ...
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What are the different sources that describe vedangas or limbs of the vedas?

What is scriptural source (preferably vedic) of the term vedAnga? or In which acaryas' writing do we find the description that there are six limbs of the vedas or six Vedangas and what they enlist?
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Scriptural sources for different classification & types of mantra and their science

In which all scriptures (Vedas, Tantras, Agamas, etc.) is the science of mantra and the types of mantras mentioned? To be specific, the answer can be on the lines of following sub-questions: Where ...
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Do any scriptures besides the Atharva Veda mention anything about Bhang or marijuana?

Do any of the scriptures mention anything about Bhang or marijuana. I am aware of the atharva veda reference. This is not a possible duplicate of "are drugs allowed question". I just want to know ...
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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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How is the all pervading God said to reside in the Daharakasha?

It is understood that the space within the heart, which is the corresponding microscopic form of the macroscopic form of Space, is known in metaphysical terms as Daharakasha(tiniest cosmos). The all ...
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Is Om namah shivaya mantra in Atharva Veda , SamaVeda or RigVeda? [duplicate]

If Om Namah Shivaya given in AtharvaVeda, SamaVeda or Rig Veda then please share the verse.
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How can Wind, Sun and Fire be living beings?

There are many hymns dedicated to Wind, Sun, Fire in the Vedas. There was also a yajna done to please them. Sun is called Aditya, meaning son of Aditi and Kashyapa Rishi. How can a star be born from a ...
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Does yajur Veda samhita also use asura in positive context?

Asura word is used in positive context in rig vedic samhita, but do other Vedas like yajur, atharva use them in same context i.e. positively ?
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Who are the Havirdhanas mentioned in RIgveda?

Rigveda Book 10 Verse 13 is devoted to the Havirdhanas and goes something like this: I yoke with prayer your ancient inspiration: may the laud rise as on the prince's pathway. All Sons of ...
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Which characters of Mahābhārata are also mentioned in the Vedas?

By characters, I mean people (kings, queens and sages) like Kṛṣṇa, Yudhiṣṭhira, Arjuna, Dhṛtarāṣṭra, Duryodhana, Draupadī, Vyāsa, etc. and not gods/mythological beings like Indra, Agni, Śiva and Viṣṇu....
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Which characters of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa are also mentioned in the Vedas?

By characters, I mean people (kings, queens and sages) like Daśaratha, Rāma, Janaka, Sītā, Viśvāmitra, Vasiṣṭha, etc. and not gods/mythological beings like Indra, Agni, Śiva and Viṣṇu. And by Vedas, ...
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Is Shiva lingam mentioned in Vedas?

If so, please provide the verses. It would also be helpful if you provide a link.
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Where do purva and Uttara mimamsa sutras claim that Vedas are eternal?

Did the writers of vedanta and purva mimansa sutras, badrayana and jaimini write about the eternal nature of the Vedas?
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Is a neutral person in a religious war equal to enemy, according to GITA?

Is a neutral person in a religious war equal to enemy, according to GITA?
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How can I find and purchase the Vedas in original Sanskrit?

I am looking to purchase a hardcover copy of the Vedas, in original Sanskrit. Ideally I would like to get a critical text, which includes variant readings. I'm not sure what I should be googling. All ...
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What remedies are mentioned for a Dwija missing Trikala sandhya vandanam? [duplicate]

I want to know the remedies mentioned in Vedas and Puranas for a Dwija missing Trikala Sandhyavandanam. If possible also remedies for one missing Madhyahnika Sandhya vandanam alone.
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Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 72 mentions a curious story about Surya's birth: 7 When, O ye Gods, like Yatis, ye caused all existing things to grow, Then ye brought Sūrya forward who was lying hidden in ...
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Names of Brahmavadinis in our puranas and vedas [duplicate]

I want to know about exemplary women who realised brahman and became brahamavadinis mentioned in our puranas and vedas. Few names and their short backstory will suffice.
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What is the position of Women in the Vedic era?

Since there are lot of difference of opinion and lack of clarity regarding women and its status in hinduism, especially in the Vedas. There is a lack of clarity with respect to the important things ...
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Guidance to read and understand Hinduism [duplicate]

I have keen interest in Hinduism and I want to read all the vedas and upnishads. So I have some questions to start : Best resource to teach myself sanskrit so that I can understand vedas and ...
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What is the Vedic concept of universe creation? [duplicate]

I read big bang theory of universe creation, but I want to know the Vedic concept of universe creation and in how much time it is created?
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Why did Veda vyasa use agni mantras of rigveda for Durga suktam?

Durga suktam a hymn in mahnarayana upanishad- has only two mantras for devi Durga, one is a gayatri. You can read it's info here The Arya samajis are claiming that the hymn is stolen-interpolated by "...
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What mantras are given in Vinayaka samhita of sama Veda?

According to this page, vinayaka samhita of sama Veda glorifies Ganesha. what 4 hymns are present in the following samhita?
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What are benefits of samvada sookta?

Sookta are generally for some particular purpose. What are the benefits of samvada sookta ?
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Short vedic mantras to thank surya, vaayu, prithvi, aakash, agni and jal?

I am interested in knowing if there are short Vedic mantras, probably one liners to thank: Surya (Sun) Agni (Fire) Prithvi (Earth) Aakash (Ether) Jal (Water) Vaayu (Air)
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Why are parts of Rig Veda repeated in the other Vedas? [duplicate]

If other Vedas have repeated and expounded upon Rig Veda, why read all four Vedas? Isn't Rig Veda enough?
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What do scriptures say about Lake Manasarovar?

I have heard it said that Lord Shiva abides in yoga on Mt. Kailash and that darśana thereof destroys attachment to delusion. I found information about Mt. Kailash in the question How is Mount Kailash,...
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What are the five kind of offerings and vedic hymns Srimad Bhagavatham is referring to?

In this verse from Srimad Bhagavatham 4.7.41, Fire God is praising Narayana. The fire-god said: My dear Lord, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You because by Your favor I am as luminous as ...