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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 do the Vedas & other scriptures say about sex during pregnancy?

I read in some answers that sex is an act reserved for reproduction. I have also read in line with the same that sex is only touching the physical dimensions of our existence. For spiritual growth ...
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Can a woman get moksha?

Can a woman get moksha ? Or is getting moksha reserved only for men ? Or Does husband-wife get moksha simultaneously ?
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What are the consequences of having a Varnashankar child?

One verse from Gita says that Varnashankar causes ancestors of a person to fall from heaven to hell for eternity. Bhagavad Gita 1.42 (Arjun Says) Hybrid castes ensure that the family line and those ...
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Can an unmarried man/woman become father/mother from adoption?

Adoption is valid in Hinduism as far as I know (Kuntibhoja adopted Kunti as his daughter). But can an unmarried man (or woman) adopt a son and become a father from it? Which gender can an unmarried ...
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How to make Shudra into Brahmin, Kshatriya or Vaishya as per Vedas?

The Veda clearly distinguishes between Shudra and Arya. For example: A.V., iv.20.4. — “The thousand-eyed god shall put this plant into my right hand; with that do I see everyone, the Shudra as well ...
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Three mothers of Agni/Rudra; Tryambaka

Who are the three mothers, Tryambaka, of Agni/Rudra, and where are they mentioned in the Vedas?
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Are Marriages happening in present world valid according to Hinduism?

Shastras require girls to be married off by 12 or before puberty. But marriages are now happening late. Can Kanyadaan of a post-puberty girl be done ? Because popular meaning of Kanya is - ...
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Does even a single sacred scripture sanction or even mention a "patnivrata dharma"?

Pativrata dharma is mentioned everywhere. As per this every wife has to obey, worship and serve her husband. She can even be beaten by him if required. But some feminists and apologists are saying ...
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Are the signs of evil possessions on a person given in Vedas, Puranas and Itihasas?

By Vedas I mean all 4 vedas, all their 4 parts and all Vedangas. By Puranas I only mean Mahapuranas. Itihasa means Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Shaiva Itihasa Evil possessions can mean ghosts or ...
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What are the Rahasyas mentioned in Vedas?

As per Vedas, the Rahasyas are mentioned in the same breath as other sacred scriptures like Itihasas, Puranas and Vedas. "In this way all the Vedas are manifested along with the kalpas,rahasyas, ...
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Which scripture(s) says that caste is based on father's caste only?

As per Manusmriti, people from lower caste women are tainted. For example, in 10.8, 10.67-68 From the Brāhmaṇa on a Vaiśya maiden is born the ‘Ambaṣṭha’ and on a Śūdra maiden the ‘Niṣāda,’ who is ...
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Why did rishis recite only Rig Veda in Vedic Sanskrit? [closed]

As per western website wikipedia all other Vedic mantras, Brahmanas, Sutras and supposedly oldest Upanishads are written in a different style that is closer to classical sanskrit. And all other texts ...
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What is brukta rahita taraka raja yoga

I have come to know about it a few days ago. But I’m kinda surprised that we haven’t heard anything about that philosophy in any scriptures. Do any scriptures mention details of shambhala or brukta ...
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Can anyone give me an example of Bhurich Gayatri Mantra?

In vedas , The poetic metre Gayatri has 24 syllables . In vedas , When the poetic metre has less than the required number of syllables , it's called as 'Nichrit' and when more than the required number ...
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Where in the Vedas does it declare as “Agnisomatmakam Jagat”?

I know “Agnisomatmakam jagat” is mentioned in Mahabharata and in a few Upanishads and other texts but where in the Vedas is this principle declared. Which Veda? Which verse and which hymn?
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Is it sin to deliberately remain unmarried?

If a man deliberately remains lifelong unmarried is he committing a sin ? Will he get punished for it in afterlife or in this life ?
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Who framed/derived the concept of namavali from sahasranama stotra? Is there any reference in vedas that namavali can be used for Sahasranama stotra?

When there is a sahasranama stotra, why namavali is inferred from it? Did any sages refer to use namavali from sahas stotra in any spiritual texts? Is it because of the pujas in temples, where the ...
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Rig veda 1.35.1 and 7.35.10

The above picture is screenshot of IIT kharagpur calendar 2022 . Here they say that Rig veda 1.35.1 and 7.35.10 talks about cosmic field , however I looked up many translations and none talks such ...
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Do aliens exist as per hindu sacred texts?

I've heard that there are Quantum Multiverse. I wanted to know in other universe is there any mention that someone (aliens) exist on another planet
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Does Hanuman Chalisa really compute the distance between Earth and Sun? [duplicate]

Yuga means Divine Time so it's SI Unit would be Seconds. Sastra Yojana means Distance. Now, Distance x Time =/= Distance. So, is this phrase correct or not?
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Does Brahman constitute 3 quarters of existance, with the rest being prakriti, according to the vedas?

I heard this in a video, and it sounds awesome in the sense that it aligns what modern cosmology says about the contents of the universe. I'd like to know if there is an actual source in the vedic ...
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How to chant/pronounce words like kṛt and bhṛt in sanskrit stotras?

In sanskrit dictionary, the words pronounced like krith and bhrith gives the right meaning for the respective stotras, but in most of the stotra audios,people used to chant kruth and bhruth, which has ...
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Which direction should the chanter face while chanting ganesha slokas? Is there any directions mentioned specific in vedas/puranas for lord ganesha?

Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha? In the above link, it is mentioned south, please clarify
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Any good source to teach my self Vedic Sanskrit?

Keep in mind, I'm talking about the archaic form of Sanskrit which is used in the Vedas, I have a desire to learn Vedic Sanskrit
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Which schools of Hinduism or acharyas have Hinduism believed that the Vedas were authored by the Rishis?

Vedanta and Purva Mimamsa believe that the Vedas are unauthored. Nyaya believes that the Vedas are authored by Ishvara. What do other sects believe? Is there anyone that believes that the Rishis ...
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Historical Origin of Deities

Current Hinduism knows several deities as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, ... , each having a meaning in the same religious/philosophical context. According to source research, have all these deities ...
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What is the meaning of flowery language of the Vedas?

Source Sruti-vipratipanna te Yada sthasyati niscala Samadhav acala buddhis Tada yogam avapsyasi (Text 53, Ch2, Contents of Gita Summarized) Meaning: When your mind is no longer disturbed by the ...
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Women and Hinduism

It's traditionally believed that some hymns of Vedas have been authored by women. How does one reconcile this with the fact that women are not allowed to recite vedas? (Are those author women ...
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What are the methods for doing repetance of sins?

Most of us commit some sins in our day to day lives . What are the ways suggested in scriptures for repentance of sins.
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How does someone attain immortality by sacrifice?

न कर्मणा न प्रजया धनेन त्यागेनैके अमृतत्वमानशुः । परेण नाकं निहितं गुहायां विभ्राजते तद्यतयो विशन्ति ॥ na karmaṇā na prajayā dhanena tyāgenaike amṛtatvamānaśuḥ . pareṇa nākaṃ nihitaṃ guhāyāṃ ...
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The best and easiest way to learn the Bhagwad Geeta [closed]

Which is the best and easiest way to learn the Bhagwad Geeta? And other Epics, Vedas and scriptures etc, in both audiovisual forms etc.
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Yantra- Pran Pratishtha

My simple question is- If, for some reason, yantra made from precious metals is not available for sadhana, is it possible to do pran-pratishtha on a paper(laminated) yantra and then use it for sadhana?...
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When Agasthya Rishi (Vaman Avtar) got the Sri Lanka as prize?

When Agasthya Rishi visited Mahabali, then the King MahaBali gifted Sri Lanka to him. Agasthya ji is also called Vaman Avtar of Vishnu. So the question is did he got this prize land before Visheshrava ...
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Are 'Subtle Realms' mentioned in the Vedic scriptures?

Is there any scriptural support for the existence of completely non-physical realms? If so, is there a Sanskrit term for it? Sukshma Loka?
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Audiobooks for Vedas

Can anyone recommend any good sources of audiobooks for various Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads with Hindi explanation?
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Are the Vedic Samhitas complete?

Patanjali's Mahabhashyam mentions that there existed 1131 Shakhas originally, each of whom taught a particular Brahmana and Aranyaka. In the present day, only around 12 of them exist, from this we can ...
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Are the titled prayers/mantras in the Samhita parts of the Vedas self contained?

Are the prayers/mantras in the Samhita parts of the Vedas self-contained or do they flow into each other? I'm mostly asking because the Vedas occasionally say "they said" and since Sanskrit ...
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When is Shivopasana Mantra chanted generally as per tradition? Can it be chanted independently as Nitya Parayana?

I am aware that Shivopasana Mantra is chanted during Rudra Abhishekams usually after Sri Rudram Namakam and Chamakam but my question is if it is suitable/appropriate to chant Shivopasana Mantra ...
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Is there an Upanishad called Panchakshari Upanishad?

Came across this on the Internet: Link Never heard of this before. Which Veda has this Upanishad?
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How to find the corresponding rik for a sama?

Does anyone have any (preferably online) resources to trace the ~1800 sama verses in the original rig veda?
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Are any ancient sports mentioned in our scriptures [duplicate]

I wish to know if team sports existed in the ancient times. Especially in Ramayan and Mahabharat. By sports I don’t mean swimming, archery etc. I’m looking for something like football and cricket ...
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Is Bhakti is part of Upasana or It is connected with any of the Darshana?

This verse of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is very popular and a favorite of the Advaita Acharyas: योगास्त्रयो मया प्रोक्ता न्èणां श्रेयोविधित्सया । ज्ञानं कर्म च भक्तिश्च नोपायोऽन्योऽस्ति कुत्रचित॥ (११.२०.६)...
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References to the 5 kinds of moksha in the Vedas and commentaries explaining the verses as such

From this, the Subala Upanishad quoted here and the Virodhaparihara, mentioned here, ALL three, the technical meaning of Kaivalya I understand is one of the 4 purusharthas which involves meditating on ...
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What is the purpose of doing Sandyavandan ? To which Diety it is addressed ? Sun God ? What about people who cannot do it?

1)What is the purpose of doing Sandyavandan ? 2)To which Deity it is addressed ? Sun God ? What is Savitri Devata or Gayatri Mata ? 3)What if certain people like Sudras etc cannot do it ? What is the ...
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Last rite ritual Mantras for non-humans

Here is the situation. Assuming Aliens exist & they visit earth. In that process one of them dies. Are there any scriptural notes on such situations as to how the body needs to be cremated? And ...
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What Chapter and What Verse is this Quote

I was reading the following online article: https://medium.com/@vaishnav_milan_mandali/scriptural-references-to-sri-chaitanya-mahaprabhu-being-avataar-of-sri-krishna-e733a323db12. In this article, it ...
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What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults?

What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults? What is the relation among them?
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Are there any classifications of death

I wish to know if death has classifications and what type of death is the best amongst those classifications
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Did any Advaitin claim that Sayanacharya interpreted Vedas wrongly in his commentaries?

Sayanacharya wrote Bhashyas/commentaries on Vedas. Did any Advaita Acharya or any Advaitins ever claim that Sayanacharya's Bhashyas have errors?
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Indra and Agni as Bṛhaspati/Brahmaṇaspati in Vedas

Why are Indra and Agni both regarded as Bṛhaspati in Rigveda 10.112.9 and 3.26.2, respectively? Rig-Veda 2.23.1 ग॒णानां॑ त्वा ग॒णप॑तिं हवामहे क॒विं क॑वी॒नामु॑प॒मश्र॑वस्तमं । ज्ये॒ष्ठ॒राजं॒ ब्रह्म॑णां ...

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