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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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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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Any Books to understand philosophy of Vedas?

Are there any books to understand Philosophy of Vedic Samhitas? We have many introduction books for Vedanta but not Vedas. Any suggestions??
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How our body parts are classified as Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha in Ayurveda?

I am interested in knowing the science behind the classification because Ayurveda is based upon this foundation. Even Astrology is also based upon these doshas.
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3 births and twice born men?

https://archive.org/details/ManuSmriti_201601/page/n29/mode/2up shloka 169- According to the injunction of the revealed texts the first birth of an Aryan is from (his natural) mother, the second (...
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Is there any sukta in Rigveda containing 16 richas and starting with the word"Indra"?

There is a chapter called Rigvidhana in Agnipurana in which it is mentioned that if the aforementioned 16 Richas are chanted daily then one is blessed with intelligence, friends and fulfillment of ...
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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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Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools?

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools? According to Vaishnavism, it is Vishnu: The Sukta gives an expression to immanence of radical unity in diversity and is ...
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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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Where do the Vedas say the cows of the gods walk on their backs?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Why almost all Hindu scriptures are written by Non-Brahmins (as per Smritis)? [closed]

As per smritis only people born to parents who are both Brahmin parents can be Brahmins. For example, in Manusmriti 10.5, 10.10 and 10.14 it says: सर्ववर्णेषु तुल्यासु पत्नीष्वक्षतयोनिषु । आनुलोम्येन ...
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Proof of hereditary caste system in Vedas OR Ramayana and Mahabharata

Edit: This is not a duplicate question because this is a specific question asking for proof for caste being heridetary, not just what Vedas have to say about caste. Please understand the difference. ...
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What is the origin of the word "Hindu"?

It is a fact that the term "Hindu" derives from the river "Sindh". But most of Hinduism's tenets and teachings derive from the Vedas. Why wasn't it named after the Vedas, but it's rather given a name ...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...
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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 is chakshumati vidya for healthy eyes?

I have heard that chakshumati vidya is good for curing eye problems and eye sight. I wish to know what is the origin of it and the details and procedure of chakshumati vidya, along with the stotra.
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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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Flora Fauna in Vedas [closed]

The people who promote aryan invasion/migration theory claim that flora and fauna mentioned in vedas don't belong to India , rather belongs to cold climate areas. Please give verses from vedas which ...
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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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Preservation of food in the vedic/tantric culture

Is there any specific vedic/tantric science that deals with the preservation of food? i.e. methods use to preserve food that people used to implement in acient times?
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Why is there such a stark contradiction in Vedic hymns and many Puranic stories?

For example, it is shown in this answer- How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra? that indra was defeated and also shamed and also in the last line 'and later Nahusha becoming the new Indra and ...
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Why cows are given so much importance in Vedas?

Vedas are said to be voice of God so should be universally true, should be true for all times, and true from the perspective of every region/country/person. But almost half of Atharava Veda and a ...
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What is the role of self-study in actually gaining insight into the Vedas and beyond?

This question is in my mind because of my lack of clarity between the role of a guru and the role of self-study in gaining an understanding of the reality of existence, which in my evaluation is what ...
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About Vedic Heaven Deity Dyaus Pita

What can you tell me about Dyaus Pita? I've been researching him for an hour, ofc I've been aware of him for the past few months. In this verse from Mandala 4 of Rik, there is a mention of Dyaus Pita ...
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How have traditional Vedic commentators interpreted Shukla Yajurveda 26.2?

Shukla Yajurveda 26.2 states: That I to all the people may address this salutary speech, To priest and nobleman, Sûdra and Arya, to one of our own kin and to the stranger. Dear may I be to ...
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Does Karana Sahareera belong to Sookshma Shareera or Karana Shareera?

I thought that Anandamaya Kosha belongs to Karana Shareera, infact I thought Anandamaya Shareera itself is Karana Shareera because it is said in Tattva Bodha, which is traditionally considered a work ...
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What was the Varna of the so many soldiers of the various kingdoms mentioned in the stories of Puranas and Vedas?

There are so many kingdoms and wars mentioned in the stories in Puranas and Vedas. In all stories King used to be Kshatriya. I never read and heard about Varna of soldiers who were in huge number in ...
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If Akrodha is considered a virtue, then why most sages and Devtas do not possess it?

Akrodha is a virtue according to Hinduism and Krodha is consider a tamas quality. Absence of anger (akrodha) means being calm even when insulted, rebuked or despite great provocation. Akrodha does not ...
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vedas were written earlier?

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m12/m12c047.htm "Endued thus with the attributes of Tamas and Rajas, the two Daityas possessed of might and armed with maces, immediately after their birth, began ...
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How Rudra became Shiva in Vedas?

There are four parts of Vedas; Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. Among these Samhita are those parts which are directly revealed to the seers. ie. They are always eternal syllable by ...
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Are Ashtamurti Swarupa, 11 Rudras, Pancha brahma shiva, Ashta(8) Bhairavas important in trika shaivism

Please give a detailed account of trika beliefs regarding ishwara gita and shiva gita too. Currently I have assimilated some verses from shaiva upanishads and vedas,aranyaka and samhitas in my prayers ...
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How did Saint Dnyaneshwar made the ox to recite veda mantras?

I heard somewhere (someone posted this on quora and some people said this on twitter as well) that Sant Dnyaneshwar made an ox recite vedas. Can someone give some reference of this story and also ...
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Are the 11 rudras mentioned in the Vedas?

Do Vedas describe about the 11 rudras? What are the names of those rudras according to Vedas? How did they emerge from the supreme Rudra?
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Why did Ramakrishna go against the Vedas?

The notion that all paths lead to the same destination is quite a new development in Hinduism. Ancient Acharyas belonging to different sects never claimed so. On the contrary, they debated a lot to ...
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Is the term "spontaneous generation" found in the Vedas?

In Buddhism, is found the terms "opapatika/upapātika/upapāduka", translated as "spontaneous birth", "spontaneous arising" or/& "self-produced". In Jainism ...
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Where in the Rig Veda are the 10 Upanishads?

Here it suggests there are 10 Upanishads embedded in the Rig Veda. I have scoured Google but have not found anything saying something like "The 10 Upanishads of the Rig Veda are located in Hymns #X, #...
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Does any manuscript provide guidance about what to do with spent up cows

The beauty of our sanatan is that we worship the nature. Cow worship is just an example of it. But now a days, after a cow becomes spent up, ( when the cow is not fit for breeding anymore) they're ...
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Are there any prescribed methods mentioned in our manuscripts to avoid malefic effects of planets

Malefic planets exist is almost everyone's horoscope. Just want to know if there are any specific practices given for making the effects of these planets negligible
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Are there any powerful stotras or mantras for worshipping ashwini kumaras

I would like to worship ashwin devtas. Please provide me with any information about any specific sadhanas or stotras
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Does god have compassion and empathy or is he a totally emotionless karmic intelligence system

I have seen Sadhguru saying in one of his video bytes, that god wouldn't even lift the tip of his little finger for you. Is that true? Is parabrahm a higher karmic intelligence conscious system ...
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Can we listen to Rudra sukta if yajnopaveet is not done?

See, here i am not talking about chanting but listening. I belong to Kshatriya Varna by birth, but haven't done Yajnopaveet yet as no one in our family has done. So, can i just listen to rudra sukta ...
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Is there any punishment mentioned in Dharmashastras for the vilification of Vedas?

I was wondering whether criticizing the Vedas is a condemnable offence. In other religions, usually condemning the scripture can have a severe consequence. What about Hinduism?
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Is the concept of one Ishwara present in Vedas? Authenticity and Ancientness of Purusha Sukta

The concept of Ishwara being one supreme being, Lord and God is used in Puranic and Modern Hinduism. But was such a concept present in Vedas or authentic Upanishads? This Wikipedia article says no ...
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Are there any scriptures which prescribe any remedy against fear of suffering?

I'm talking about the fear of suffering. Not particularly death. Personally, I had been through many sufferings in life and I'm still going through mental and physical sufferings. I really want to ...
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Slavery in Hinduism

In Abrahamic religions, owning both ordinary and sex slaves was legal. What do Hindu scriptures say about owning people as slaves? Did Rama and Krishna free any slaves?
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How does the word 'Agni' acquire its traditional meaning as fire?

Literally, अग्नि = अंग् + नि, नलोपश्च। And the root verb अंग् means "to revolve". The meaning of the suffix नि , I couldn't find anywhere, and then suddenly we start associating अग्नि with ...
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Giving Daan from money earned through Trading in Stock Market?

I am currently trading in Stock Market Options. Its a sort of gambling where I earn small money through my predictions. As u know its legal as per my country law and am not hurting any one ...

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