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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 difference for a Mandir to be erected on the left bank vs right bank of a river?

What is the difference for a Mandir to be erected on the left bank vs right bank of a river? Is it related to the Deity, or perhaps to the place? Do the Vedas, Upanishads or various Agamas prescribe ...
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On what principle does the universe run?

If we see the time period of the universe according to vedas , in the whole life span of Bramha consists of almost 31346784 * 1014 human years. It's like we are nothing in front of this unimaginable ...
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Where did manu tell "Achaara heenan na punanti Veda"?

Recently while hearing about the importance of sadhachara, I encountered the following interesting statement Achaara heenan na punanti Veda Vedas cannot purify the person who does not perform acharas ...
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What are the manifestiontion of Purusha

Which one is correct? Purusha 5 manifestation : Indra, Vayu, Agani, Varuna and Yama Purusha 7 manifestation : Indra, Shakti, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Shani and Yama
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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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Verses about incompleteness of logic in Vedas

Sanathan dharma gave an appropriate place to the logic, according to me. Logic is called Tarka by the ancients. There are scriptures dedicated to logic in Hinduism. There are several questions 1, 2, 3,...
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Is Bramacharya necessary for spiritual advancement?

Is there any scriptural representation showing that Bramacharya is necessary for spiritual advancement ? How is Bramacharya helpful?
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Are there any documented cases of opposite-sex friendships in Hindu scripture?

Are there any documented stories or cases of non-sexual friendship between men and women in Hindu scripture? For reference, the Kama Sutra says sex with female friends is prohibited: Then, here is ...
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

In the present era many people worship Shri Ram as bhagavan , many people see him as merely an incarnation and many people consider him to be just an ideal man. But other than Sri Valmiki Ramayana , ...
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Do we have methods prescribed in Rig veda to prevent natural calamities?

Does Rig Veda talk about natural calamities and its implications on Earth? If so, does it also talk of how such calamities can be prevented or controlled? Request answer only from Rig veda.
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King cobra eating snakes

Is there any stories in Hindu texts about why king cobra eats other snakes ? No other animal species eats its own kind.
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What are some scientific facts described in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

Bṛhat samhita- chapter 35 (6th century CE) describes the formation of a rainbow. This was later proposed by Sir Issac Newton nearly after 11 centuries. The verse is as follows. सूर्यस्य विवधवर्णाः ...
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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 an enemy, according to GITA?
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Why is there a contradiction in the concept of Lord Brahma?

We know from scriptures about the time durations in the cosmology , about Yugas , Chaturyugas , Kalpas,etc. Also,we know after Lord Brahma's 100 years will pass then he will reborn after Mahapralaya. ...
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Who were the witches whom Indra crushed to death?

Rigved Verse 1.133 mentions this curious story: WITH sacrifice I purge both earth and heaven: I burn up great she-fiends who serve not Indra, Where throttled by thy hand the foes were ...
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Is prana shakthi a form of Saraswathi according to scriptures?

Today, I heard from a person that the following picture of ma Saraswathi has some deep interpretation according to scriptures.                                        We can see that goddess has hamsa ...
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Scriptural source for saying animal sacrifice and non vegetarian food for Brahmins are not for Kali Yuga

One can see ample amount of evidences for animal sacrifice and Brahmins eating meat in Vedic and Smriti literature. When I pointed out this to a learned Pandit, he just said it has been forbidden in ...
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Is this translation of the controversial Ashwameda Yagna Khanda correct?

O Mummy, Mummikins, little Mummy. No one is leading me (to matrimony). the bad little horse is sleeping. The adhvaryu says (TS): In the heavenly world be you two completely covered. The queen says: I ...
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What are the rules of a student of the three vedas mentioned in Apastambasmriti Prasna 1?

Failure to be Initiated: If his time for initiation has lapsed, a man should live observing the rules of a student of the three Vedas for one season and then undergo initiation. For a year ...
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How can I worship Dyaus the Sky god?

I can't find any specific hymns dedicated to him in the Rigveda. Are there any mantras or richas dedicated to him in our Shastra?
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Which are those 400 words of Veda not known or understood to even Yaska?

Nirukta is one of six Vedangas which are very essential to completely understanding Vedas. Nirukta is the study of the origin of Sanskrit words i.e etymology which is very useful for understanding and ...
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What do the Vedas/shastras and Hindu Texts say about one's Mother?

We all know that the worship to God only comes after Mother, Father and Teacher. I've also heard that even if the Mother is not right and causes trouble, we should learn to adjust with her? Are there ...
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What does the word "mlechha" (म्लेच्छ) mean in the context of Hinduism?

I have been reading some blogs over the Internet that describe the word mleccha (म्लेच्छ) e.g., here. Can someone explain me what mleccha actually means in the context of Hinduism and Hindu ...
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Where do the Vedas mention sacrificing vegetable seeds rather than goats?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Why Rudra was described as a physician or a surgeon as per Vedas?

As per Shiva purana, we know that how Shiva had cured chandra & fixed the head of goat and elephant in the case of daksha & ganesh. But why Rudra was described as a physician, surgeon or the ...
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Does apauruṣeyā mean truly authorless or simply 'no human author'? Or do different schools of philosophy interpret the word differently?

Does apauruṣeyā when applied to Vedas just mean 'not of human origin' leaving the possibility that a superhuman being could have authored them? Or do different schools of Hindu philosophy interpret ...
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Mention of lunar months Chaitra, Vaishaka, etc in the Vedas?

I have been in an online debate where a person was trying to convince me that Chaitra, Vaishaka months are post 300 AD. He said all our epics and puranas have been edited to have those names after 300 ...
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Is the word Yahweh present in Rig Veda?

This post from Swarajya claims the word Yahweh appears in Rig Veda multiple times. The common thread is one word – Yahweh, which can be found in both the Rig Veda, and in the Old Testament – the ...
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Sri Rudram Verses — nilakantha, sadashivaya

Is this verse from Sri Rudram actually present in the Taittiriya Samhita? I could not able to find any such verse. Some people say that this verse is later interpolation. oṃ namaste astu bhagavan ...
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Can a Jeevatma be re-incarnated as a non living being?

I have gone through many lectures on Advait Vedanta. Here is what I understand. Bramhan Anything you are aware of i.e. sound, signs, smells all these, they are objects of consciousness. You are aware ...
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Proof of past eternity of souls in Vedas and Upanishads

The past eternity of souls, that is, the concept that souls have always existed from eternity is clearly well attested in Bhagavat Gita न त्वेवाहं जातु नासं न त्वं नेमे जनाधिपाः | न चैव न भविष्याम: ...
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Is Asura Krishna mentioned in the Rigveda the same as Lord Sri Krishna?

I saw this particular verses from the Rigveda which says that an Asura named "Krishna" had a great enmity with Indra. I want to confirm that is this the same Sri Krishna or is it someone ...
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Which Vedic text describes the Shyena yAga?

The Shyena yajna is a sorcery ritual in the Vedas meant to kill people. In which Vedic text is the description? The editor of Shabara's Bhashya references Shadvimsha Brahmana 8.1-2, but when I checked ...
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In which Veda it is mentioned that one should immediatly leave when there is a blasphemy?

In the following paragraph, it is mentioned that there is a Vedic statement asking to leave the place whenever blasphemy is happening. When I check the actual statements from Srimad Baghavatham, it is ...
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Why does this verse of Satapatha Brahmana call women and Shudras as untruth?

This verse of the Satapatha Brahmana calls Shudras and women as untruth . The part from where it is taken deals with the pravargya ceremony. 14.1.1.31 aśūdrociṣṭī eṣa vai dharmo ya eṣa tapati saiṣā ...
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Does god (Ishwar) incarnate in this cosmic material world? Please provide reference from Vedas!

Is incarnation of god mentioned in any of the 4 Vedas? could you please provide reference with Shloka and it's meaning? Many thanks!
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Source of Soul being a reflection of God or Bimba Prathibimba Vada in Vedas or Upanishads?

Praribimbavada is a vedantic argument which says God is the original image and all souls are the reflections of his image. Where is it given anywhere in the Vedas or Upanishads that Soul is a ...
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Human exceptionalism in Vedanta and Hindusim?

Shankaracharya in Vivekachudamani says Jantoonam Narajanmadurlabham Of All life forms human life is difficult to get. What is so much special about the Human body, that it helps the soul to realise ...
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How to contact Krishna Yajur Veda Taittiriya shakha vedapaathi (learned member of Taittiriya Shakha)?

I want to contact a learned Vedapaathi of the KYV Taittiriya Shakha as I have a few questions to ask regarding samskaras and learning the Shakha. I would love if anyone could tell me how to contact a ...
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How to contact Krishna Yajur Veda Taittiriya shakha vedapaathi (learned member of Taittiriya Shakha)?

I want to contact a learned Vedapaathi of the KYV Taittiriya Shakha as I have a few questions to ask regarding samskaras and learning the Shakha. I would love if anyone could tell me how to contact a ...
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Where can i find a copy of Mantradeva Prakashika?

What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra? - @Rickross ji's answer to this question piqued my interest in this book. I couldn't find a printed copy or a pdf copy anywhere. Where can i ...
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I am interested in reading ved and upnishad, but dont know from were ti start from? [duplicate]

I have some ebook ved and upnishad, from were to strart reading?
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kabir was lover of lord Ram, and this is established fact why then now this upstart by Rampal call kabir as god

as by popular belief kabir was devoted to lord Ram. what has made into people believe that kabir is god
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Which translation of the Vedas is the best?

Which translation of the Vedas is the best? Also, what are the errors in the translation of Vedas by Dr.Tulsiram?
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Is there any maximum age limit to start learning the Vedas?

What is the maximum age (if any) to start learning the Vedas? I heard somewhere that one must start it at a good age so that they can learn their full Shakha but also so he can get married at a good ...
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katapayadi sutra - some melakarta raagas' numberings that I can't understand

The KaTapayadi system hinges upon the table below: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ka Ka ga Ga ~ga ca Ca ja Ja ~ja Ta Tha Da Dha Na ta tha da dha na pa Pa ba Ba ma ya ra la va sha Sha sa ha I have come to ...
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According to Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna is the ultimate God. So why are there other beliefs in Hinduism?

I am talking about monotheism and polytheism. When we refer to bagavat Gita we can see that bagvan gives answer to this, he is the creator, preserver and destroyer.
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What is relationship between Akasha (space) and Shabda (sound) according to Veda?

According to the Vedic account of creation in the Upanishads, the Mahabhutas or great elements proceed from most subtle to most gross: Akasha -> Vayu -> Agni -> Apah -> Prithvi. Meaning, Space -> Air/...
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What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time?

What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time? I am actually not getting it done too late, like I am not getting in my late 20s or early 30s. ...
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Does anyone knows Penis enlargement mantra

While reading some book i came to know that there is a mantra for penis enlargement. Author said it's a simple sidhi used to do gajakarmana from penis.

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