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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 Vedic mantra says you can kill Brahmanas bearing arms?

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and the Pandavas concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he's lying on a bed of arrows after the ...
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What is the difference between Puranas, Upapuranas and Mahapuranas?

Is there any difference between Puranas, Upapuranas and Mahapuranas? What should we follow?
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Are Puranas rewritten or original?

How many Puranas are there actually and do we have the original ones with us? Most of them are translated by Western scholars who don't even know Sanskrit.
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Most of the Gods' stories end after the marriage stage. Are there any stories of Gods after their marriage?

I heard many stories about different gods in Hinduism. A God's life also rolls in many stages as a human being like birth, love and marriage. I have a doubt that most of the God's followers didn't ...
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In which of the 4 Vedas procedures of ritualistic worship are mentioned?

Details of worship procedures are laid down in which Veda? Like details of how to do a Puja or Homa?
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What are the ancient & modern career options for a Kshatriya?

What is the prescribed dharma of Kshatriyas as per Hindu Dharma Shastras, is it just to handle weapons and fight in battlefield? If yes, then what should a modern Kshatriya opt as a carrier option ...
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Why are there so many achamanams while ideally there should only be one?

So that anyone willing to do a Vedic ritual like a Puja or a Homam will have a standard and the same procedure to follow. Right now, every region, every sampradaya have their own way of doing things ...
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Karma Kanda & Jnana Kanda [duplicate]

In the Vedas there are two paths mentioned Karma Kanda & Jnana Kanda. First one goes through Karma and then one comes to Jnana. At the same time it's often mentioned that there are also the paths ...
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History of the Vedas [duplicate]

Could someone shed some light on the earliest we know when the Vedas were taught? Also at what point in time they were written down? I'm aware they came from Brahman itself and were memorized and ...
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Is the word Hindu mentioned in any Sanatan scriptures? [duplicate]

Is the word 'Hindu' mentioned in any Sanatan scriptures? Because there is lot said and lot to be said on the word Hindu. I went through different old literature but did not find the word Hindu.
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What is the Vedic definition of "life"?

I'm wondering what is the definition of life from the Vedic perspective. What kind of relation does life have with God? Life has so many perspectives that you can't define life I guess. For me, life ...
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Why do all Gods resemble humans and why are they mostly linked to Earth but not other planets where humans don't exist?

I have had this doubt right from my childhood. Why do all Gods resemble humans and why are they mainly on Earth but not on other planets or other parts of the Universe where Humans don't exist? For ...
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Has the Paramatmika Upanishad ever been translated into English?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas each of the four Vedas consists of four portions: Samhitas, the core part of the Vedas which consist of mantras heard from the gods; Brahmanas, ...
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What scriptures' verses can help me understand and achieve wisdom in Hinduism?

I'm doing some research on "wisdom" and "ignorance" themes through religions and cultures. I recently made an approach on Plato's Socratian point of view about wisdom and piety. Are there some ...
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How come the Vedas describe mostly the Vamana avatara of Vishnu?

The Vedas are the eternal truths of God, Apaurusheya and constant throughout Time. Therefore they must contain all knowledge of all time. But (at least if you go through the other questions) you find ...
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Who is 'I' in this verse a specific deity or supreme Bramhan?

I don't know Rishi (my guess is that Rishi's are agniras and Atharvana/Bhrigu) or gods of the following verse of 11th hymn and 3rd kanda of Atharvana Veda यदि क्षितायुर्यदि वा परेतो यदि मृत्योरन्ति...
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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

Since long time I've heard that the number zero was invented by the great Indian mathematician Aryabhata. Now I have two examples from Ramayana and Mahabharata: In Ramayana, Ravana had 10 heads. ...
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What Is Deva Raja/King of Devas (Indra) a person or a position? [duplicate]

I know Indra is King of gods so he is called Dev Raja. But My Question is : ** Is Indra a Position or Name or a Person's Name ? ** Thank You
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Does Sadashiva ride a tortoise?

In this excerpt from the Manava Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, a certain ritual for worshiping Shiva is described. As part of this ritual, the five-headed form of Shiva is ...
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Gotra-Pravaras-Sutra-Shakha

I am looking to ascertain my Gotra-Pravaras-Sutra-Shakha. All that I know is, my name is Utkarsh Sharma. I read in my grandfather's diary, our gotra is Srivatsa. That's all. Now through a Google ...
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Regulations on women in Vedic India

I have come across a lot of more-religious-less-historic books pertaining to history, which claim that the position of women from the beginning of Vedic civilisation, was ascribed by the scriptures, ...
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What's the story of four vedas? [duplicate]

Like, Who wrote the vedas? Why four vedas not only one? Whats the need of vedas? How these vedas are useful in this generation?
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Did world get destroyed by god? [closed]

Does the world gets destroyed by gods? many people said that when the gods become angry on people they destroy the whole world with the help of water,fire etc. example:flood,tsunami etc. why this all ...
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Do Vedas suggest multiple rebirths?

In Geetha there are many slokhas that clearly say that rebirth exists. Does it mean multiple rebirths? But I listened to some speeches that say that there is no mention of multiple rebirths in the ...
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What is the meaning of Shuchi in Sanskrit, in the context of Hinduism?

We use 2 words when it comes to cleanliness in Hinduism. They are "Shuchi" and "Shubratha". "Shubratha" can be described as neatness / cleanliness if you consider its usage in other Indian languages. ...
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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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Do Vedas talk about Moksha,Kaivalya or Mukti?

I've heard that the Vedas only talk about three of the four Purusharthas, viz. Dharmam, Arth, and Kam. The fourth Purushartha, Moksha, is said to be added or is made popular or is accepted after the ...
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Tamil poetess Avai said that Lord Shiva is the Supreme god of all? [closed]

In a poetic song Avaiyar said that lord Bharama was born from Lord Vishnu's navel where Lord Vishnu born from ocean and where ocean adapted into saga Gurumoni's vessel and he born from kalasam and the ...
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How can the Vedas be constant when they come from the 4 heads of Brahma?

How can the Vedas be constant when they come from the 4 heads of Brahma and Brahma changes every time? Vedas need to change? Isn't it? Only Puranas may be constant.
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Where can I find the Vedas to read? [duplicate]

I was searching over the Internet for a long time to find and read the Vedas but it didn't help. Few persons have mentioned that the Vedas will not be in a readable format. Is there any source where I ...
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Ayurveda is a part of which of the four veda? [duplicate]

Is there a part of veda which has been categorized as aayurveda. I want to find, read and investigate the shlokas which give direct advice on health and medicinal cure. I wanted to understand and ...
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How can kama and moksha co-exist?

According to Purusharthas (objectives of human life), the four objectives are Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. Kama includes desire and Moksha requires someone not to have desire. How can they co-exist?
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How should marriages be decided and done according to hinduism? [duplicate]

In hinduism, what things are to be considered for deciding correct match of bride and groom? Also what rituals and practices are needed to be done for the marriage?
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How should a person respond when attacked by another person, as per Hinduism?

How should a person respond when another person becomes violent or attacks him, as per Hinduism?
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Who wrote Vedas and when? [duplicate]

Who wrote Vedas and when? I try to find the answer of my question and found thousands of answer but without any proof. I explore further and found, vedas are Shrutis(what is heard) [suni sunai baat] ...
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Time travelling [duplicate]

There are some instances which show relative comparisons of time on different lokas. For example, Brahma took the cowherd boys who were with Krishna to Brahma loka and came back in a moment, but by ...
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Is there anything against Islam in Hindu texts?

Is the Hinduism v/s Islam fight new or has been going on for generations? Is there a mention of Islam in ancient Hindu texts like the Vedas?
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Procedures used for preserving the integrity of the Vedas

It is said that the metering of the sanskrit verses in Vedas and process of recitation imbue certain qualities to the scripture that make it inimitable(if I may use the word) or easy to identify ...
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Do Vedas teach Yogasana? If so, what are the good sources to learn it?

As the question states, do Vedas teach Yogasana? If so, what are the good sources to learn the asanas?
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When Veda Vyasa divided the Vedas, didn't he write them somewhere? [closed]

As the question says, when Veda Vyasa divided the Vedas into 4, didn't he write them somewhere? Did he write manuscripts about them?
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How practical it is for a person to give up material needs and become spiritual?

What do the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita say about how, one, who wants to devote himself completely to God and give away material success and happiness, should earn a living just enough to have food two ...
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Who are the leading Vedic scholars in India?

The ones who have most knowledge about the vedas. Though the coming question can be vague, yet How should one decide his Guru?
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Did the British took the one of the earliest written copies of Vedas?

Max Müller was a German-born philologist and Orientalist, studied sanskrit and vedas. According to this Wikipedia article : He had to travel to London to look at documents held in the collection of ...
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Swara signs and Vedas

What is the basis of intonation marks with respect to vedic chantings? Why does it not applicable in puranic or Geeta chanting?
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How does Purva Mimamsa explain mentions of human beings in the eternal Vedas?

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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Rudra's confrontation with the Devas at Yajna and slaying of Prajapathi

I am referring to this blog where the following is stated: There is a persistent motif of the deva Rudra (Śiva) being originally refused ritual offerings of the yajña to which the other deva-s ...
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Worshiping planets a vedic tradition or Puranic tradition?

Is Nava Graha worship a Vedic tradition or a puranic tradition? Are there any references to Nava Graha worship in Vedas?
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How is killing of black deer for skin and other products justified

Shatpath Bramhana says that brahmin boys should cover their bodies with skin of Black Deer or Krishna Mriga (Black Buck), and this is okay if they don't just kill them for that purpose. A dead buck's ...
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What are the main gotras and the upagotras among Brahmins?

I would like to know the names of the original gotras. I have seen online different lists of gotras (sometimes up to 100+). I would like to know if there is a tree diagram of gotras and upagotras ...
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Does Law of Karma apply on animals/birds? [duplicate]

I wanted to know whether Law of Karma applies on animals/birds and other non-human creatures? Since all the animals(if not all), are dependent on other animals/creatures for food/living; how the law ...

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