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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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Do the Brahmanas of the Rig Veda mention Brahma and Vishnu's contest?

This excerpt from the Vidyeshwara Samhita of the Shiva Purana relates a famous story involving a contest between Brahma and Vishnu. (To read the whole Shiva Purana, see my answer here.) In this ...
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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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What is the earliest reference to the Asura Mahabali?

In modern times, Vishnu's most popular incarnations are Rama and Krishna. But that was not always the case; in ancient times Vishnu was most popularly associated with his incarnation as Vamana the ...
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What are the differences among Rakshasas, Daityas, Danawas, Pisachas?

Puranas say that these species are born from different wives of Maharshi Kashyapa. Kashyapa + Danu = Danavas Kashyapa + Diti = Daityas Kashyapa + Krodhavasa = Pisachas In Hymn 87 of the tenth ...
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Is maya connected to the notion of love?

'Maya' as used in the Bengali language, in ordinary usage, as 'affection'. Is it connected to the philosophic notion of Maya ie delusion/illusion. In the Bengali dictionary I looked at there were ...
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Are there video materials of Vedic scriptures describing states of consciousness?

I would like to know if there are video materials of explained Vedic texts (knowledge) on the internet? Specifically the knowledge about states of consciousness.
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Time spent in heavenly planets

We are under classic assumption that a soul with lot of good karma do spend long time in heaven. It will take long time for it to be reincarnated back on earth. We also know that pandava heroes are ...
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What caste are foreigners?

If a person is born in hindu religion, he will have some caste. And is there anything that mentioned about foreigners? There are some civilizations like babylon that started in mesopotamia, along with ...
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Did Dasharatha fight against the same demon Shambara described in the Rig Veda?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, Kaikeyii's evil servant Manthara convinces Kaikeyii to exile Rama and make her son Bharata as king. Manthara reminds Kaikeyii that she had received two boons ...
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Whose commentaries on the Vedas and Upanishads are most followed?

There are many people who write commentaries on the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita etc. Whose commentaries is most followed. Also where can I get all of those Upanishads and Vedas in English? ...
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Why does the Yajur Veda call Vishnu the Nikhuryapa and the Nibhuyapa?

The Seventh Kanda of third Prapathaka of the Taittiriya Samhita of the Yajur Veda explains various Yagnas (Vedic fire-rituals), and in particular the third Prapathaka of this Khanda provides some of ...
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What is dispassion to a Samsaric?

Dispassion means being free from material desires. That means the person doesn't have any desire for any object in this material world even for a living being. But I would like to know what is meant ...
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What order should I read the Vedas and Upanishads in?

Is there any particular order in which I should read the Vedas and Upanishads? If so, in which order should a starter read for better understanding of the aspects stated in them?
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What does the Suvarna Gharma Anuvaka of the Taittiriya Aranyaka mean?

As I discuss in this question, the Srimad Bhagavatam contains the Uddhava Gita, a discourse similar to the Bhagavad Gita between Krishna and his relative Uddhava on the proper way to live one's life. ...
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What happened to Vishnu's incarnation Narayana after his Pancharatra Yagna?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, twin brother of the sage Nara and son of Yama god of death. Nara and Narayana ...
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What is the reason behind the existence of those many God representations? [duplicate]

God is represented in many ways with many names and symbols. Like Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Sun, Moon etc. However, the Supreme Being is still only one because the energy is inseparable. Is the reason ...
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What is the best time to read Sri Rudram?

I would like to know the best time to read Sri Rudram (Namakam Chamakam) and also the order in which we need to read. Are there any rituals that should be performed while reading Sri Rudram? The ...
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Who all were the different Ved-Vyas?

We all know that the Mahabharat was written by Ved-Vyas, but what many of us don't know is that Ved-Vyas was not the name of the person but the title. This title is given to the one who add/modify/...
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Was Sukracharya ever the guru of the gods?

In the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, Vaishampayana describes to Janamejeya the lineage of the gods, Asuras, and other beings, and in particular he says this about Sukracharya: The learned Sukra is ...
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What is the English translation of Rig Veda Book 10 hymn 61 verses 5-8?

I was reading the Rig Veda and saw that a lot of versions leave out lines 5-9 in book 10 hymn 61. Is there a reason why? (Did Ralph T.H. Griffith forget to translate them?) I believe these are the ...
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Why there is restriction to cite mantras or vedas?

In hinduism, there is a restriction to cite/ read mantras or vedas to the non-brahmins. It is regarded as sin if the non-brahmins read the contents in vedas or cites mantras. For example, we can cite ...
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Is Sai Baba of Shirdi really a God? [closed]

There are so many conflicts in this. Some peoples are say that Sai Baba of Shirdi is a God while on the other end one the most respected Peeth's (पीठ) head Sankracharya told he is just a normal man. ...
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Where is the verse of Sukracharya quoted by Krishna?

In the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharata, before Bhima faces Duryodhana in the mace battle, Vishnu's incarnation Krishna warns Arjuna about how formidable Duryodhana will be, since Duryodhana has just ...
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Why does the Rig Veda call Vishnu a mountain-roaming bull?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani I provided in my answer here, Book 1 Hymn 154 of the Rig Veda is addressed to Vishnu. Here is one of the verses from that hymn: Let the hymn lift itself as ...
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What part of the Sama Veda Samhita is the Udgitha?

A traditional Vedic yagna (fire-ritual) would be conducted by three main priests - a Hotar who would chant hymns from the Rig Veda Samhita, an Adhvaryu who would chant hymns from the Yajur Veda ...
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What is the story of the Ashwini Kumaras measuring the Earth?

Book 12 Hymn 1 of the Atharvana Veda is called the Bhumi Sukta, and it's dedicated to Bhumidevi the goddess of the Earth. Here is what one of the verses says: She whom the Asvins measured out, ...
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What parts of the TaittirIya Samhita of the Yajur Veda are Shruti?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas consists of four portions: Samhitas, the core part of the Vedas which consist of verses heard from the gods; Brahmanas, commentaries on the Samhitas ...
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Can Islamic beliefs be accommodated into certain sect of Hinduism?

Islam is a strict monotheist faith like Judaism and Sikhism, and we also find support of monotheism in the Vedas to the extent that there are some sects which prohibit idol worship among the Hindus. ...
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Which is the prime holy book of Hindus?

Everyone says that the prime holy book of Hindus is Vedas but if it is true then why Hindus take oath on Gita, and why not on Vedas? Is there any other reason for taking oaths on Gita? or Veda is not ...
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Where is this hymn in the Rig Veda?

I was trying to learn hymns from this Rig Veda video. But I couldn't find the first few verses. Where in the book is it?
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What scripture does the original Achamanam mantra come from?

If you're a Brahmin, you're probably familiar with the practice of Achamanam, the practice of sipping water while reciting mantras in order to purify oneself at the start of Sandhyavandanam and other ...
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Who is the Brahmana changed into a woman in the Rig Veda?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani compiled in my answer here, Book 8 Hymn 33 of the Rig Veda was heard from the gods by the sage Medhyatithi, a descendant of the sage Kanva, and it's addressed ...
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Most important scriptures to understand hinduism [duplicate]

It's practically impossible for any individual to read and understand all the Hindu scriptures. What is the minimum set of scriptures which a person needs to read and understand the philosophy of ...
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What is death and life?

Sometimes I'm very confused about what is life and death. Why are we living and why will we face death? In Vedic shastras, there is detail explanation on what happens after death, what we have to do ...
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Is the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad part of the Brihad Aranyaka?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas consists of four portions: Samhitas, the core part of the Vedas which consist of verses heard from the gods; Brahmanas, which provide instructions ...
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Does Vedic Hinduism exist today?

It seems that the rituals, customs, deities, methods of worship etc. in Hinduism today are mainly based on various Puranas and not the Vedas. Even the Vedic Gods are not worshiped in temples. Very few ...
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How to use Prayascitta to negate the effect of karma?

Various prayascittas are specified in scriptures to negate the effect of bad karmas done by a person knowing or unknowingly. Are these useful for this purpose? Do Vedas mention prayascittas? If, as ...
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What is the origin of Ganapathi Atharvasheersh?

Where do we find the Ganapati Atharvasheersh in scriptures? What is the meaning of the word 'Atharvsheersh'. Who is the writer of it (Rishi Ganak or Atharvan)?
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What is the story of the 90 horses of Vishnu?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani I provided in this answer, verses 4-6 of Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 155 are addressed to Vishnu. Here they are: We laud this manly power of him the Mighty ...
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Poem on taking care of parents at their old age

Are there any ancient Vedic Shlokas or poems in Tamil mention about taking care of parents at their old age? I have searched in Thirukkural but am not able to find any. What does Hinduism says about ...
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Location of Hindu Vedas [duplicate]

Where the original manuscript (Since Vedas are not written by its creators themselves, First hand-written or most complete version) of Hindu Vedas such as ‎Rigveda, Atharvaveda, ‎Yajurveda, ‎Samaveda ...
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Has the Anukramani of the Shukla Yajur Veda ever been published in any form?

Each of the four Vedas consists of four parts: Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. But the core of the Vedas is the Samhitas, which consist of verses heard directly from the gods by sages ...
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What is Ayurved's relation with Vedas? [duplicate]

I know, every text book is directly or indirectly related to vedas. This 'Ayurveda', has a 'Ved' in it. By meaning it seems its another type of veda, but being four veda pillared, I didn't found any ...
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Who is the seer of the Isha Upanishad?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas consists of four portions: Samhitas, the core part of the Vedas which consist of hymns heard from the gods; Brahmanas, commentaries on the Samhitas ...
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Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas?

I would like to know if Hinduism and science contradict each other. This is an issue that arises in many religions, the most prominent example being Christianity and its disagreement with evolution. ...
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Why do the Vedas need to be recompiled every Dwapara Yuga?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas (literally seers) have heard sacred verses (mantras) directly from the gods during a state ...
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When did the Gayatri-Mantra appear?

The Gayatri-Mantra appeared in the Rigveda, which was composed between c. 1700–1100 BCE. This Mantra has probably been transmitted from masters to disciples, a long time before being written. ...
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Did the science of mathematics begin with the Vedas?

The History of Hindu Mathematics (Bibhutibhushan Datta and Avadesh Narayan Singh) vol.1 p.1: The earliest works available, the Vedas (c. 3,000 B.C. or probably much earlier), although consisting ...
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Where are the original versions of the Vedas?

Where are the original versions of the Vedas? Are our oldest scriptures lost in the history of time? Some say that they were lost due to the religious war which happened in the earlier days and some ...
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Did Indian music originate from the Samaveda?

What is the origin of Indian music? I've heard that music is derived from "Samaveda". Is it right? If yes, then what type of music is mentioned in Samaveda?