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What are the Avatarams of Vishnu described in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana?

In the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, after Rama kills Ravana and rescues his wife Sita, he tells Sita to walk through fire to (to others) prove that she is still faithful to him. She walks through ...
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What does the word 'Asura' mean in the Vedas?

The Danavas and Daityas are referred to as Asuras in the Puranas but in The Vedas many Devas are also referred as Asuras. May the golden-handed, life-bestowing, well-guiding, exhilarating and ...
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Who is kaal? What is kaal?

Who is kaal? What is kaal? What does vedas say about this vedic god? Is he vedic god? Is kaal different from Yamadeva?
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Why is Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23 Verse 1 not used for summoning or praying to ganpati?

As mentioned in answer to this question, Rig-veda verse 1 as follows ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः षृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीदसादनम् ॥ cannot ...
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Is Yami the twin sister of Yama?

I want to know more about Yami. It is believed that there was a twin sister of Yama named Yami.
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Who is Narayana among the Sadhyas?

Most people only know about the Vishnu Sahasranamam, the famous hymn of the thousand names of Vishnu. But the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, the same Parva which contains the Vishnu ...
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Which Vedic verses declare Lord Brahma as supreme?

Lord Brahmaa is a very important figure in Vedic tradition. He is referred to as PrajApatI and hiranyagarbha in the Vedas. As per Puranic tradition he is the part of trimurti's or trinity. However, ...
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Is Indra the chief god of the Vedas?

While some puranas describe Indra as a devotee of Lord Vishnu or other gods, the Vedas, in contrast depict Lord Indra as the most important gods. This is visible across the length and breadth of the ...
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Why is the divine architect Vishwakarma considered a descendant of Bhrigu?

Every Brahmin is a descendant of sages, which is why every Gotra or clan of Brahmins has an associated list of Pravaras, a list of the sages they're descended from. For instance, I am a Brahmana ...
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Why is Devi Ambika called Lord Shiva's sister in Yajurveda?

Goddess Ambika is considered the wife of Lord Shiva but here Yajurveda calls Devi Ambika the sister of Lord Shiva: एष ते रुद्र भाग: सह स्वस्त्राम्बिकया तं जुषस्व स्वाहैष ते रुद्र भाग S आखुस्ते ...
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Who are the eight vasus?

The list of 33 types of gods in Hinduism comprises 12 Adityas, 8 vasus, among others. The 12 Adityas are said to be sons of Aditi and include Varuna the water god, Vivasvan or Surya. The 8 vasus ...
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Are Vedic Gods Tvashtar And Vishwakarma the same?

Lord tvastar is an artisan God who is praised In the Vedas and Vishwakarma is also considered An artisan God in puranas and epics. So are these the different names of the same god or are they two ...
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Why did Tvastar, the father of Vritra fashion the Vajra that killed his own son?

The Shatpatha Brahmana states that Vritra was created by Tvastar to avenge the killing of Trisiras by Indra. However, many verses in RV call Tvastar the creator of Vajra for example Rigved 1.32.1 says:...
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How do the Vedas sing, at the beginning middle and end, of Brahman?

(At least read the main Question portion, the explanation before it and the note below it are very long) One has to understand a scripture gets its sanctity when it is attributed to wholly to Brahman. ...
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Is there any online Anukramanika (Index of Sages and deities) for Krishna Yajurveda?

Is there a list of seers and devatas of the mantras of krishna yajurveda? Is there any online reference which details the chapters of Krishna Yajurveda and its related rishis and devatas?
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Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance?

I know that Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar are representations of creation, protection, and destruction cycles. Do they really exist as entities with a specific appearance?
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Who is Aja Ekapada and why is this form of Lord Shiva very rare in Hinduism?

From what I have researched so far,Aja Ekapada is considered as one of the Rudras of Lord Shiva.The various forms which depicts include Ekapada Shiva,the one legged shiva,the ekapad trimurthy(Brahma ...
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Which all Gods and Goddesses are being referred in Vedas?

I found that many people get confused between Vedas and Puranas due to the reason that a certain deity is being referred in Puranas/other books but there is no reference of him/her in Vedas. So, I ...
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Do the Devas not actually eat or drink?

Ramanujacharya, in his commentary on the Brahma Sutras, says this in his commentary for sutra 3.1.7: That eating the soul means no more than satisfaction with it, may also be inferred from the ...
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What is the story of the three previous Agnis who passed away?

The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.3.3 mentions the following interesting conversation between Agni and the other gods: He then lays the (three) enclosing-sticks (paridhi) around (the fire). The reason ...
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Who are Pitru Devatas? Is Pitru Dosha caused due to the Pitru Devatas being unhappy?

Who are Pitru Devatas? Is Pitru Dosha caused due to the Pitru Devatas being unhappy? How many generations of ancestors are counted as Pitru Devatas?
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What is the story of Savitṛ deity?

What is the story of Savitṛ deity? I am really confused between him and Surya, are they related? As per Wikipedia: Savitr disappeared as an independent deity from the Hindu pantheon after the end ...
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Who is the god Tvashtar?

Who is Tvashtar deva? Is he Lord Ganesha? This is from reference to Rigveda where they wrote :Sukta 13, verse 132 Eha tvashtarmagriyam Vishwaroopamupaya Hraye | Asmakmastu kevalah || Meaning: (...
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How is Aryama linked to the Pitrs, and how is his role different from Yama's?

It is said that the Vedic god Aryama, the son of Aditi, is the foremost among the Pitrs or manes. This has also been stated by Lord Vasudeva in the 10th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita: अनन्तश्चास्मि ना...
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How many indra are there till now?

I came to know that "Indra" is nothing but a designation/post given to a person. so I want to know that how many Indra are there till now and what was there family background (like there real name,...
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Does Rig Veda declare Gods to be immortal?

There may be some poetic descriptions of Soma conferring immortality - but are the Gods explicitly declared to be immortal in Rig Veda?
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Why is the Milky Way called aryamṇáḥ pánthāḥ?

In the Rig Veda, Aryaman is described as the protector of mares, and the Milky Way (aryamṇáḥ pánthāḥ) is said to be his path. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryaman
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What kind of food does God eat?

Do gods eat their own creations; Do they have any appetite?
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Does the Narayanastra weapon of Vishnu summon the Rudras?

The Drona Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Drona's son Ashwatthama, desperate to avenge his father's death, launched the Narayanastra, the illustrious weapon of Vishnu. The Narayanastra wreaked ...
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What can we expect from god?

Can we expect help from god? What exactly can we expect because I see some people praying but not all their prayers are getting fulfilled therefore I conclude god doesn't work like that, I see people ...
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Who are the Rashmi gods worshiped before a Yagna?

In this excerpt from the Baudhayana Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, a ritual is described where a person who wants to perform a Yagna (fire ritual) begs the priests to give him ...
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Division of Navagrahas based on gender

In Vedic astrology, is there division of 9 planets (Grahas) by Gender? If so, is it related to qualities (Gunas) of the Graha or the deity associated with it?
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