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Tag for the Vedic or specifically Rigvedic deities including Mithra, Indra, Varuna, Aryaman, Aditi etc.

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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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Who is the god Pratyanika worshipped before Hindu marriages?

In this chapter of the Shankhayana Grihya Sutras, a text associated with the Rig Veda, part of the Hindu marriage ceremony is described. In preparing the bride for the marriage, the bride's family ...
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Is this true that Gods can not make their own food?

One of the main process of yajna is to prepare food to be offered to a particular deity which is known as havi. I have read somewhere that in order to maintain balance as being immortals the Gods can ...
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Who was Rishi Etesha and why was he racing with Surya?

I had earlier asked a question on Indra taking away a wheel from Surya's chariot and from the answer by Pushkar it turned out that he had done that to help his friend Rishi Etesha: There was ...
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What scriptures describe the love story of the sage Shyavashva Atreya?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani in my answer here, the sage who heard Rig Veda Book 5 Hymn 61 from the gods is Shyavashva Atreya. Here is what the hymn says in part: 1 O heroes lordliest ...
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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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Is the Hinduism we follow today baseless from a Vedic Perspective?

The Vedic (Rgvedic primarily) texts are quite different from the Puranic stories we know (and love) today. Does this mean the Puranic deities* we worship and stories we read are false from a Vedic ...
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Who are these deities mentioned in the Shatapatha Brahmana?

Shatapatha Brahmana 2.3.2 while talking about the Agnihotra fire-sacrifice mentions the following verses: Verily, in him that exists, these deities reside, to wit, Indra, king Yama, Nada the ...
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Do any other scriptures tell the story of Goddess Aranyani mentioned in Vedas?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 146 is dedicated to the forest goddess called Aranyani: 1 GODDESS of wild and forest who seemest to vanish from the sight. How is it that thou seekest not the village? Art ...
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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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Which of Shiva's Rudras was Kripacharya an incarnation of?

As I discuss in this answer, the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes exactly who incarnated as each of the major characters in the Mahabharata. Concerning Kripacharya, guru of the Pandavas and ...
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Why are vedic chants used to propitiate puranic deities?

Sama Veda for instance mostly has hymns to Indra, Agni, and Varuna, and yet we use these very hymns nowadays to worship Ganesha, Skanda, Shiva, and others. Where is the scriptural basis for doing so?
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How is Aryama linked to the Pitrs and how is his role different from Yama

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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What is the procedure for Agnishtoma ritual that leads to Heaven?

Agnishtoma is a Vedic ritual that takes its name from three hymns to Agni recited in it and was performed by those who want to ascend to heaven. This Hindupedia page - Agniṣṭoma gives the basic steps ...
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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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Who is Vena, the possible inspiration for Phoenix?

While researching about the phoenix I came across this interesting website that says: The Phoenix is a unique bird, there may only exist one at a time, which ... legend of Phoenix, the same bird is ...
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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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nyAsa on murti during prANa pratishthA

This wikipedia article says that during prANa pratishthA, nyAsa is done ON THE MURTI where various deities are installed in various parts of murti. The ritual typically involves a Puja, chanting ...
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What are 8 sacrificial cups with a vedic deity

While reading Brahma Upanishad I encountered following line from verse 2 And that state which he does not give up for a next one is called the waking state. (He carries all these states within ...
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What are the Stotras to worship Indra, Agni, Vayu, Soma, and Yama?

What are the Mantras in Epics, Puranas and Agamas and also, other Stotras to worship Indra, Agni, Vayu, Soma, and Yama?
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What is the scripture verificiton of the sine-wave based seven vedic gods concept?

some of These picture everyone can see flying around the net, tellings about 7 modes of the supreme bhrahman realities. i thinks , There is some of the peculiar answers in several platforms regarding ...
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The eighteen faced goddess

I was drawing a comparison between a local goddess from Kullu in Himalaya, one from mainstream Hinduism. Could you help me with it? Here's the information the temple priest gave me, and here I quote, ...
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What is the story of Janaka meeting with the gods of the Days and Nights?

This excerpt from the Taittiriya Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes the building of the Savitra altar, during which the names of the days and nights of the Hindu calendar are recited. The ...
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Curse(s) on Gayatri

In some sandhyavandan books, there is a procedure known as Gayatri shrapvimochan (गायत्री श्रप्विमोचन or Gayatri curse removal) and it has the following 4 curse removal steps: Brahma Shrapvimochan (...
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Can anyone please provide me with a link or pdf of rig veda khilani for reading online.?

I have been searching rig veda Khilani or khila (which are later additional hymns to rig veda including shri suktam) for so many days, but I couldn't find it. So can anyone please provide me with the ...
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Why Indra, Surya, Garuda, and Bruhaspati together in this shanti mantra?

One of the shanti mantras from Atharva Veda reads as स्वस्ति न इन्द्रो वृद्धश्रवाः स्वस्ति नः पूषा विश्व्वेदाः । स्वस्ति नस्तार्क्ष्यो अरिष्टनेमिः स्वस्ति नो बृहस्पतिर्दधातु ॥ The popular meaning ...
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Does the word Shiva have different meanings and interpretation in different texts?

Upon reading the insightful answer What is the meaning of the word Shiva I was both enlightened as well as perplexed. In the answers, various references to different texts give different meanings to ...
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Did Lord Vishnu fight battles in the company of Indra Deva?

Rig veda describes Lord Vishnu as an ally of Indra dev, so is there any story where they have fought battles together or is it an indication to Vamana avatar?
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Can Vedic Deva Prajapati be connected to Vishnu, not to Brahma?

I know that Prajapati will later be connected to Brahma, and in many rig-Vedic passages He is connected with several other devas, such as Indra, Soma, etc. But what caught my attention, is that it is ...
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What is the difference between Brahman,ParaBrahman,Bhagvan,Ishvara and ParamAtma?

What are the differences between the various terms. I assume Ishvara might be Sagun Rupa of Brahman but so is Isvara? Are they all same?