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What does the expression “kalpa bheda” mean?

I see this expression a lot to explain seeming contradictions in puranas. kalpa-bheda could mean difference between kalpas - does that mean all puranic stories happen repeatedly from one kalpa to the ...
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Why do Vadakalai Sri Vaishnavas believe that Advaita liberation is not eternal?

Members of the Sri Vaishnava sect of Hinduism, especially the Iyengars (Sri Vaishnavas who are Brahmanas), are divided into two sub-sects, Thenkalais and Vadakalais. These two sub-sects both agree on ...
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Who are Pancha brahmas' Lalita Devi sits on and Why are they called so?

Lalita Sahasranama(the thousand names of Lalitha tripura Sundari) is a hymn found in the Uttara Khanda of Brahmanda Purana. In the Lalitha sahasranama, one of the names is Pañcabrahmāsanasthitā ...
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Why did Lord Shiva take 44 avatars if his primary role is to be the destroyer?

Lord Maha Vishnu is the protector of whole universe and he said that he will take avatars whenever there is degradation of righteousness on this planet. Famous dashavatars are the avatars of Lord ...
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Supreme Brahman in Hinduism

Here is What i understood after reading various stories from Puranas and Mahabharatha and theories of Creationism. Vishnu Purana states Vishnu is Supreme God or Supreme Brahman. Also I read ...
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What is the significance of Satagopuram?

Why is it placed on our head after Darsan? If I am correct, the Satagopuram is not offered in Shakthi temples. What is the reason behind this? (In which kind of temples can this be seen?) Do we ...
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Have any Swaminarayan commentaries on the Brahma Sutras been translated into English?

Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And in turn they started the four main Sampradayas or traditions of Vaishnavism: ...
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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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What is the story of Somanath Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Godesses Saraswati in Linga Purana states: सर्वं लिंगमयं लोकं सर्वं लिंगे प्रतिष्ठितम् । तस्मात्सर्वं परि...
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How do I control and slay indriyas (senses)?

I've recently read the 3rd chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. At the end, the following is said to get control over the indriyas (senses): इन्द्रियाणि मनो बुद्धिरस्याधिष्ठानमुच्यते । एतैर्विमोहयत्येष ज्ञा...
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Is the ultimate purpose of life only to serve God?

I wonder at this question, because as with most major religions, it seems all you are mostly meant to do is to serve/devote yourself to God. It also seems that even in Hinduism this is the only way to ...
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Is Maya superior to Brahman as per Advaita philosophy?

As per Advaita school of Vedanta; living entity is identical to supreme brahman. Advaitins generally interpret 'Aham Brahmasmi' as 'I'm supreme Brahman'(please correct me if i'm wrong). We are ...
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Ages of Ramayana's characters

I have not found any specific reference in the Ramayana about: What was the age of Dasharatha when Lord Rama was born? What was the age difference amongst the four brothers (Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata ...
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Is each of the 18 Mahapurans related to a different Kalpa?

While researching for an answer I came across the reference of Padma Puran having been revealed in the Padma Kalpa which was the last day of the 50th year of Brahma. Currently we are in the Varah ...
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Why did Sri Rama banish Lady Sita when he was a witness of her fire-test himself?

Sri Rama was a great and just king of Ayodhya. There were some rumors reported by his subjects against the purity of Lady Sita. So, as per the Raja Dharma, Rama had to banish Sita. But was it against ...
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Why is Lord Shiva called Pashupati? Who are the Pashus?

Pashu means those whose which are tied and thus Pashupati literally means Lord of those which are tied. Pashu also means Cattles/Animals, and Pashupati also means Lord of Animals The name PashuPati ...
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Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature?

Is there any story behind Karna's miserable life despite his benevolent nature? Any prior karma in a previous life to justify his current life? I read it somewhere that when Karna died, Lord Krishna ...
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Why did Vedvyasa mention his shishya Jaimini's opinion/saying in Brahma Sutra?

I started reading the BrahmaSutra and have completed 1.2. I found Vedavyasa mentions Jaimini in his sutra: साक्षादप्यविरोधं जैमिनिः।।1.2.28।। Jaimini (declares that there is) no contradiction ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna's lover Nappinnai?

Most people know about Radha, who is said to be Krishna's lover and his favorite among the Gopis, whom Krishna spent time with during his childhood in Vrindavan and Gokulam. She's revered by many ...
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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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Who are Yakshas?

We have heard and read lot of stories involving Yakshas like Kuber was a Yaksha, there was an encounter of Yudhisthir with Yaksha who asked seven questions to him(ofcourse that was revealed to be ...
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How was lord Dattatreya born?

Lord Dattatreya is supposed to be the form of the trinity gods born on Earth and I saw that he has three faces, each of which resembles one god of the trinity (i.e lord Shiva, lord Vishnu, and lord ...
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What are the valid and foolproof methods of determining whether a certain scripture is interpolated or not?

It is believed that certain Hindu Scriptures (specially portions of some of the Puranas) were interpolated on a date much after its original creation. Such interpolated texts are often used by small ...
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Do any Vedic verses depict Lord Vishnu to be supreme?

Are there any verses from Vedas and the Upanishads that show Lord Vishnu as supreme?
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Why did all the Pandavas marry Draupadi?

Why did all the Pandavas (i.e. Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva) marry the same woman i.e., Draupadi? What was the circumstance under which they had to marry Draupadi?
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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

With popular belief Krishna advices Yudhisthira to tell lie to Drona about "Killing of Ashwatthama" for the sake of saving remaining Paandava army from being annihilated. But according to ...
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Who is considered Hindu?

Keeping geographical location aside, who is considered to be a Hindu? (i.e. not belonging to other religions) Should that person accept authority of someone (Vedas, some God, philosophy etc.)?
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Are there any English translations of the Bhavishyottara Purana or just the Srinivasa Kalyana section?

Most people are only familiar with the Bhavishya Purana, one of the 18 Mahapuranas (major Puranas) which deals primarily with prophecies about the future. But the Bhavishya Purana also comes with an ...
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Is the Satvata Samhita, the oldest Pancharatra text, available online in English?

Before the time of the sage Vyasa, people had a very different understanding of which gods were important than the understanding we have today. The Vedic mantras had not yet been compiled into the ...
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What is the need of creation?

Questions How was the Universe created? and What is the source of creation according to Upanishads? talk about many aspects of creation. But my questions are: What is the need of creation? Why Brahma ...
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Which scripture describes the procedure for an ideal marriage including how to find the ideal bride or groom?

Like Grihya Sutras and Brahmanas of Vedas give details of how 16 Samskaras should be performed, is there any scripture which gives ideal procedure for finding and marrying the ideal bride or groom? ...
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What is the story of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real?

On Wikipedia, it is given that Pandu asks his sons to eat his flesh and only Sahadeva does so because of which he gains ability to see the future but Krishna asks him not to reveal anything to anyone. ...
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What are some Hindu organizations open to converts

I'm a would be converted and would like to ask for suggestions for Hindu organizations with an online presence (and preferably an online community) that are open to converts and enquirers. The ...
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Do any texts explicitly forbid Hindus from eating beef?

I have been told many a times that I shouldn't eat beef because I am a Hindu by religion. Even though I have never worshiped a cow in my life or interacted with any on more than exotic basis, I find ...
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Why does each incarnation of Vishnu need an “officiating priest”?

This chapter of the Matsya Purana enumerates various incarnations that Vishnu has taken during the course of the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). But along with each incarnation, ...
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Is Gautama Buddha an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Some Hindus believe that the Gautama Buddha is one of the Dashavatara; others replace him with Balarama (and sometimes other figures, but mostly Balarama). Which groups of Hindus believe that the ...
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Do Hindus believe in Adam and Eve? If not, who is the first person (man or woman) in this world?

Does any Hindu scripture mention anything about Adam and Eve? According to Hinduism, who is the first person (man or woman) in this world?
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What are 16 shastras?

I learned from internet that there are 16 shastras, But I didn't find valid source for list of those shastras. Can you tell me please the what are those 16 shastras? Are there any upa-shastras (sub-...
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Was Ravana actually a villain? Or was he a devotee of Lord Vishnu?

Ravana was one of the greatest devotees of Lord Siva. He also worshiped Lord Brahma and the two of them had given him enormous powers. Among the Trimurthis, only Lord Vishnu punished him as Lord Rama. ...
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What is maya and why is it there?

I have read bhagavad gita where krishna mentions maya to be a illusion and everything in this is world is made of maya. What I don't understand is if everything is made up of maya then why is krishna ...
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Why casteism (varṇa system) is based on birth instead of present guṇa-s & karma-s?

I've witnessed many Dwija-s behaving in lowly manner resorting to material pleasures, cruelty, ignorance, etc. & bereft of dhārmic conscience. On the other hand, I have witnessed many Śūdra-s ...
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What are the meditation techniques found in the scriptures?

There is so much emphasis on Meditation in Hinduism. Can common meditation techniques of today be traced to scriptural sources? I have heard through word of mouth that Transcendental Meditation ...
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Differences between Advaita & Vishishtadvaita

As we know that (and Keshav Srinivasan has written many times): The most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school And there are sub schools of Vedanta which are graphically shown ...
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Remarriage in Sanātana Dharma

Marriage in Sanātana Dharma was or is never a personal matter instead it is a social matter and responsibility. We all know that, there is no concept of "divorce" in Hinduism. But somehow, our law ...
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Time travel in Hindu scripture

A text says that a king named Kakudmi time-traveled in a two-way trip (Earth ⇒ Brahmaloka and Brahmaloka ⇒ Earth). It also says that there is difference in frequency of times at different planes in ...
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Why did Lord Rama strike from behind to kill Vaali?

According to the Ramayana, when Sugriva approached Lord Rama for help in taking his kingdom and wife back from his monstrous brother Vaali, Lord Rama helped him by killing Vaali from behind without ...
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Ashvatthaman's immortality?

I'm puzzled by Ashvatthaman's status as a chiranjivi. Not necessarily that he is one, but more the circumstances surrounding it. To wit, Ashvatthaman is made to wander the earth endlessly for 3000 ...
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What is the relationship between Hinduism and atheism?

I have recently read somewhere that atheism is the pillar of Hinduism. If Hindus don't believe in God then why do they worship Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Kali etc.? Is atheism followed by all Hindus ...
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What is the story of Kasi Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...

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