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What is the story of Rameshwaram 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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Liberated souls come back [duplicate]

Do the souls which attained moksha in this creation again come back to earth to undergo birth and death process in the next creation which takes place after mahapralay?
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Are there any references to Gravity in Hindu Scriptures?

Are there any references to Gravity or any fundamental forces in Hindu Scriptures viz. Vedas, Upanishands and Puranas or any Scientific Vedic Scriptures?
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In which month of pregnancy a soul enters in to a new body(foetus)?

When I was going through this question and this question came across that, after the death of a body, the soul has three choices that is heaven, hell and moksha. It is said that if soul/atma left the ...
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Why did Lord Shiva fight with Lord Vishnu?

What were the reason(s) behind the fight between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu? I think the Harivamsa Parva of the Mahabharata narrates this incident. The story goes like this: Mahadev makes Goddess ...
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Vedas and Vedic dharma on homosexuality

This link describes that the Vedas have no problem with homosexuality: In contemporary India LGBT people face discrimination and marginalization. This results from cultural attitudes imposed by the ...
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Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?

On what days is a haircut or shaving (Kshoura) or a nailcut allowed and on what days is it prohibited? Are they different between sampradayas? Are we allowed to cut hair/beard ourselves? Or should ...
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What are some scientific facts described in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

Bṛhat samhita- chapter 35 (6th century CE) describes formation of rainbow. This was later proposed by Sir Issac Newton nearly after 11 centuries. The verse is as follow. सूर्यस्य विवधवर्णाः पवनेन ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

I have always believed that Lord Rama was a vegetarian, but after reading certain blogs I found out that there might be certain verses in Ramayana (like the one below) which indicate quite the ...
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Do methods of worship change according to yugas?

Are there different methods of worshiping God in different yugas? For example, in the Sathya Yuga, the major method of worship is meditation or yagas. In Kaliyuga - chanting of God's name. I have ...
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Do we have any details about the oldest idol of any Hindu God found anywhere in the world?

What is the oldest idol of any Hindu God being found anywhere in the world? If possible provide some details about how much old it was. How did it look like? And what material was it made of? Please ...
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Is Hanuman going to be future Brahma?

I have read in multiple forums, which talks about Hanumana being rewarded as future Brahma. Can anyone point out, where exactly it is mentioned that he is going to be future Brahma?
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Is the complete Shiva Purana available online in English?

I already have a PDF of 812 pages in Hindi language but I find that the language/words used are sometimes a bit tough to understand. I have visited some sites which have downloadable versions in ...
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How is evolution portrayed?

In Hinduism, is there a concept of evolution? If so, how it it portrayed? I seen a YouTube video that I am unable to find again that says that the Vedic text says that beings evolve from most complex ...
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In which scriptures can we find the original stories of the Mahavidyas?

The Dash Mahavidyas are an enigmatic group of goddesses worshiped majorly in the Tantrik disciplines but except Kali, the origins of most are unclear. In which scriptures can we find more about the ...
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If karma works, why are so many evil or corrupted people successful?

The world have so many evil or corrupted people who are successful. If karma is applicable to people, why do good people have to struggle?
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Why did Sita have a past life?

Sita is the incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi and is said to have been the reincarnation of Vedavati, also an incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi. The story about Vedavati seems like only a prelude ...
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Was the story of adultery of Indra in the story of Ahalya a PRAKSHIPTA?

If Lord Indra is a "womaniser" as described as in the Puranic Literature, can anyone tell as to how many women fall prey to him? Only Ahalya's story occurs to me. So we have to closely examine the ...
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Original Ramayana and Mahabharata [closed]

Was the name "Ramayana" given to Ramayana by sage Valmiki or is it people who just call it by that name? If not, then what was the name given by Valmiki? Is the Ramayana book written by the sage ...
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Why did Laxman get injured by Indrajit's 'shakti' weapon?

In Ramayana, Indrajit was able to hit Laxman by his special weapon named Shakti. Due to this Laxman went very near to death. Now Lord Hanuman went to Himalaya & brought Sanjivani. This way Laxman ...
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What are Mahavakyas?

I heard that तत्त्वमसि (Tat Tvam Asi) is the Mahavakya. So, I want to know what are the Mahavakyas and which are they?
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What is the overall take of Hinduism on menstruation?

One of the debated topic related to Hinduism is menstruation and related matters. There are some texts including smritis which seem to depict menstruation with antipathy. In some of the regions and ...
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Where is this Srimad Bhagavatam verse about the different forms of Moksha?

According to Vaishnavism, there are six kinds of liberation from Samsara (the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth). They're each defined in relation to Vishnu, since Vaishnavas consider Vishnu to be ...
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Clarification regarding adultery, extra-marital relations

Apologies if this seems a very sensitive issue but can you please help me understand what is considered an adultery? If married male and female partners have mutually agreed and happy to have extra-...
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What is the relation of Saraswati (Vak) with the River Saraswati and Trinity or Brahman?

What is the relation or connection of Saraswati (Vak - Vani) with the River Saraswati and with the Hindu Trinity or Brahman?
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Is Shiva or Rudra born and is he still alive? Was he killed or merged with supreme brahman at any point of time?

Is there any references in Vedas, ithihasas and puranas or any scriptures about birth of Siva or Rudra? Also, shiva purana says that Siva also has incarnations. So are all these incarnations still ...
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What is the importance of the Tulsi plant (Holy basil)?

The Tulsi plant has a significant role in Hinduism and its rituals. It is considered a holy plant, and in front of every Hindu house, there will be a Tulsi plant. Why is it considered a holy plant? ...
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Different Ramayanas

I have heard different tales of Ramayana while travelling to different parts of India. The basic story remains the same but slight differences do exist. What really concerns me is the way Ravan ...
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What is the purpose of tamasic purana if it leads to hell?

In padma purana it classifies some puranas as rajasic and tamasic, specifically it says tamasic puranas will lead to hell. I do not understand this verse, as it seems to contradict what I have known ...
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Why did god create us even though he knew that we will partake in adharma? [duplicate]

God knows that humans will partake in adharma. So why did he create us?
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What will happen when all atmans get moksha? [duplicate]

In Vedanta philosophy, the different schools of thought like Vishishta-Advatia, Advaita, Dwaita etc. agree upon the following facts: 1. There are constant numbers of jeevatman in the universe/Samsara ...
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Is it permissible to deny the authority of Manusmriti?

Is it permissible to deny the authority of Manusmriti considering that all the four major schools of Hinduism(Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and Smarta tradition) only consider Vedas and Upanishads ...
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Does the Taittiriya Upanishad quote a hymn of the Sama Veda?

The Taittiriya Upanishad constitutes the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Vallis (sections) of the Taittiriya Aranyaka of the Yajur Veda. The last of these is known as the Bhrigu Valli, and here is how it ...
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Is the vedic supreme God different from the puranic supreme God?

Is the vedic supreme God different from the puranic supreme God? If not, then why is the puranic concept of God trimurty and vedic concept, brahman?
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Brahmanda Purana English translation

I am trying to find a proper English translation of Brahmanda Purana. I have seen one in archive.org. The translation is done by author Dr. G.V. Tagare. But it has omitted multiple verses saying ...
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How do the scriptures describe an ideal Sanyasi?

This page describes some of the Dharmas that a "Sanyasi" has to follow. For example, a Sanyasi: Should always have a dhanda (bamboo staff) and kamandulu (used for abulations made of wood). If ...
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What are the different schools of thoughts in Hinduism and what is the difference between each of them?

There are many schools of thought in Hinduism that have their own philosophy and their own way to attain Moksha. From this Hindu point of view, there are six major schools of orthodox (astika) Indian ...
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How was the Madhu Vidya passed down before Dadhichi?

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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Did Trisiras predict his own death in a Vedic hymn?

Trisiras (AKA Vishwarupa) was the three-headed son of the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishwakarma). He was extremely devout, even serving as temporary guru of the gods when Brihaspati had abandoned ...
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What are the Kashmir Agamas defended in Yamunacharya's lost work?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts or Agamas consisted of detailed ...
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Is there any mention of boon deadlock in scriptures?

Gods give boons to different people based on what they ask but what if Person A gets a boon that he will kill everyone he wars against in the next 10 years. Person B gets a boon that he cannot be ...
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Who gives Moksha?

Lord Krishna is the supreme Being according to the Bhagavad Gita and is the giver of moksha. Also, can all the avatars of Vishnu give moksha? Like Lord Govinda, Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, Lord ...
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Was Nandi really a bull?

The general belief about Nandi (related to Lord Shiva) is that he is a bull who is generally in human form but at times changes into the form of a bull. But after reading Shiva Purana, I feel that ...
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Where are Heaven and Hell?

Although it might look a bit kiddish I am curious to know is there any description present in any of the Hindu scriptures that tells us about where the heaven and hell actually are. I have heard ...
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World is real even according to Advait Vedanta?

While reading a Jivanmuka Shri Ramana Maharshi I read the following passage (You can/should read more from here) - The Vedantins do not say that the world is unreal. That is a misunderstanding. If ...
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Do the Aitareya and Brihadaranyaka Upanishads correctly interpret two hymns of Vamadeva?

Let me preface this by saying that I don't intend to question the wisdom of the divine Upanishads; I'm just trying to resolve my confusion. As you can see in the Anukramani I provided in my answer ...
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Is it a sin to chant mantras without initiation?

Is chanting any mantra without initiation a sin? What do scriptures say about this?
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What are the order & duties of the children born from intermixing/hybridisation of 4 classes?

There are 4 classes in descending order: BrAhmaNa Kshatriya Vaishya Shudra If a man of class X mates with a woman of class X, then definitely the child will inherit the class X. How the ...
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Why does Lord Shiva fulfill wishes of evil people also?

Ravana was Lord Shiva's devotee. Lord Shiva was impressed with Ravana's tapasya and fulfilled his dream. My question is, Ravana was evil and took Sita from Rama, then why did Lord Shiva help him? I ...
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I want to know the exact explanation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Can any one give the exact explanation of this mantra? What is the logic behind chanting this Mantra? How the mind of a person related to this and is it true that we can save the life of a dying ...

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