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Why is Kartikeya called as Guha?

Kartikeya is addressed as Guha many times in Mahabharat. What is the meaning of Guha and why is Kartikeya called as Guha? Here is one example from Sambhava Parva: The illustrious deity Guha, who ...
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Was Rama of Valmiki's Ramayana monogamous really? [duplicate]

According to Dr. Ambedkar's account(The Riddle of Rama), Rama used to spend his afternoons in the 'Zenana' where he enjoyed the company of seductive beauties like 'Apsaras, Uraga and Kinnari ...
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What is the real Hindu chronology?

Some people say that span of Sat Yug , Treta Yug , Dwapar Yug and Kali Yug are 17.28 Lakh , 12.96 Lakh , 8.64 Lakh and 4.32 Lakh years respectively. But recently I have gone though some books and ...
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Kalki Puran, who wrote it?

The document called Kalki Puran does not feel real. Please hear me and verify it. There were many yugas and many avatars of Lord Vishnu until today and even though every god and rishi were aware of ...
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Anandamaya kosha versus karana shareera

In advaita vedanta, they describe the body as being composed of 5 koshas :- Annamaya, Pranamaya , Manomaya , vigyanamaya, and Anandamaya There is another division into:- Sthula shareera, Sukshma ...
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Explain Karmanye

I have heard the verse from Bhagavad Gita that says Karmanye....... Which ask Arjuna to fight,without thinking about the consequences of it,as he has no right to its fruits,and that one should not ...
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Why do Vedas command sacrificing White and Black people? Is this racism against non-Indians?

Shatapatha Brahmana (शतपथ ब्राह्मण) section of the Vedas in sub-section 13.6.2 deals with who should be the victims of human sacrifice at the very end: He then SEIZES these eight MISSHAPEN ONES -- ...
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Do mountains stabilize the Earth? [closed]

In another question, someone asked if mountains have wings and it seems to be a widely reported idea. The basic idea, which you can see from the link, is that the mountains used to have wings but them ...
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Are things written in Hindu texts factually incorrect ? I think so [closed]

Just to make it clear the things written in Hindu texts have huge amount of knowledge in them and I have learnt a lot about life and philosophy from them. But I think the things written in Hindu texts ...
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How were Rakshas created?

Rakshas definitely don't fall under the four varna system . So, What is the story of creation of Rakshas ?
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How were women created by the Cosmic Man?

How were woman created by the Brahma or Cosmic man ? Women must have been created separately from men . What is the story of their creation ?
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Gautama maharshi's parents/ancestry

Who are Gautama maharshi, one of sapta rishis, parents and ancestors linking all the way to Brahma? Are there any stories related to his birth? Mahabharata describes him as son of Gotama but nothing ...
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Conflict in interpretation of “dharma”

We know of the verse in Bhagavad Gita Yada yada hi dharmasya... But then Sri Krishna also exhorts Arjuna to leave all dharma and surrender to Him alone. So if Sri Krishna descends to protect Dharma ,...
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Why does Krishna say that “I am the light of the sun and the moon…” when the moon has no light of its own?

Chapter 7 Shloka 8: O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man. Why did Krishna not ...
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Instances of rebirth in difference universe in sanathan dharma

Sanathan dharma has many instances regarding rebirth. For this question, I am classifying rebirth in to two categories according to the place of birth: Rebirth in the same physical universe Rebirth ...
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Is there any pramana of 'evil eyes' existence in shastras? [duplicate]

People usually believe in casting a bad eye or evil eyes but is this believe authentic in the light of shastras ?
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List the steps to perform astral projection

Astral projection is quite an interesting topic.Would someone please list down how it is done?What are its prerequisites? Is it another name for “travel of the subtle body”?
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According to Vedas, how to cook & eat sacrificed animal's meat?

I know Tantric and Puranic traditions may be different, but how to cook & eat animals as per Vedas? Rig Veda 10.28.3: अद्रिणा ते मन्दिन इन्द्र तूयान सुन्वन्ति सोमान पिबसि तवमेशाम |पचन्ति ते वर्षभा...
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Shraddha on Ekadashi day

If Shraddha falls on ekadashi day, should it be done on same day or done on dwadashi? What does puranas, smritis say about it? If done on ekadashi, how to feed Brahmana while they are fasting? Some ...
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Do Karma of others benefit/impact us (atma)?

It is very discussed that Karma of this life carried to next life. My question is whether Karma of someone else impacts us? People say "it's due parents punya/papa". Vyasa also says, for ...
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Fasting on ekasadhi in Sutak

I fast on Ekadasi, but due to death of a family member, wanted to ask if I can fast or not due to sutak?
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Did our Rishis mention any of our future events in Puranas?

I saw some social media posts that covid was mentioned in Puranas. Is this true? If yes, did our ancestors visualise our future? My point of view to this question is, there is 10th incarnation of lord ...
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What is the origin of the folklore that Tamil was revealed by Agastya?

Tamil is said by Tamilians to be a divine language revealed by Agastya. Does any scripture mention this legend?
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Are non-Tamil Dravidian languages like Kannada, Telugu, etc. revealed by rishis?

Folklore in Tamil Nadu says that Tamil was revealed by Shiva to Skanda and then to Agastya, who revealed it to humanity. Is the same folklore there for the other Dravidian languages like Kannada, etc.?...
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Ancestry of Bharath

In Mahabharat, Menaka on deputation from Indra to attract Vishwamitra unwittingly made themselves grand parents of a later brave Bharata King through Shakuntala.. So mythologically seen, the Kuru ...
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Is it possible to get the knowledge of Veda by doing any specific vrat/tap

I was wondering if there is any kind of yagya/tap/vrat that can be done to get the knowledge of Veda, becuase today all the copies of Veda are not complete and you can not get the true meaning of it ...
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Meaning of chitraguptha and its corresponding entity in Jiva

Chitragupta, according to widely known belief, is a god who stays near Yama and records all the karma of an individual. The actual meaning of Yama, according to a dictionary is The one who decides ...
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In Veda mantras, who exactly is intended by the 'nah' and 'no' (us and our)?

Veda mantras/suktams almost entirely seek benedictions/blessings in plural (us, our and we) and not in singular (me and my); this is why whether in Yajur veda mantras for Agni or Indra or Rudram (...
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Chandra Vamsha — Nahusha link to Budha [duplicate]

Mahabharata Adi Parva describes in detail the lunar dynasty. From Vaivaswata manu > Ila > Pururavas > Ayus to Nahusha. It was Pururavas who first brought from the region of the Gandharvas ...
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Why is Vishnu holding a Trishula here?

Found this image on the internet without any description Looks like Keshava but with a Trishul, Shankha, Chakra, Padma What's this particular form called?
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...
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Authentic sources of shukraniti?

Where can we get authentic book of shukraniti ? Please suggest some reliable sources online or offline.
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Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased? [closed]

Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased? I got this random thought whilst reciting Shiva Chalisa...I want to do something different that ...
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What are the rules for vanaprastha?

I want to know more about the tradition of vanaprastha. What are the norms of vanaprastha and who are entitled to it ? What are it's differences with Sanyasa ? also which texts they follow, do they ...
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The agony in the path to liberation

We know that there can be several stages before achieving liberation. At some stage (say pre-liberation), nearer to the liberation, sadhaka may attain knowledge of her previous lives and concludes ...
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How can one say Mahabharata is history? Why are Chiranjeevis (immortals) not seen today?

If Mahabharata is history, why are Chiranjeevis (immortals) like - Parashurama, Aswatthama, Kripacharya no longer seen? In the story of Mahabharata they appear frequently and were seen by common ...
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Can literally everyone attain Moksha?

All these concepts regarding Nitya-samsaris and tamo-yogyas sound sadistic and cruel, to say the least, and akin to Abrahamic religions. If the supreme God is so merciful and all-able, then shouldn't ...
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Relationship between the Navagrahas and the AshtaDikpalakas

Each of the 8 directions is associated with a presiding deity (East -- Surya, etc). Similarly, when we look at the Navagrahas, they are arranged in a particular way (what is the actual arrangement?) I ...
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Why are Asafoetida (Hing) and Brinjal(aka eggplant and aubergine) are offered as Prasadam while other non sattvik foods like onion/garlic not allowed

Onion and Garlic are prohibited to be offered as Prasadam to God. And are even classified as rajasic/tamasic according to Ayurveda. However Brinjal and Hing are also rajasic/sattvik(according to ...
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Is there any way to control uncontrollable or deviating thoughts according to Shastras?

I want to know if our Shastras mention how to control uncontrollable or deviating thoughts especially during prayer,Japa or Sadhna?
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Is it sinful to give non vegetarian food to a carnivore pet for the owner?

It is part of the nature of that animal, they don't have option like humans. So should this be sinful for someone to feed them ? Please guide
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Which Shaiva / Shaivite sect was started by or joined by Vishnu & Brahma?

According to Skanda Purana 1.3b.16 this happened after Shiva commanded his 2 creations - Vishnu & Brahma - to worship him as per the Agamas:- Viṣṇu and Brahmā wore matted hair and applied sacred ...
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Vishnu & Brahma worshiped Shiva in which cremation grounds (Shamshan Ghat) for 16000 years?

Shiva's supremacy was established after the Fiery Linga incident and he commanded Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas. They did so for sixteen thousand years. Skanda Purana 1.3b.16.62 :...
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Is a Japa Mala or Prayer Beads just a mantra counting system, or does it have a bigger significance?

Is a Japa Mala or Prayer Beads just a mantra counting system, or does it have a bigger significance? Does the material matter (for example, sandalwood beads, rudraksha beads, Tulsi beads, quartz ...
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Are there any list of Nagardevta/gramdevta of famous Indian cities?

A Nagardevta/Gramadevta is guardian deity of village who is worshipped by people of that Grama(village) and the deity protects the village. I am wondering who are the Nagardevta/gramadevta of famous ...
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Is there any difference between a normal person and a jivan muktha except perception?

In some texts like Yoga Vasista, I read that, normal persons have physical perception aka stula drishti and jivan mukthas has unified/ultimate perception aka tatva drishti. I am interpreting it as ...
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Can a Sudra be born as a Bramhana in his next birth?

I am not asking about Guna based system. Here 1 and 2 rising in varna hierarchy is mentioned but it says a Sudra will be born as a Vasihya then a Ksatriya and then a Bramhana. Cant a Sudra's next ...
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How Sanyasis are eligible to be initiated into Sri Vidya?

As per verse 66 from Ullasah 11, Kaularnava Tantra, Shastra clearly forbids Sanyasa प्रायश्चित्तं भृगोः पातं संन्यासं व्रतधारणम् । तीर्थयात्राभिगमनं कौलः पञ्च विवर्जयेत् ।। ६६ ।। Five actions and ...
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Shudras and learning Sanskrit

Were shudras not allowed to learn Sanskrit in the past times? If yes, then around when did this practice of not being allowed start?
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When did Rishi Uddhalak and Rishi Shwetaketu live?

Refer to this answer In the above answer , there is section of Mahabharat quoted in which Pandu is saying to Kunti that It was Rishi Shwetketu who banned adultery . Prior to that all women were free ...

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