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Did Rama follow brahmacharya during aranyavasa?

I recently heard that Rama followed brahmacharya during his aranya-vasa, which is very likely to be true. Which scripture says it?
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How to do penance for breaking promise to lord surya Narayana and hanuman ji? [closed]

I once gave vow to lord Hanuman and Surya that I shall stay celibate for sometime , but I broke it continuously know iam feeling all guilty and want to do penance. Please suggest me correct way of ...
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Can a person see his family after death?

Is it possible that a person can see his family after his death? If yes, then how is it logically possible without eyes? I am not asking for vasanas that a person carries from one birth to another ...
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How are people from different countries put into the varna system [duplicate]

1). Who was the first human couple in hinduism from which the population began, what were their varna ,and how did other varna originate from them? Since in vedas god says that he created the Varna’s ...
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What is significance of cloth being tied to tree in this Sri. Shanskaracharya movie

I come across a scene at 29.13 second in the below movie on Shree Shankaracharya where he tied a cloth to tree. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b6InzqxrrQ What is significance of this cloth?
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Shankaracharya on performing activities with meditation

I have read in multiple places that Shankaracharya champions the idea that whereas mere works (that is, those that are not accompanied with meditation) lead one only to the worlds of manes to the ...
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Hanuman Chalisa is written in which dialect?

I am fascinated by the language used in Hanuman Chalisa and I have couple of questions related to Hanuman Chalisa. I hope someone will surely help me know them. Who wrote Hanuman Chalisa and what ...
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What Ramanuja says about the concept of Ishta-Devata

as a concept included in the various Vedanta traditions, what specifically does Ramanuja say about this concept? does he preach to worship only Vishnu avataras? Or does he allow a model closer to ...
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What is a para-aatmaa?

Hinduism believes in the highest concept of supreme soul called as Param-Atma. I have doubt if there is something called as Para-Atma in Hindu religion?
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could someone provide solution to exorcism of human to human possession? remove astral attachment of another human being?

if astral travel is possible and then human soul can enter another living human..is there any way to remove that astral body of another living human being which has entered you? hope i have simplified ...
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What else do the gods have besides avatars? Do the gods have something like manifestations and expansions of their being?

Something like superior forms or true forms that exist in a higher level of reality and what we see or know in reality does not represent the true form of the gods, being their true form absolutely ...
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Who is an “Adhishtathri”?

I have heard that Lord Shiva made Mother Parvati the “adhishtathri” of tantra sidhdhi. I have also heard ISKCON Acharyas saying that Mother Parvati is the “adhistathri” of maya. I would like an answer ...
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Do people who have no sons go to hell? [duplicate]

Is it true that people who have no sons go to hell no matter how good they were in their life. Also if in someone's lineage no son is born , the ancestors also fall in hell ? There is a story in ...
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What are the 8 directions in Sanskrit and the corresponding Adhi Devata (Presiding Deity)? [duplicate]

I have heard that Hinduism recognizes 8 directions (plus up and down). What are these in Sanskrit and in English and who is the corresponding presiding deity for each?
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Is it true that Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones? What is this story?

Someone said that in a YouTube Comments that Devi Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones. I don't know if this is true. What is the story related to it?
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Did devas, asuras and normal humans exist in the same world together during any time?

Also, I have read some versions stating that devas and asuras are not classified based upon races but classified based upon their behaviour. Why did asuras had to be perceived as evil people. I mean ...
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What are problems created by Rahu Kethu and Shani grahas?

Problems are problems right, but why we have 3 different grahas to create problems? Are there any differences in the problems created by Rahu, Kethu, Shani grahas and what are they?
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Is the birth details or Janam Kundali or horoscope of Sri Krishna mentioned in any Scripture?

Is Sri Krishna's authentic Janam Kundali or birth details (date of birth, place of birth and time of birth) available? Is it mentioned in any Puranas or any scripture?
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What is the reference of the given verse?

The Shatapatha Brahmana, a Hindu text written by the Vedic Sage Yajnavalkya, states that the "sun strings to himself ... worlds on a thread" . Source Wikipedia What is the exact verses(sun ...
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Did any shakaracharya debate with adharmic religions?

Did any Shankaracharya debate with adharmic (like Islam,Christianity) religions.
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Direction of facing while doing Sashtang Namaskar?

Which direction should a prostrated body face while doing sashtanga pranam to a diety/guru? My understanding was that the deity is in front of a devotee and while doing sashtanga pranam, the ...
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Is there any correction for varnasankara?

Is it true that the varna sankara in a lineage gets cleared after 7 generations, if it is not repeated in successive generations? If yes, please provide some scriptural evidence to support it.
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What is the concept of God according to Vaisheshika school of philosophy?

Vaisheshika school is a school of philosophy in Hinduism that believes in God. So what is the concept of God according to Vaisheshika. Is God the creator of the universe? Is he omnipotent, omnipresent ...
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Is ‘Vayu Purāṇa’ a synonym for the Shiva Purāṇa and what is the reason for it having two names?

The Matsya Purāṇa, while enlisting the 18 mahapuranas says the following with reference to the fourth one, also known as the Shri Shiva Purāṇa With reference to the Śvetakalpa, the dharma which Vayu ...
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Mention of Dvija in Mahabharat?

For whom the word Dvija is used in Mahabharat ? I have heard that in Mahabharat the word Dvijottama (best of twice borns) is used and it is ascribed to Dron. What is the truth of the word "Dvija&...
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Who is the twice born Purusha?

This video is the recital of the Narayan Suktam. From 0:25-0:29,the translation reads: O Living One ,comparable to the twice born Universal Truth,Purusha.. Can someone please explain this concept of ...
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How to know our Swadharma as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita?

As mentioned in Bhagavad Gita that we should follow our own Swadharma rather than copying others but how to know our own Swadharma? One might say that it is the activity without which you tend to be ...
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How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?

How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?
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Do the karma continue to affect one's life even after death?

There are many people from the past who are remembered till this day. Like adi shankara, Netwon, Albert Einstein, Jesus and other great people. We respect them even after there death. So, is this ...
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What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)?

What were Adi Shankaracharya's views on Samhita(ritualistic part of the Vedas)? Did he believe that Samhita are equal to upanishad and are authoritative and eternal? And should/can one follow the ...
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Fasting as a reason for downfall of the hundred Kauravas (sons of Gandhari)

Consider the following verse regarding prohibited vrat Gandhari fasted on a day when the tenth and eleventh phases of the moon were mixed. Her hundred sons perished. Hence such days shall be avoided ...
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What did God the Supreme Being create actually: Body or Mind?

In Bhagavad Gita, we encounter these words by Lord Krishna: 'I am the Creator and Sustainer of all living beings'.(Bhagavad Gita 9.5) All 'living beings' are endowed with consciousness that all ...
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Who is Right: Vivekananda or Lord Krishna?

Vivekananda claimed that God the Almighty exists inside every human being, and so he advised to treat everyone as God. But, Lord Krishna said: All living beings dwell in Me, but I do not dwell in ...
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How many different races (castes) were created by Brahma or God ? Where can I get hierarchical order of superior to inferior races (castes)?

Are there only only four types of races created by Brahma namely - Brahman , Kshatriya , Vaishya or Shudras ? Or Even amongst the above four races separate sub-races were created ? Like even among ...
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Who are eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?

Are women (married and unmarried) eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?
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Certain sadhanas require one to abstain from speech for a period of time. Do scriptures allow written communication in such a case?

Certain sadhanas require one to abstain from speech for a period of time (say, 40 days). Most householders cannot adhere to this. Do scriptures allow written communication in such a case? If yes, ...
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What is Grihya Sutra?

I know that Grihya Sutras are part of Kalpa Sutras, which in turn part of Vedangas. However, I do not understand the purpose of the Grihyasutras. What exactly is the role of Grihyasutras? Is it ...
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Bratamanda rules

On Thursday I had this Bratamanda ceremony which is practiced in Nepal and maybe also in India but what I wanted to know is more of my freedom after I did that ceremony. When it was happening the ...
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Is the story of manu mentioned in the Vedas?

Is the story of manu mentioned in the Vedas and upanishades. With the flood and fish avatar of lord vishnu.
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Does navagraha tarpana in sandhyavandan reduce the astrological effects?

In sandhyavandan, subsequent to Argya to Sun, we have navagraha tarpana to be offered to nine grahas - aditya, somam, agarakam, budham, brhaspatim, sukram, sanaiscaram, rahum and ketum. When we offer ...
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Gotra of a person after converting to Hinduism

When someone converts to hinduism, how is his Gotra determined? (asking for a friend) This is important in matters of marriage or puja (Pujaris always ask for your gotra) or Shraadh kriya. Is there a ...
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Can Penance (Tapasya) be done in today's time?

There are many stories of people doing Tapasya for getting boon from god or just to meet god . Many normal human beings also did Tapasya. People would usually go to forest or at some place where there ...
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Do the scriptures mention any prayer as a sure shot way to fulfill one's desires in a specified period of time?

If yes, which prayer/ritual is this and how is it performed?
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How do we solve the contradiction of Rukmi being alive during the war, though Balarama had killed him before?

The events of Shri Krishna’s life described the Harivamsa, take place before the Mahabharata war. The same can also be gauged from the chronology of events given in the tenth skandha of the Srimad ...
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Care of Brain cells as per scriptures

I understand that scriptures show various ways of the Mind's spiritual progression. Although, what are the various things that scriptures mention about taking care of physical Brain cells? Like ...
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Is masturbation adharma? Doesnt it form a part of purushartha (kama)? [duplicate]

It is against principles of Brahmacharya. But is it against dharma?
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What is the punishment of lesbian sex, according to Smritis?

Manu declared that if a man does it to another man, he has to perform the Santapana penance (11.174*). What if a woman does it to another woman? *Reference - Manu's Code of Law - a critical Edition by ...
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Did Rama stop the aerial car at Nandigrama itself to meet Bharata?

I have a confusion on whether Rama stopped the Pushpaka Vimana at Nandigrama itself to meet Bharata. If yes, then how Rama and Sita reached Ayodhya from Nandigrama?
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Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a bhokta at annual Shraddha?

My maatulah (maama, mother's brother) is performing annual Shraddha of my maternal grand father and he invited me to take part in the Shraddha as a bhokta. Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a ...
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Who is that Bhuvaneshwari devi as mentioned in Srimad Devi Bhagavatam?

As all shaktas know that the Deity of Devi Bhagavatam is Adya shakti Bhuvaneshwari. But there are some confusions though. In devi bhagvatam devi Bhuvaneshwari is called as Moolprakriti from whom 5 ...

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