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Scriptural Reference that say - “a Banyan tree represents Shiva”?

The Vaṭ, Bargad, or the Indian Banyan tree ( Ficus benghalensis ) is one of the most venerated trees within Hinduism. Several times, it's told by people that the tree is a combined representation of ...
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Offspring due to marriage between a Sudra man and a Brahmana woman

The following passage is from this answer quoted from Agni Purana An anuloma marriage is a marriage where the husband is from a higher class than the wife. The offspring of such a marriage belong to ...
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Under which varna do bureaucrats come?

Do modern day bureaucrats come under the kshatriya varna? Any example related to this from shastras?
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Reincarnation and Atma

Atma or Brahman is considered as not having any properties(Nirguna). Then why the karma that lead to reincarnation attaches to it? Is Pind-deha has any connection with this?
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Can Hindus go to foreign countries ? Is it best to avoid going to foreign countries?

Which caste people can go to foreign countries ? Is it true that Hindus who go to foreign countries lose their caste (thus become untouchable) ? And what about untouchable Hindus ? Can they go to ...
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What were the views of adi shankara on beef eating?

What were the views of Adi Shankara on beef eating? Did he allow it or did he prohibit it?
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Which Aghori practices are different from Kapalika (Skull-Bearer) practices?

The legendary Kapalika sadhus, mentioned in Shaiva scriptures (including Puranas) were known for their rituals which took place with skulls and bones involved. Human dead body meat, blood, sacrifice ...
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Have sects like Kaulas, Nath, Aghoris and Kamakhya got skull/bone mantras and rituals from the Kapalikas?

Or did their skull/bone mantras and skull/bone rituals originate on their own?
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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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Why, in general, consanguineous marriage is not allowed?

I have seen in my society that cousin marriage is not encouraged. What is the basis of this view? I am asking about scriptural injunctions. Has Smritis categorically disapproved it? I have seen these ...
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Definition of a Father in the Scriptures?

Father is one of the most important figures for anyone. Especially within the Hindu traditions, he's accorded an almost divine status, especially for his Child. I'm interested in the scripturally ...
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Did Draupdi marry only Yudhistira? [duplicate]

Today I watched a YouTube video As per this video, I am confused due to the opinions and thoughts stated by the youtuber. He says that Draupdi married only Yudhistira and not all five Pandavas. He ...
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The Source Scripture of Popular Lakshmi Aarti

This is the popular and most common aarti (devotional song) of goddess Lakshmi.Ma Lakshmi aarti What is the Scriptural source of this song?
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Did Krishna actually call Draupdi as “Sakhi” ? Were Krishna and Draupdi friends?

I had watched Mahabharat on TV star plus. In the show , the Character of the Krishna used to call Draupdi "Sakhi" .And Draudpdi would call Krishna "Sakha" . Were Krishna and ...
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What is the story of Parvati closing the eyes of Shiva?

There is a story in our scriptures where Goddess Parvati closes the eyes of Lord Shiva and the entire Universe went dark due to it. Lord Shiva has been described as Tryambakam (one with three eyes) in ...
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Searching of one Shloka

I am searching for one shloka which means : If you take gods name in anger , in happiness , in timepass etc it still reaches god unfortunately I am not able to find the shloka , it will be great if ...
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Is the word “ Kanjar (कंजर /कंजड़)” found in the scriptures?

These days it's not uncommon to hear the word Kanjar/kanjaḍa (कंजर/कंजड़) being used as either a sarcastic insult or a nominal derogatory insult against the other person. However, as per Wikipedia: ...
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Is the notion of Chudail (चुड़ैल) and Daayan (डायन) based on any scripture?

Both - Chudail/Chuṛail (चुड़ैल), and Daayan/Ḍāin (डायन) are mass popular terms across the Indian subcontinent. Both of them are believed to be supernatural entities having the appearance of a Women, ...
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How many are the RgVedic Devatas or gods in number? [duplicate]

We've heard of 33 crores of Devatas. We've heard of armed conflict between Devatas and Asuras. We've also heard of the RgVedic Brahman the Absolute claimed to be the True God the Almighty who's One ...
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Does a Jeevatman have any gender?

As discussed in this question - Does a soul have any gender? : No. All souls that enter the human body are not male because the soul (or the Self) doesn't have any gender. However, most people ...
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Why is it considered as bad to become ghost after death ? Do ghosts live a very miserable life?

It is being said that people who die by suicide or suffer violent death usually become ghosts . So, why is becoming a ghost considered a bad thing ? Is there more suffering in it ? What things can a ...
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Scriptural remedies for Sade-Sati ( साढ़े साती )?

The Sade-Sati: sāḍhṛha - sātī ( साढ़े साती ) The sāḍhṛha - sātī - Sade-Sati is the 7+1⁄2 years long period of Shani. This astrological phase is much feared by those in India who believe Indian ...
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Under what conditions, a women is not allowed to perform Sati?

This answer on Sati lists the conditions in which a woman is not allowed to Sati. Only a Pativrata alone can enter the pyre upon the death of her husband. That too, if she has young children, or she ...
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What is the story of the “Shaiva Itihasa” or Shiva Rahasya Itihasa?

The Shaiva Linga Mahapurana mentions the Shaiva Itihasa in Chapter 1.26 For the propitiation of eighteen Puranas beginning with Brahma, for the propitiation of eighteen Upapuranas beginning with ...
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Can a sinner attain liberation and avoid hell just through bhakti?

I saw a picture of an elephant being saved from a crocodile by Vishnu. The caption read that the elephant was supposed to represent humans, and the crocodile was meant to be the hardships (punishments)...
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What is the Dharma of outcaste people?

Hinduism is based on principle of dharma (unlike Buddhism and Jainism which are based on principle of Karma). And all varnas have different duties(dharma) to discharge. So, what is the dharma ...
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According to Smriti Shastras, what punishment is prescribed for a girl who lost virginity before marriage?

I suppose Smriti Shastras do not encourage sex before marriage. But these days, it is pretty common. I want to know the views of Smriti Shastras on it. What kind of punishment is prescribed for girls? ...
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Where can I read the mythological story of Nakshatras?

I have been practising Jyotisha (Astrology) for the past few months and have recently acquired curiosity about the mythological stories behind the lunar mansions, or the nakshatras: Uttarabhadrapada, ...
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What is the concept of the RgVedic 'Brahman' in true essence?

The RgVea has many gods: Indra, Agni, Vayu, Vishnu, etc. It also talks about a God the Absolute called ' Brahman '. What is this ' Brahman ' actually? Agni (fire)? Vayu (wind)? Or something else?
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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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What is Tvarita Rudra? Where is it found?

Linga Purana (chapter 64) states worship of Lord Shiva done by Parashara using various Vedic Suktas which I also mention in my answer here. The verses are as: अदृश्यंति वशिष्ठं च प्रणम्यारुन्धतीं तत ।...
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Any references to Vishnu and his other avatars like Kalki and Vamana being black or dark-skinned? [duplicate]

Most people are aware that Krishna was a blackish-skinned person. Lord Rama is also depicted as blackish-skinned. But I have also heard that black is shri hari Vishnu's skin color, despite his blue ...
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Hierarchy of entities spanning from gross body or senses to parabrahman

Across the scriptures, different hierarchies has been mentioned regarding entities related human life. For example consider the following hierarchies: #1: Hierarchy by Krishna The senses are superior ...
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Does the Vedic Sanatana dharma endorse the view that a cow deserves to be worshipped as the mother of humanity? [duplicate]

I've heard by the Vedic view, the birth as a human follows numerous births as beasts. A cow is a beast. Can a cow deserve the respect as the Mother of humanity? What's the True Vedic stance on this ...
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Stars of hindu gods [closed]

I need to know about the birth stars of the hindu gods. How and where i can get the legit informations. Can you help me in this?
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Should the Vyankatesh Stotra (Marathi) be read at midnight?

As per the translation of the Vyankatesh Stotra that I came across online (blog) it must be read at midnight to fulfill wishes. Can someone who understands Marathi please confirm how an anushthan for ...
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What is the meaning of Uma?

Consort of Lord Shiva is mostly known by her name 'Parvati'. But in Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas we find the name of 'Uma' being used. Right from the 5th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram which starts with 'नमः ...
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What are the different types of vighnas discussed in our puranas?

What are the different types of vighnas (obstacles) discussed in our puranas from which lord Vighneshwara will protect us if we worship him?
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Exact difference between Rudras and Ksetrajnas

Ksemaraja, a disciple of Abhinavagupta, opens the commentary on the Shiva Sutras with this statement: I surrender my body and mind to that supreme God consciousness of Siva, who is the whole universe ...
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According to Hinduism, are all demons dead by now or can new demons get created now? [closed]

According to Hinduism, Are there any demons yet to be killed, or will get killed now i.e in the 20th-century timeline or any god battling with demon now and we are not aware of it? According to ...
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Why is Ramana Maharshi referred with the title of “Bhagwaan”?

According to his Wikipedia: Ramana Maharshi was an Indian Hindu sage and a jivanmukta (liberated being). He was born Venkataraman Iyer, but is mostly known by the name Bhagavān Sri Ramana Maharshi. ...
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Is the order of creation of Puranas given in Puranas?

While reading the article "Kamakshi Mahatyam" (on Kamakotimandali) I found the claim that Brahmanda Purana is the last among the Puranas. The limitless glory of Sri Kamakshi has been ...
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Was Adi Shankara Really aware that plants & trees are as much alive as any other living beings?

I've heard that Adi shankara believed that 'immovable (apparently inanimate) objects (like the tree) are endowed with sentience'. Evidently, Adi Shankara viewed 'the tree' as an object like the '...
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Is any variant of Sati prescribed for men in scriptures?

It well-known that the primary purpose of marriage is to begot children. Since humans begets children through sexual reproduction. The role of men is very limited. He needs to contribute his tejas, ...
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Is it possible to attain moksha with Dhyana yoga?

Is it possible in this century to attain salvation through Dhyana Yoga.(One of the 4 yogas to attain savation as per Gita) Could you give name of some dhyana yogis who achieved salvation in this or ...
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Did Lord Krishna suffer pain?

This video talks about how Sri Krishna mentions the way life was unfair to him Is this a true conversation?Did Lord Krishna “suffer” in these circumstances?As most of the mentioned instances were His ...
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What was adi shankaracharya's views on Buddhism?

How did adi shankara view Buddhists. Did he consider them to be on right path or did he consider them to be on wrong path. Did he believe that, if so one follows buddhist philosophy (alone) will ...
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Why almost all Hindu scriptures are written by Non-Brahmins (as per Smritis)?

As per smritis only people born to parents who are both Brahmin parents can be Brahmins. For example, in Manusmriti 10.5, 10.10 and 10.14 it says: सर्ववर्णेषु तुल्यासु पत्नीष्वक्षतयोनिषु । आनुलोम्येन ...
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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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Is the concept of divine retribution(punishment) mentioned in the Vedas and upanishades?

Divine retribution : Divine retribution is supernatural punishment of a person, a group of people, or everyone by a deity in response to some action. Many cultures have a story about how a deity ...

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