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Are any descriptions of Rudra's aspect?

Are any descriptions of Rudra's aspect ? If yes, where we can find them?
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What is the scriptural stance on taking Datura Stramonium (Jimsonweed)

The main reason why Datura is different to the other intoxicants for scriptural reasons is that it is thoroughly unpleasant in terms of recreational use and thus it shouldn't be possible to get ...
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Difference in Acharya, Upadhyaya, Guru

While explaining duties, Bhishma explains to Yudhistira that: One Acharya is superior to ten Brahmanas learned in the Vedas. One Upadhyaya is again superior to ten Acharyas. The father, again, is ...
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Guru dakhshina before completion of education

Can a guru accept dakshina (not service) offered by a student before the education is complete?
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Scriptural refrence for this story

When I was a child, I read a story in my book; Once upon a time, there was a brahmin who daily used to pray Lord Vishnu in the temple. One day Lord Vishnu decided to test his devotion. He disguised ...
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Should you be guilty of killing insects while running, cycling , playing etc?

Should you be guilty of killing insects while running, cycling , playing etc. When you ride a bicycle, run or play, I usually don't care about what's on the road, ground etc. It may kill the insects. ...
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How should I start to learn everything about Sanaatan (Hindu) Dharma and Sanaatan (Hindu) Pauranika stories?

I want to know the sequence of reading Sanaatani (Hindu) scriptures to know everything about Sanaatan (Hindu) Dharma. I've heard that translated books often contain misinterpretations and opinions ...
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Different forms of Kali Mata

I want to know the story of Rana Kali, a form of Kali Mata. And also the exact appearance of Rana Kali. We want to set up a temple of Rana Kali. Thus, we want to know how she would look like in the ...
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When did the Jagannath sampradaya start?

In Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Arjuna Vanavasa Parva (Section 217), a list of places visited by Arjuna was given. He first went towards the north and visited Bhrigu Tunga (modern-day Tunganath) and few ...
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“Indra is the position of being the king of the gods which changes in every Manvantara”: What does this mean?

Does the above sentence mean that the same God is not identified as "Indra" in every manvantara?
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Why do Brahmins from Bengal eat fish?

Brahmins from other parts of India, as far as I know, avoid eating fish. This answer (Are Brahmins who eat fish fallen Brahmins?) showed that it is indeed forbidden. So why do Brahmins from Bengal (...
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In which manvantara did Devi Durga kill Mahishasura and other demons?

In which manvantara were the demons Mahishasura, Shumbha, Nishumbha and Raktabija killed?
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Did the demon Hiranyaksha receive Andhaka from Lord Shiva?

If Hiranyaksha received Andhaka from Lord Shiva, does that mean Shiva and Parvati were already married long before Lord Vishnu's Varaha Avatar where Hiranyaksha was killed?
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What is the significance of seeing Maa Ganga in dream?

I had a dream of Maa Ganga. The thing is, I don't worship Maa Ganga or never have worshiped her before. Nor, I was thinking about Maa Ganga recently at any level i.e. in form of river, in form of ...
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How do the Vedas sing, at the beginning middle and end, of Brahman?

(At least read the main Question portion, the explanation before it and the note below it are very long) One has to understand a scripture gets its sanctity when it is attributed to wholly to Brahman. ...
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Where in chandas shAstra can we find what the 'samrAT' chandas is?

This chandas is listed in many mantras of chinnamastA but I am unable to find any direct vaidika prototype like gAyatrI etc for it(Like there is often trishtubh or anushtup for tantric mantras too and ...
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Which shastra says about giving 10% in charity?

Actually, i saw this in a tv serial, and heard it also many times. Which scripture says it?
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Does the legend of Satyavrata include a part where he becomes drunk?

This is somewhat related to this other question about Manu and the great deluge. An old book I was reading (titled "The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller) said on p. 290 about ...
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Is entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of suicide?

Agni's another name is pavak (i.e which purifies everything) So, Is burning oneself alive by entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of committing suicide ? Arjun took a vow of ...
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Where is “Reality is one, though wise men speak of it variously.” in the Rig Veda?

In "An Apology for Apologetics: A Study in the Logic of Interreligious Dialogue" by Paul J. Griffiths, Paul writes the following: The Rigveda, India's oldest collection of sacred texts, ...
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How powerful (literally) is a soul? Any physical reference points in scripture to calculate it?

If a soul can control its own body it has to be able to exert a force and do work. This is an important point that often gets overlooked because of the very powerful illusion of unity in being all ...
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Can a woman step out of the house?

In the past there was a saying that women enter into house on four shoulders (i.e on a palanquin/doli) and step out of the house on four shoulders (i.e funeral bier/arthi) . Other than them a woman ...
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Did Maharshi Narada curse Lord Brahma?

When Lord Brahma cursed Narada Muni to become a Gandharva, did Narada curse him back?
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Are there any possible senses(meanings) for the word Varna wrt humans other than the ones given?

I recently asked a question requesting for Sanskrit verses containing the word Varna in different contexts. I provided the five senses: Varna assigned by Krishna for each individual based on guna and ...
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Did Ram perform any Vaishya or Shudra karma?

Ram was primarily Kshatriya. However, he also performed brahmin karma by living in forests like Sanyasi; By doing tap at sea shore to appease Saagar, king of seas; By doing yajna etc. I was wondering ...
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Who was the father of Sage Kavasa?

This story comes in Aitareya Brahmana the Risis, called the "middle ones" (Gritsamada, Visvamitra, Vaniadeva, Atri, Bharadvfija, Vasistha, see Asv. Grihya Sutras, 3, 4), hold once a ...
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Are there any scriptural references for the claim that a person leaves if he stays continuously in Mahasamadhi for 21 days?

Here Swami Vivekananda quotes Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Disciple: On the attainment of the absolute and transcendent Nirvikalpa Samadhi can none return to the world of duality through the consciousness ...
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Help translating this stotram

At the end of Dakshinamurty Stotram is written : Angushtha Tarjanee Yoga Mudraa Vyaajena Dehinaam Shrutyartham Brahma Jeevaikyam Darshayanno Vataat Shivaha (...) Mounavyaakhyaa prakatita para brahma ...
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What is there a difference between Vanaspati and Vṛkṣa?

The Manusmṛti seems to indicate that Vṛkṣa are angiosperms and Vanaspati are all other plants. Is there any further explanation of differences between the two, especially with regards to their ...
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Where did lord Rama live after he got exiled, according to Valmiki Ramayana?

Where did lord Rama and Sita live after they got exiled from Ayodhya, according to Valmiki Ramayana?
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Relationship between Prarabdha Karma and Sookshma or Linga Shareera

I have heard from contemporary spiritualists that Karma is actually stored in one's body, in different layers. There are three types of Karma Prarabdha Karma Sanchita Karma Agami Karma Now leaving ...
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Adharniya Vega and Brahmacharya

According to Charaka Samhita(Lesson 1- Chapter 7) Sorry about not being able to paste in text format but as you see, While Brahmcharya prohibits all sexual desires, Charaka Samhita seems to ...
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Was it possible to reject a girl if she approached a man in ancient Hindu India?

I read many places that there was a custom in ancient India. A man can not reject a girl who approaches him (Swayamagata Kanya). This was true for marriage; this was true for sex. Is this rule is ...
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What exactly is the concept of Manonasha in Advaita?

What is the meaning and concept of Manonasha according to Advaita. It seems to imply destruction of the mind and sookshma shareera, as sookshma shareera is made of mind. Please answer with citations ...
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Sanskrit references for the usage of the word varna for a given sense

The word Varna has been used by scriptures in different senses/meanings based on the context. This question is restricted to usage of Varna in Humans only. I know at-least five senses: Varna assigned ...
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How important is Yatra in TIrthayatra

This week Supreme Court of India and government of India didn't permit kanwariyas to bring "Ganga jal" from Haridwar. Instead they asked state governments to develop mechanism to make the ...
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Is there any counter example saying astrological varna and geetha varna are different?

Answers to this question says that astrological varna based on Zodiac sign of a person is same as the varna of a person assigned by Krishna. You can read the referred question for details. But still ...
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Did the Vedic God create anything? [closed]

By the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (1.4.3 & 1.4.4), Lord Manu created all men and animals by raping His own daughter. But Nothing is said about the creation of plants & trees, viruses, bacteria, ...
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Is Killing a woman by a man sin ? Is even hitting a woman sin?

Is killing a woman or hitting on a woman (by a man ) sin ? What does various scriptures say about this ? I know killing in general is sin but there are various situation where killing is not sin. ...
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ARE HINDU SCRIPTURES FAKE? [closed]

please answer with proper evidence. the rig veda and bhagwat geeta are brahminical creation as devanagri script in which rig veda and geeta were written was founded around 900ad(as no other version of ...
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Was Kumbhakarna a robot?

Indologist Nrisinghaprasad Bhaduri wrote in his book "Valmikir Ram o Ramayan" that it was told to Vanaras that Kumbhakarna was a "Yantra"(machine). However, he did not mention the ...
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In which manvantara did Lord Vishnu take Kurma Avatar? If Prahlad's grandson Bali took part in the churning, did Kurma happen after Narasimha Avatar? [duplicate]

What is the correct order of Matsya, Varaha, Kurma and Narasimha avatars?
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What's the implication on gender dynamics of Bhagavat Gita 9.32 interpreted according to Dvaita in Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya by Shri Madhwacharya?

Here's the 32nd verse, from chapter 9 of Shrimat Bhagavat gita. मां हि पार्थ व्यपाश्रित्य येऽपि स्यु: पापयोनय: | स्त्रियो वैश्यास्तथा शूद्रास्तेऽपि यान्ति परां गतिम् || 9.32 TRANSLATION (Bhagavat ...
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Which is the mool mantra of Purna Parabrahma Devi Maha Durga?

What is the best mantra to meditate on Parabrahma Maha Durga? Is it Hreem? Note: I am not talking about Ganeshjanani Durga/Consort of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the one who is the parabrahma. If ...
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By what logic, Lord Vishnu created four varnas and made Brahmahatya a grave Sin punishable by Death? [closed]

By the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (1.4.3 & 1.4.4), Brahma, the Lord of the Universe, created all men and animals by raping his own daughter Shatarupa. Thus, all men were born in the same process, i....
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Which is the actual abode of Shiva-Parvati: Manimahesh Kailash in Himachal Pradesh or Mount Kailash in Tibet?

This is what I am referring to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manimahesh_Kailash_Peak
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What do Gandharvas look like?

The closest thing to a description of them is the description of Kali, which I couldn't find an exact reference for. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_(demon)
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Do the introductory verses by Suta/Sauti and asker’s verses form part of the verse count of the core scripture itself?

The Puranas and Itihāsas generally begin with a few introductory and concluding verses, mostly included in one or more separate chapters. In the introductory verses, a setting is created where the ...
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Which form is it of Mahavishnu mentioned here?

As per wikipedia article on Vaikhanasas: Vaikhanasas claim to be a surviving school of Vedic ritual, the Taittiriya Shakha of the Krishna Yajurveda. Vaikhanasa tradition says the sage Vikhanasa, who ...
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Is Bhagavad Gita misogynist from the interpretation of A. C. Bhaktivedanta's Version 'As it is'?

I found some misogynist interpretations of Bhagavad Gita in the commentary section from A. C. Bhakti' Prabhupada. Observation 1 For example, in Verse 1:40 he writes, "Such population depends ...

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