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For questions about the holy texts of Hinduism. Please also use a more specific tag (e.g. [vishnu-purana]) if possible.
the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. There are four vedas viz., Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. They were compiled by Sage Vyasa.
The epic by Veda Vyasa narrating the great war fought in India between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.
the "Destroyer" among the Trimurti. He is considered as supreme Brahman according to Shaivism. Use this tag to ask questions that concern about Shiva in any of his forms
For questions on the god of preservation, among the Trimurti. Also called Narayana. The Supreme God or Brahman in Vaishnavism. In case of questions exclusively on his avataras, the respective tag is p…
ancient Hindu texts eulogizing various deities, primarily the divine Trimurti God in Hinduism through divine stories. Questions pertaining to the 18 mahapuranas can use …
considered Brahman by sects like Gaudiya Vaishnavism etc, while others consider Him as the eighth incarnation among ten principle incarnations (Sanskrit दशावतार, IAST daśāvatāra) of Lord Vi…
A Hindu epic, written by sage Valmiki. It is the story of Lord Rama's life.
For questions about Hindu gods in general. If you have a question about a specific god (e.g. Indra or Shiva), please use a more specific tag instead of this one.
For questions about the history of Hinduism.
considered to be the essence of all Upanishads instructed to Arjuna by Shri Krishna on the battle field of Kurukshetra during the Mahabharata war.
divided into six main schools: Sankhya (also called Samkhya), Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika(Vaiśeṣika), Mimamsa and Vedanta.
A sacred utterance in praise of a god which is believed to have spiritual power in Hinduism, especially used for divinely revealed verses of the Vedas.
For questions about particular beliefs held by Hindus, e.g. what happens after death, or why people burn incense during prayer.
one of the āstika schools of Hindu philosophy, based on the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras.
For questions about customs and traditions in Hinduism (called "Karma kand", as opposed to "Gyana kand", which refers to the philosophical aspects of Hinduism).
Rama, the protagonist of Ramayana. Considered an avatar of Lord Vishnu by some while others like the Ramanandis consider him the source of all avatars.
Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म ) means action, work or deed. Karma refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.
one of the branches of Hinduism with followers worshiping lord Vishnu as the greatest or supreme god
a place and structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer, worship and sacrifice, or analogous rites.
a key concept with multiple meanings in the Indian religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.
Literally non-duality; a school of the Vedanta philosophy that declares the oneness of God, soul, and the universe.
for questions regarding story identification, verse identification from scriptures and image identification of Hindu God, goddesses and characters from Hindu mythology.
The last part of the Vedas, consisting of dialogues between teachers and students clarifying the philosophical teachings of the Vedas.
avatara (Sanskrit: avataranam) means "the decent of Supreme Being on earth for the ascent of man"), means ‘descent’, and usually implies a deliberate descent of the Divine into the mortal realms to re…
The oldest of the four Vedas. See also [vedas].
A sect of Vaishnavas (Vishnu-worshippers) founded by Nathamuni and popularized by Ramanujacharya, based on the teachings of the Alwars and tracing its origins to the goddess Lakshmi (Sri).
Bhāgavata Purāṇa, also known as Śrīmad Bhāgavata Mahā Purāṇa, Śrīmad Bhāgavataṃ and Bhāgavata is one of the major puranic texts of Hinduism with its focus on bhakti towards Vishnu.
Religious practices of Hinduism including rituals, prayers, poojas, worship, etc.
the act of praising and seeking the blessings of God. It is widely referred to as Pooja in Hinduism.
For questions about Brahman, the divine essence also called as Paramatma. Not to be confused with [brahma] or [brahmins].
the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind.
For the questions about caste-system based on varna namely Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudras.
The branch of knowledge that deals with study of planetary positions to calculate time and determine its auspiciousness, forecast events, predict future and so on.
Atma or Atman means our soul (Jivatma) or the supreme soul (Paramatma)
Moksha (Sanskrit: मोक्ष) means emancipation, liberation or release. In soteriological and eschatological sense, it connotes freedom from saṃsāra, the cycle of death and rebirth.