David Frawley and Michel Danino have formulated compelling arguments against the "Aryan Invasion Theory". Dr. Frawley's book is entitled, "In Search of the Cradle of Civilization". His collaboraters were Georg Feuerstein (a scholar regarding the history of Yoga) and Subhash Kak (a scholar researching the archaeo-astronomy of the Vedic texts).
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In the famous dialogue between Yama (in form of Yaksha) and King Yudhishthira there is mention about the eligibility to be a a brahmin.
The verse goes as follows(Question no-31):
The Yaksha asked,—“By what, O king, birth, behaviour, study, or learning both
a person become a Brahmana? Tell us with certitude!”
Yudhishthira answered,-“Listen, O Yaksha! It ...
Yes, Sagotra (same-gotra) marriages are prohibited by Hindu scripture. Here's what this chapter of the Manu Smriti says:
A damsel who is neither a Sapinda on the mother's side, nor belongs to the same family on the father's side, is recommended to twice-born men for wedlock and conjugal union.
And here is what this chapter of the Vasishtha Dharma ...
Janaka's ancestry beyond Nimi is same as Rama's. Because Nimi was the brother of Vikuksi on whose lineage Rama appeared. So Janaka was also of solar dynasty.
Iksvaku had one hundred sons, among which 3 were prominent: Vikuksi, Nimi and Dandaka.
kṣuvatas tu manor jajñe ikṣvākur ghrāṇataḥ sutaḥ
tasya putra-śata-jyeṣṭhā vikukṣi-nimi-daṇḍakāḥ [SB - 9.6.4]
According to Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kanda, Sarga 110, Rama belongs to solar dynasty (Suryavansa). And the other kings you have mentioned, i.e. Ikshvaku and Raghu also belongs to the same solar dynasty.
vivasvaan kashyapaaj jajne manur vaivastavaH smR^itaH |
sa tu prajaapatiH puurvam ikShvaakuH tu manoH sutaH || 2-110-6
"From Kashyapa, Vivasvan(...
As far as I know, Ghrita Kaushika is only mentioned in three places in Hindu scripture. First, he's mentioned in this chapter of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, in the Guru Parampara by which the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad was passed down:
Ghritakausika from Pârâsaryâyana,
Pârâsaryâyana from Pârâsarya,
Pârâsarya from Gâtûkarnya,
Gâtûkarnya from ...
I hav been looking for this Mankila too but the only place I found his name mentioned is in a Hindi book written on the origin of my clan - Agarwals. The book is titled 'Agrasen Agroha Agrawal' and was written in 1977.
It connects the Agarwals to Dishta the son of Vaivasvat Manu and states that Mankila was another son of Vatsapri besides Pramshu:
According to Scriptures pleasing the Gods is not enough. Pleasing the Manes (Pitrus or ancestors) is also needed and is in fact even more important.
Actually, the Scriptures ordain the "Pancha Maha Yajnas" for all householders to satisfy the Rishis (Sages), Devas (Gods), Manushyas (Human Beings), Pitrus (Manes) and Bhutas (Beings). So satisfying all of them ...
According to this section of Adi Parva of MahaBharat, Nahusha had connection with Vaivasvat Manu from paternal side.
Vaisampayana said, 'Hear then, O monarch, as I recite in full the
auspicious account of thy own race just as I had heard it from
"Daksha begat Aditi, and Aditi begat Vivaswat, and Vivaswat begat
Manu, and Manu begat Ha ...
The Vedas are set in the framework of the geography of the Indian subcontinent. This is clearly obvious through the innumerable references to geographical features.
For example, the River Hymn (Nadi Suktam) RV 10.75 lists all the major rivers of northern India in precise order from east to west.
इमं मे गङ्गे यमुने सरस्वति शुतुद्रि स्तोमं सचता ...
As a child I have seen few mythological series like the Ramayana & Mahabharata and have heard this word 'Arya' many times but don't think it was in context to Aryan race!
Speaking of the Aryan invasion theory, it would probably be an oversimplification to say: "Germans invented it, British used it," but not by much. The concept of the Aryans as a race ...
Before they became surnames Dwivedi, Trivedi and Chaturvedi were probably titles given to people who have studied more than one Veda. So says Swami Harshananda in A Concise Encyclopaedia of Hinduism (Vol. 1):
dvivedī ('one [who has studied] two Vedas')
Started perhaps as the academic title of a person who has studied two
Vedas (dvi = two) it ...
king Vṛṣaṇaśva is mentioned in Rig-Veda mandala 1- Sukta 51-Mantra 13.Indra once took birth as a daughter of Vṛṣaṇaśva and her name was Mena.
As you requested , below are the three translations of the mantra where the king Vṛṣaṇaśva is mentioned in Rig-Veda.
Translation By H.H.Wilson
अददा अर्भां महते वचस्यवे कक्षीवते वृचयामिन्द्र सुन्वते | मेनाभवो
If you are able to trace back your Poorvaj, you will come to know that at one point of time they originated from any Rishi who himself originated from any Devta. In this way the Devta with whom your DNA matches, is your Kuldevta.
In case you don't know Kuldevta/Kuldevi, you can simply worship them with below mantras:
|| ॐ श्री कुलदेवताभ्यो नमः ||
|| ॐ श्री...
The Vedas layout the attainment of different paths - Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. If your goal in this life is the attainment of various heavens (and consequently, rebirth) then worship of others than the Lord is prescribed. In his introduction to the Kena Upanishad, Sankara says (Swami Gambhirananda translator):
Answer: No, because in the ...
The problem with the historians & anthropologist is They Conclude something unidirectionally based on various available Limited incomplete samples or premises. But the work of fate is not limited to their intellect. It is not necessary that the things should work based on limited understanding of various logists & ians, derived from limited ...