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What is the shape of Earth according to Hindu scriptures?

In the Aitareya Brahmana of RigVeda 3.44 “The Sun does never set nor rise. When people think the Sun is setting (it is not so). For after having arrived at the end of the day it makes itself ...
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Did Prabhupada believe in Flat earth theory?

From the book which you have linked in your Question, answer depends upon what Bhagvatam says about the shape of the earth (which seems No). On page 147, the author writes: My second question to ...
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Do the Vedas claim that Moon is farther from the Earth than the Sun?

I think Wikipedia is using "Vedic scripture" as a metonymy for Hindu scripture in general. It is the Puranas which have statements that seem, at least on the surface, to indicate that the Moon is ...
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Which scripture says that Varaha was father of Narakasura?

This excerpt from the Brahma Purana describes how Narakarasura was born to Vishnu's incarnation Varaha and Bhumidevi goddess of the Earth after Varaha rescued the Pitris at Kokamukha: Chaya, the ...
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Is the goddess Bhumi the Maya of Atman

What you have written in the body of the question isn't making much sense to me :). Probably you may want to add some more stuffs to the body so as to make it more clear. For the question in the ...
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Do the Vedas claim that Moon is farther from the Earth than the Sun?

The actual statement referring by the question is from the book titled Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam: A Sourcebook. The particular statement is Brahmagupta discusses ...
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What do the Vedas say about the Earth?

In Hinduism Earth is sacred and considered as Mother of all living beings BHUDEVI (भूदेवी). She is also called as Prithivi ,Vasundhara or vasudha  (पृथ्वी ,वसुधरा ,वसुधा). Hindus revere the earth as ...
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What does Hinduism say about protection of nature?

What does Hinduism say about nature protection? One of the panchamahayajna's (the Five Great Sacrifices) of a householder is Bhuta Runa. From Pandit Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari's The Hindu Sacrament of ...
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How far is Brahmaloka from our Earth?

A partial answer ... Skanda Purana says that the distance is 8 crore yojanas. Quoting from the book "Essence of Skanda Purana": there was no Place like Bharat which happened to be the ‘...
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In which scripture is the earth first personified as a female deity?

The Atharva Veda (AV) 12.1 Sukta is entirely dedicated to the Deity Earth, where she is praised as a Divine Being and not as an inanimate object. Various prayers are offered to her for granting ...
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Did our ancestors calculate the distance between Prithvi (Earth) and Surya (Sun) correctly?

Interesting Facts & Fascinating Story of Hanuman Chalisa! Hanuman Chalisa has 40 Chaupais (Chalis=40 in Hindi) on Hanuman is a devotional hymn dedicated to Bajrang Bali by the Great Indian poet, ...
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Where are the 18 islands on Earth as mentioned in Mahabharata?

Considering the geography relevant to Lord Parshu-Raam's time, the 18 islands referred to in the above verse may refer to the following: 9 Divisions of Jambudweep out of which BHARAT is one: "...
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Does Rig Veda 3.30.4 say the Earth is immoveable?

Does Rig Veda 3.30.4 say the Earth is immovable? No, unshakable is the right word instead of immovable. In the beginning the Earth was shaking or swinging and it's Indra (in some texts) or Vishnu (...
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Earth and pancha bootha

Your question is how to explain that earth is made up of PanchaMahabhutas . Earth itself is one the Panchamahabhutas . This is very interesting question. So first of all let's understand that there ...
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Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?

Lord Shiva can not create alone without the help of Adi Shakti. This is the essence of various scriptures. Adi Shankaracharya's Soundarya Lahiri mentions this at the very beginning: Shivah ...
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Who were the parents of Bhumi Devi(Prithvi)?

In one Samvarta Smriti (Samhita) verse (74th from Chapter 1), Earth is mentioned as an offspring of Lord Vishnu. The first offspring of the Fire is gold ; Vishnu's offspring is the earth ; and kine ...
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Vedic age of earth

The Bhagavata Purana also gives the same timescale as the Vishnu Purana. Michael Cremo of ISKCON has calculated according to the Bhagavatam and got the result of approximately 2 billion years old. ...
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Do the Vedas claim that Moon is farther from the Earth than the Sun?

Brahmagupta is probably referring to the claim made in The Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad which suggests the departed soul first goes to the Sun because it's closer to Earth than the Moon: Section X - The ...
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SB 5.25.12 - Does bhūgolam mean earth or the universe?

It is wrongly translated. Traditional translators are often not scientific and rigorous. Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 1899 lists only earth-related senses. Note that it even cites BhP ...
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For how many manvantaras did Prithu rule the Earth?

Maharaj Prithu ruled till end of 6th Manvantara i.e. Chakusha Manvantara He was succeeded by Vaivasvata Manu of Solar dynasty From Matsya's Purana Chap 8
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Where is the exact location of Patala-Loka?

Well, there is another interesting parallel that can be drawn here. Instead of saying Patala is located downwards below the earth, we could say it is located at subatomic scales. Think, all those ...
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Does the Srimad Bhagavatam say the Earth is flat?

No, Srimad Bhagavatam doesn't say. The reason I think the author suggests a flat earth is because of his background either from Christianity/Islam. Trying to understand puranic consmology especially ...
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Are there any statements in Mahabharata that confirm that the shape of earth is not flat?

Yes. There is a statement in Mahabharata that refutes the idea that earth is flat in shape. The bold portion of the following conversation between Vyasa and Kunti confirms that earth is not a flat ...
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is the notion of the earth asking for the burden of humans to be reduced found in scripture?

Yes, the idea is found in scriptures like Puranas. Quoting from the book "Purana Saramsha (Essence of all Puranas)": Why Draupadi was wedded to Pancha Pandavas? Bhu Devi requested Indra to ...
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Which Gods and other immortals are living on the Earth today?

There are many gods and immortals said to be living currently on Earth. An inexhaustible list maybe as follows. God Adi Varaha As discussed in Skandamahāpurāṇa 2.1.3, in this answer Varaha (Vishnu'...
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What does Hinduism say about protection of nature?

He who plants a peepal, a margosa, a banyan, ten flowering plants, two pomegranates, two oranges and five mangoes never goes to hell. - Varaha Purana 172.39
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Did our ancestors calculate the distance between Prithvi (Earth) and Surya (Sun) correctly?

juga sahasra jojana para bhānū / līlyo tāhi madhura phala jānū // ~ Tulasīdāsa's Hanumān cālisā (caupāī 18) This famous caupāī is often misinterpreted by many, where they take it as referring to an ...
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Where is the exact location of Patala-Loka?

Pataala-Loka: The lowest territory of the materialistic universe is called Patala or Nagaloka. Vasuki is the ruler of this Naga region. Here live quite a lot of Nagas whose hoods are decorated with a ...
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