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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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Why was earth created and why did we come to Earth?

Earth is stage, we all are actors Earth is like a stage where we all see drama movie. We all are actors and we are performing our roles. We are the eyes, mouth and hands of existence. If the self ...
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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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Why do Hindus touch Earth before starting the day?

samudravasane devi parvatasthana mandale vishnupatni namastubhym padasparsam kshamasva me O Goddess, who dwells in the Oceans, who's life-giving breasts are the mountains. Salutations to the ...
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Who is the ruler of Earth?

The ruler of the Earth at any given time is known as the Manu, the father of mankind (the Manavas). A Kalpa, or day of Brahma, is divided into 14 periods known as Manvantaras (consisting of about 71 ...
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Are there any stories or descriptions in Hindu writings about the Universe and the Earth before humanity was born?

The Vishnu Purana narrates on this topic. Parasara sage tells: Maitreya, listen attentively, how this deity, the lord of all, created the gods and other beings. Whilst he (Brahmá) formerly, ...
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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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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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Where does Adisesha live? In Patala loka or in Vaikuntha or underneath the earth holding it?

Adishesha lies on the Garbhodaka Ocean. This universe lies inside Hiranyagarbh which also has 14 planetary systems. Beneath the 14 planetary system is the cosmic ocean known as Garbhodaka ocean. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why was earth created and why did we come to Earth?

There are two type of yoni(body) Karma Yoni Bhog Yoni..` Human Being are Karma Yoni, rest all living being (insect, tree, animal, devta etc) are Bhog Yoni. We humans came here to do Karma so that ...
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Why do Hindus touch Earth before starting the day?

Purusha Suktham and Sri Vishnu Sahasra namas say the earth His feet. That is why we bow to the earth, as it amounts to touching the Lord. Another reason is Bhoomi or Bhoomadevi is the consort Sri ...
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What does Hinduism say about protection of nature?

Sanathana Dharma teaches us to worship mother earth as bhudevi, in fact entire creation is seen as cosmic body of God where creator is purusha and creation is prakriti. Everyone/everything is seen as ...
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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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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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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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