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Though the Valmiki Ramayan proper does not mention the exact place of Hanuman's birth, Uttar Ramayan does say it to be Sumeru. However. local legend makes it to be Anjaneri near Nashik in Maharashtra and since Hanuman spent his whole life around Rishyamukh Parvat in Kishkindha which falls in modern day Karnataka, it seems logical that he would have been ...


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Bharata Varsha उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम् । वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः ।। -Vishnu Purana The country/khand/region (varṣam) that lies north of the ocean and south of the snowy mountains (Himalaya) is called Bhāratam; there dwell the descendants of Bharata. More Description of Bhárata-varsha can be found in Vishnu Purana. Note: ...


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You said you already know the origin of the name Bharata Varsha, but for those who don't, the reason the Indian subcontinent is called Bharata Varsha is because it was conquered by the empire of the ancient king Bharata, as described in the Srimad Bhagavatam: Formerly this [land] was known as Ajanābha-varṣa, but since Mahārāja Bharata’s reign it has ...


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Nobody coined those two terms. Both are scriptural terms. They are found at many places in various Puranas. Couple of such references from the Devi Bhagavata Purana (DBP): 141-159. Thus I have described to you the nature of Prakriti. So in this Punyabhumi Bharata Varsa, to worship the Devi is by all means desirable. In days past by, the King Suratha ...


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Brahmavarta lies between the two rivers Saraswati and Drishadvati. Manu Smriti 2.17. That land, created by the gods, which lies between the two divine rivers Sarasvati and Drishadvati, the (sages) call Brahmavarta Madhyadesha 2.21. That (country) which (lies) between the Himavat and the Vindhya (mountains) to the east of Prayaga and to the west of ...


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The article is wrong saying the terms were coined during Ashoka era. It existed in both Hinduism and Buddhism which predate Ashoka by lakhs of years. Both of these terms occur in almost all the puranas. Jambu dvipa is an island which is mentioned in many puranas which means island containing Jambu fruits. It is one of the seven islands. Other being ...


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what is the shaka tree after which sakadvip has been named. The saka tree after which sakadvipa has named is Sagvan Or Teak. Saka (Scythian) is a Sanskrit word which means Sagwan or Teak(Tectona grandis), generally grown in monsoon region. See the section Origin of Saka The saka tree and Sakadvipa is mentioned in - Shreemad Bhagvat Purana Skanda 5- ...


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Let me go through these names one by one: Bhagadatta He was the son of Narakasura and king of Pragjyotisha, as described in many places including this chapter of the Sabha Parva of the Mahabharata: And Dhritarashtra and Bhishma and Vidura of high intelligence; and all Kaurava brothers with Duryyodhana at their head; and Suvala the king of Gandhara and ...


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It's the Brahmaputra river. The word used in the original Sanskrit is Lauhitya: śvā caivānuyayāv ekaḥ pāṇḍavān prasthitān vane | krameṇa te yayur vīrā lauhityaṃ salilārṇavam || Here is what Debroy's translation of the Mahabharata says in a footnote regarding this chapter: By Louhitya or Lohitya, one usually means the Brahmaputra.


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Yes the location is mentioned at multiple places in the holy books. According to various Hindu scriptures it originated in the Himalayas and ran a full course through the modern states of Haryana, Rajasthan and the adjoining region of Pakistan till it emptied itself into the ocean at Prabhas Patan in Gujarat. I shall share with you all the details I could ...


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Actually, it is not! Mahabharata Adi Parva, Arjuna Vanavasa Parva Chapter 217 describes Arjuna's pilgrimage route. Getting down from the Himalayas, he went eastward. He visited many famous pilgrimage sites in Anga (Bihar-Jharkhand) and Vanga (Bengal). For example, he went to Gaya kshetra. Then he went to Kalinga (Odisha). From Kalinga, he went to Mahendra ...


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The rakshasas are sons of Pulastya (a son of Brahma) and so to speak, they are brothers of the monkeys and the kinnaras: From Pulastya were born the rakshasas, the monkeys and the kinnaras.13 Normally they are represented as eaters of men, an example is Hidimba and his sister Hidimbi (or also Hidimba) who wanted to eat the Pandavas and Kunti: ...


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Many other instances mentioned in the scriptures can actually refer to geological events. First is the incident of Indra killing the dragon Vritra and releasing the life-giving waters which could actually be a poetic description of Indra's lightening splitting open a mountain to make way for water that had been till then perhaps dammed in the form of a lake. ...


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There is a Saraswati river in gujarat, near sidhhpur. Saraswati River, Gujarat, Wikipedia


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The Shaka tree is the Teak tree. Here is what page 522 of this book says: The Vishnu Purana and the Mahabharata's derive the name Saka-dvipa from the 'Saka tree' the modern Sagavana. In India the word Sagavana, a corruption of Sanskrit Saka is used up to this day to denote the teak tree. According to the Matsya Purana however, there was a Saka mountain ...


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As per chapter 53 of Markandeya Purana and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa 5.1, the name of 7 of continents (dweep) on which Priyavrata's sons ruled are as follow: Jambudweep Plakshdweep Shalmalidweep Kushdweep Kraunchdweep Shakdweep Pushkardweep.


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It's possible that when Baudhāyana Dharma Sūtras were being written, the Kaliṅga region was not ruled or conquered by a Kṣatriya king and cāturvarṇya (system of four castes) was not established there. Commenting on Manu 2.23 this is what Medhātithi says: Similarly, if a certain well-behaved king of the Kṣatriya-caste should happen to defeat the mlecchas ...


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The shloka mentioned in the question is as follows. प्रस्थे हिमवतो रम्ये मालिनीमभितोनदीम् | जातमुत्युज्य तं गर्भ मेनका मालिनीमनु'॥ Malini is the river originating in Shivalika mountain range in the state of Uttarakhand (India) and is flowing through Uttar Pradesh merge with holy river Ganga flowing through cities Bijnor and Najibabad . Actually ...


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Was Lord Hanuman born in Sumeru? Is it the birth place of Hanuman? Yes, as per UTTARA KANDA of Valmiki Ramayan: [The ascetic Agastya said to Lord Shri Rama:] I am not capable of describing to thee the wondrous childish feat which Hanuman did perform in his boyhood. But if thou art, O Raghava, greatly anxious to hear it, I shall relate do thou hear with a ...


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Yes the names of the ten tribes are mentioned in the Vedic verses that describe this war. According to Book 7 Verse 18 of the Rigveda, following are the tribes that were involved in this battle: 6 Eager for spoil was Turvaśa Purodas, fain to win wealth, like fishes urged by hunger. The Bhṛgus and the Druhyus quickly listened: friend rescued friend mid the ...


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There is one little puranic scripture mentioning geological changes happening on mountain surface. Although it’s a story about Narad , Vindhya Mountain and Meru mountain competition. It is mentioning phenomenon’s like Increase in height of mountain and change in geology of mountain etc. We find mentioning of Increase in the height of Mountain Vindhya ...


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Yes, in yoga vasistha scripture- Sage Vasishstha asked: You enjoy such longevity as would suggest that you have attained final liberation! And, you are wise, brave and a great yogi. Pray, tell me what extra-ordinary events you remember, relating to this and the previous world-cycles. Bhusunda narrates such events in great details. I am ...


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Definition of Bharatvarsh By The Vedik Foundation: According to the scriptural description of the brahmand the entire earth planet is called Bharatvarsh, but particularly the area of the continent that lies south of the Himalayas is called Bharatvarsh. It is also called Aryavart. The inhabitants of Aryavart are called the Aryans as referred to in the ...


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Mt. Semeru is located in Indonesia.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semeru) India and Indonesia have a lot of common culture. And Indonesia was like an extension of Indian kingdoms before the Dutch colonized Indonesia and British colonized India. Hinduism was the primary religion in Indonesia before Islam became dominant.


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The same page gives a justification from the Apastamba Dharma Sutram Let him not visit inferior men (such as Niṣādas), nor countries which are inhabited by them. Also, Manu Smriti parvam 4: Let him not dwell in a village where the sacred law is not obeyed, nor (stay) long where diseases are endemic; let him not go alone on a journey, nor reside long on a ...


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In the Sanskrit dictionary, the word is used for spotted antelope. So obviously it is chital or axis axis.


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Sita was likely born somewhere in jungles of Himalayas, perhaps close to Kailash mountain. The story of Birth of Sita starts with that of Vedvati. When Ravan received strong boons from Shiva, he went around the earth fighting many Kings and destroying many kingdoms. Once he was roaming around in jungles of Himalayas, that's when he spotted beautiful Vedvati. ...


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