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Was Lord Hanuman born in Sumeru? Where is that place? Is it renamed recently?

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 ...
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What is the location of Bharata Varsha (khanda)?

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 ...
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How are Aryavarta, Brahmavarta and Madhyadesa defined?

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)...
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To which kingdoms did kings supporting Duryodhan belong?

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: ...
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Who coined the term 'Jambudvipa' and 'Bharat' for India as a country?

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 ...
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Who coined the term 'Jambudvipa' and 'Bharat' for India as a country?

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 ...
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Which was the red sea that the Pandavs visited on their journey to attain Swarga?

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 ...
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Where is the Saraswati river according to Hindu scriptures?

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, ...
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What is the Shaka tree after which Saka Dvip has been named?

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 ...
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Is bharatavarsha the entire planet or only indian subcontinent?

What my personal belief is - jambudvipa is continent , bharatvarsha is indian sub continent and bharat is south part of bharatvarsha that is india from sanatkumara samhita In the three worlds the ...
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What is Rakshasa, were they only in Ram period and not any more?

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 ...
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Why was traveling to Kalinga (modern-day Odisha) considered a sin?

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....
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Is Manipura, mentioned in Mahabharata, the same place as the current Indian state of Manipura?

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 ...
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What is the Shaka tree after which Saka Dvip has been named?

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 ...
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Geological changes in Hindu Scriptures

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 ...
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Was Lord Hanuman born in Sumeru? Where is that place? Is it renamed recently?

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 ...
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What are the 7 continents as per Hindu Cosmology?

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 ...
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Is bharatavarsha the entire planet or only indian subcontinent?

It refers only to India. Bharatvarsa Said the God of fire: The country which lies to the north of the ocean and on the south side of the mount Himalaya is called Bharatvarsa and measure nine thousand ...
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Geography of Malini river

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 ...
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Which are the 10 tribes that participated in Dasrajna (War of 10 Kings)?

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 ...
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Is there any description of Bharatavarsha in Hindu Scriptures?

The Skanda Mahā-Purāṇa exactly mentions what constitutes the BhārataVarṣa. Chapter 11 Prabhāsa-kṣetra-māhātmya, Skanda-purāṇa ईश्वर उवाच । पृथिव्या मध्यगर्भस्थं जंबूद्वीपमिति स्मृतम् । तच्च वै नवधा भि...
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Geological changes in Hindu Scriptures

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 ...
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Was Lord Hanuman born in Sumeru? Where is that place? Is it renamed recently?

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 ...
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Why was traveling to Kalinga (modern-day Odisha) considered a sin?

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 ...
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Where is the Sharavali river that Sugriva gave directions from?

There is a Sharavali Mata temple in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh state. It may be derived from Maa Sherawali. Kullu may come from Kulanta (end of habitation), as Manu settled in the nearby Manali after the ...
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What is the actual birthplace of Sita ji according to scriptures?

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 ...
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Which is the Gomanta mountain, to which Krishna & Balaram fled?

Its identity is disputed. Here is what page 52 of this book says: Pargiter identifies it with the hill of Gwalior, which, according to Cunningham, was originally called Gopacala, Gopagiri and ...
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