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The opinions of Kumarila Bhatta on Puranas are precisely mentioned by Ganganath Jha in his book Purva Mimamsa in it's sources - The opinions of Kumarila Bhatta on Puranas are very straight forward and bold. Kumarila says that all these puranas are the literature purely of a descriptive nature. According to him the puranas are not but merely "Arthavada"...


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Not sure about flag, but the color sure have important place in Sanatana Dharma. All Rishis/Munis used to wear yellowish color'ed clothes which is nearly same as Saffron color. Here is a reference from Rigveda Suktam 10 Hymn 136: मुनयो वातरशनाः पिशङ्गा वसते मला । वातस्यानु ध्राजिं यन्ति यद्देवासो अविक्षत ॥२॥ The Munis, girdled with the wind, ...


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The last king to perform the Aśvamedha yajña was the 18th century Rajput ruler Sawai Jai Singh. In History of Dharmaśāstra, Vol II Part II, P. V. Kane lists a few others: In Indian Antiquary vol. VIII. p. 273 (at p. 278) we find that a general, called Udayacandra, of Nandivarma Pallavamalla (about the 9th century A. D.) defeated Pṛthivīvyāghra, king of ...


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In Sw. Saradanandaji's biography of Thakurji, [Vol. II,p.635; 5th revised ed. 1979]: Once Swami Dayananda Sarasvati, the founder of the Arya Samaj, came to Bengal on a tour and lived for some time in a gentleman's garden in the village called Sinthi in Baranagar, situated in the north of Calcutta. Although he was very well-known for his scholarship, ...


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The question is how did this movement (Vegetarianism) spread to Hinduism? Ramayana says (Kishkinda Kanda) पंच पंच नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्म क्षत्रेण राघव | शल्यकः श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मः च पंचमः || १-१७-३९ "Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., a kind of wild rodent, a kind of wild-boar, a kind of lizard, a hare and fifthly the ...


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I have come across two different answers to this interesting question. The first answer according to some western Indologists is that Atharva Veda was recognized as a Veda very late. This explains the mention of only 3 Vedas in the various texts mentioned above. The second answer is that the Atharva Veda mantras are not used in Yajnas and so those who want ...


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Did Hinduism really survive the proselytization efforts of Islam and Christianity? The content in the above question seems to be seeing the glass half full. To say Hinduism is in majority in India despite Islamic invasion and British occupation conveniently ignores the fact that Hinduism has lost out to Islam in Afghanisthan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. ...


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Some of the baseless accusations that Neo-Buddhists have leveled against Adi Shankaracharya is that he persecuted Buddhists, destroyed Nagarjunakonda and Amaravati etc. Proselytization by force, deception or material benefits was not prevalent in those times - be it Hinduism , Jainism or Buddhism. The practice was that the vanquished in a philosophical ...


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A Partial answer. Rig Veda 8.33.19 doesn't seem to be saying that women should wear a veil. This hymn 8.33 is about Asanga who became a female due to curse. अधः पश्यस्व मोपरि सन्तरां पादकौ हर | मा ते कषप्लकौ दर्शन सत्री हि बरह्मा बभूविथ || Cast your eyes downwards, and don't look up. Keep your feet closer; let not anyone observe your back ...


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There are two forms of Yajurveda: Krishna (Black) and the Shukla (White). The Krishna Yajurveda consists of prose mixed with the mantras, therefore the word Krishna. Among different recension of the Krishna Yajurveda, Taittrīya is the most popular one, however, Maitrāyaṇīya recension is also studied well by the scholars. The Taittrīya Samhita has no ...


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In Ramayana, chAranAs were mentioned in Yuddha Kanda. In this site of Ramayana, they were described as as Celestial bards. आविवेश महान् हर्षो देवानां चारणैः सह | रावने निहते रौद्रे सर्वलोकभयंकरे || ६-१०८-३० When Ravana, the cruel demon and the terror of all the worlds, was killed, a great rejoice filled the hearts of gods and chAranAs, the ...


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According to Kurma Purana, the bridge will exist as long as the earth is there. In the 21th chapter of the Purva Bhaga of Kurma Purana, Ramayana is narrated in brief. With the mere look at the Rameshwara Linga, all the sins of a person are washed out. There is not a slightest doubt about it. Till the mountains are there on earth and the earth remains,...


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As C. V. Vaidya says in the History of Sanskrit Literature, Vedic Sanskrit is simply the language spoken by the common people during the Vedic period. THREE PERIODS Macdonell divides the history of Sanskrit literature into two periods, the Vedic period and the Sanskrit period. But it is more proper to divide the history into three periods, the ...


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The Ochre color, which is very close to Saffron, has been prescribed as the color of an ascetic's garments. 6 A wandering ascetic should wander forth according to the rule, abandoning his relatives and free of possessions. 17 Going into the wilderness, 18 he has his head shaven except for the topknot; 19 wears a loin cloth; 20 resides in one place ...


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But what does Valmiki Ramayana say about Hanuman? Is he a vanara or a human being? Valmiki Ramayana says that he is a Monkey - The most powerful divine monkey. Following are 3 verses which address Hanuman as kapi and vAnara - meaning a monkey. Here in Ramayana, Baalkaand, Sarga 1, Verse 77. Narada gives a summary of the Ramayana to Valmiki and addresses ...


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Rajput are a sub-caste or order of Kshatriyas but not all kshtariyas call themselves rajput. Kshatriyas were of three origins : suryavanshi, chandravanshi and agnivanshi (some include fourth as nagvanshi). These are found throughout India with different names of their sub-castes. Rajput is a predominant sub-caste of kshtariyas in North-Central India. ...


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His actual name was Suyodhana and he was later on known as Duryodhana. It's the other way round as Nityānanda Miśra clarifies in a series of tweets starting with this. He's referring to this verse from Virāṭa Parva where Arjuna taunts Duryodhana saying his former name, Duryodhana (which literally means one who is difficult to fight with) doesn't suit him ...


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Vyasa when he categorized the vedas is the one who split the then existing veda into their modern classifications - Rg, Yajur, Sama, and...the Atharva. Most of the Atharva consists of mantras for various spells and incantations, but, nevertheless, it is not entirely that. All modern Hindus (not including Shavites, and Yoga schools) are followers of Vyasa, ...


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If you equate solar months and the zodiac, the 1400 BC Vedangajyotisha talks about twelve solar months. लगधेन ग्रथिथां, वेदाङ्ग ज्योतिषं, श्लोकं 28: (see pages 42, 43 of the linked PDF) त्रिशत्यलिनां सषाश्तिर् अब्दः षट् चार्तवोfयने मासा द्वादश सूर्यः स्युः एतत् पञ्चगुणं युगं Three hundred and sixty-six days form the solar year. In the year, ...


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Ancients might be aware of astronomy, though not explicitly mentioned in earlier literature like Vedas. However, those people might not have shown much interest in astrological predictions. As Veda contain multi-layered meaning, they might be referring to astronomical as well as Spiritual aspects also. Sun being devoured by Svarbhanu was mentioned in ...


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All religions are insisting of prayers to God at certain intervals, reading of respective Holy text, following respective customs. Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Saakteism, etc, are religions, being practiced by people under the name of Hinduism aka Sanaatana Dharma. Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, etc, are Religions. Naturally, majority of the people ...


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According to available sources, Trailinga Swamy was from Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh. The word Trailinga indicates 3 lingas, or Shiva lingas. Earlier, the land between 3 Shiva temples in Drakshama, Srisailam and Kaleswaram was called Trailinga desam. When the swamy from Vizianagaram district went to North India and got Siddhi and used to ...


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Siddhis (Sanskrit: सिद्धि siddhi; fulfillment, accomplishment) are spiritual, paranormal, supernatural, or otherwise magical powers, abilities, and attainments that are the products of spiritual advancement through sādhanās such as meditation and yoga. The King in question might have obtained the siddhi - Prāpti:, ability to be anywhere at will.


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This question was dealt as early by the scholars of the Veda as early as 1889. Also, Yaska the author of Nirukta also alludes to this issue in that codification took place when the power of oral reproduction began to decline (see Nirukata 1.20). The scholars of the Vedas agree that in all probability the codification took place before 600 BC. For an ...


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The pre-Classical form of Sanskrit is known as Vedic Sanskrit. The earliest attested Sanskrit text is the Rigveda, a Hindu scripture, from the mid-to-late second millennium BCE. No written records from such an early period survive if they ever existed. However, scholars are confident that the oral transmission of the texts is reliable: they were ceremonial ...


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Rig veda I.110 says about Ṛbhus When, seeking your enjoyment onward from afar, ye, certain of my kinsmen, wandered on your way, Sons of Sudhanvan, after your long journeying, ye came unto the home of liberal Savitar. Savitar therefore gave you immortality, because ye came proclaiming him whom naught can hide; And this the drinking-chalice of the ...


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