Raksha Bandhan was originally not a brother sister festival. It has its origins in a rite known as Vedopakarma (the beginning of Vedic Studies).
Chapter 124(pg 28) of Narada Purana Vol 4 gives a description of this Vrata performed on Sravana Poornima. It involves tying a Raksha on one's wrist to ensure an auspicious beginning of Vedic studies.
Q. What's the source and meaning of this verse?
Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the source of this verse:
अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जनाः पर्युपासते।
तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम्।।9.22।।
And here are some useful translations:
English Translation By Swami Adidevananda
9.22 There are those who, excluding all else, think of Me and worship Me, ...
Figure C is Parashurama. I got a clearer image of the same statue. We can see an axe in the hands if we zoom closer. That is between him and D.
Figure A is Kala Bhairava. He is four armed. He holds a trident/spear and a kamandalu in bottom left hand, flower in top right hand and has a dog looking at him. This is a dog and not a bull because in the same ...
There are numerous such verses in the Smritis. Consuming Panchagavyas (the five products obtained from a cow) is considered as an effective sin-cleansing remedy for a variety of sins.
Here are a few verses from various chapters of Parashara Smriti:
28. Urine of the cow, cow-dung, milk, curd, and ghee, these five are the five articles derived from a cow. ...
It is Vayu Deva (Wind god).
The image depicts the coronation of Lord Rama after he has returned from the exile. I found the full image on the internet.
This image is almost accurate in depicting the coronation as described in the final chapter of Yuddha Kanda.
The image shows Rama was adorned by the crown. celestials watching from the sky, apsaras dancing. ...
Vyasa Bhashya of Patanjali Yoga Sutras has this verse. Vyasa Muni starts commentary on Sutra 30 of Sadhana Padha with this sentence.
अहिंसासयास्तेयब्रह्मचर्यापरिग्रहा यमाः ॥ ३० ॥ (Sutra)
तत्राहिंसा सर्वथा सर्वदा सर्वभूतानामनभिद्रोहः । उत्तरे च...
ahiṃsāsayāsteyabrahmacaryāparigrahā yamāḥ ॥ 30 ॥
tatrāhiṃsā sarvathā sarvadā ...
The sloka is originally from the Vishnu Purana.However,the version given in that Purana differs slightly from those given in the question.
The Vishnu Purana version states:
Karaagre Vasate Lakshmih Karamadhye Saraswati ||Karamule Stitho
Brahma Prabhate Karadarsanam||
On the top of the palms resides Lakshmi,in the middle Saraswati and at
the base ...
Yes there are verses in scriptures which Declare Lord Rama as source of all Incartions.
Salutations to that Rama who is most superior, the primal Lord of Universe and free from all the vices. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh who are sustainer of the world are just parts of Lord Rama. (Skanda Purana, Uttara kanda, Ramayana Mahatmya 1.3)
The renowned Rama is capable ...
There are Plenty of verses. I'm just selecting a few of them from RigVeda.
“त्वमघ्न इन्द्रो वृषभः सतामसि त्वं विष्णुरुरुघायो नमस्यः
त्वं ब्रह्मा रयिविद् ब्रह्मणस् पते त्वं विधर्तःसचसे पुरन्ध्या " (RigVeda 2.1.3)
“Hero of Heroes, Agni! Thou art Indra, thou art Viṣṇu of the Mighty Stride, adorable: Thou, Brahmaṇaspati, the Brahman finding ...
Chapter 3 of Kalki Purana (unabridged version) has this sloka. Here is complete sloka (from verse 14 to verse 20) in Devanagari and IAST.
Sanskrit verses taken from here. You can also read complete Kalki Purana in Sanskrit and English from here (translated by Bhumipati Das).
कल्कि रुवाच । kalki ruvāca ।
गौरीनाथ विश्वनाथ शरण्यं भूतावासं वासुकी...
The most relevant quote I find similar to that:
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Lectures and Discourses/One Existence Appearing as Many:
God Himself is your image. "God created man after His own image." That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We ...
Here is a verse from the Shiva Gita (Padma Purana) where different mantras are chanted in praise of Lord Shiva/Rudra and the Trayambakam mantra is mentioned:
सौन्दर्यसारसंदोहां ददर्श रघुनन्दनः।
बृहद्रथन्तरादीनि सामानि परिगायतः।
अग्रगं गरुडारूढं शंखचक्रगदाधरम।
Here is the Source of this Verse from Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad
असतो मा सदगमय ॥ तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ॥ मृत्योर्मामृतम् गमय ॥
'Lead me from the unreal to the real! Lead me from darkness to light! Lead me from death to immortality!'
Now when he says,' Lead me from the unreal to the real,' the unreal is verily death, the real immortality. He ...
I just found that mantra in Patha Bheda of First Anuvaka of Mahanarayana Upanishad. Mahanarayana Upanishad contains some Gayatri Mantras and it looks like some variants/lections include this mantra as follows:
तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि । तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात् ॥ २३॥तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि । तन्नो दन्तिः प्रचोदयात् ॥ ...
Arya Samaj accounts don't mention such a debate, but this excerpt from the Yogiraj Charit, a traditional biography of Lahiri Mahasaya, describes him defeating Dayananda Saraswati in a debate on idol worship, in the course of which he magically silences Dayananda Saraswati's supporters.
I would to narrate an incident from the life of Yogiraj Rev. Lahiri ...
She is Sri Saradamba of Sringeri.
Dhyana Sloka of Saradamba: (which resembles Dhyana Sloka of Dakshinamurthy as Saradamba is feminine form of Dakshinamurthy)
मुद्रामक्षगुणं सुधाढ्यकलशं विद्यां च हस्तांबुजैर्बिभ्राणाम्।
mudrāmakṣaguṇaṃ sudhāḍhyakalaśaṃ vidyāṃ ca hastāṃbujairbibhrāṇām।
Lord Narasimha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu with a Lion's face and a human body is worshipped across India. Here is a reference for the same.
The serpent is Lord Adi Sesha or the divine thousand hooded snake, on whom Lord Vishnu rests.
All the best.
Kamadhenu is also represented with wings. From Wikipedia:
Another representation of Kamadhenu shows her with the body of a white Zebu cow, crowned woman's head, colourful eagle wings and a peacock's tail. According to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this form is influenced by the iconography of the Islamic Buraq, who is portrayed with a horse's body, ...
I think the Vedas simply mention that the principle (or types of) Deities are 33 in number and not 33 crores.
The confusion I think arises while translating the word "koti" which can mean crore or even eminent, excellent, prime, class (type) etc.
I have selected few verses from various Vedas here:
The cattle clothed itself in sevenfold strength, ...
Qualities of a Vaishnava is described by Lord Vishnu himself in Padma Purana, Part 10, Section 7 (KRIYAYOGASARAKHANDA), Chapter 2 as below:
83-103. Those who are without lust and anger, who are free
from harmfulness and hypocrisy, who are free from'greed and
folly, should be known to be Visnu's devotees. Those who are not
jealous, who are kind, ...
The Oath Bhishma taken was Brahmacharya (study and meditation in celibacy. He took it for the benefit of his father Santanu.
The oath he took taken is explained in chapter 100 of Adi Parva of Mahabharata.
Once, King Santanu went for hunting and was attracted to a fragrance coming from an unknown direction. He follows that fragrance and finds a beautiful ...
Page 139 of this book says that the first version of the Ramayana that contains the squirrel story is the Ranganatha Ramayanam, the 14th century Telugu version of the Ramayana:
There are many innovations in this Ramayana.... It narrates [a] moving incident of a squirrel who helped Rama to construct a bridge on the sea. Not necessarily [wwre these] ...
On the contrary, eating fish is specially not recommended for the following reason:
Manu Smriti 5.15. He who eats the flesh of any (animal) is called the eater of the flesh of that (particular creature), he who eats fish is an eater of
every (kind of) flesh; let him therefore avoid fish.
And, for that reason, birds, who survive by eating fishes, are ...
Hindu scripture describes at least two instances where a baby could hear sounds from its mother's womb:
Prahlada received information from Narada about Vishnu in his mother's womb, which is what caused him to become a great devotee of Vishnu. Here is what he says in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam:
Nārada Muni delivered his instructions both to me, ...