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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

The "Sati Pratha" has been extolled in Hindu Sastras but none mention it as something mandatory. So,it is upto the wives to decide and can't be enforced upon them as a "Sastra Vachan"(a directive ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

According to Swami Vivekananda the practice was limited and was outlawed in the mid 19th century. He says that although the British took steps to formally outlaw it, it was already being condemned at ...
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How is "Patriotism" seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

The Vedas, in particular, do not have a limited (narrow) vision of patriotism. The Vedas clearly say that we all are the children of Mother Earth. Hence, we should love the whole earth as our ...
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How is "Patriotism" seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

In Hinduism, Earth and Bharatvarsh is considered as mother. And, in general, everyone love their mother. Vishnu Purana says: उत्तरम् यत् समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रे: चैव दक्षिणम्। वर्षम् तद् भारतम् नाम भारती ...
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Why all Avatar's and Grantha's references happened only in India and not elsewhere?

There are many references which point towards places outside India. But the names are contemporary to puranas so the names are obviously in Sanskrit. In Vaaman Purana, it is said that Vaaman or ...
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Why is India also called Bharata?

After the name of an ancient king Bharata, India is also known as Bharata-varṣa since the prehistoric times. Before it, this land was called as Ajanābha-varṣa. This is stated in Shrimad Bhagavatam: ...
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Did Jesus visit Jagannath Temple of Puri?

Yeah Jesus did visited Jagannath Temple. The ancient text in the temple mentioned a foreigner to be a pupil of Hindu Gurus. What is to be noted here is that, In India his Hindu masters initiated ...
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Where does Atithi Devo Bhava (Guests are equal to Gods) come from?

Athithi Devo Bhava, which as you said roughly means "treat the unexpected guest as a god", originates from the Taittirya Upanishad of the Yajur Veda. Here's the whole hymn that it's taken ...
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What was the name of 'Hindustan' before 'Bharat'?

The name was Ajanābha-varṣa. This was the name given to the planet earth. But after the activities of the king Bharata, the country is named as Bhārata-varṣa. This is said in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. ...
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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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Is there any description of Bharatavarsha in Hindu Scriptures?

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 ...
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"If you talk of righteousness, spiritualism, then India comes first". Why?

This is from the concluding cheaper of the book Journey from Many to One / Essentials of Advaita Vedanta by Swami Bhaskarananda. I found this relevant to your question. Hinduism, the oldest of all ...
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Is it true that Adi SankarAcharaya cursed Hindus of Kerala?

As per Sringeri official site, Abridged Madhaviya Shankara Digvijayam, part-4, Shankaracharya visits her mother when she is sick, and then he gives her knowledge of supreme brahman, after listening ...
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How is "Patriotism" seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

There are shlokas in Hindu scriptures which may be interpreted as patriotic. It seems that the gods sing songs to this purport. Those who live in this part of the world called Bharata are in fact ...
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What was the true reason behind the practice of Child Marriage?

See similar question and reference from Manu Smriti Of the 8 types of marriage, the first and foremost is Brahma type, where groom's family comes searching for bride, and she is given as kanyadaan ...
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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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Reference to China in Manusmṛti?

The word "China", referring to a particular tribe, is found in Manu Smriti 10.44: 10.43. But in consequence of the omission of the sacred rites, and of their not consulting Brahmanas, the following ...
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What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to survive centuries of proselytisation by Muslims and Christians?

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 ...
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What is the Kanya region of Bharatavarsha, identified as the only residence of the four castes?

1. From the Skanda Purāṇa The Kumari region being referred to, is Bharata Khanda or the Indian subcontinent. The reference above matches with puranic geography, which too illustrates these 9 divisions,...
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Which places in India does the authentic "pitru vidhi" happen?

Which places in India does the authentic “pitru vidhi” happen? IMO, while this question can't have answers from the scriptures but the following can have: Which is the best place for doing pitru ...
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Is the practice of killing a cow for a guest (गोघ्न | goghna) still followed?

The questions you have asked are difficult to answer. For example although i know that it is not followed nowadays but how i am going to prove that? Similarly the question "When did they stop?" is ...
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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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Since "india" is Bharat, what is the scriptural term for Indian?

In scriptures, the term used for Indian is भारती (Bhāratī) as mentioned in Vishnu Purana: Book II: Chapter III: uttaraṃ yatsamudrasya himādreścaiva dakṣiṇam varṣaṃ tadbhārataṃ nāma bhāratī yatra ...
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When did Hinduism spread to south India?

This question assumes that Hinduism came from outside of India though Aryan "invasion". The AIT is disputed and increasingly losing credibility. When you make the assumption that Hinduism came from ...
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Why there is gap of 15 days in Shravan Maas of North Indians and Maharashtrians?

Each Hindu month consists of one full lunar cycle, either from full moon to full moon, or new moon to new moon, which would be ~ 28 days. The period from the Purnima to Amavasya takes ~14 days, and is ...
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Did Jesus visit Jagannath Temple of Puri?

Are there published "ancient records in the Puri Jagannath Temple archives confirming those facts"? Nope. None to speak of. Claims of Jesus in India go back to the 19th century. See the associated ...
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Are Puranas rewritten or original?

Of the extant Puranas, eighteen are distinguished as 18 Maha-Puranas, or major Puranas, and an additional eighteen as Upa-Puranas, or supplementary Puranas, though which volumes belong to which ...
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Why is ravana still worshipped in a few places till today despite being the demon king?

No where in Ramayana, written by Valmiki, the writer of the epic, Rama was mentioned as God. Neither Ravana. Though demon king Ravana is the prime antagonist character in the epic Ramayana, ...
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