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

The "Sati Pratha" has been praised in Hindu Shastras but it is voluntary, not mandatory. So,it is upto the wives to decide and can't be enforced upon them as a "Sastra Vachan"(a ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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What was the true reason behind the practice of Child Marriage?

What's the true (scriptural) reason behind Child Marriage? TL;DR: For the same reason a child is admitted to school at a very early age and not at age 20. For the Hindu woman, husband is the ultimate ...
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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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Is the objective of vedas spiritual prosperity or material prosperity?

The main four objectives of Hindu way of life are Dharma (righteousness, morality) Artha (prosperity, wealth) Kama (pleasures, marital bliss etc) Moksha (spiritual pursuit) From this, it can be ...
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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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Authenticity of Sanskrit Verses containing the word "HINDU"

The verse you cited though slightly different from the original appears to be authored by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar a.k.a Veer Savarkar. From the preface to Hindutva: Who is a Hindu? by Savarkar: ...
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Who is the goddess depicted as "Bharat Mata" & why is she having Indian tricolor flag?

As we know Bhumi is considered as Mata according to scriptures. माता भूमि: पुत्रोऽहं पृथिव्या: (Atharva Veda 12.1.12) Also see this and this answer which discuss about location and praising of ...
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Can someone please list some Linga shaped mountains/hills? What are their stories?

There is a peak in Himalaya mountain region of India which is called as Shivling (mountain). Shivling is a mountain at tapovan in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalaya, near the ...
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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 truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

Swami Chandrasekarendra Saraswati in the book Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life explains satī or sahagamana as follows. Sahagamana When people nowadays talk of "satī" or "sahagamana" ...
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Is the Rama Setu pilgrimage "equally effective" for all pilgrims irrespective of their dwelling places?

Apparently NO. The Parashara Smriti says: The visit to the Setubandha has been declared to be the form of expiation proper for a person whose residence is to the north of the Vindhya hill. ...
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Who is the Kshetrapala god who lives on the Pariyatra mountains?

The Kshetrapala god mentioned is Lord Krishna. Pariyatra mountains are among the mountain ranges which are termed as Kala mountains in the Mahabharata and their mentions are present in Puranas as well....
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Why Lord Vishnu incarnates only in Bharata Varsha (India)?

If we just talk about known oldest Civilization, Indus civilization(mohenjo daro or harappa civilization) comes into our mind. If you List the Oldest civilizations, you will not find more that 10-12, ...
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Is the objective of vedas spiritual prosperity or material prosperity?

Vedah svasti. ........ The Vedas confer all round bliss. Atharva Veda 7.28.1 And, this bliss is both material and spiritual. Vishve adya maruto vishva uti. ....... May all ...
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Was education free in ancient India?

No, it wasn't free. Eklavya, who possessed the art of archery (Dhanusha) from Drona by virtual means, also was held responsible to pay it by giving away his thumb. Then Drona, O king, addressed ...
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Why did India lose to foreign invaders?

I have a different opinion on this issue, I have always felt that it's the greed or ambitious nature of few of our own people that have led to the foreign invasions or in other words inner information ...
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