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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

No. Sanātana Dharma doesn't allow chanting "translation" of Veda Mantras. Samhitas are core portions of Vedas. They are directly heard by sages in deep tapasya (transcendental meditation). One must ...
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What language did people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata use to communicate? Sanskrit?

Rishi Valmiki who wrote the Ramayan was a contemporary of Shri Rama. The fact that he wrote the entire epic in Sanskrit points to the fact that it was the spoken language in those days. Same logic ...
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Hanuman Chalisa is written in which dialect?

A Chalisa is collection of 40 Chaupai which is sung by bhakt to praise the the deed of deity with devotion. There are hundreds of Chalisa dedicated to Hindu deities ,some of them are Ganesh Chalisa, ...
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What language did people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata use to communicate? Sanskrit?

Sanskrit is not the language of the human beings but that of the Gods. For humans the language is Prakrit. So, they should have been speaking in Prakrit only. From this Agni Purana chapter: ...
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What is meaning of the Maruti-stotra composed by Ramdas swami?

I'm really surprised there is no English translation to this famous stotra on Hanuman. I searched on the internet but wasn't able to find any, most of the "English" translations were just ...
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What is the language used by deities in their Yugas?

If you are asking-- what's the language of the Gods -- then it is Sanskrit. From this Agni Purana chapter: Sanskrit is the language of the gods. The language of humans is Prakrita. Poetry can be ...
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If Sanskrit is derived from Vedic mantras then how were the Gods communicating before?

We should keep in mind that the idea or concept of Gods or Devas is metaphysical (adhyAtmam). In other words, we cannot think of Devas communicating through a human-like language. Even at a level that ...
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Is the proto-indo-european hypothesis consistent with the apaurusheyatva of vedas?

This answer is based on my own experience with Vedic Sanskrit, Avestan and Persian. So, I can't provide any sources. If Vedas are apaurusheya and eternal - how can it be justified that they are ...
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Why is the language of avesta and Vedas similar?

I got some interesting points from this website. Though I don't know whether they are authentic or not, I am simply summarizing it. There are no ancient Zoroastrian texts that refer to their language ...
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What is meaning of the word Mimamsa etymologically?

A translation is 'revered thought'. In Chapter 13 of A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy, Chandradhar Sharma writes (https://archive.org/stream/IndianPhilosophyACriticalSurvey/Indian-Philosophy-A-...
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What is the language(lipi) in which the Vedas are written?

All Vedas are written in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is believed to be the language of the Devas. Hence it's script is called Devanagari(of the city of gods). Initially they were remembered in the mind only, ...
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Are Shiva & Vishnu etymologically connected?

Anurag Singh commented: No. 'Shiva' is made with श ś (not ष ṣ ), and 'Vishnu' is made with ष ṣ (not श ś ) . श ś is a palatal Sh sound, and ष ṣ is retroflex Sh sound. In English alphabet there is no ...
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Is Sanskrit the oldest language? Is it older than Pali?

Vedic Sanskrit is much older than Pali texts. The Rig Veda was composed around 1500 - 1100 BCE, while the Buddhist text Tripitaka was composed between 500 - 1 BCE. Vedic sages are also referenced in ...
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What did Swami Vivekananda mean when he said "God spoke in Sanskrit"?

It is from the The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3.. While quoting the statement from Abrahamic Text "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God ", Swami said that the Word ...
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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

Sonorously composed chants of the Vedas propagate audible energy. Beneficial placement of sounds to rhyme with with unknown/esoteric Beeja Aksharas will get watered down in translation/transliteration ...
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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

yes. Ishvara understands every language, he needs only that it should be chanted with devotion, purity and surrender to Him. Lord Krishna, The Supreme Lord Says in Bhagvad Gita — BG 7.19 — After many ...
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Vardhanti - Birth Anniversary or Death Anniversary or Both?

The following is in part a reproduction (translation) from Shringeri MahaSamsthanam's Telugu Panchangam (Saarvari, 2020-21; page 14): "Vardhanti has its root from 'Vrudhu.. Vruddhau" (...
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Why shlok from Gita addresses third person instead of second?

First I will answer your second question. 1)Why does translation defer from word-to-word pedantic translation ? There can be a problem with your translation. I am not saying anything about ...
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Should we pray/worship to God only in Sanskrit language?

Chapter 5, lines 16/17 of the Kāraṇā Agama say: आख्याति पूजावेलायां वैदिकं यदूचक्षणः । तन्मयैवोदितमिति निर्वहत् स्वप्रयत्नतः ।।१६।। Sanskrit is the language of Siva, thus only he who speaks Sanskrit ...
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Oxford/Cambridge Sanskrit Book

Since the information you provided is limited, I'll provide you with a list of few renowned Sanskrit books from the "Classical Language Series" published by Oxford and Cambridge. Please note ...
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What is the language(lipi) in which the Vedas are written?

Short answer Vedas started with just भाषा(language). लिपि(script) came long after that. The trend of writing in देवनागरी(devanaagari) script is very recent. Long answer First - about the Veda: ...
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Pronunciation of Om

Either there r 2 or there r 3 pronunciations told of Pranav. 1)ओSम् this is pluta o & ends with half m which is anunasik naad end. This pronunciation contains a+u+a+m= a+u=o & o+a = pluta o. ...
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Pronunciation of Om

It is like saying the alphabet 'O' and Mmmmmm. So it's Ommmmm. And the humming sound which its product is the basic calming monotone that helps one to meditate. Focus on the hum as if you're hearing ...
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