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Is the Anukramani index of sages and deities of the Rig Veda available online?

It took a lot of work, but through careful searching of the Oxford's Rig Veda translation through Google Books, I was able to compile most of the Anukramani's sage and deity information, except for ...
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Do Yajurveda 40.9, Yajurveda 32.3 and Bhagavadgita 7.20 reject idol worship?

Don't believe blindly what you see on internet. Hinduism or सनातन धर्म (Sanātana Dharma) can't be false as name itself says it is eternal and has "Dharma" in it. Hinduism is confusing for some people ...
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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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I want to know the exact explanation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra In Devanagari script: ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् । उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।। In English script: om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe ...
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What is a mantra? Do mantras really have any power?

What is a Mantra? The definition of Mantra is Mananat Trayate Iti Mantrah The repetition of which protects or liberates one is called a Mantra (one of many possible translations) Traditionally ...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

Yes, there are scriptures which prescribe using the mantra 'Gananam Tva Ganapatim.. ' to worship Lord Ganesha. Let's look at some scriptural references: 1) Sage Vyasa says so in Padma Purana: In the ...
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Details about the verse: "Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva"?

The sloka is from the Pandava Gita. It was said by Gandhari & addressed to Lord Krishna. Gandhari Uvacha:- (Queen Gandhari said:- ) Thwameva matha cha pitha thwameva, Thwameva bhandusha , ...
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Is it true Mahamrityunjaya mantra is not dedicated to Lord Shiva?

First of all to which deity a revealed Veda mantra is addressed to is known by looking at 'Devata' of the mantra. Each revealed Veda mantra has a 'Rishi' denoting sage who heard ...
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Is it true? chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

Yes, that's true. Usually three forms of chanting (japa) are mentioned in scriptures. From Tantra SAra: NijakarnAgocharohayam Sajapo MAnasah Smrito | UpAnsunijakarnasya Gocharaha Parikirtitaha ||...
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What is the formula for immortality ("mrityunjaya mantra")?

The proper practice to be followed in the use of the Mrityunjaya Mantra is described in this excerpt from the Rudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana. The sage Dadhichi once got into a fight with a king ...
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Recommend me a mantra to overcome fear and nervousness

You can chant following mantras daily: Gayatri Mantra ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।। Panchakshara Mantra ॐ नमः शिवाय ।। Raam Naam राम राम.... ...
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What is the use of chanting Aditya Hridayam?

The Aditya Hridayam, meaning heart of Surya, is a hymn to Surya the sun god that the sage Agastya told Rama on the battlefield of Lanka right before his battle with Ravana, as described in the Yuddha ...
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Should we chant mantras before eating food?

We do have a "bhojan mantra" which we should chant before eating food: ओम् यन्तु नदयोः वर्षन्तु पर्जंया सुपिप्पला ओषधयोः भवन्तुः । अन्नवताम् ओदनवताम् मामिक्षवताम् एशाम् राजा भूयासन् ।। ...
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Is there any verse to have nice wife?

From Markendya Purana there is Argalastrotram created by Vishnu sage. There is a verse in that. Taken from Durga saptashati of Markandeya Purana . पत्नीं मनोरमाम देहि मनोवृत्तानुसारिणिम तारिणी...
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What is the source of this (Kayena vacha...) text? or Where does it come from?

The verse occurs in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here is what the sons of Rishabha tell Nimi (the solar dynasty king whom I discuss here): I consider that one whose intelligence is ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

Here is an Agamic mantra (or Tantric mantra) dedicated to Lord Indra taken from the Mantradeva Prakashika. Im IndraYa Hrith | asya Brahmarishi Pangtischandaha Indro DevatA Im Bijam Ayethi ...
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Please provide all the scripture references where Hare Krishna Maha mantra is mentioned except Kalisantarana Upanishad?

Refer to this article by the Kamakotimandali : According to it, the following texts either mention it or discuss things associated with it (like Pathoddhara of the Mantra-- getting the correct ...
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Is the mahamrityunjaya mantra the same mantra given by Shiva to Shukracharya to revive the dead?

No it is not the same MahAmrityunjaya Mantra. It is a special Mantra which is formed by combining the GAyatri Mantra and the Mrityunjaya Mantra in a certain manner. It has a special name viz- "...
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What are the components of the word om (ॐ)

The Omkāra is made up of 3 letters: (1) akāra - अ; (2) ukāra - उ; (3) makāra - म and also an anusvāra (ardhamātrā). It is often a misconception that it has only the first three letters but the ...
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What are the components of the word om (ॐ)

Mandukya Upanishad says that OM is a Combination of (A + U + M) That same Self, from the point of view of the syllable, is Om, and viewed from the stand point of the letters, the quarters are the ...
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What is the meaning of Om Tat Sat?

The meaning of "Om Tat Sat" is given by Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Om denotes Brahman, Tat (that) also means Brahman like in the popular mahavakya of the Upanishad Tat twam asi (you are That), ...
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I want to know the exact explanation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

MahaMrityunjaya mantra is one of the most special mantra from Veda Samhita addressed to Lord Shiva. It is in Rig Veda Samhita 7.59.12. Sage Vasistha is the Rishi (who heard) of the mantra and Devata ...
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What is Prahlad Chanting

The mantra being chanted is "oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya", which means "Om! Salutations to Bhagavan Vāsudeva." Bhagavan literally means the one who has wealth, but in this context it means "supreme ...
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Mantra for better memory, concentration, brain-power

srI: shrI hayagrIva stOtram srImathE rAmAnujAya nama: AzhhvAr emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE sharaNam http://acharya.org/sloka/vdesikan/HayagreevaStotram-eng.pdf || shrI hayagrIva stOtram || ...
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What is the meaning of Swadha?

Mantras are classified as either masculine, feminine or neuter. Swaha type mantras are feminine and Namaha type are neuter. Swaha is used in havi, homa or yajnas to offer oblations to gods where as ...
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How can one achieve "siddhi" in Hinduism?

Yoga Sutra of Patanjali gives methods of achieving Siddhi (4.1): जन्मौषधिमन्त्रतप: समाधिजा: सिद्धय:॥ १॥ janmaushadhimantratapahsamadhijah siddhayah "The Siddhis (powers) are attained by ...
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Is reciting Vedic Mantras without being preceded by "Om" condemned somewhere in Vedas or in other scriptures?

The Upanishads say that the Vedas are Om. Om is the Vedas. Why prayers and rites are started with Om is explained in Taittiriya Upanishad I.viii.1. (Swami Gambhirananda translator) - "...A Brahman, ...
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Why is the Sloka "Suklambaradharam Vishnum..." used as Ganapaty Dhyanam when it is clearly a Dhyana Sloka for Lord Vishnu?

शुक्लाम्बरधरम् विष्णुम् शशि वर्णम् चतुर्भुजम् | प्रसन्नवदनम् ध्यायेत् सर्व विघ्नोपशान्तये || "shuklamvaram dharam vishnum sashivarnam chaturvujam | prasanna vadanam dhyayet sarva ...
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Which scripture is the source of the chant 'Asatoma Sadgamaya Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya...?'

Here is the Source of this Verse from Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad असतो मा सदगमय ॥ तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ॥ मृत्योर्मामृतम् गमय ॥ Meaning: 'Lead me from the unreal to the real! Lead me from darkness ...
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Correct pronunciation of Lord Savitr

In Sanskrit grammar, each सुबन्त (grossly interpreted as a noun) has 7 (+1) cases and its form will vary as per the case. This is unlike Hindi (which uses something similar to the prepositions in ...
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