The question is
Why do some Hindus say "ram ram" twice?
There is a reason for saying ram, some may say twice.
The ultimate aim of any scripture related to the God is to goad the people towards the God/Spirituality/SELF REALISATION.
Achieving spirituality is easier said than done. Even persons with track record of doing austerities with sincerity ...
Saying Ram Ram twice has same effects as counting beads 108 times. Saying Ram once has benefits of counting mala 54 times. Saying Ram Ram does not effect one chakra alone instead, it effects all the chakras including chitta which is outside the physical body.
An empty branch of Sringeri Mutt is still there besides samputa Narasimha mutt in kukke subramanya. ( Reference )
Due to Regulating act from East India Company temple administration was transferred from Shiva Brahmins to Madhwa brahmins [Reference (This book written by Madhwa Brahmin)]
For more detail about fate of Shiva Brahmins can refer this Book ...
As per 3rd Canto, Chapter-3 and Verse-6 of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) the commentator says that it was due to bad association with Banasura that he became evil and was killed by the Lord himself as Krishna.
सुतं मृधे खं वपुषा ग्रसन्तं
दृष्ट्वा सुनाभोन्मथितं धरित्र्या ।
दत्त्वा तदन्त:पुरमाविवेश ॥ ६ ॥
A Partial answer.
The question is
sometimes your mind makes the choices without your consciousness that
drives you towards your destiny. Is it true? Was it mentioned anywhere
in hindu scriptures ?
As far as I know, it was not mentioned in any scripture.
In my opinion, it is partly true.
Sri Krishna says in BG, as follows;
न हि कश्िचत्क्षणमपि जा...
The story is mentioned in Mahabharata.
Bhishma said "Listen as I relate his history. Shishupala was born with four hands and three eyes, and upon his birth, he screamed like an ass. His parents were intently thinking of abandoning him for fear that he was a demon. Just when they were about to rid themselves of the child, a voice from the heavens spoke,'Do ...
As said in another answer, this episode does not occur in Sri Valmiki Ramayana but in Sri Ramacharitmanas of Gosvami Tulasidas.
Following is the original text with hindi translations from Gita-press gorakhpur's edition (english translations are mine) from LankA-KAnda which contains this episode:
जौं मम चरन सकसि सठ टारी । फिरहिं रामु सीता मैं हा...
Angada's challenging all of the warriors in Ravana's palace to lift his feet from ground, is not from Valmiki Ramayana.
The following is what transpired in that episode, after delivering of Sri Rama's message by Angada:
ततः स रोष ताम्र अक्षह् शशास सचिवांस् तदा | गृह्यताम् एष दुर्मेधा
वध्यताम् इति च असकृत् || ६-४१-८४
Then, the enraged Ravana ...
Kshemendra, 11th Century C.E. in his Bharatamanjari too alludes to the incident:
Bhima, with brother(s), and the Raaja lalanaa: (royal women), all laughed at Duryodhana: See image here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1alVotE3tTCNmOV34zxBQeztbJrCtL5Ff7F9sMiyFBQI/edit?usp=sharing
Vedacharya David Frawley explains the above issue in his book Gods, Sages and Kings: Vedic Secrets of Ancient Civilization, as follows:
The symbolism of ships is as pervasive in the Vedas as that of the
sea, which it tends to reinforce. The saving action of Agni, the
sacred fire, is frequently compared to a ship that carries us across
the river or ...
I like to add another reference, which is Ananda Ramayana. This is not attributed to Sage Valmiki, and the exact authorship, and time of composition are not clear. Many stories and accounts are new in this version of The Ramayana.
That said, the Sara-Khanda, 10th Sarga talks about Lord Rama establishing the Shiva Linga in great detail. This is narrated for ...
To add to the list, it is also mentioned in Sri Nrsimha Purana (which is considered a upa-purana).
Chapter 58, slokhas 121 and 122 -
pratishTAya mahAdEvam setumaDyE sa raGHavah || (121) (Lord Rama made pratishta of Lord Shiva on the bridge constructed across the ocean)
labDHAvAn paramAm BHaktim shivE shamBO(r)agurahAt |
ramEshvara iti khyAtO mahAdEva(h) ...
The concept of Moksha is described differently in different scriptures. Some Vaishnava schools take that word to mean exclusively Vaikuntham. And in Upanisads Moksha is also identified with liberation in general as opposed to specific abode of Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu.
I don't know of any reference in the Puranas that clearly say one way or the other. So I ...
@KeshavSrinivasan Many entries in Wikipedia are either incorrect, or written without references (often based on hearsay). Nothing I have read so far says Rudras were involved in the application of Narayanastra.
But what The Mahabharata does say, at least in one of the versions is, the following. In the same Parva, Arjuna tells Vyasa how he saw the image of ...