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Why we put 'a' after each Hindu name?

TL;DR: It's due to schwa deletion rule of Hindi. First off, it is incorrect and incomplete to write the Sanskrit or Devanāgarī word राम (Rāma) as "Rama" as commonly written by English writers on this ...
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Who is Rudra deva?

The Best definition of Lord Rudra is given by Lord Krishna himself in Harivamsha Parva [2.74 section] of Mahabharata: रुद्रो देव त्वं रुदनाद् रावणाञ्च रोरुयमाणो द्रावणाच्चवातिदेवः । Lord ...
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Why is Lord Surya also called Suryanarayana?

The connection between Vishnu and the Sun is described in this chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda. The gods once accidentally cut off Vishnu's head with his own bow (this is all ...
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Why "Rama" Nama is called Taraka mantra?

By Taraka Mantra we basically mean the Pranavam, the first sound or OM, also called the Nada Brahman. So, Taraka: Deliverer. Taraka Mantra: From the root word tara–that which crosses. The Taraka ...
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What is the meaning of the word "Shiva"?

'Shiva' denotes the nature of the self or the transcendental aspect. It represents Turiya which is beyond three Gunas of nature ie. Satva, Rajas and Tamas. 30th verse of Shiva Mahimna ...
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Why is Lord Hanuman also referred as "Bajaranga Bali"?

Hanuman is very well known for his physical strength. The name Bajrang is acquired by Him due to this reason. There are numerous references to this strength in Valmiki Ramayana. Bajra is a cultural ...
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Why is Shiva called "Bholenath", Bhootnath, Amarnath, Kedarnath, Omakara etc.?

1) Kedarnath: As discussed in answer here Kedara is name of mountain and when Lord Shiva got established there he came to be known as Kedarnath: नरनारायणावूचतुः यदि प्रसन्नेो देवेश ! यदि देयो ...
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Why is Sanātana Dharma also sometimes called Ārṣa Dharma?

According to Sanskrit Dictionary, आर्ष relating or belonging to or derived from ṛṣi-s (id est the poets of the Vedic and other old hymns) , archaistic [1][2] etc. आर्ष the speech of a ṛṣi-, the holy ...
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Why is Lord Hanuman also referred as "Bajaranga Bali"?

I read this and to me makes sense. Hanuman is called Bajrang Bali. I tried to understand why he was so called. This name is being used mostly in Northern India and less in Southern India, indicating ...
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Which Rakhasa has taken away Sita mata before surpanakha meet them?

Yes, the name of that demon is Viradha. This story is described in Ramayana, Aranya Kanda, Sarga 2. अहम् वनम् इदम् दुर्गम् विराघो नाम राक्षसः || ३-२-१२ चरामि सायुधो नित्यम् ऋषि मांसानि भक्षयन् | ...
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What is the meaning of Narayana?

Narayana consists of two words as Naara+Ayana. Naara means water and Ayana means home. It is mentioned in Mahabharata, Vana Parva, SECTION CLXXXVIII. 3 आपॊ नारा इति परॊक्ताः संज्ञा नाम कृतं मया ...
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Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?

Is this story of Surya being born dead and revived later given in any scripture? Yes , apart from Brahma Purana , we find the brief mentioning of Aditya or Sun God being born dead and revived later ...
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On what basis are puranas named?

The Puranas are named according to following points (these are my observations): On the basis of which deity is glorified. On the basis of which Kalpa events are mentioned. On the basis of who is ...
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What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita?

What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita? Srimad Bhagavatam or the Bhagavat Puran, is the 5th major purana amongst 18 different puranas. It contains 12 different parts (...
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Is any name of Vishnu Siva?

Yes, Lord Vishnu is also called Shiva in few versions of Vishnu Sahasranama. For example, Shiva appears as 27th name in Vishnu Sahasranama found in Mahabharata: Anusasana Parva: 17 सर्वः शर्वः शिवः ...
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What is the meaning of Uma?

Do scriptures mention that 'Uma' name is Pranava swarupa? Yes, the Great Goddess herself describes her form as that of the Praṇava, in the Chapter 49: Manifestation of Uma from the Section 5 - Umā-...
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Meaning of साम्ब ("Samba") with Sadashiva

Yes, Samba means Sa + Amba ie. Attended/ accompanied by Amba or With Amba. स + अम्बा = साम्ब (ie. With Amba) स + उमा = सोम (ie. With Uma) स + उमा + स्कन्ध = सोमस्कन्ध (ie. With Uma and ...
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Which Hindu scriptures use the word Ārya and in what sense?

The word Arya is used in Vasistha Dharma Sutras as follows: The country of the Âryas (Âryâvarta) lies to the east of the region where (the river Sarasvatî) disappears, to the west of the Black-...
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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 difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita?

What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagvatam and Bhagvad Gita? Are they equivalent to each other or both are different? The "Bhāgavata Purāṇa" is otherwise known as Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam or Śrīmad ...
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Is Hanuman really 'Hanumat' in Sanskrit Ramayana?

The word Hanuman is made of हनु + मतुँप् = हनुमत् for which Hanuman is the correct word for Male - 1st Vibhakti - singular- Most of तकारान्त (ends with त) words have similar kind of Vibhakti forms, ...
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When was the expression "Sanatana Dharma" first used and what does it mean?

Sanatana (सनातन) is a Sanskrit word referring to eternal, having no beginning or end. The phrase dharma sanātana does occur in Hinduism scriptures. Traced back as far as valmiki Ramayana . The word ...
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Why is god Śiva called Mīḍhúṣṭama (मीढुष्टम)? Is there any specific story?

Vedas also call Lord Shiva by the name "Midhustama". Sri Rudram of YajurVeda 5th Anuvaka states: नमो गिरिशाय च शिपिविष्टाय च । नमो मीढुष्टमाय ... (Yajurveda 4.5) Salutations to Girisha, ...
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What is the meaning of the word "Shiva"?

Definition of Shiva is directly given in chapter 4 of Shiv Rahasya while Lord Shiva explaining himself. I am Shiva, the Stillness (Shi) Whereof all Movement (Va) is born. As Water, Fire and the ...
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Why we put 'a' after each Hindu name?

References for this annswer: Chapter 1 of Samskrita Bharati Pravesha Chapter 1 of A Practical Grammar of the Sanskrit Language Consonants section under Devanagari transliteration wiki article The ...
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Is the ocean (sāgara) named after King Sagara or is it the other way round?

Yes. The ocean (सागरः or Sāgara) is named after Sagara (सगर), a king of Ikshvaku dynasty. He is the son of king Asita. Ocean on the earth is formed by one of his deeds i.e., he dug the bed of ocean. ...
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We say Siya Ram and Radheshyam why we say Shiv Parvati why don't we say Parvati Shiv?

I don't think that there are any such strict rules. As a proof, see the verse given below. LakshminArAyanau vAnidhAtArau girijAshivau | Srigurum gurupatnincha pitarAviti chintayet || ...........
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Are there temples where the deity is simply called "Vishnu"?

Yes, it is at Gaya in Bihar where it is called Vishnu pad temple. It is claimed that the foot print of Lord Vishnu on stone is kept inside of the temple. Gaya is an ancient place for worshiping ...
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Which is correct name Krushna or Krishna?

The correct name is कृष्ण with ण. (IAST Kṛṣṇa) The problem in pronunciation is due to the mistake in transliteration from Sanskrit to English. Now a days, the letter 'ऋ' is written as 'ri' and ...
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