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Why is God's name used for people?

One of the primary reasons is the sin destroying effects the Lord's names. The inspiration for doing this can be linked to the story of Ajamila as described in the Bhagavatam: Ajamila was a pious ...
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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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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 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 are they called Pandavas and Kauravas?

Kuru was an ancient lunar dynasty king of Hastinapura and an ancestor of Shantanu. The patronymic (i.e. last name form) of the name Kuru is Kaurava, so in a broad sense you could say that everyone ...
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Why Lord Krishna is referred as Vasudev?

First of all, Vāsudeva (with a long a) is the patronymic name of Krishna, what we would call a "last name". It means "son of Vasudeva" (with a short a). Second of all, long before the birth of ...
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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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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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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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Who is Rudra deva?

There's a subtle difference between Shiva and Shankara or Rudra. Shiva is Supreme Purusha while Shankara aka Rudra is human manifestation of Supreme Purusha Shiva. Shankara or Rudra is generally ...
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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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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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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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Why is God's name used for people?

I guess this practice was started mainly to take care of the following: To ensure that you utter the name of God through daily social communications in case you don't have time to go to temples 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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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 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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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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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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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 was the surname of the Pandavas?

The Surname is modern concept , in ancient times all the Dwijas (dwija jaatis) used to have similar surnames according to their varnas. When a dwija greeted somebody he used to recite adhivadan to 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 In ...
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