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Can the Devi Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavatam co-exist?

Hmm, So, This answer can be a bit controversial but so is the question. As there is already an argument given from Vaishnava point of view. I am giving point of view from Shaiva-Shakta point of view. ...
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Is bharatavarsha the entire planet or only indian subcontinent?

What my personal belief is - jambudvipa is continent , bharatvarsha is indian sub continent and bharat is south part of bharatvarsha that is india from sanatkumara samhita In the three worlds the ...
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

Yes,Very much. Sri Adi Ramayana 1.9.18 says:- एते चांशकलाश्चैव रामस्तु भगवान् स्वयम् । ब्रह्मा विष्णुश्च रुद्रश्च महेन्द्रः श्रीस्तथैव च || All the above mentioned incarnations are Portions or Kalā ...
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Is Hanuman going to be future Brahma?

Yes, as per some recensions‡ of the Uttara Kāṇḍa of the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Hanumāna is going to be the future Brahmā. This is foretold to Śrī Rāma by Mahaṛṣi Agastya himself in Chapter 36 of the ...
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Did Shukadevji ( Ved Vyas's son) remain lifelong unmarried?

Initially, Suka decided not to marry. However, Vyasa, his father, told him to meet king Janaka. After having a discourse with him he changed his mind. He realized that marriage won't be a hindrance in ...
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What were the pervious births of Arjun?

Arjuna was Nara in his former birth. https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03040.htm "Mahadeva said, 'Thou wert in thy former life Nara, the friend of Narayana. In Vadari wert thou engaged in ...
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How is the name Shiva connected with the aspect of the Supreme Lord?

Yes, the name Shiva itself also denotes that Lord is the Ruler also. If we reverse the word Shiva (शिव) we get the word Vashi (वशी) which means 'who is the controller of all' which has a similar ...
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Is one Maternal Nephew (Bhanja) equivalent to 100 Brahmins?

Here is a partial answer regarding the status of one's sister's son. Daughter's son, maternal uncle, maternal grandfather, sister's son etc. are among the few who are fit to be invited (and respected) ...
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Can a non-initiated brahmin study the Puranas?

Initially, Purāṇas were meant to be the substitute of the Veda as religious literature for the uninitiated people. स्त्रीशूद्रद्विजबन्धुनां न वेदश्रवण मतम् । तेषामेव हितार्थाय पुराणानि कृतानि च ।। ...
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What scriptures mention Shiva's Dakshinamurthi form?

Besides several other texts, the references to Shiva's form of Dakshinamurti are also found in the Sharda-Tilaka Tantra compendium. I'm self translating the Hindi translation by Sudhakar Malaviya ...
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How do gods/devatas procreate?

Fifteen years after the Mahabharata war, Kunti, Gandhari, Dhritarashtra, and Vidura leave Hastinapura to retire in the woods. Maharshi Veda Vyasa meets Kunti who tells him that she is desperate to see ...
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

यद् ब्रह्मेमहिमाऽपेक्ष्यः तद् रामेति न संशयः। ब्रह्म की महिमा देखकर ये निश्चित होता है कि श्री राम ही ब्रह्म है, इसमें कोई संशय नहीं है। (Anand Ramayan Manohar khand sarg 4.196) Again in same sarg ...
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Interpolations in puranas according to Bhusunda

This question is another example of why one may refer multiple translations in case of ambiguous verses & translations, just like I discuss another case of "mis-interpretation" in this ...
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Is bharatavarsha the entire planet or only indian subcontinent?

It refers only to India. Bharatvarsa Said the God of fire: The country which lies to the north of the ocean and on the south side of the mount Himalaya is called Bharatvarsa and measure nine thousand ...
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Can a woman get moksha?

Can a woman get moksha ? Or is getting moksha reserved only for men ? I don't think any sacred scripture says that Moksha is reserved for men only. Moksha means liberation of soul from cycle of birth ...
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Which people have got Moksha ? Could anyone enlist people mentioned in Puranas and Ithihas who got Moksha?

As for now I only remember Suka Deva the son of Veda Vyasa getting Param Gati (High End) or Moksha. When Vyasa was grieving his son's death, Lord Shiva told him thus.: “tam uvāca mahādevaḥ ...
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Which verses is the Vamana Purana the following quote is from?

This verse is found in the Vamana Purana 95.38 पञ्चनवतितमोऽध्यायः - वामनपुराणम् पितामहस्य पुरतः कुलान्यष्टौ तु यानि च। तारयेदात्मना सार्धं विष्णोर्मन्दिरकारकः।। ९५.3८ And the Eight Generations ...
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Can a non-initiated brahmin study the Puranas?

I would like to answer this question from the book Exalting Elucidations[dialogues between shri abhinava vidyatirtha ji(sankaracharya of sringeri) and disciple] CHAPTER 22:- STUDY OF THE SASTRA-S PG ...
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Who is Goddess Kubjika?

Goddess Kubjika is mentioned in Chapter 143 and 144 of The Agni Purana.: Chapter 143 - Mode of worship of Goddess Kubjikā I shall describe the mode of worship of (goddess) Kubjikā that accomplishes ...
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Where is the location of Naraka, the abode of Yama?

Where is Naraka's Location? https://www.thehinduportal.com/2017/08/what-is-naraka-hell-and-where-it-located.html The Bhagavata Purana describes Naraka as beneath the earth: between the seven realms ...
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What are the scriptural evidences suggesting Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the incarnation of Lord Krishna?

Yes, there's a direct reference to Śri Caitanya Mahāprabhu as an avatār of Viṣṇu (specifically Kṛṣṇa's) in the Bhaviṣya Mahā-Purāṇa. Chapter 10 - Pratisarga Parva (Chaturtha Khaṇḍa), Bhaviṣya Purāṇa. ...
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Where Epics and Puranas are mentioned as 5th Veda?

Chhandogya Upanishad 7.1.4, 7.2.1, 7.7.1; Bhagavata Purana 1.4.20, 3.12.37; Skanda Purana 5.3.1 state that: “Itihasa are the epic histories like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Itihasa and Purana extend the ...
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Can the Devi Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavatam co-exist?

Does this mean that both Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) and Devī Bhāgavata count as MahāPurāṇas? Most Definitely, NOT. It can be only one of them, and that, I think depends upon the sect of the ...
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Is there any instance of rape described in the Itihasa or Purana?

Yes , king Danda - son of Ikṣvāku raped his own guru's daughter named Araja. From Padma Purana (This story is uttara kanda of ramayana too) O descendant of Kakutstha, the righteous-minded Daṇḍa ...
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Which people have got Moksha ? Could anyone enlist people mentioned in Puranas and Ithihas who got Moksha?

As such, I'm afraid we cannot have a comprehensive "exhaustive" list of all those who got Mokṣa Still, I'm providing here four instances, where people definitely got Mokṣa. Two instances ...
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What happens if one's weekly fast/vrata falls on Dwadashi?

As per Brihaspati (Nitisara) Samhita, Garuda Purana, some vratas can be kept on dwadashi: Chapter CXXXVI - The Sravana Dvadasi Vratas etc The day of the twelfth phase of the moon’s increase in the ...
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What happens if one's weekly fast/vrata falls on Dwadashi?

Fasting is not prohibited on Dwadashis. Narada Purana lists the various Vratas that are performed on the Tithi. Quoting from the book "Essence of Narada Purana": As regards Dwadashis, ...
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What were the pervious births of Arjun?

Well there is already an answer about Arjuna being reincarnation of Nara but I am going to tell about a complete different story given in Padma Purana. I am giving a summary of that story here. Once ...
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Is death always part of Prarabdh?

Yes, death is predetermined. Substantiating with two Pauranika sources - 1. The Garuda Purana (abridged) Death And After Continuing with his narration, Lord Krishna said–” O Garuda! Death comes at ...
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