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To the first question of whether Lord Satyanarayana is an 'avataar' of Lord Vishnu, the answer is no. To the second question of whether the same is mentioned in the puranas, the answer is also no, he is not mentioned in any of the scriptures. This vrataam has started around 100 or 200 years ago. The chapter that gets mentioned in the story is not there in '...


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Yes, it is mentioned. 1)Why tides occurse? Vishnu puran 2:4:89 “अन्यूनानतिरीक्ताश्च वर्धन्यापो हसंती च उदयास्तमनेष्विन्दो: पक्षयो: शुक्लकृष्णयो:” It holds Moon responsible for water’s ‘up & down (tide)’. According to modern science, moon attracts water through it's gravity it means Hindus knew about gravity. 2)Why objects fall? Kanad sutra ...


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I am reproducing the following part of question portion, which is crucial, for answering it. We recently hear a lot of neo-vedantists claiming that 'Vedas ALONE are truth', while simultaneously: not knowing what all the Vedas are not knowing all the mantras in Vedas not understanding what Veda mantras mean not even knowing Sanskrit ...


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Why is there such a stark contradiction in Vedic hymns and many Purāṇic stories? As the late P. L. Bhargava discusses in his paper The Origin and Development of Purāṇas and Their Relation With Vedic Literature, the Purāṇas had a different objective altogether: The religion of the Ṛgveda is very simple and there is hardly any room for mythology in it. ...


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Because the Purāṇas came later, the question looks better if rephrased as: Why is Purāṇic Indra so different from Vedic Indra? The late P. L. Bhargava addressed this very issue in his paper The Origin and Development of Purāṇas and Their Relation With Vedic Literature. As he says, the authors of various Purāṇas are responsible for bringing disrepute to ...


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The story is as follows:- Once Narkasur inspired by his desires wanted to marry Devi Kamakhya. Goddess playfully put a condition before h that if he able to build a staircase from the bottom of nilachal hills to the temple within one night before the cock crowd to indicate dawn, then she would surely marry him. Narak accepted and tried al with his might but ...


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No. In the mythology of the Puranas and the epics, the picture of sins (pāpa ) and virtue (pūnya) that emerges is mostly based on the superstitions and is not comprehensive to present a unequivocal, logical, argumentative answer to your question. However, Vedas presents an answer that appeals to logic and legal philosophies. Before dealing with the ...


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It is a myth that anyone can indeed subtract sin from virtue or doing a certain activity would rid one of one's sins or give moksha! The Law of Karma is very complex as well as subtle. According to Ramayana, the fruits of Dharma as well as Adharma have to be borne by the individual concerned separately. न तु धर्मोपसंहारमधर्मफलसंहितम्।।5.51.28।। ...


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Mahabharata gives a list of methods to get rid of the effect of sin. Yudhisthira says,’…a perpetrated sin is expiated by auspicious acts, by publishing it wildly, by repentance, by alms-giving, by penances, by trips to tirthas after renunciation of everything, by constant meditation on the scriptures. Of all these, he that has practiced ...


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The answer is no. There are five Vedas as follows:- 1: Rigveda 2: Atharvaveda 3: Samveda 4: Yajurveda 5: Itihaas and puranas The Vedas supports this claim. Atharvaveda 11:7:24 says that god created puranas and itihasa. Verses, and Songs, and magic hymns, Purāna, sacrificial text. All the celestial Gods whose home is heaven sprang from the Residue ...


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The Vedas are supported by Vedangas and thus the proof for the same must come to Vedas or Vedangas. Here are explicit statements for your reference as to what constitutes Vedas. 1. Āpastambhaśrautrasūtra 24.1.31 मन्त्रब्राह्मणयोर्वेदनामधेयम् (mantra brahmanayoh Veda namadheyam) 2. Bodhyānagṛhayasūtra 2.6.2 मन्त्रब्राह्मणं वेद इत्याचक्षते (mantra brahmanayoh ...


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Sruti, the vedas, and more specifically, the Upanishads, define Sruti. One of the three Prasthanas accepted by all Hindus as the authoritative texts, The Brahma Sutras, section 2.1. says (Swami Vireswarananda translator, https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/brahma-sutras/d/doc63014.html) Adhikarana summary: Refutation of Smritis that are not based on ...


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The Brihadaranyaka upanishad says that the puranas and itihasas are (like) the breath of brahman. https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-brihadaranyaka-upanishad/d/doc117950.html Verse 2.4.10: स यथार्द्रएधाग्नेरभ्याहितात्पृथग्धूमा विनिश्चरन्ति, एवं वा अरेऽस्य महतो भूतस्य निह्̣स्वसितमेतद्यदृग्वेदो यजुर्वेदह्̣ सामवेदोऽथर्वाङ्गिरस इतिहासह्̣ पुरा...


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A Pyramid will have 5 faces. The Vedic literature contains many hymns, describing spiritual aspects, in esoteric fashion. So if we consider those esoteric mentions, we can infer that a Pyramid is a an symbolic representation of panchabhutas or 5 elements. Agni - Fire Vayu/Indra - Air Varuna - water Earth - Aditi Space/Heaven - Tvastr Earth and ...


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Kaṇha and Kaṇhā (feminine) are the Pāli equivalents of the Sanskrit words Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇā (feminine) so it's unlikely you will find these names in Hindu scripture. The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary has the following meaning: Kanha (adj.) [cp. Vedic kṛṣṇa, Lith. kérszas] dark, black, as attr. of darkness, opposed to light, syn. with kāḷa (q. ...


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