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The story of Shukracharya receiving Sanjivani Vidya is found in Chapter 16 of the Kāśīkhaṇḍa of the Skanda Purāṇa. As per it, Shukracharya performed a very severe penance, by inhaling smoke of husked rice for a thousand years before he finally got the vidya from Lord Shiva: Kavi (Śukra) washed the great dirt of the mind in the form of fickleness by means of ...


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As per Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva: Chapter 66, Valikhilyas were sons of Rishi Kratu: It hath been already said, that Marichi, Angiras. Atri, Pulastya, Pulaha, and Kratu--these six great Rishis of great energy--are the sons of Brahman. ... And the sons of Kratu, sacred as sacrifices, are the companions of Surya, (the Valikhilyas), known in three ...


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So, even if the soldiers might have adjudicated the punishment for the Rishi, the credit or responsibility shall fall onto the King only. Correct. Now, logically extend it one step further. In above sentence, replace soldiers with King, and King with Yama. Even if the King might have adjudicated the punishment for the Rishi, the credit or responsibility ...


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Kalpa is not a book from which other books have been derived. Its one of the vedanga. Why do we need to invest time in vedangas? In order to properly understand vedas and interpret them and subsequently follow a vedic way of living i.e agni upasana and so on To properly lead a vedic life its important to have some understanding of these subjects. Kalpa ...


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In Pratima-Kosha: Encyclopaedia of Indian Iconography, Vol. 4, S. K. Ramachandra Rao explains the symbolism and backstory behind Bhṛṅgī's three-legged and skeletal appearance in temple art: BHṚṄGĪ An important attendant of Śiva, who is distinguished by his total devotion to Śiva. A story found in Kālikā-purāṇa (ch. 45) makes him (along with Mahākāla) born ...


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As per Skanda Purana 1:2:51:178, father of Kamatha is the author of Harita Samhita. 178.Your father-will become an author of a Smṛti text (viz. Hārita-Smṛti). He will be adored by Brāhmaṇas. This spot will never perish. Skanda Purana 1:2:51:25. On hearing this from the guest, Hārīta spoke to his eight year old son Kamaṭha, “Do you understand, dear son, ...


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Do rishies and maharishi attain super power after long years of meditation or other act's? Yes, constant performance of religious rites like constant recitation of the Vedas gives supernatural powers: Manusmriti 4.148 - By the constant recitation of the Veda, by purification, by austerity, and by doing no harm to living beings, he remembers his previous ...


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SANKHAYANA is same as shAnkhAyana as spelled in Sanskrit. We have to first see the lineage of this great Vedic rishi. Chapter 15 of the shAnkhAyana Aranyaka presents the following atha vaMshaH| [This is the lineage] om namo brahmaNe nama AchAryebhyaH| gunAkhyAc chANkhAyanAd asamAbhir adhItam | guNAkhyaH shAnkhAyanaH kaholA(La)t kaushItakeH | kahola(La)H ...


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Dharma is indeed created by Brahman, rishis, and devatas. This is known because dharma is based on Vedic vidhis (injunctions). Each vidhi was authored at a certain time in history. This means that before the vidhi was authored, the action enjoined or prohibited by the vidhi was not dharma. There are also many instances recorded in the Vedas themselves as ...


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Lord Sankarshana spoke the essence of Srimad Bhagavata to Sanatkumara, who explained it to Shankhayana Muni. This was then given to Parashara, who explained it to all. Chapter 15 of Shankayana Aranyaka gives a long genealogy of spiritual teachers from Brahma down to Shankhayana. A shaka of Rig veda is named after Shankhyana. He has written both Grihya Sutras ...


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