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Procedures used for preserving the integrity of the Vedas

Very special procedures are applied to preserve Vedas. Here are some of them: 1) Divisional Protection: Veda Výas divides Veda at the end of Dwapar into Rig, Yajur and Sama so that it becomes ...
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Did Ravan speak Sanskrit?

Yes, Ravana did speak Sanskrit. In fact, in this chapter of the Sundara Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Hanuman hesitates before speaking to Sita in Lanka, because he's afraid that Sita will mistake ...
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How important is Sanskrit?

Is Sanskrit regarded as sacred? Yes, Sanskrit is considered as the divine language. The sages in the ancient time realized the Vedas in the form of sound patterns. Those sound patterns expressed in ...
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How important is Sanskrit?

Yes, Sanskrit is special in some intrinsic way. The sounds of its alphabets are such that uttering them mentally causes resonant vibration with the Chakras of the human subtle body. This idea is the ...
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What is the meaning of "Swasti na Indro Vridhhashravaha..."?

This whole mantra forms the first passage of Taittariya Aranyaka of YajurVeda. The first verse "Om Bhadram Karnebhi Srinuyaam Devaha" also exists in RigVeda 1.89.8 Here is the meaning of ...
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How important is Sanskrit?

To add support to the above answers, speaking sanskrit language is also meant to be as a kind of yoga for Vocal system. From Sanskrit Sounds, Sanskrit is an exquisite language from ancient India. ...
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What's the meaning & relevance of LIC logo "yogakshemam vahamyaham"?

Q. What's the source and meaning of this verse? Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the source of this verse: अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जनाः पर्युपासते। तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम्।।9.22।। And ...
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I want to learn Sanskrit. Can anybody guide me how to start?

There are tons of resources both online and offline. Offline Sources samskritabharati is an organisation of volunteers who are committed to Sanskrit, and they conduct free Sanskrit classes. They ...
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Is Hinduism anti-foreigner?

Is Sanatana Dharma anti-foreigners? No, most certainly not. For example, the following mantra from Shukla Yajur Veda clearly states that the holy mantras should be spoken among all men including ...
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Sanskrit examples of Ghanapatha recitation?

Ghanapatha is one of the most advanced method of Veda Patha. Syllables are continuously repeated to and fro in a certain pattern. A syllable can get repeated upto 13 times in Ghana Patha. So, reciting ...
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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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Did Max Müller actually distort Hindu scriptures in his translations?

As per Rajiv Malhotra, Max Muller played double game. Although he tentatively proposed some (strange) theories, Rajiv Malhotra says later scholars used his speculations and solidified concept of Arya ...
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According to ShankarAchArya in Advaita, is the universe "unreal" or "unworthy"?

There is a common popular misconception in People that according to Advaita World doesn't exist at all. It is not true. When we are deciding reality of things as per Advaita. Then, Advaita itself ...
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Sanskrit and Sounds of Lord Shiva

Legend has it that when Panini prayed to Shiva and asked for knowledge, Shiva appeared before him and his Damaru (डमरु) made the following 14 sounds representing the MaheshwaraSutrani (माहेश्वरसूत्राणि...
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Correct pronunciation of Lord Savitr

In Sanskrit grammar, each सुबन्त (grossly interpreted as a noun) has 7 (+1) cases and its form will vary as per the case. This is unlike Hindi (which uses something similar to the prepositions in ...
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Meaning of the " tri " in trishulam - Is it english or sanskrit?

With no doubt, "tri" in त्रिशूल (triśūla) is Sanskrit. You can check it in any Sanskrit dictionary, such as Apte or Monier-Williams. Etymology of English word three or tri is From Middle English ...
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What is the meaning of Indra?

what is the meaning of Indra? The exact meaning of word Indra is given in Aitareya Upanishad –Khanda 3 –Chapter 1 –Verse 14. - Page no 32-33 तस्मादिन्द्रो नामेदन्द्रो ह वै नाम | तमिदन्द्रं सन्तमि...
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What is the meaning of Indra?

There are different meaning of the word Indra is given by Yaska in Nirukta 10.8. इन्द्र इरां दृणातीति वाँ। इरां दद्तीति वा। इरां दधातीति वा । इरा दारयतैं इति घा। इरा धारर्थत इति वा । ...
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Types of Dukkha

I think you are talking about the 3 types of miseries/pains/sufferings collectively known as - the tApatrayas. It is said that we suffer from 3 types of miseries (or Dukkha in your language) in this ...
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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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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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Source of the Sanskrit shloka- Om Sarva Mangala Mangalye

It is from Devi Mahatyam which is part of Markandeya Purana. When Goddess killed two demons Sumbha and Nisumbha, Devas eulogized Devi with their hymns. This hymn is part of their eulogy to Divine ...
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Shudras and learning Sanskrit

Various Śūdra and Dalit people have made contributions to Sanskrit literature, so they must have been able to learn Sanskrit to begin with, including the following - King Śūdraka (apparently Śūdra ...
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What language did people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata use to communicate? Sanskrit?

Rishi Valmiki who wrote the Ramayan was a contemporary of Shri Rama. The fact that he wrote the entire epic in Sanskrit points to the fact that it was the spoken language in those days. Same logic ...
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Where is Aum positioned in Devanagari?

1) The following link from Encyclopedia Britannica shows the Devanagari alphabet. Pleae note that OM = AUM is a syllable, not a single letter. Hence OM is not part of the Devanagari alphabet. http://...
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Any mantras that are not of Sanskrit origin?

In South India,in the temples of the Lord Vishnu, the lord is often worshipped using tamil verses which were written by the great saints of Sri Vaishnavism Azhwars.Most important and famous one is the ...
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How ॐ (OM) is written in Brahmi Script?

ॐ (OM)(ओ३म्) can be written in Brahmi script as: Further, there is book Brahmi-Rediscovering the lost script written by Ankita Roy. This book contains many information about Brahmi script (Lipi). ...
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What are couplets called in Sanskrit?

The most common name in Sanskrit is śloka (श्लोक). A single śloka contains 2 lines of Sanskrit text, usually consisting of an equal amount of syllables. Lots of Sanskrit poetic works contain only a ...
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Meaning of the " tri " in trishulam - Is it english or sanskrit?

The "tri" in trishulam is from Sanskrit. Later Indo and European languages had taken from Sanskrit. In sanskrit threee is denoted by Trí (three), त्रीणि - trīṇi , त्रयः - trayaḥ etc. There are ...
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