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I belong to Smarta family. Till photography became popular in India in Mid 19th century and selling of photos/colour paintings of Gods had become a commercial business, idols of Gods were used to be worshipped. Way back in late 1980s, when I was still in early twenties, I had observed in houses of our relatives and family friends, people of old generation,...


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Vasant Panchami is the day Magha Shukla Panchami. From Wikipedia: Vasant Panchami has a specific meaning: Vasant means "spring" and Panchami means "the fifth day." Vasant Panchami falls on the fifth day of spring. Vasant Panchami is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month of Magha, ...


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Yes, the lines you quoted in your question are actually present in original Devi Bhagavata Purana. The passage is a translation of Shloka no. 88 -Chapter4 - Book 9. Below is the original Sanskrit shloka. गुरुमभ्यर्च्य विधिवद्वस्त्रालङ्‌कारचन्दनैः । प्रणम्य दण्डवद्‍भूमौ कवचं धारयेत्सुधीः ॥ 88 ॥ One is worship one’s spiritual Teacher (Guru Deva) ...


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In Hinduism Devi Saraswati is goddess of speech , learning ,music ,art. She is depected as sitting on a white swan and holding a Vina (stringed instrument) in her hands. She clad in white clothes and a book in her other hand , which are Vedas. According to Pancharatra texts she is one of the twenty-four emanations of Lakshmi accompanying Narayana. i.e. ...


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Rig-Veda. 6. 61 is the Sukta which is devoted to Sarasvati. In this sukta she is praised as Goddess and adored as river. The sanskrit mantras and H.H.Wilson translation is as follows. The Translation of H.H. Wilson is based on commentary of Sayana. इयं शुष्मेभिर्बिसखाइवारुजत्सानु गिरीणां तविषेभिरूर्मिभिः । पारावतघ्नीमवसे सुवृक्तिभिः सरस्वतीमा ...


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"vasara peeta nilaye" in the sloka indicates that Saraswati is the presiding deity of Vaasara kshetra, now Baasara kshetra, a temple town in Northern parts of Telangana state. The legend has it that after the Mahabharata war, sage Veda Vyasa embarked on a pilgrimage in search of peace. He reached the serene Kumaranchala hills on the banks of river Godavari ...


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Prayers to Sarasvatī Ṛg Veda RV 1.3.10 पावका नः सरस्वती वाजेभिर्वाजिनीवती । यज्ञं वष्टु धियावसुः pāvakā ǀ naḥ ǀ sarasvatī ǀ vājebhiḥ ǀ vājinī-vatī ǀ yajñam ǀ vaṣṭu ǀ dhiyā-vasuḥ ǁ Sarasvatī is the queen of the words. She grants us her boon through words. Let pure Sarasvatī, providing us with most auspicious words, be satisfied with our prayers, ...


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चत्वारि वाक्‌ परिमिता पदानि तानि विदुर्व्राह्मणा ये मनीषिण: | तानि विदुर्व्राह्मणा ये मनीषिण: गुहा त्रीणि निहिता नेङ्गयन्ति तुरीयं वाचो मनुष्या वदन्ति ॥ R.V. 1.164.45 || Four are the definite grades of speech: those Brahmans who are wise know them : three deposited in secret, indicate no meaning: men speak the fourth grade of speech. (H.H....


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This is a historical record of changing social status of 'manual working class' who were designated as 'Sudra' in the caste system. Before Maha Bharata period they must had enjoyed a greater social status.The contempt towards Sudra may refer to introduction of untouchability or some other devaluation. Vaishampayana refers to this event poetically by ...


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I think the flow of knowledge shown, ie.,Ambhinî from Âditya, the Sun and Vâk from Ambhinî, in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, should be viewed in esoteric manner only. Rig Veda eulogise Sun or Savitr as the deity for ILLUMINATION or BLISS. Gāyatrī Mantra known as the Sāvitri Mantra will praise Sun for Illumination. Here, Ambhini might be referring to ...


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