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Yes, there are scriptures which prescribe using the mantra 'Gananam Tva Ganapatim.. ' to worship Lord Ganesha. Let's look at some scriptural references: 1) Sage Vyasa says so in Padma Purana: In the Shristikhanda of the Padma Purana chapter 65, sage Vyasa specifies to use this mantra to worship Lord Ganesha: व्यास उवाच- नांदीमुखेषु सर्वेषु पूजयेद्यो गणाधि...


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The Omkāra is made up of 3 letters: (1) akāra - अ; (2) ukāra - उ; (3) makāra - म and also an anusvāra (ardhamātrā). It is often a misconception that it has only the first three letters but the Upanishads are clear that it has even an anusvāra. So you will pronounce it as Om and let the ma resonate after for a bit in the mouth/ nose area. The Nādabindūpaniṣad ...


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Devi Mahatmyam, which is a part of Markandeya Purana doesn't tell that Devi had any problem killing the Ratkabija. You can read the full story in this chapter. Actually the Gods (devas) were greatly afraid seeing the alarming increase in the number (clones) of Raktabija: व्याप्तमासीत्ततो देवा भयमाजग्मुरुत्तमम्॥८८.५१ Asura’s blood pervaded the whole world; ...


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Chapter 2 of Sankara Samhita of Skandha Purana lists the name of 10 Shaiva Puranas as: तत्र शैवानि शैवं च भविष्यश्च द्विजोत्तमा:। मार्कण्डेयं तथा लैङ्गं वाराहं स्कान्दमेव च ।। मात्स्यमन्यत्तथा कौर्मे वामनं च मुनीश्वरा:। ब्रह्माण्डं च दशेमानि त्रीणि लक्षाणि संख्यया।। 31 The Shaiva Puranas are Shiva Purana, Bhavisya Purana, Markandeya Purana, Linga Purana, ...


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Mandukya Upanishad says that OM is a Combination of (A + U + M) That same Self, from the point of view of the syllable, is Om, and viewed from the stand point of the letters, the quarters are the letters, and the letters are the quarters. The letters are A, U and M.(Mandukya Up 8) Vaisvanara seated in the waking state is the first letter A, owing to its all-...


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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 caste) – composed Mṛcchakaṭika Vidura (describes himself as Śūdra caste) – proclaimed the wisest person in Mahābhārata and taught Vidura-nīti Vālmīki (supposedly ...


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Why slaying a woman must be considered "just a minor offense" (upapataka) while killing a brahmin (ब्रह्म-हत्या) is a despicable unforgivable offense - mahapataka? Why such presumed inequality? Why did you cherry pick the mention of women from the verse and not the mention of kshatriyas, vaishyas, and shudras, which include men? Why shouldn't it ...


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Summary: (Read conclusion below for a summarised compact understanding, since answer is long.) Upapātaka doesn’t mean minor sin but general sin. There’s no hierarchy of sins per say except the 5 major ones and killing of women (or anyone) is in no way inferior. There is no differentiation between the killing of Men and women both have been accorded an ...


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This quote is found in 8th Patala of Karana Agama: देव्युवाच: Devi asked: देवदेव जगन्नाथ सर्वानुग्रहतत्पर। विधानमिदमुकृष्टं वेदमन्त्र्समन्वितम्।। वेदाधिकारिणां सम्यगनुष्टेयं प्रकाशितम्। स्रीमुख्याः केन विधिना कृतार्थाः स्युर्निबोध मे।। Oh The Gods of Gods, the Lord of World, You are ready to grace all. This well-mannered method is connected with the hymns ...


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Yes indeed those Bramhins who don't study Vedas and engage in improper occupations are considered to be Shudras. But he who does not perform Sandhya Vandana standing in the morning, nor sitting in the evening, shall be excluded, like a Sudra, from all the duties and rights of an Dvija.(Manu 2.103) A brāhmaṇa who does not repeat the Gayatri mantra is more ...


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While providing Pashupatastra to Arjuna Lord Shiva says that neither chief of Gods nor humans know of it. So, it is not possible that any other human would have Pashupatastra. From Vana Parva of Mahabharata: भगवानुवाच | ददानि तेऽस्त्रं दयितमहं पाशुपतं महत् | समर्थो धारणे मोक्षे संहारे चापि पाण्डव || १३ || नैतद्वेद महेन्द्रोऽपि न यमो न च यक्षराट् | वरुणो वाथ ...


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Manu Smriti 5.48. Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to (the attainment of) heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun (the use of) meat. From the above, it is clear that the reason why meat eating is not recommended is because it involves Ahimsa (injury to other beings). But, when the ...


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Chapter 7 - The childhood sports of Pārvatī of Rudra-saṃhitā : Pārvatī-khaṇḍa of Shiva Purana provides the following meaning: Afterwards when Kālī wanted to perform a penance she was forbidden by her mother who said—“O, no (Umā). Hence O sage, the sweetfaced lady came to be called Umā in the world. umeti mātrā tapase niṣiddhā kālikā ca sā | paścādumākhyāṃ ...


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Do scriptures mention that 'Uma' name is Pranava swarupa? Yes, the Great Goddess herself describes her form as that of the Praṇava, in the Chapter 49: Manifestation of Uma from the Section 5 - Umā-Saṃhitā of Śhiva Purāṇa उमोवाच umovāca: न ब्रह्मा न मुरारातिर्न पुरारातिरीश्वरः । मदने गर्वितुं किंचित्का कथान्यसुपर्वणाम् ॥२७॥ na brahmā na surārātirna ...


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Summary: It would be more appropriate to ask the Ramayana of how many Kalpas is available (explained in 1). As discussed (in 2), various scriptures sink into oblivion causing them to be written again, especially the itihasas. This means the Ramayana of many Kalpas is almost impossible to find. However in some surviving scriptures, the details of former ...


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It is quite possible that universes can exist without presiding deities. But it should be noted that there is no universe without Parabrahman. Any universe undergoes three states: creation, preservation and dissolution. Technically, universe is a result of creation. Universe does not exist during dissolution. It is apt to use the word creation rather than ...


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Also say that while consuming food, one should not involve in any other activities. Yes, one must not speak while eating. This is mentioned in scriptures: [While passing] excreta, [holding] sexual intercourse, [making] Homa, cleansing the teeth, bathing, taking meals, and making adorations, one should always abstain from speaking at all. (316) He, who, ...


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From Bhagavata Purana 3.11.10: यामाश्चत्वारश्चत्वारो मर्त्यानामहनी उभे । पक्ष: पञ्चदशाहानि शुक्ल: कृष्णश्च मानद ॥ १० ॥ It is calculated that there are four praharas, which are also called yāmas, in the day and four in the night of the human being. Similarly, fifteen days and nights are a fortnight, and there are two fortnights, white and black, in a month. ...


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In Atri Smriti (aka Atri Samhita) we find the following verse: A woman, desirous of bathing in a sacred water, should drink the water washing the feet of her husband, of S'iva or of Vishnu. She should, thereby, attain to the most excellent station. (137) It implies that for a married woman, her husband is equal to Shiva/Vishnu (or Parameswara). Similarly, ...


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Well the story you are talking about is the story of a demon named Raktabīja, he came to known by this name after he was blessed with a unique boon by Lord Brahma. As per this boon, if a drop of blood from his body would fall on the ground, clones would be formed out of that drop. The story goes as follows: Raktabīja was an asura (loosely translated as ...


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Yes, there are various events in our scriptures. But it doesn't mean that Lord Shiva will test for each and every devotee necessarily. 1) Testing of Upamanyu: One of the popular events is when Lord Shiva took the form of Lord Indra and tested Upamanyu. That form of Lord Shiva is known as Sureshwara. Mahabharata in this chapter describes the event: In this ...


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Although it's not a direct scriptural reference In Kulavarna tantra of Chakumba Prakashan translated by Dr. Pramhansa Mishra, Hindi version He writes: (I am translating) "There is a provisional idea of three classes of Gurus, Namely 1. Shaiva-Shastra Paramestha (one who has mastered the Shaiva-shastra completely), 2. Param Guru (Great or the best) 3. ...


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The half-Narayana half-Lakshmi form is referred in the renowned Tantrik compendium named Sharadatilaka composed by Lakshmana Desikendra as the presiding deity of the Keshavâdi Mâtrikânyâsa which is employed while worshipping with Vaishnava mantras. The iconography as stated in Sharadatilaka is :- हस्तैर्बिभ्रत् सरसिजगदाशङ्ख चक्राणि विद्यां पद्मादर्शौ ...


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Adi Shankaracharya mentions Narayanoham in Vivekachudamani, नारायणोऽहं नरकान्तकोऽहं पुरान्तकोऽहं पुरुषोऽहमीशः । अखण्डबोधोऽहमशेषसाक्षी निरीश्वरोऽहं निरहं च निर्ममः ॥ ४९४ ॥ nārāyaṇo'haṃ narakāntako'haṃ purāntako'haṃ puruṣo'hamīśaḥ | akhaṇḍabodho'hamaśeṣasākṣī nirīśvaro'haṃ nirahaṃ ca nirmamaḥ || 494 || I am Nārāyaṇa, the slayer of Nāraka; I am the destroyer ...


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Any one who dies in Varanasi will get moksha. I am posting a passage that describes Sri Ramakrishna's experience in Benares. The party entered holy Benares by boat along the Ganges. When Sri Ramakrishna's eyes fell on this city of Siva, where had accumulated for ages the devotion and piety of countless worshippers, he saw it to be made of gold, as the ...


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From chapter 4 of Kurma Purana (translation by MOTILAL BANARSIDASS publication): in view of his vastness, he is called Brahma Here is the screenshot of Sanskrit verse and Hindi translation: Related What are the different names of Brahma as per scriptures? Why is Brahma referred as Viranchi in Scriptures?: Brahmā — he who increases.


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The story of Sitaji’s curses in Gaya is found in the Ānanda Rāmāyaṇa, Yātrā Kāṇḍa, Sixth Sarga, though in a slightly modified form than the question. An Introduction before the curses: As per this Kanda, Ramaji and Sitaji had gone for a pilgrimage to many places, one among them being Gaya. In the morning, they went to the Phalgu river for a bath, where ...


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Karma (i.e. doing actions following Dharma), Bhakti will gradually lead to Jnana and Jnana liberates. O King of mountains! Meditation with Karma and Jñâna with Bhakti will lead one to Me. Only the work alone will fail to get one to Me. O Himavan! From Dharma arises Bhakti and from Bhakti arises the Highest Jñâna. What are said in the S'ruti and Smriti S'...


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