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Story of Agastya Rishi correcting balance of the earth

The story of Sage Agastya going towards south is mentioned in Skanda Purana, Book II: Vaishnavakhanda, Section I: Venkatcala Mahatmya, Chapter 31. It was narrated by Sage Bharadvaja to Arjuna. This ...
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Do all Shaiva Siddhantins reject Vamachara practices as sinful?

Tirumular in Tirumantiram condemns Vamachara practises like drinking wine: 326: The Wicked Drink In VAma Tantra Lust and drink, fit for the wicked are they; In ritual unholy they drink and ...
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Which Varna and sects are allowed to wear tripundra?

Yes, a brahmana can have tripunda. In fact, he should have more tripundas than others. O Brāhmaṇa, a Brāhmaṇa should always have twelve Puṇḍras.[3] O son, Kṣatriyas should have four. It is prescribed ...
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Why Shiva created the universe for Kshetrajñahah?

The chapter of that Mrigendra Aagama is talking about 'Pashu Lakshanam' or the 'Nature of the Bound Soul', so the Kshetrajna there refers to Individual souls. Why would Shiva create the universe for ...
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Shaivism or Shivaism?

From Wikipedia of Shaivism, Shaivism ([Śaivam]) (Devanagari: शैव संप्रदाय) (Tamil: சைவம்) is one of the major traditions within Hinduism that reveres Shiva as the Supreme Being or its metaphysical ...
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How is Tirumantiram 1st verse by Tirumular 'One Is Many' interpreted?

Here is how B. Natarajan explains the numbers 1 through 8 in this excerpt from his translation of Tirumular's Tirumantiram: The One - The Uncreated Eternal Being-Sivam. The Two - Siva/Sakti. ...
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Which Varna and sects are allowed to wear tripundra?

Here are the proofs that a Bramhin can wear Tripundra The Bramhins and others , the householders and such persons should apply Bhasma in 3 stripes(Tripundra) according to direction set forth in the ...
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Are there any Scriptures that describe Maha-Sadashiva, The 25-headed form of Shiva?

~ Caryāpāda Chapter-1 Makuta Agama, Verse 1-3.: कैलासवासी भगवान् महादेवो महेश्वरः । महाकैलासनिलयं महाकारुणिकोत्तमम् ।। पञ्चपञ्चमुखं देवं पञ्चाशद्भुजमण्डितम्। पञ्चब्रह्ममयं शान्तं पञ्चकृत्यपरायणम् ।। ...
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Does Kumarila Bhatta say you're always reborn as the same species?

I think Kumarila Bhatta did not actually believe that souls are always reborn into the same species. Because in this excerpt from his Tantra Vartika, in the course of refuting the Jain theory that ...
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Do Shaktas and Shaivas have independent sects or they think themselves to be under Advaita?

A good question. There are 12 original commentaries on the Brahma Sutra. Each commentary sketches the position of a disctinct sect. Branches of the Vedanta System Advaita or Kevaladvaita school ...
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Immortal soul requiring a Mortal body

The essence of the question is why did Brahman get involved in the universe by getting into bodies and physical things. The standard theory in the Upanishads is that Brahman was “bored”. Brahman ...
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Why Kukke Subramanya temple has a Madhwa mutt?

Kukke subrahmanya temple was older than Adi shankara.. And composed him a hym bhaje kukke lingam.. But after going on madhwacharya converted this shivalli Brahmins in to his dwaitha tradition..and ...
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Were there any schools of Shaiva, Shakti, or Tantric philosophy that advocated human sacrifice?

This excerpt from the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya, the traditional biography of Adi Shankaracharya, describes how Adi Shankaracharya went to Karnataka and encountered the Kapalikas, a Shaivite sect ...
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Shaivism or Shivaism?

Shaivism / Śaivism is the correct English term to describe the worshippers of god Śiva. However, note that, the 'ism' is an English concept. In the Sanskrit language, the original word for Śaivism ...
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What is the status of Rudra (and the other trimurti) with respect to Sadashiva?

Let's first start with the following verse from Mahabharata itself.: Anusashana Parva.: “yo ‘sṛjad dakṣiṇād aṅgād brahmāṇaṃ lokasaṃbhavam | vāmapārśvāt tathā viṣṇuṃ lokarakṣārtham īśvaraḥ | yugānte ...
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Immortal soul requiring a Mortal body

Vivekanand provides a concise reason for why a soul needs a body : to express itself. If soul wants to express its divinity, it should take form of a body "The Hindu religion - complete works&...
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Is it right as cannabis addicts addressing themselves as shiv bhakts?

Is it right as cannabis addicts addressing themselves as shiv bhakts? Some of the sects of Shaivism have practices that are related to drug usage, sexuality, and death themes. So it is not ...
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Do Shaktas and Shaivas have independent sects or they think themselves to be under Advaita?

Are there Advaita Vaishnava sampradayas also? There is a good section of people who believe Adi Sankaracharya himself was a Vaishnavaite and that being an Advaitin and a Vaishnava may not be mutually ...
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Why are there no more Nayanars?

The Nayanmars (also referred to as Nayanars) written in Tamil as நாயன்மார்கள், means "hounds of Siva",were a group of 63 saints (also saint poets) in the 6th to 9th century who were devoted to the ...
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Who are the beings above Para Shiva recognized by Tirumular?

There is a saint known as Ramalinga adigal (Vallalar) who identified the ultimate to be a big light. He created the mahamantra: "Arutperunjoti Arutperunjyoti Thaniperunkarunai Arutperunjyoti". ...
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Why Kukke Subramanya temple has a Madhwa mutt?

In the book Sri Krishna Temple At Udupi by B.N. Hebbar available for free download here: https://archive.org/details/SriKrsnaTempleAtUdupi/page/n55/mode/2up?q=kukke the author says, I quote: // ...
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Why Kukke Subramanya temple has a Madhwa mutt?

An empty branch of Sringeri Mutt is still there besides samputa Narasimha mutt in kukke subramanya. ( Reference ) Due to Regulating act from East India Company temple administration was transferred ...
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