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Which scripture is the source of the verse "janmana jayate shudrah.. " (everyone is born a shudra)?

No this shloka is not from Shreemad Bhagvat Purana. This shloka is given in Skanda Purana Vol.18 Book VI , Nagar Kanda , Chapter 239 , ( Efficacy of Adoration , Penance etc.) Verse 31-34 जन्मना ...
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Was value of pi really defined in a sloka?

It looks this shloka originates from Bharati Krishna Tirthaji's system of so-called "Vedic Mathematics". Note that despite its name, it's widely agreed that Tirthaji's system isn't actually ...
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How many shlokas are there in Valmiki Ramayana?

Valmiki Ramayana consists of 24000 verses. It is verified in Balakanda 1.4.2 itself: चतुर् विंशत् सहस्राणि श्लोकानाम् उक्तवान् ऋषिः | तथा सर्ग शतान् पंच षट् काण्डानि तथा उत्तरम् ||१-४-२ Sage ...
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Any other slokas suggesting drinking of cow urine

There are numerous such verses in the Smritis. Consuming Panchagavyas (the five products obtained from a cow) is considered as an effective sin-cleansing remedy for a variety of sins. Here are a few ...
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Details about the verse: "Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva"?

The sloka is from the Pandava Gita. It was said by Gandhari & addressed to Lord Krishna. Gandhari Uvacha:- (Queen Gandhari said:- ) Thwameva matha cha pitha thwameva, Thwameva bhandusha , ...
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Does the shloka 'ahiṃsā paramo dharma' or excerpt appear in Mahabharata?

Yes, this shloka is present in Mahabharata. 1) Adi Parva of Mahabharata: Sauti Muni talking about Rishi Sahasrapat tells Rishi Ruru about the characteristics of a brahamana. अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मः सर्वप्रा...
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Which scripture contains the famous Ganesha Sloka "Vakratunda Mahakaya..."?

I found the Vakratunda incarnation in Mudgal Brahmana but not the mantra. The closest I could come to this mantra is the following line from the Mahaganapati Shastranam Stotra from the Rudrayamala ...
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What is the source of this (Kayena vacha...) text? or Where does it come from?

The verse occurs in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here is what the sons of Rishabha tell Nimi (the solar dynasty king whom I discuss here): I consider that one whose intelligence is ...
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Origin of कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः (karaagre vasate lakshmi)

The sloka is originally from the Vishnu Purana.However,the version given in that Purana differs slightly from those given in the question. The Vishnu Purana version states: Karaagre Vasate ...
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What is that sloka which says Tirthas reside in our right ear?

There are some Shloka found in Parashar Smriti, 12th Chapter source1 source2 source3 source4. प्रभासादीनि तीर्थानि गंगाद्या सरितस्तथा। विप्रस्य दक्षिणे कर्णे वसन्ति मनुरब्रवीत॥ According to Manu ...
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Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods?

I think the Vedas simply mention that the principle (or types of) Deities are 33 in number and not 33 crores. The confusion I think arises while translating the word "koti" which can mean ...
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Is Mahabharata the longest poem of the world?

Actually, the Sarala Mahabharata has 152,000 individual verses: not an exact translation from the Sanskrit original, but a full-blown independent work. Sarala Mahabharat has 152,000 verses compared ...
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Was value of pi really defined in a sloka?

Actually the approximate value of pi was known in the Shulba Sutras in ancient India (not in the Vedas per se). Obviously knowing it to 32 places of decimal is impossible without the usage of modern ...
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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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Source of Sanskrit shloka - Avidyayamantare Vartamanah Svayam Dhirah Panditam-manyamanah

It's from Mundaka Upanishad 1.2.8. अविद्यायामन्तरे वर्तमानाः स्वयं धीराः पण्डितंमन्यमानाः । दन्द्रम्यमाणाः परियन्ति मूढा अन्धेनैव नीयमाना यथाऽन्धाः || ८ ॥ avidyāyāmantare vartamānāḥ ...
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Does the shloka 'ahiṃsā paramo dharma' or excerpt appear in Mahabharata?

There is no shloka in mahabharata that says Himsa dharma tadaivacha. I downloaded mahabharata from bombay.indology.info and grepped for the shloka. This is the header from that website. This site ...
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Why is the Sloka "Suklambaradharam Vishnum..." used as Ganapaty Dhyanam when it is clearly a Dhyana Sloka for Lord Vishnu?

शुक्लाम्बरधरम् विष्णुम् शशि वर्णम् चतुर्भुजम् | प्रसन्नवदनम् ध्यायेत् सर्व विघ्नोपशान्तये || "shuklamvaram dharam vishnum sashivarnam chaturvujam | prasanna vadanam dhyayet sarva ...
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Is the ocean (sāgara) named after King Sagara or is it the other way round?

Yes. The ocean (सागरः or Sāgara) is named after Sagara (सगर), a king of Ikshvaku dynasty. He is the son of king Asita. Ocean on the earth is formed by one of his deeds i.e., he dug the bed of ocean. ...
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What is scriptural source of the verse whose translation is " Your head can be given, ..but the Shodashi Vidya of the Devi can not be given"?

The second half of this sloka is the tenth sloka of the Lalitatrishati stotra, in the Lalitopakhyana part of the Brahmanda Purana. This occurs before the actual stotra, when Sri Hayagriva meditates ...
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Where is the verse ''sahasra-namnam punyanam... prayacchati'' found?

It is 19th verse in Chapter 36 Upodhgatapada of Brahmanda Purana. Sesha says this to Dharani (Goddess Earth) (Translated by GV Tagore) सहस्रनाम्नां पुण्यानां त्रिरावृत्त्या तु यत्फलम् एका...
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Where in the Shiva Purana does Lord Shiva say " ekam prasamshati yastu sarvAneva prasamshati...."?

These verses can be found in Chapter 3 Upodghatapada of Brahmanda Purana (translated by GV Tagore). कारणं तु स्मृता ह्येते नानार्थेष्विह देवताः | एकं प्रशंसमानस्तु सर्वानेवप्रशसति || ९३ kāraṇaṃ tu ...
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Is this a real sloka?

It's a Shanti Mantra that occurs in the beginning of chapter 3 of the Taittiriya Aranyaka of the Yajur Veda (as you can see here): tacchṃyorāvṛṇīmahe | gātuṃ yajñāya | gātuṃ yajñapataye | ...
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Who created this shloka? "kar charan krutam va kayajm karmajm va"

This is the 14th Sloka of Adi Shankara's Shiva Aparadha Kshamapana stotram. Kara-charana-kritam vaak,-kaaya-jam, karma-jam vaa, Shravana-nayana-jam vaa, maanasam vaa-aparaadhama, Vihitam-avihitam ...
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Source of Sanskrit shloka - Avidyayamantare Vartamanah Svayam Dhirah Panditam-manyamanah

Katha Upanishad (associated with Katha Shakha of Krishna Yajurveda): Prathama Adhyaya, Dvitiya Valli, Pancham Mantra (1.2.5) अविद्यायामन्तरे वर्तमानाः स्वयं धीराः पण्डितंमन्यमानाः । दन्द्रम्यमाणा...
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What are Bhujanga stotrams?

Bhujanga prayātam is a meter which has twelve syllables in each quarter (pāda). Only first, fourth, seventh and tenth are light. Rest of the syllables are heavy syllables. In the Natya Shastra Chapter ...
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Kakah krishna pikah krishna.. Where this verse comes from?

Kaka - crow , Krishna - black Pika - cuckoo , Krishna - black Ko Bheda - what difference ? Vasanta praptey - spring comes Crow - Crow , Cuckoo - Cuckoo Crow & Cuckoo are both black. Then ...
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What is the source of "ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param" (of all methods of worship, Viṣṇu worship is the topmost)?

The verse is to be found in the Padma Purana Motilal Vol. 3 through Vol. 10, Uttarakhanda chapter 253, verses 175-179 (precisely it's verse 176 actually), page 3322. However it seems that the ...
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