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Is the "Bhaja Govindam" prayer attributed to Adi Sankara only a Bhakti text?

Bhaja Govindam stotra is attributed to Krishna or Vishnu. The author of Bhaja Govindam stotra is Adi Shankaracharya. He also wrote commentary on Vishnu Sahasranama. He gave a detailed explanation of ...
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Looking for Sri Kalki's stotram to Lord Shiva in Sanskrit

Chapter 3 of Kalki Purana (unabridged version) has this sloka. Here is complete sloka (from verse 14 to verse 20) in Devanagari and IAST. Sanskrit verses taken from here. You can also read complete ...
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Whom & how to worship to develop fearless or fierce instincts?

One can recite the so called Abhaya Mantras from the Vedas. The name of the Mantras itself suggests that those are to give freedom from fear. abhayam nah karati antariksham abhayam dyAvAprithivi ...
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What are the instances where Lord Shiva was found laughing?

Laughing is just a normal activity of Lord Shiva as discussed in a passage of  Mahabharata which I discuss here: He has snakes for his belt, and his ears are adorned with ear-rings made of ...
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Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram?

As commented, some says it is attributed to both Ramakrishna Kavi and Adi Shankaracharya. I'm here talking about what I've found: Mahishasuramardini Stotra is a part of ...
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What is meaning of the Maruti-stotra composed by Ramdas swami?

I'm really surprised there is no English translation to this famous stotra on Hanuman. I searched on the internet but wasn't able to find any, most of the "English" translations were just ...
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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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Who has written Madhurashtakam and what is its meaning?

Madhurashtakam was written by Vallabha Acharya, the founder of the Pushti Marga and philosophy of Shuddhaadvaita. It is written in respect of Lord Krishna. अधरं मधुरं वदनं मधुरं नयनं मधुरं हसितं ...
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Who spoke the Lakshmi ashtakam & did Lakshmi really kill Kolhasura?

I'm answering the first part of your question regarding the composer and the source of the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam. The composer is Indra ,the king of Gods, and the Ashtaka is found in the Padma Purana.
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Why did Ravana create Shiv Stotram?

Ravana is a symbol of ego. Ravana had ego for his power, so he went to pick up the whole Kailash mountain on which God Shiva meditates. To achieve this purpose he asked his brother Kubera for Pushpak ...
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What are the benefits of chanting the Shiva Mahimna Strotram?

The Shiva Mahimna Stotra ( शिवमहिम्न) is very popular among the devotees of Lord Shiva and is considered one of the best among all Stotras in offered Lord Shiva stotras . The legend behind ...
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Whom & how to worship to develop fearless or fierce instincts?

I am answering only this part: One wanted to become fierce or fearless, according to scriptures/āchāryas who one should worship? According to Devi Bhagavatam, Book 8, Chapter IX, by worshipping Lord ...
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What is the eligibility for reciting shiva sahasranama stotram?

Mahabharata: Anushasana Parva, SECTION XVII Upamanyu said These names [Shiva sahasranama] fraught with auspiciousness, leading to advancement, destructive of Rakshasas, and great cleansers should be ...
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Is the "Bhaja Govindam" prayer attributed to Adi Sankara only a Bhakti text?

Original question title before OP edited it: Does "Govinda" in the "Bhaja Govindam" prayer attributed to Adi Sankara refer to Krishna ? From the VERY EXACT SAME blog article, at the beginning of the ...
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Can anyone provide me correct Hanuman Dwadashnaam stotram verses and source of this stotram?

Hanumaan dwadasha Nama stotram is a part of Ananda Ramayana , Manohara Kanda, Sarga 13. Meaning of which is available on several sites hosting the same. One of them is greenmesg. हनुमानञ्जनसूनुर्वा...
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Which Scripture mentions the famous Shiva Tandava Stotram?

Shiv Tandava Strotam(शिवताण्डवस्तोत्रम्) is a hymn or eulogy(ode of praise) dedicated to Lord Shiva, it poetically describes the beauty and power of Lord Shiv in every aspect possible. It is said that ...
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What are the benefits of chanting the Shiva Mahimna Strotram?

Although 1 of the post already answer this Question I am appending few more benefits mentioned in the Shiva Mahimna Strotram itself. एककालं द्विकालं वा त्रिकालं यः पठेन्नरः। सर्वपाप-विनिर्मुक्तः शि...
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What is Siddha Kunjika Stotra?

Siddha Kunjika Stotra is recited before Chandi Patha or before reciting the Devi Mahatyam. It is said that just by reciting this stotram the fruits of reciting the Devi Mahatyam are obtained. And,if ...
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Which Purana has Shiva Ashtottara Stotram?

The śivāṣṭottara śatanāma stotram is from Śiva Rahasya Khaṇḍa of Śaṅkara Saṃhitā of Skanda Purāṇam. Nilakantha Diskshita wrote a commentary on śivāṣṭottara śatanāma stotram called Śiva Tattva Rahasyam....
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Whom & how to worship to develop fearless or fierce instincts?

Choose any one of the following choices : 1) Hanuman (Bajrang bali) text= Hanuman chalisa 2) Bagalamukhi mantra= Bagalamukhi mahamantra Bagalamukhi Devi smashes the devotee's misconceptions and ...
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From where the lyrics is taken for the following song? Shri Radhe Sharanam Mamah

It is Krishnashtakam by Brahmananda. You can read it in Sanskrit at Sanskrit Documents and English translation from Vedanta Spiritual Library. ॥ श्रीकृष्णाष्टक ब्रह्मानन्दविरचितं ॥ श्री गणेशा...
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What is meaning of "vaarchnam" in siddha kunjika stotram?

From the image you have attached: Na kavacham na argala stotram kilakam na rahasyakam | Na suktam na api va dhyanam na nyaso na va archanam || I have broken up few words here (वार्चनम् = वा +...
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Should Stotras and Mantras be recited aloud?

Stotras Stotras should never be recited in mind. In Stotras' case there should be loud recital. In Mantra Japa, the best form is Manasa Japa (the silent chant). Loud Mantra Japa is considered as the ...
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Where do I find Devotional Sanskrit Stotra Sung in praise of Lord Kartikeya from?

You can find 25 stotras dedicated to Lord Karthikeya from this page (Hindupedia.com). Few are in Sanskrit and few are in Tamil as well. Stotras are given transliterated English along with translations ...
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Prayers for Mind?

Visit What are some online sources to get unabridged Hindu Scriptures or to learn Hinduism? to find and read scriptures. You can easily read/find Vedas in original Sanskrit at Sanskrit Wikisource, ...
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What's the meaning of Sūrya Maṇḍala Stōtram?

The transliterated Stotra is found on this page. And, translations into English of all the verses saving the very first one are found here. But this second site is right-click protected. So can't ...
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Mantras/prayers to be chanted by parent for the well being of children

Yes, there are. The presiding deity of children is said to be Goddess Shasti. She is Devasena--the consort of Lord Karthikeya. In Bengal, many mothers fast during the Shasti Vrata for ensuring ...
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