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Did Bhishma attain Swarga or Vaikuntha?

Your enquiry is about whether Bhishma attained Swarga-Loka or Vaikuntha. And as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavata Purana he became one with Shree Hari and Mahabharata's Svargarohanika Parva he was ...
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Is mukthi possible from world's other than bhuloka(ie. From swarga and naraka)

As I discussed in this answer, according to Vedanta, the only way to attain Moksha is to realize Brahman. ShvetaShvatar Upanishad: वेदाहमेतं पुरुषं महान्त- मादित्यवर्णं तमसः परस्तात् । ...
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Does the Mahabharata give reasons why Duryodhana went to heaven?

Yes, it is mentioned in Mahabharta, Book 18: Svargarohanika Parva: Section 1 that Duryodhana went to heaven because he sacrificed his life in war. "Narada, smiling, told him, ‘It should not be so, ...
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Is mukthi possible from world's other than bhuloka(ie. From swarga and naraka)

Apparently not possible. Dharma Sadhana or Moksha sadhana is possible only in this world or the Ihaloka. It is not possible to do the same in Paraloka or in afterlife that is in either Swarga or ...
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Who's going to hell?

No. If one does bad deeds first one goes to hell only (provided he did not atone for the sins while living). One does not get rebirth immediately. And, after the torments of hell are over, one gets ...
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What are the vedic references for swarga?

Here is one more mention of Swarga (not mentioned in the other answer) from the Atharva Veda. It is a description of the nine-doored human body as the city of Gods. AshtachakrA navadvarA DevAnAm ...
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What are the vedic references for swarga?

Shlomo Bîderman in his book Scripture and Knowledge: An Essay on Religious Epistemology tells us what was the exact idea of swarga during vedic times. The conception of swarga plays an ...
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Did Ajamila go to swarga or attain moksha?

Ajamila went to abode of Vishnu on heavenly car assuming form of Vishnu's attendant after casting his body. After chanting name "Narayana"(name of Lord), Lord Vishnu's attendants appeared on spot ...
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Is there a scriptural basis for the story where Viṣṇu refuses to marry a disabled woman?

There is a scriptural reference involving Vishnu, Alakshmi and Peepal tree but it is different from what is said in the World Bank report quoted in the question. This Alakshmi is same as the elder ...
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What is the difference between Indra loka, Deva loka and Vaikuntha?

Indra Loka and Deva Loka are the same since Indra is the leader of the Devas who lives in their capital Amravati. The place is mentioned at many places and am sharing some of the references below. On ...
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Is mukthi possible from world's other than bhuloka(ie. From swarga and naraka)

Beings higher than human beings are eligible for Jnana and Moksha. Most prominently, the Devas, who dwell in Swarga. Vyasa discusses this in Adhyaya 1 Pada 3 of the Brahma Sutras: Topic-8: Gods ...
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How is punishment and enjoyment possible in hell and heaven without body?

In the hells, the soul is NOT endowed with the physical body, but it still has a subtle kind of a body which is capable of feeling the pain. The same question was in fact asked by Savitri (wife of ...
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Since Kaliyuga itself feels like hell (naraka), do souls still go to hell after death?

Yes, the people (with bad Karma) will still go to the hells in Kali Yuga. In fact, Puranas, like Bhavisya Purana, state that hells will over-populated in Kali Yuga. So, that means, compared to the ...
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What text/scripture does this commonly propagated verse appear in - 'aaputrasya gatir nasti svargo naivaca naivaca'?

The shloka you have quoted is found in Garuda Purana -Preta Kanda- Chapter 2-Shloka 4 As well as Devi Bhagavata Purana 1.4.15.16. अपुत्रस्य गतिर्नास्ति स्वर्गो नैव च नैव च । येन केनाप्युपायेन कार्यँ ...
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Why can't we enter heaven with our physical body?

"Why can't we enter in the heaven with the human body?" Followers of Dharma Can enter the heaven with physical body. There are at least 2 instances. Sudarshana and his granddaughter-wife ...
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Time and Hinduism

Yes that certainly seems to be the case. As mentioned in the Manu Smriti: The sun divides days and nights, both human and divine, the night (being intended) for the repose of created beings and the ...
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Is mukthi possible from world's other than bhuloka(ie. From swarga and naraka)

It doesn't look like liberation is possible other than Bhuloka. Vishnu Purana, Book 2, Chapter 3 says that world of acts is not the title of any other portions of the universe means only fruits of ...
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Is heaven a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell in heaven?

There are three kinds of happiness: Aihikam of happiness in this life, Amushmikam of happiness in Swarga, and Nihshreyasam or happiness in Moksha. Aihikam is both mixed with sorrow and temporary, ...
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Who's going to hell?

Every being has all 3 qualities in more or less forms within them: sattva - illumination rajas - passion tamas - ignorance Those with increased quality of tamas / ignorance or darkness, go to hell. ...
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How does one attain the specific heavenly realms situated above Earth?

How does one attain the specific heavenly realms situated above Earth? One way is by following the various dharmas of the different castes. If a member of a particular caste fulfills his caste duty, ...
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Is there a scriptural basis for the story where Viṣṇu refuses to marry a disabled woman?

Personification of Alakshmi: Alakshmi represents extreme ugliness. She is depicted as an old, haggard, dirty, messy woman riding a donkey. Her skin is dark, leathery and shrivelled. Her hair is ...
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Is heaven a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell in heaven?

Manu smriti 4.239. For in the next world neither father, nor mother, nor wife, nor sons, nor relations stay to be his companions; spiritual merit alone remains (with him). So, husband-wife and ...
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Is heaven a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell in heaven?

Is heaven a place of absolute ('extreme' post-edit) happiness? No. Bhagavadgita 9.21 says ते तं भुक्त्वा स्वर्गलोकं विशालं क्षीणे पुण्ये मर्त्यलोकं विशन्ति | When they have thus enjoyed ...
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Did Indra kill his father by throwing him down from heaven?

I would ask people to read my answer from the link below which was ofcourse asked by the same OP. Was Indra born from his mother's side and did she die in child-birth? As I have said in the ...
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What is the reason for metaphors relating to liquor being so frequently used in Hindu holy books?

Due to influence of abrahmics some Hindus have forgotten true spirit of Hinduism. Hinduism is not a prophetic religion, where we are supposed to follow each and every action of a prophet. This is ...
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Where does Vishwamitra's parallel creation of constellations of stars and galaxies exist?

Yes the Ramayana gives a bit more detail about the possible location of the creation of Vishwamitra. According to the Bala Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayan: "Like the other Creator that resplendent ...
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Are dogs allowed in Lokas like Kailasha and Vaikuntha?

(I don't know about Kailasha, but can answer about Vaikunta) No & Yes. If you had asked "Are humans allowed in Vaikunta?", answer would still be No & Yes. Only those atma which have ...
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