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It is difficult to say if Hindu mythology has any history or how much is history and how much allegory. It is definite that there is a lot of allegorical component in Hindu mythology. Brahma tells Narada "This brief account of the manifestation of the Lord is what is called the Bhagavata. The Supreme Being Himself gave the knowledge of it to me. I ...


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One example of the symbolic interpretation of Vishnu's form is mentioned in the Vishnu Purana. http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/vp/vp057.htm PARÁŚARA. (says) --Having offered salutation to the mighty and indescribable Vishńu, I repeat to you what was formerly related to me by Vaśisht́ha. The glorious Hari wears the pure soul of the world, undefiled, and ...


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Yes, according to Mahabharata it looks like Bhima had the strength of around 10000 elephants. Bhima got this strength when Duryodhana gave him poison and when he became senseless Duryodhana drowned him in water. After that Bhima reached to Naga loka where he met the king of nagas Vasuki. Vasuki offered him some kind of drink. Each vessel have around strength ...


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As @Surya mentioned, the dhyana shoka is for Dharma Sashta and not Ayyappa, considered an avatara of him. The name for this posture is not clear as it's called by different names like, Arddhasana, Yogapadasana or Yogarudha Siddhasana. The posture of Ayyappa involves multiple elements of iconography, When a deity is represented in sitting form, his/her ...


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The reasons why the Goddess holds Pasha (noose) and Ankusha (goad) in her hands are mentioned in Lalita Sahasranama of the Brahmanda Purana. The Ankusha indicates that she is controlling the devotees from going astray and the Pasha indicates that she corrects them from time to time. Om Aim Hreem Shreem Shri Matrey Namah/ Shri Maataa Shri ...


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The story about Bhīma visiting Nāga-loka and then gaining the strength of 10,000 elephants which is present in the K. M. Ganguli translation has been excised from the Critical Edition (CE) of the Mahābhārata. This is how Bhīma's poisoning story begins and ends in Bibek Debroy's translation based on the CE: Adi Parva (Sambhava Parva) Chapter 119 ...


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You can not ask for scientific reasons here as it will be considered as off-topic. But you can ask for significance or just reasons behind some practice. The waist band is prescribed in the scriptures in the dress code. It is called the "Kati Sutra". Without wearing this Kati Sutra one is not qualified to perform Srauta and Smarta rituals. That is why you'...


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Matsya Purana- Chapter 260 - Shloka 36 gives us the basic meaning of this three steps of Vamana as "Pervading all the universe" . तथा त्रिविक्रमं वक्ष्ये ब्रह्माण्डक्रमणोल्बणम्। पादपार्श्वे तथा बाहुमुपरिष्टात् प्रकल्पयेत् ।। 260.36|| Now about the Vamana form of lord striding the three worlds , as if pervading all the universe . Shri Adi ...


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What you saw is probably a modern form of the mekhalā (girdle) which is tied to boys during upanayana (initiation). The Manusmṛti says the tying of the girdle is done as part of a saṃskāra called Mauñjībandhana: gārbhairhomairjātakarmacauḍamauñjīnibandhanaiḥ | baijikaṃ gārbhikaṃ cainaṃ dvijānāmapamṛjyate || 2.27 || Of twice-born men the ...


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Why is the queen required to sleep next to the dead horse at the end of Aśvamedha Yajña? Because it is a fertility rite that rejuvenates the kingdom and makes it prosper. There are material and spiritual rewards from doing those things as part of the yajna. From the Taittiriya Brahmana: [The Mahishi (chief queen of the king performing the Ashwamedha) ...


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Sage Narada describes Sri Raama to be having knee-length arms, in Baala Kanda. महोरस्को महेष्वासो गूढजत्रुररिन्दमः | आजानुबाहुः सुशिराः सुललाटः सुविक्रमः || १-१-१० "He is lion-chested, with concealed collarbones, knee-length are his arms, and his is a long bow, an enemy-subjugator, and his emperor's countenance is with a crowning-head and an ample ...


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