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Which scriptures describe the chariot of Sun God?

It is described in Srimad Bhagavat Purana. Srimad Bhagavat Purana Canto 5, Chapter 21 describes The movement of Sun and it's Chariot. यस्यैकं चक्रं द्वादशारं षण्नेमि त्रिणाभि संवत्सरात्मकं समा...
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What are the Avatarams of Vishnu described in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana?

I. Rtadhama, the Vasu Prajapati I have two candidates, both of whom make sense to me. Let me know in the comments. -Varuna Varuna is Lord of Waters, cognate with the more well known Apa Vasu (Apa = ...
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Who is Aja Ekapada and why is this form of Lord Shiva very rare in Hinduism?

Aja Ekapada is mentioned in Rig-Veda 2.31.6 and Atharva-Veda Kanda 13- Sukta 1- Mantra 6. रोहितो द्यापृथिवि जजान तत्र तन्तुं परमेष्ठी ततान । तत्र शिश्रियेSज एक पादोSद्रुंहद् द्यापृथिवि बलेन ।। AV ...
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Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?

Is this story of Surya being born dead and revived later given in any scripture? Yes , apart from Brahma Purana , we find the brief mentioning of Aditya or Sun God being born dead and revived later ...
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Is there any Hindu god associated with muscle/muscle strength?

Lord Hanuman is associated with muscles and muscle powers/strength. From Hanuman Chalisa: बुद्धिहीन तनु जानिके सुमिरौ पवन कुमार । बल बुद्धि विद्या देहु मोहि हरहु कलेस बिकार् ॥ O Hanuman, O ...
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What does the word 'Asura' mean in the Vedas?

The word Asura has 2 meanings in the text Rig Veda In positive sense and negative sense. The word asa means breath and the word Asura would mean who has his strength in the breath or who is the ...
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Who is the Rig Vedic god Manyu who resembles Indra?

Wiki is right. Manyu is one of the Rudra among many forms of Rudra. As described in this chapter of Shatapatha Brahamana: And as to why he performs the Satarudriya offering. When Pragâpati had ...
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Who are the Havirdhanas mentioned in RIgveda?

The Havirdhanas are the two carts used to carry the Soma offerings in Soma Sacrifice from outside to main Place of Yajna . These two carts Havirdhanas are considered as gods. One is Heaven and ...
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Do the Devas not actually eat or drink?

The verse is actually there in the ChAndogya Upanishad (CU). CU 3.6.1 states: Tad yat prathamamritam tad vasava upajivantyAgninA mukhena | na vai deva asnanti na pivantyeadevAmritam drishtvA ...
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Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?

Yes, this story is mentioned in the Puranas. Prajapati made Devas, the sons of Aditi the partakers of the share in the sacrifice but Daityas and Danavas harassed Devas due to their enmity. They won ...
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What exactly is the story of the Aditya called Bhaag/Bhaga?

According to Shrimada Bhagavata Purana, Canto 6, Chapter 6, Verse 39, Bhaga is the son of Aditi so is one of the twelve Adityas. Now please hear me as I describe the descendants of Aditi in ...
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Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance?

Good question! But I see a slight contradiction in your wording. You ask about "specific appearance", while at the same time asking whether "they really exist as entities". ...
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Which all Gods and Goddesses are being referred in Vedas?

Deities is mostly refereed in Samhitas and Brahmanas of Rigveda. From wikipedia>Hindu deities>Number_of_deities: The number 33 is based on a verse in the Rigveda and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad - ...
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Who is Narayana among the Sadhyas?

Chapter 3 (pg 18-19) of the Upodghatapada of the Brahmanda Purana describes the progeny of Dharma. In it there is a mention of Nara and Narayana as Sadhyas. 4.Twelve Sādhyas were born as the sons of ...
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Are Vedic Gods Tvashtar And Vishwakarma the same?

There is a lot of confusion regarding these two perhaps because the Puranas mention Vishwakarma as the doer of things that Vedas mention Tavshtar to have done. This book mentions the same: But there ...
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Why did Tvastar, the father of Vritra fashion the Vajra that killed his own son?

The reason Lord Tvastar created vajra for Indra is discribed here in tattireya samhita of yajur veda kanda 2. 4.12 Tvastr, his son slain, offered Soma excluding Indra. Indra desired an ...
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Is Yami the twin sister of Yama?

The story is described in chapter 77 of the Markandeya Purana: The daughter of Vishwakarman [the divine architect] was the wife of the sun, by name Sajna who begat on her a son, by name Manu, who, ...
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Who are the Ribhus?

The Ribhus are the three sons of Angiras' son Sudhanvan. This chapter of the Aitareya Brahmana of the Rig Veda briefly describes their story: [T]he Ribhus by fervor among the gods won the drinking ...
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Does rig-vedic Mitra occur in post rig-vedic works, especially epics and puranas?

Mitra-Varuna is the most common dual deity addressed in the Rig Veda. The dual deities Mitra-Varuna are the lords of justice, are said to be laying down the law for men. They watch over oaths and ...
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Is there any God/Deity of Electricity?

Indra He is the god of the firmament, in whose hands are the thunder and the lightning; at whose command the refreshing showers fall to render the earth fruitful. In the Vedas, Indra is the king ...
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Which deity is to be invoked (or appeased) first in a Vedic ritual?

According to Gobhila Grihya Sutra: 1.4.4, first oblation is sacred to Prajapati. 1 He then should silently offer the Balis. Let him speak only what refers to the due preparation of the food. With ...
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Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance?

Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance? Yes they do, because that is how they are described in the Vedas. For example: Indra has ever close to him his two bay steeds and word-...
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Who are Pitru Devatas? Is Pitru Dosha caused due to the Pitru Devatas being unhappy?

There are two categories of Pitṛs - the Manushya Pitṛs and the Deva Pitṛs. The Manushya Pitṛs are our ancestors departed to the other loka and the question of generations arises when we talk of them. ...
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Why is Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23 Verse 1 not used for summoning or praying to ganpati?

The mantra in question is verse 1 of Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23: ghaṇānāṃ tvā ghaṇapatiṃ havāmahe kaviṃ kavīnāmupamaśravastamam | jyeṣṭharājaṃ brahmaṇāṃ brahmaṇas pata ā naḥ ṣṛṇvannūtibhiḥ sīda sādanam |...
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Does Rig Veda anywhere say that Vishnu is the mightiest?

Yes, Lord Vishnu is also said supreme God in Rig veda Who verily alone upholds the threefold, the earth, the heaven, and all living creatures.(Rig veda book 1 hymn 154) In this hymn he has said ...
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Who are the Ribhus?

Rbhus are the Divine Artisans. Having attained to divinity by virtue of their action and knowledge, these deities work to help man to attain divinity. I am quoting from the book RigVeda Mandala 1, R....
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Who is Aja Ekapada and why is this form of Lord Shiva very rare in Hinduism?

The Vishnu Puran, Book 1, Chapter 25 mentions Aja-ekpada and Ahi-vradhna as sons of Vishwakarma. Though they are not mentioned in the list of 11 Rudras that follows but their brother Tvashtar is ...
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Does Rig Veda declare Gods to be immortal?

Yes there are many such verses addressed to different gods. Since you have mentioned it let us see a verse about Soma conferring immortality before we move on to the others. Rig Veda 8.48 mentions: ...
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