Arjun Venkatraman
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Request to identify swastika motif/yantra seen at temple in Hawalbagh, Almora
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This appears to be what has been described to me orally as an "Akshaya Swastika", or never-ending swastika. Would be very curious to know more about this location and it's history! The only ...

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Conflicting idea about Karma in Bhagavad Gita?
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There is a difference between being the cause of something and willing something. Sri Krishna is alluding to himself as being the cause (in the sense of the immovable mover of Aristotle). Here the "...

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Marriage tradition of brushing the grooms legs, hands, shoulders and head
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Sounds like a haldi ceremony with local variations... The yellow powder is likely turmeric. Turmeric has traditionally been used in the subcontinent as an antiseptic and an exfoliating agent. Plus, ...

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If everything is based on Karma, does one’s blessings have any effect on someone’s life?
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Can you write a cheque for more than the balance in your account? Sure - but you will eventually get into trouble for writing bad cheques! I personally feel it is the same with blessings. When ...

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Who are the seven mothers who taught Agni?
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Seven mothers of Agni are named in Mahabharata III.217.9 Kaki, Halima, Rudra, Vrhali,Arya, Palala and Mitra The Indian Theogony: A Comparative Study of Indian Mythology from the Vedas to the Puranas ...

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Why restriction on taking images and publishing 'some' mantras
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Mantra sadhana or the practice of using mantras, is a practice that depends completely on phonetics and is primarily meant to be transmitted in oral form. Writing down a mantra suffers from the issues ...

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How can all deities be equal when the Bhagavad Gita says the opposite?
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IMHO worship of a deity is usually a means to self identify with the deity, i.e. the set of attributes that the deity represents, with the purpose of directed self development towards liberation. For ...

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