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How knowledge of weapons (shastra) शस्त्र got lost?
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Q: How did the knowledge of great weapons like Bramhastra got lost in Hinduism tradition? Knowledge of great weapons like Brahmastra didn't get lost, they are still existing. Simple proof is that ...

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Did Parashurama perform any expiation for killing his mother?
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After Killing his mother Renuka, Parasurama asked some of his wishes to his father. One of the wish is that he(Parasurama) might not be affected by any sin for killing his mother. Along with this wish,...

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Why vibheeshana did not choose to be neutral?
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Vibishana can't able to choose neutral because of boon by Brahma. Brahma then addressed Vibhishana, 'O my son, I am much pleased with thee! Ask any boon thou pleasest!' Thereupon, Vibhishana replied, ...

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How many wives did Ravana have?
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Ravana has multiple wives. The following lines from sarga 10 of Sundara Kanda confirms it That Hanuma saw in the house of that king of Rakshasa's, wives at the feet, Ravana being a gigantic one ...

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What was the actual reason for Krishna to kill washerman?
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Yes, there is a genuine reason for killing the washerman. Krishna killed the washerman to stop his blasphemy and then to give Moksha. The washerman talked bad words regarding Rama's relationship with ...

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Why did Ram give up Sita instead of the throne?
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I am answering the question based on Valmiki Ramayana along with the help of Vyasa Mahabharat. Rama left Ayodhya for exile and Bharata ruled Ayodhya to fulfil Dasaratha's promise and hence to save ...

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Story where rishi Durvasa cursed Mother Saraswati
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The episode of Saraswati Devi incarnating as Ubhaya Bharati has been mentioned in Sankara Digvijaya: The Traditional Life of Sri Sankaracharya by Madhava Vidyaranya According to it, Saraswati Devi ...

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Who are eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?
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Narada purana says that anyone can perform Ekadasi Vrat. They include Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Sudras and also women I shall describe another Vrata well known in all the three worlds, which ...

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If parshuram killed kshatriyas 21 times how do many kshatriyas like rajputs exists today?
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did the wifes of kshatriyas did niyogas with brahman rishis to give birth to new breed of Kshatiryas? Yes After the genocide of Kshatriyas by Parashuram, Kshetriya women used Brahmanas for enduring ...

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Are there any asura that asked for a boon/wish and they didn't became evil?
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Karkati is one such example. She takes boon from Brahma and realizes later to become good and becomes Jivan muktha. Her story is mentioned in Part 3 - The Story of Karkaṭī in Utpatti-prakaraṇa of Yoga-...

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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?
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The story of Kalanemi after getting killed by Vishnu is mentioned in Garga Samhita. Kalanemi regained life with the help of Shukracarya and then performed severe austerities. He got a boon from Brahma ...

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What happened to Ravana's body after his death?
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False. The antim samskara (funeral rites) of Ravana's body was performed by Vibishana. After the death of Ravana in war with Rama. Rama asks Vibishana to perform funeral rites to Ravana's body In ...

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What is the name of sandipani muni's wife?
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According to the Sri Radha Krishna Ganodesha Dipika (A lamp to see the associates of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna) by Srila Rupa Goswami, the name of Sandipani Muni's wife is Sumukhi devi. The following lines ...

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What are the bows of the warriors of the Mahabharata?
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The partial list of names of bows that was mentioned in Mahabharata are : Krishna : Saranga Arjuna : Gandiva Rukmi : Vijaya Siva : Pinaka Yudhishthira : Mahendra Bhimasena : Vayavya Nakula : ...

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Are there universes without any deities?
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It is quite possible that universes can exist without presiding deities. But it should be noted that there is no universe without Parabrahman. Any universe undergoes three states: creation, ...

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Is the story of Sita's banishment present in any scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayana?
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Previous answers presented excerpts from Shrimad Bhagvat Purana, Padma Purana and Tulasidas Ramcharitamanas. So, I am giving an answer using some other scriptures. Mentions about Rama leaving Sita is ...

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Is Shri Rama biological son of Dashratha?
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No. Rama is not a biological son of Dasharatha. Rama did not born from Kausalya due to the physical union with Dasharatha. The slokha you quoted is Then Dasharatha on entering palace chambers spoke ...

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What is the punishment for consensual sex in Hinduism?
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In section CIV of Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma told the following words to Yudhishthira Persons of every order should never have sexual congress with other people's wives. There ...

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Chariot of Yudhishthira never touched the ground while moving?
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Yudhishthira never talks untruth. Hence his chariot didn't touch the ground. But after he told the untruth because of the reason that the untruth in that particular context(stopping Drona's fight in ...

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If Yudhisthira already lost his first dice game against Shakuni, why did he agree to play dice for the 2nd time?
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The vow taken by him is the reason for Yudhistrira to participate in the dice for (first and) the second time. After Vyasa said that Yudhistrira is a (positive) reason for the destruction that is ...

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Have any Hindu astrologers correctly predicted that Joe Biden would become the next US president?
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Yes for the question Have any Hindu astrologers correctly predicted that Joe Biden would become the next US president? PVR Narasimharao, predicted about Joe Biden winning in 2020 US presidential ...

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Were Puranas extant during Mahabharata
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Yes Puranas do exist at those times. There are instances where Pandavas quotes from Puranas to prove that their arguments are dharmic. One such event happens during the discussion regarding Draupadi's ...

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What does Chanakya impliy when he says "Dharma" and "Kama" depends on "Artha"? How do the two depend on Artha?
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The interdependence between the dharma (virtue), artha (wealth) and kama (pleasure) can be understood well form the words of Bhimasena in Mahabharata. Note that the words of Chanakya are mainly ...

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Do any other scriptures mention Brahma Tirtha, bathing where non-Brahmins become Brahmins?
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Yes. The property of Brahma tirtha : bestowing Brahman-hood after a holy bath has been mentioned in other scriptures such as Narada Purana. In a conversation between Vasu and Mohini, Vasu tells about ...

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When does a soul lose its memory of its previous birth?
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I am answering this question acording to the Garuda Purana Jiva loses the memory of its previous births at the moment he comes out of the mother's womb. It has been mentioned multiple times in the ...

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Was Maareecha's taking form of a deer in Ramayana an interpolated story?
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No, Maareecha taking the form of a deer in Ramayana not an interpolated story. I am going to prove it in the following three steps. 1) Analyzing Knowledge of Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Sita ...

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How many from the battle were alive after the war in Mahabharata?
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Among those who participated in the Kurukshetra war only ten were alive after the war. Seven from Pandavas side and three from Kauravas(Dhartarashtras) side. They are: Five Pandavas, Vasudeva, ...

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Under what conditions, a women is not allowed to perform Sati?
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Narada purana is one of the scripture that enumerates those conditions under which a woman is not allowed to perform Sati. The conditions include woman with infant children, pregnant woman, woman ...

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Did Dhritarashtra arrest Shakuni and his family?
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It is just a folklore and is not present in any scriptures of Hinduism. Dhritarashtra didn't arrest Shakuni and his family. The story you told is present across internet 1, 2. You can observe that ...

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How many senses Plants/Trees has?
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Plants also have five senses: Touch, Hearing, Vision, Smell, Taste. Bhrigu stated an observable fact and then an inference based on that observable fact about senses of plants. It is mentioned in the ...

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