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Origin of Sarveshaam Shanti Mantra
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This is a peace mantra and the "inspiration" comes from the Brahadaranyaka Upanishad{ Khila division},though the mantra is not there in this exact form. Om asato maa satgamaya Tamaso maa ...

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What are the details of Bhishma's birth?
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The story of Bhishma’s birth, is explained in –The Mahabharata book 1:Adi Parva:Sambhava Parva:Sections XCVI, XCVII and XCVIII. The details are as under:- 1.Ganga is cursed by Brahma to live on earth....

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Core Messages of Ramayana and verses from Ramayana that one can refer, to enrich life in general
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Qns-1- Is there a similar theological dimension to Ramayana? Yes, there is indeed a theological dimension to Ramayana.And there is also a similar timeless wisdom,like in the Mahabharata epic, in the ...

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Was Ravana not able to lift Pinaka aka 'The Shiva Dhanush'?
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The details regarding the Swayamvara of Sita (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi), are mentioned in two chapters as under, in the Valmiki Ramayana:- Book I : Bala Kanda - The Youthful Majesties, Chapter [...

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What were the actions of the illustrious Dronacharya, immediately before quitting his material body?
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The details of the actions performed by the illustrious Dronacharya, immediately before quitting his “material” body, are explained as under. The illustrious Dronacharya, devoted himself to “Yoga”, ...

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Hiranyagarbha Suktam and translation in English
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The Hirayagarbha Sukta is a hymn from the Rig Veda{RV 10:121}. It praises the Creator, his Creations and his treasures. Sanskrit Verse हिरण्यगर्भः समवर्तताग्रे भूतस्य जातः पतिरेकासीत । स दाधार पृथ्वी...

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How were all the arrows removed from Bhishma’s body, before the last rites (Antima Sanskara) were performed?
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The illustrious Bhishma, who had mastery of Yoga, went into deep meditation, during his last moments.Bhishma did not feel any pain even though lying on a bed of arrows.As said by Bhishma:- कर्मणा मनसा...

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Swa-dharma of Sri Rama and queen Kaikeyi's boons
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To facilitate the coronation of Bharata and to ensure a reign of fourteen years, queen Kaikeyi asked the following boons from king Dasharatha:- All arrangements have been made to undertake Rama's ...

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Various appellations of Arjuna and their significance
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Arjuna was chiefly referred to, using ten appellations, in the Mahabharata epic. These names along with their significance, was disclosed by Arjuna himself to Prince Uttara of the Matsya kingdom, ...

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Translation and significance of sanskrit shloka---Shloka-Ardhena Pravakshyämi Yad-uktam Granthakotibhih
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The shloka under reference is translated as under. Shloka Shloka-ärdhena Pravakshyämi Yad-uktam Granthakotibhih | Brahma Satyam Jagan-Mithyä Jivo Brahmaiva Näparah || Translation In half ...

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How did Arjuna succeed in learning the method of using the Pashupatastra again?
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The details of the story are explained in the succeeding paragraphs. Arjuna, after the death of his son , Abhimanyu, took a severe pledge that he would kill Jayadratha before the end of the next ...

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Why did Shri Krishna vow not to take weapons in hand during the Mahabharata war?
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Lord Sri Krishna decided against using weapons in the battlefield. It was his decision keeping in line with a Divine Plan(which was known only to Lord Sri Krishna). This "divine plan" was the very ...

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Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from Yama for successful completion of Agyatvaas?
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A Brahmana approached Yudhishthira in Dwaitavana forest, and requested for his help in retrieving his fire sticks and churning-staff required for conducting the Agnihotra,which were carried away by a ...

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How did Arjuna get the celestial bow Gandiva?
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How Arjuna acquired the celestial bow Gandiva is explained as under. Lord Brahma advised Agni{Fire God} to consume the Khandava forest, as the dreadful forest, which was the abode of the enemies of ...

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Definition of Bhagavan as per Vishnu Purana
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The Vishnu Purana defines Bhagavān as follows, उत्पत्तिं प्रलयं चैव भूतानामागतिं गतिम् | वेत्तिं विद्यामविद्यां च स वाच्यो भगवानिति || He who understands the creation and dissolution, the ...

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The "tricky truth" that was said by Yudhishtira on 15th day of kurukshetra war
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The question has already been answered. However a portion of the description, in the question, placed as under, needs to be put in the proper perspective, for that is not the way, how, Dronacharya ...

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Spiritual significance of Goddess Lakshmi serving the Lotus feet of God Vishnu
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Goddess Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी} is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi is the “eternal” consort and shakti (energy) of God Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi is also considered ...

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Was there a process of impeachment if a king was found to be in violation of dharma?
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Concept of the divine king-Origin The earliest evidence of the origin of kingship in India is found in the Aitareya Brahmana, a later Vedic text, which tells of a war between gods and demons .The ...

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What boon did Lankini (demoness of Lanka) get from Brahma?
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Information given in Wikipedia Brahma's curse Lankini was once the guardian of the abode of Brahma. As she guarded the home of the creator, Brahma, she became arrogant and egoistic about her ...

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Why Sita had ornaments with her during her stay in Exile
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On the orders of King Dasharatha,ornaments were provided to Sita, before proceeding on exile.Sita accepted those ornaments to honor the sentiments of king Dasharatha. राजा सत्वरम् आहूय व्यापृतम् वि...

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Sita's reply to Maha Sati Anasuya-Advice on Stri-Dharma
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Sita accepted all the advice given by Maha Sati Anasuya, on Stri-Dharma and Satitva, with great devotion.The reply given by Sita to Maha Sati Anasuya, is explained as under:- सा तु एवम् उक्ता वैदेही...

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What were the good acts performed by Karna in the epic, Mahabharata?
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Karna was the son of Surya, the sun God and Kunti {the mother of the Pandavas and sister of Vasudeva, Krishna’s father}. As per a divine plan, Kunti gave birth to Karna but could not raise him. Karna ...

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Hanuman and the highest state of Sri Rama bhakti
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In the Srimad-Bhagavata and the Vishnu Purana are mentioned the nine forms of Bhakti, which are given as under :- (1) Sravana -hearing of God's Lilas and stories. (2) Kirtana- singing of God’s ...

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How did Arjuna get the Brahmasira astra?
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Arjuna got the Brahmasira weapon from his Preceptor, Dronacharya.The Brahmasira weapon, along with the methods of hurling and recalling it, was given by Dronacharya to Arjuna, after he had saved ...

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Books on Datta Sampradaya
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"Tripura Rahasya" is an important work on Lord Dattatreya.There is an Upanishad by name ‘Dattatreya Upanishad'. When rishis approached God Vishnu for initiation,God Vishnu advised them to recite "I ...

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Arjuna seeks blessings of Goddess Durga
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Arjuna prayed to Goddess Durga on the advice of Lord Krishna, before commencement of the war on the tenth day. And Goddess Durga answered Arjuna’s prayers and blessed him. The event is described as ...

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Why did Lord Krishna not help Abhimanyu in Mahabharata?
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Lord Krishna was an avatar of God Vishnu.The establishment of Dharma{Right Order},was the main task of Lord Krishna,in the Mahabharata war.Being an avatar of God,he was fair to everyone and partial ...

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