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Who are eleven Rudras ? How they were born ?

In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 3.9.4 , Rishi Sakalya (शाकल्य ) ask to the Rishi Yagnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य) , "Who are Rudras ?"

Who was Ashtavakra and why his body has eight bends ?

Ashtavakra (अष्टावक्रः) is a sage who got this name because his physical body was having eight bends since his birth. Ashtavakra is...

Dialogue between King Janaka and Ashtavakra

These dialogue between King Janaka and Ashtavakra is mentioned in Mahabharata Vana Parva chapter 133. Ashtavakra's father rishi Kahoda,...

What is the meaning of Pratyagatma ?

Pratyagatma (प्रत्यगात्मा) = प्रत्यक् + आत्मा प्रत्यक् = प्रत्यञ्चति इति (प्रति + अञ्च् धातु + क्विन्-प्रत्यय: )

What is meaning and source of “Uttishthata Jagrata Prapya Varan Nibodhata”?

This statement "Uttishthata Jagrata Prapya Varan Nibodhata (उत्तिष्ठत जाग्रत प्राप्य  वरान्निबोधत)" is part of dialogues between Yama and Nachiketa, and is mentioned in...

What is the significance of the month of Shravana or Sawan...

Shravana month is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva. Sawan or Shravana is the fifth month of the Hindu solar...

What is Skanda Purana ?

Skanda Purana (स्कन्दपुराण) is the largest Mahapurana, among eighteen Hindu religious texts. The text contains over 81,000 verses, named after Skanda, son...

How this word अत्यस्राक्षीः is formed

अत्यस्राक्षीः (अति + सृज् धातु ) means to reject , परित्याग  When सृज् (तुदादिः परस्मैपदी ) dhatu...

Brihadaranyaka Shruti – “He who sees difference here, as it were,...

As mentioned in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.19 मनसैवानुद्रष्टव्यं नेह नानास्ति किञ्चन । मृत्योः स मृत्युमाप्नोति य इह नानेव पश्यति ॥...

How can Brahman is unknowable, yet is it said that one...

As mentioned in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.20 एकधैवानुद्रष्टव्यमेतदप्रमेयं ध्रुवम् ।विरजः पर आकाशादज आत्मा महान्ध्रुवः ॥ It...

Chandi Path (चण्‍डीपाठ)

Chandi Path (चण्‍डीपाठ) is a recitation of the glories of Godesss Chandi, a form of Durga. It is taken from Devi Mahatyam...

Pandurangashtakam (पांडुरंगाष्टकम्)

Panduranga or Vitthal, is a Hindu deity predominantly worshipped in the state of Maharashtra. He is considered as a manifestation of the...

What is Purusha Suktam (पुरुषसूक्तम् )?

Purusha suktam (पुरुषसूक्तम्) is hymn mentioned in Rigveda 10.90, dedicated to the Purusha, the "Cosmic Being". This Sukta is...

Does a soul who attains Moksha, it reincarnate in next cycle...

If a soul liberated,  than there is no rebirth in next cycle of creation.   As Lord Krishna himself said in Bhagavat Gita ch. 9 Verse 21  अव्यक्तोऽक्षर...

How rishi Dadhichi got name as Ashvashira (अश्वशिर) ?

How rishi Dadhichi got name as Ashvashira (अश्वशिर) ? Ashvashira (अश्वशिर) is another name of Rishi Dadhichi (दधीचि).

Do Vedas talk about rebirth or reincarnation?

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says about the rebirth. The text is contained within the Shatapatha Brahmana, which is itself a part of the Shukla Yajur Veda. It...

What are Upaveda (उपवेदः) ?

Upaveda (उपवेदः) -  The term Upaveda refers to applied knowledge or a subject derived from each Veda. There are...

What is a Manvantara (मन्वन्तर) ?

Manvantara (मन्वन्तर) or age of a Manu (मनु), is a period of time measurement. Each Manvantara is created and...

Who was Rishi Yajnavalkya ?

Who was Rishi Yajnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य)? Yajnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य) is a vedic sage of Hinduism Yajnavalkya is credited...

What are Shanti Mantra and when are they recited?

Shanti Mantra or “Peace Mantra” are Hindu prayers for peace from the Vedas, where they are invoked in the beginning of some...

Difference between Mantra, Suktam, Shloka, Stotram and Stuti ?

Mantra ( मंत्र) –  is a sacred utterance, a syllable or group of words believed to have psychological and spiritual powers.  Example –...

Who was Rishi Animandavya (अणिमाण्डव्य)

Who was Rishi Animandavya ( अणिमाण्डव्य ) ? Once there was a famous Brahmin named Mandavya (माण्डव्य). He did Tapas...
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