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Why Lord Krishna is called as Damodar (दामोदरः) ?

As mentioned by Adi Sankara in Vishnu Sahasranamam verse 53 1. दमादिसाधनेनोदारोत्कृष्टा मतिर्या तया गम्यत इति दामोदरः 

How Mahabharata got its name as ‘Mahabharata (महाभारत)’ ?

इदं शतसहस्रं तु श्लोकानां पुण्यकर्मणाम्।उपाख्यानैः सह ज्ञेयं श्राव्यं भारतमुत्तमम्।। - Mahabharata Adi Parva 1.101 This text  which contains one...

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (महामृत्युंजय मंत्र)

Source of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra :     Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (महामृत्युंजय मंत्र) is found in Rig Veda 7.59.12  and Yajur Veda 3.60.  The Rishi...

What is the meaning of word Krishna ( कृष्ण: )...

कृष्णवर्णात्मकत्वाद्वा कृष्ण:  - Due to his black color (कृष्णवर्ण) , He is called as Krishna

What is the meaning of word Vishnu (विष्णुः) ?

विष्णुः ( Vishnu)  is made of  विष् धातु (to pervade, to spread) when used with नुक् प्रत्यय​ As mentioned by Adi...

What is the difference between Swaha (स्वाहा) & Svadha (स्वधा)...

 Daksha Prajapati has two daughters with name as Swaha (स्वाहा) & Svadha (स्वधा) Swaha (स्वाहा) is...

How Lord Kartikeya (कार्त्तिकेय) got his name as “Kartikeya” ?

Daksha Prajapati (दक्ष) has 50 daughters, out of which 10 daughters were married to Dharma (धर्म ), 27 daughters were married to Chandrama...

Who are the sons of Lord Brahma ?

Manasa Putra (मानस) - sons born using the mind or will .  The name and number of sons...

Why Lord Indra is called as Paksan ( पाकशासन: ) and...

As mentioned in Vaman Puran Chapter 71, Narada ask Rishi Pulastya (पुलस्त्य) why Lord Shiva directed  Lord Indra to visit Malaya Mountain (मलय पर्वत:) ?   Rishi...

Why Lord Indra is called as Shatakratu ( शतक्रतु ) ?

As mentioned in Mahabharata Shantiparva Chapter 33 verse 39    मरुद्भिः सह जित्वारीन् भगवान् पाकशासनः ।  एकैकं क्रतुमाहृत्य शतकृत्वः शतक्रतुः  ।।   Lord Paksaasan Indra after defeating his enemies along...

Story of Ramahrada (राम-ह्रद ) pilgrimage

Ramahrada (राम-ह्रद ) - is holy place situated approximately 12 Km far from Jhind -Hansi Road in RamRai village.  Parshurama does the offering to his ancestors at...

What is the origin or source of सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः...

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः , सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः । सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु,  मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् । ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Meaning: May all be Happy, May all be free from Illness. May all see what is Auspicious, May no one become part of suffering. Om Peace, Peace, Peace. अर्थ - "सभी सुखी होवें, सभी...

What does Om (ॐ) signify?

Om ( ॐ )  is a symbol represtenting Atman (soul) or Brahman (ultimate reality).  It is often found at the beginning and the end of...

Purusha Suktam ( पुरुषसूक्तम् )

Purusha sukta (पुरुषसूक्तम्) is hymn mentioned in Rigveda 10.90, dedicated to the Purusha, the "Cosmic Being". This Sukta is also found in the Shukla Yajurveda...

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...

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 is a Manvantara (मन्वन्तर) ?

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

Yajnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य)

Yajnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य) is a vedic sage of Hinduism Yajnavalkya is credited to be the one who coined the word Advaita (non-dual) one of the important...

What are shanti mantra’s and when should they recited?

Shanti Mantras or “Peace Mantras” are Hindu prayers for peace  from the Vedas. Shanti Mantras are found in Upanishads, where they are invoked in the...

Rishi Aṇimāṇḍavya (अणिमाण्डव्य)

1. How he got the name Aṇimāṇḍavya ( अणिमाण्डव्य ) Once there was a famous Brahmin named Māṇḍavya. He did Tapas (penance) for many years standing...

Difference between mantra, suktam, shloka, stotra and stuti ?

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