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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 is the meaning of word called “गोविन्द”

Word गो: has many meanings like वाणी / वेदः, धरा, धेनुः, इन्द्रियं ( speech, earth, cow, senses )   गोविन्दम् = गां विन्दति इति गोविन्द:, ...

How this word called “स्नातक” was formed ?

ब्रह्मचर्य्यं त्यक्त्वा यो गृहाश्रमं गतः स स्नातकः   Those who left brahmacharya( studies ) and they have progressed to married life are called स्नातक ( graduate...

Wrong pronunciation of “हृषिकेश” formed ऋषिकेश

This word "ऋषिकेश"  was formed due to wrong pronunciation of original word "हृषिकेश"   हृषिकेश (Hrishikesh) means the Lord of senses, Vishnu   हृषीकाणाम् (इन्द्रियाणाम्) ईश: हृषीकेशः ( षष्ठी...

How this word ‘अतिथि’ is derived?

एकरात्रं तु निवसन्नतिथिर्ब्राह्मणः स्मृतः । अनित्यं हि स्थितो यस्मात् तस्मादतिथिरुच्यते ॥   A Brāhmaṇa staying for a single night and whose date of coming is not fixed,...

Adityahridayam (आदित्यहृदयम्)

Adityahridayam (आदित्यहृदयम्) is a devotional hymn dedicated to Āditya or Sūrya (the Sun God) found in the Yuddha Kānda (6.105) of Vālmīki's Rāmāyana. It...

Usage of “मा” indeclinable(अव्यय ) with लुङ् लकार

Sutra - माङि लुङ्  meaning - माङ्-अव्ययस्य उपस्थितौ धातोः लुङ्लकारः भवति (In presence of the अव्यय माङ्, लुङ्लकारः is used.)       लुङ् लकार - which is used...

How were Rakshasa (राक्षस) & Yaksha (यक्ष) were born ? Who...

As mentioned in Ramayana - Uttarakand - Chaturath Sarga ( चतुर्थ​ सर्ग ) When Lord Ram asked the Rishi Augusta,  that who were the Rakshasa born before the...

How was Ravana and his brother were born ? – Mahabharata...

There is another view about the birth of  Ravana and his brothers. This is mentioned in Mahabharata - Vana Parva - Ramaupakhan parva (रामोपाख्यान पर्व)...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...
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