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Totakashtakam – तोटकाष्टकम्

Totakacharya One of the chief disciples of Sri Adi Shankara composed...

Kamakshi Suprabatham

श्रीकामाक्षीसुप्रभातम् कामाक्षि देव्यंब तवार्द्रदृष्ट्यामूकः स्वयं मूककविर्यथाऽसीत् ।तथा कुरु त्वं परमेश जायेत्वत्पादमूले प्रणतं दयार्द्रे ॥ उत्तिष्ठोत्तिष्ठ...

How did Bheem got his gadha and Arjun got his sankha...

Mayasura (मयासुर) who was the architect of demons gave Bheem his gadha and Arjun his sankha named as Devadatta (देवदत्त)

What are the benefits of reading Mahabharata ?

The importance of reading and listening Mahabharata, is mentioned in the epic itself in Svargarohana Parva (स्वर्गारोहणपर्व), chapter 5, verse 80-81

How was Guru Dronacharya born?

Rishi Bharadwaj was the father of Dronacharya and his mother was an apsara called Ghritachi ( घृताची )

Dashavatara Stotra

Jayadeva was a Sanskrit poet during the 12th century. He is most known for his epic poem Gita...

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...

Who was Rishi Animandavya (अणिमाण्डव्य)

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

What are Upaveda (उपवेदः) ?

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

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...

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...

What is the source and meaning of Gayatri Mantra ?

What is the source of Gayatri Mantra (गायत्री मन्त्र)? The Gayatri (गायत्री) Mantra, also known as the Savitri (सवित्री...

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 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 ?"

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 does Om (ॐ) signify?

What does Om (ॐ) signify? Om ( ॐ )  is a symbol representing Atman (soul) or Brahman (ultimate reality).  It...
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