Hinduism

What is the difference between Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas?

We have to first understand the difference between Shruti & Smriti ? Shruti (श्रुति) means that which has been...

What is correct number of Hindu Gods ?

Do you really believe in 33 crore ( 330 millions ) Hindu gods ?  where is this information mentioned, about the number of Gods ? What...

What are the six school of philosophy in Hinduism ?

Indian Philosophy or Hindu Philosophy is generally classified into 6 orthodox schools (आस्तिक​) and 3 heterodox (नास्तिक​) schools. The...

What are fourteen Manvantara and who is the assigned Manu ?

Manvantra (मन्वन्तर) means  मनोरन्तरमस्मिन्निति ( time period of a Manu Fourteen Manvantara makes a Kalpa (कल्प) which is called as a day...

Who was the narrator of Mahabharata, Puranas & many Hindu texts?

Ugrashrava ( उग्रश्रवा ) or Maharsi Sūta ( श्री सूत जी ) was the narrator of several Puranas, including Mahabharata, Bhagavata Purana, Harivamsa...

What is the concept of Maya in Hinduism ?

Maya is the power of Brahman which is the source and creator of this world. Adi Sanakara mentioned in...

पंच महायज्ञ क्या है ?

मानव जीवन का उद्देश्य धर्म, अर्थ, काम व मोक्ष की प्राप्ति है। इन चारों की प्राप्ति तभी संभव है, जब वैदिक विधान से पंच...

What is the significance of Pitru Paksha ?

Pitru Paksha (पितृ पक्ष) is a 16–lunar day period in Hindu calendar, when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors.

Do we take rebirth after death and pass through the cycle...

One has to think logical, before he can understand the answer to this question. What is soul ( Atman...

What is the significance of Makar Sankranti ?

 What is Makar Sankranti (मकर-सङ्क्रान्ति) ? Sankramanam (सङ्क्रमणम्) means movement – transmigration. Makara (मकर) means the zodiac Capricorn....

What is Hitopadesha ?

Hitopadesha (हितोपदेशः) is a collection of Sanskrit fables in prose and verse written in the 12 century The author...

What according to Hinduism, is the purpose of life?

Before we seek answer to this question, consider these scenario’s : Suppose if I am born as pygmy in Africa and I was unaware...

What is Panchatantra ?

Panchatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र ) is an ancient Indian Sanskrit text of interrelated animal fables. It was written by Vishnu Sharma.

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...

Who are Maruta and how were they born ?

This story is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayan - Balakanda - chapter 46 , after the defeat of Asura's in Devasura battle, the...

Why did Shukracharya, teach Kacha, his arch rival’s son?

Kacha was the son of Guru of Devtas ( Brahspati ), he was sent to Shukracharya to learn Sanjivani Vidya. He went and requested Shukracharya...

What is Narayaneeyam ?

Narayaneeyam (नारायणीयम्)  is a Sanskrit text, comprising of summarized poetic form of the Bhagavata Purana. It was composed by Narayana Bhattathiri, (1560–1666 AD)...

What differentiate between bad deed (paap) and good deed (punya) ?

If this question is asked to Vedanta follower, than the answer is that there is no good or no bad.

What is Panchadasi ?

Panchadasi ( पंचदशी ) is a Sanskrit text on Advaita Vedanta written by Vidyaranya (विद्यारण्य), previously known as Madhavacharya (माधवाचार्य)

How the Lord Shiva got his bow Pinaka ?

How the Lord Shiva got his bow called Pinaka (पिनाक) ? There are many stories surrounding this claim. In...

महाभारत के पर्व

  No. of Parva Parva Name (पर्व) Sub Parva (उप-पर्व ) Content 1 Adi Parva (आदिपर्व ) अनुक्रमणिका पर्व पर्वसंग्रह पर्व पौष्य पर्व पौलोम पर्व आस्तीक...

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)...

What according to Hinduism, is the purpose of life?

Before we seek answer to this question, consider these scenario's : Suppose if I am born as pygmy in Africa and I was unaware...

What is Vishnu Sahasranama ?

Vishnu Sahasranama ( विष्णुसहस्रनाम ), is a Sanskrit hymn which contains a list of 1,000 names of Vishnu, one of the main...

Why Indra is called as Shatakratu ?

Why Indra is called as Shatakratu ( शतक्रतु ) ? As mentioned in Mahabharata Shantiparva Chapter 33 verse 39 ...

What is the meaning of Govind ?

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

What is the difference between Swaha & Svadha ?

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

What is the meaning of Krishna ?

What is the meaning of Krishna ? कृष्णवर्णात्मकत्वाद्वा कृष्ण:  - Due to his black color (कृष्ण वर्ण) , He...

What is the meaning of Vishnu ?

What is the meaning of Vishnu (विष्णुः) ? विष्णुः ( Vishnu)  is made of  विष् धातु (to pervade, to spread)...

What are ten directions as per Hinduism and their Dikpala ?

What are ten directions as per Hinduism and their Dikpala (दिक्पाल​) ? Dikpala is mentioned as deity who dominate...

What are 16 Sanskar (संस्कार) of this physical body ?

 As per Hinduism, the sanskar is a series of sacraments or rituals that are performed at the various stages of life. The...

How Kartikeya got his name “Kartikeya” ?

How Kartikeya (कार्त्तिकेय) got his name as "Kartikeya" ? Daksha Prajapati (दक्ष) has 50 daughters, out of which 10...

Why Indra is called Paksan and Purandar ?

Why Indra is called as Paksan ( पाकशासन) and Purandar ( पुरंदर) ? As mentioned in Vamana Puran -...

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 meaning and source of “sarvamangala mangalye” ?

This "sarvamangala mangalye" (सर्व मङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये) mantra is taken from Devi Mahatmyam (देवीमाहात्म्यम्) or Durga Saptashatī (दुर्गासप्तशती) chapter 11 verse 9  or  Markandya Purana...

How did Garuda got his name as Garuda (गरुड)?

Garuda's mother, Vinata (विनता) mother of the birds, was tricked into becoming the slave of her sister Kadru (कद्रू) , mother of the nagas (serpents). So...

Meaning & Source of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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

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...

What are the main purana of Hinduism?

Purana (पुराण) refers to text of the past or ancient history.  Purana are part of Smriti texts, there are 18 Maha Puranas (Great Puranas) and...

What is the origin and significance of Ratha Yatra ?

Ratha Yatra (रथ यात्रा) is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri, Odisha.  The festival commemorates...

Story of Nala-Damayanti (नल-दमयन्ती)

Nala-Damayanti (नल-दमयन्ती) story is mentioned in the Vana Parva (वन पर्व​) under Nalopakhyana Parva ( नलोपाख्यान पर्व​) of the Mahabharata.   After the Arjun...

Why Krishna is called Damodar ?

Why Krishna is called Damodar (दामोदरः) ? As mentioned by Adi Sankara in Vishnu Sahasranamam verse 53

Who was rishi Brihadashva (बृहदश्व)

Brihadashva (बृहदश्व) — is a rishi mentioned in Mahabharata Vana Parva chapter 52. Brihadashva went to the forest Kamyaka (काम्यकवन )...

Why Vishnu is called Narayan ?

Why Vishnu is called Narayan (नारायण) ? It is mentioned in  Manu Smriti (मनुस्मृति) 1.10 आपो नारा...

Why Vishnu is called Hari ?

Why Vishnu is called Hari (हरि)? In the fourth Manvantara when  Tamasa Manu  (तामस मनु) was the Manu, during...

Who are the sons of Lord Brahma ?

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

What is the difference between Devi Mahatmyam, Durga Saptashati, Chandi...

Devi Mahatmyam (देवीमाहात्म्यम्) is a religious text describing about goddess Durga. It is part of the Markandya Purana (मार्कण्डेय पुराण), it start from...

What is Venkatesa Suprabhatam & Who has written it ?

What is Venkatesa Suprabhatam (श्रीवेङ्कटेशसुप्रभातम्) ? Venkatesa Suprabhatam(श्रीवेङ्कटेशसुप्रभातम्) is a collection of Sanskrit hymns or verses recited early morning...

What is Guru Purnima ? Why it is celebrated ?

What is Guru Purnima ? Why it is celebrated ? Guru Purnima will be celebrated on the 24th...

What is Vidura Niti ? Where it is mentioned ?

What is Vidura Niti (विदुर निति) ? Vidura Niti, is a dialogue between Vidura and King Dhritarashtra, which...

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...

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...

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 a Hindu Calendar and its months ?

A Hindu calendar also called as Panchang (पञ्चाङ्ग), meaning having five parts (पञ्च + अङ्ग) Panchang is based on...

How Dhanushkodi got its name ?

The original word was Dhanush Koti (धनुष्कोटि) कोटिः  means the curved end of a bow It...

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