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 heard or communicated by a tradition with...

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 are type...

Avatar of Lord Vishnu

Dashavatara ( दशावतार ) refers to the ten primary avatars of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Vishnu is said to descend in form...

Who were Jaya & Vijaya ?

Jaya & Vijaya were two gatekeepers at vishnulok & who were born in mirtyulok (earth) after being cursed by four kumaras rishi's ( sanaka, sanatana, sanandana...

What is the relation between Brahma & Saraswati? How is Brahma...

There is a conversation between Rishi Maitreya & Vidura in Srimad Bhagavata Purana 3.12.28 वाचं दुहितरं तन्वीं स्वयम्भूर्हरतीं मनः । “Oh Vidura, we have heard that...

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 Mahābhārata, Bhagavata Purana, Harivamsa and Padma...

The avataras of Manu, or manvantara

The avataras of Manu, or manvantara-avataras, are listed as follows in Srimad-Bhagavatam (8.1.5,13): (1) Yajna, (2) Vibhu, (3) Satyasena, (4) Hari, (5) Vaikuntha, (6)...

What is Maya (माया) ?

Maya is the power of Brahman which is the source and creator of this world. Adi Sanakara mentioned in Vivekchudamani verse 108 : अव्यक्तनाम्नी परमेशशक्तिः अनाद्यविद्या...

What are the various school of thoughts in Hinduism ?

Indian Philosophy or Hindu Philosophy is generally classified into 6 orthodox schools (astika) and 3 heterodox (nastika) schools. The basic difference between the two branches...

पंच महायज्ञ

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

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 ) ? नान्योऽतोऽस्ति द्रष्टा, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति श्रोता, नान्योऽतोऽस्ति...

Pitru Paksha (पितृ पक्ष)

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

Makar Sankranti (मकर-सङ्क्रान्ति)

  Sankramanam (सङ्क्रमणम्) means movement – transmigration. Makara (मकर) means the zodiac Capricorn. The movement of the Sun from one zodiac to the other zodiac...

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 Hitopadesha (हितोपदेशः) ?

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

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 differentiate between between bad deed (paap) and good deed (punya)...

This question has been assigned to a wrong category, if this question is asked to Vedanta followers. Than the answer is that there is...

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...

How the Lord Shiva got his bow called “पिनाक” ?

There are many stories surrounding this claim. In Mahabharata shantiparva chapter 289 verse 18, it is mentioned आनतेनाथ शूलेन पाणिनामिततेजसा। पिनाकमिति चोवाच शूलमुग्रायुधः प्रभुः।। The Lord Shiva...

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...

What is Narayaneeyam (नारायणीयम्) ?

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

Satyanarayan Katha (सत्यनारायण व्रत कथा) – origin & purpose

The Satyanarayan Puja is a religious worship of the Hindu god Vishnu. Satya means “truth” and narayana means, “The highest being” so Satyanarayan means “The highest being...

Who are Maruta ( मारुत् ) 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 Diti went...

What is Vishnu Sahasranāma (विष्णुसहस्रनाम) ?

Vishnu Sahasranāma( विष्णुसहस्रनाम ), is a Sanskrit hymn which contains a list of 1,000 names of Vishnu, one of the main deities in Hinduism.  In...

What is Panchatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र ) ?

Panchatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र ) is an ancient Indian Sanskrit text of interrelated animal fables. It was written by Vishnusharma ( विष्णु शर्मा ) Book is divided...

What is Panchadasi ( पंचदशी ) ?

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

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)...

Story of Vindhya mountain and rishi Agastya

Vindhya (विन्ध्यः) is a range of mountain which separates north India from the south; it is one of the seven Kulaparvatas ( कुलपर्वत ) The Vayu Purana (45.88)...