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 (मन्वन्तर) 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 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...

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...

Why do we have Pitru Paksha (पितृ पक्ष) ?

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

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...

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 Panchatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र) ?

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

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...

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...

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 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 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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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 (विष्णुसहस्रनाम) ?

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

Why Indra is called as Shatakratu ( शतक्रतु ) ?

As mentioned in Mahabharata Shantiparva Chapter 33 verse 39    मरुद्भिः सह जित्वारीन् भगवान् पाकशासनः । 

What is the meaning of word called Govind (गोविन्द:) ?

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

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

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

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 meaning of word Vishnu (विष्णुः) ?

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

Meaning & Source of 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...

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

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

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 are directions as per Hinduism and their Dikpala (दिक्पाल​) ?

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

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 is the source of “sarvamangala mangalye” (सर्व मङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये)?

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...

Why Krishna is called as Damodar (दामोदरः) ?

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

Who are the sons of Lord Brahma ?

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

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...

What is Venkatesa Suprabhatam (श्रीवेङ्कटेशसुप्रभातम्) & Who has written it?

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

Why Vishnu is called as Narayan (नारायण) ?

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

Who was rishi Brihadashva (बृहदश्व)

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

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 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...

Why Vishnu is called as Hari (हरि)?

In the fourth Manvantara when  Tamasa Manu  (तामस मनु) was the Manu, during that Manvantara Supreme God took incarnation as "Hari", and...

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 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...

What is Vidura Niti (विदुर निति)? Where it is mentioned ?

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

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