Hinduism

What is the difference between Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas?

Difference between Shruti & Smriti Shruti (श्रुति) means that which has been heard or communicated by a tradition with...

How many Hindu gods are there ?

How many Hindu gods are there ? Do you really believe in 33 crore gods in Hinduism ?  where...

What are the six school of Indian philosophy ?

Six school of Indian philosophy Indian Philosophy or Hindu Philosophy is generally classified into 6 orthodox schools (आस्तिक​)...

What are fourteen Manvantara and who is the assigned Manu ?

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

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

Ugrashrava ( उग्रश्रवा ) or Maharshi Suta ( श्री सूत जी ) Ugrashrava or Maharshi Suta was the narrator of...

What is the Maya in Hinduism ?

What is Maya ? Maya is the power of Brahman which is the source and creator of this world.

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...

Rebirth belong to whom ? Rebirth does it belong to soul or the physical body. All major philosophies point...

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

What is Panchatantra ?

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

What according to Hinduism, is the purpose of life?

Purpose of life in Hinduism Understand current birth Lets consider these scenario’s, before answering the...

Who are Maruta and how were they born ?

Maruta and their birth This story is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayan - Balakanda - chapter 46 , after...

How were Rakshasa & Yaksha were born ? Who was the...

Rakshasa (राक्षस) & Yaksha (यक्ष) As mentioned in Ramayana - Uttarakand - Chaturath Sarga ( चतुर्थ​ सर्ग )

What is Narayaneeyam ?

Narayaneeyam Narayaneeyam (नारायणीयम्)  is a Sanskrit text, comprising of summarized poetic form of the Bhagavata Purana. It was composed...

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 Panchadasi ?

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

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.

How many parvas are in Mahabharata ?

How many parvas are in Mahabharata ? Mahabharata consists of eighteen parvas. Following is the list of 18 parvas : No. of Parva Parva...

How Lord Shiva got his bow Pinaka ?

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

What is Vishnu Sahasranama ?

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

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

Birth of Ravana and his brothers - Mahabharata View There is another view about the birth of  Ravana and...

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 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...

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 and source of “sarvamangala mangalye” ?

Sarvamangala Mangalye (सर्व मङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये) mantra Sarvamangala Mangalye mantra is taken from Devi Mahatmyam (देवीमाहात्म्यम्) or Durga Saptashatī (दुर्गासप्तशती)...

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 ?

Difference between Swaha & Svadha Daksha Prajapati has two daughters with name as Swaha (स्वाहा) & Svadha (स्वधा)

What is the meaning of Vishnu ?

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

What are Sixteen Samskara (षोडश संस्कार) of this physical body ?

Samskara (संस्कार)  As per Hinduism, the samskara is a series of sacraments or rituals that are performed at the...

What is the meaning of Krishna ?

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

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...

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

How did Garuda got his name as Garuda (गरुड)? Garuda's mother, Vinata (विनता) mother of the birds, was tricked into becoming...

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) ? As mentioned in Vamana Puran - Chapter 71, Narada ask Rishi Pulastya...

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...

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...

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 are the main Hindu Shastra ?

Meaning of Shastra शास्त्र  - शिष्यतेऽनेन (शास्-ष्ट्रन्) - means an order, a command, rule. As...

Story of Nala-Damayanti

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

Why Vishnu is called Narayana ?

Meaning of Narayana (नारायण) Narayana -  One who has water his abode, is called as Narayana (नारा जलं...

What is the origin and significance of Ratha Yatra ?

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

Why Vishnu is called Hari ?

Meaning of Hari (हरि) This word हरि - is derived from Sanskrit dhatu हृ  meaning "to take, carry, strip off"

What are the main purana of Hinduism?

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

Why Krishna is called Damodar ?

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

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

Devi Mahatmyam (देवीमाहात्म्यम्) Devi Mahatmyam is a religious text describing about goddess Durga. It is part of the Markandya Purana...

Dialogue between King Janaka and Ashtavakra

Dialogue between King Janaka and Ashtavakra These dialogue between King Janaka and Ashtavakra is mentioned in Mahabharata Vana Parva...

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 Vidura Niti ? Where it is mentioned ?

Vidura Niti (विदुर निति) Vidura Niti, is a dialogue between Vidura and King Dhritarashtra, which appears in Mahabharata...

Who was Ashtavakra and why his body has eight bends ?

Ashtavakra (अष्टावक्रः) Ashtavakra is a sage who got this name because his physical body was having eight bends since...

What is Guru Purnima ? Why it is celebrated ?

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

अश्विनीकुमार – आयुर्वेद के आचार्य

अश्विनीकुमार - आयुर्वेद के आचार्य वैदिक साहित्य और हिन्दू धर्म में 'अश्विनौ' यानि दो अश्विनों का उल्लेख देवता...

What is Venkatesa Suprabhatam & Who has written it ?

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

How river Beas & Sutlej were named ?

How river Beas was named ? कल्माषपादका नामक राक्षस ने महर्षि...

What is a Hindu Calendar and its months ?

Hindu calendar - Panchang (पञ्चाङ्ग), A Hindu calendar also called as Panchang, meaning having five parts (पञ्च +...

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...

How Dhanushkodi got its name ?

Dhanushkodi Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island of the state of Tamil...

What is Brahmahatya ? What does scriptures say about Brahmahatya ?

Brahmahatya (ब्रह्महत्या) Brahmahatya means "the act of killing a brahmin". A brahmin is considered as most supreme being and...

Importance of Japa (recitation)

Importance of Japa (recitation) Vishnu Purana As mentioned in Vishnu Puran 6.2.17  ध्यायन्...

What is Vairagya ?

Vairagya Vairagya (वैराग्य) is a Sanskrit word which means dispassion, detachment, or renunciation from the objects and pleasure of...

What is Dharma ?

The eight ways of Dharma is explained by Rishi Saunaka (शौनक) to Yudhishthira , it is mentioned in Mahabharata Vana Parva chapter 2...

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