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...

What are ten directions in Hinduism and Who are their Dikpala...

Dikpala (दिक्पाल​) Dikpala (दिक्पाल) is mentioned as deity who dominate certain direction. As a group of eight deities,...

What are the six school of Hindu philosophy ?

Six school of Hindu philosophy Indian Philosophy or Hindu Philosophy is generally classified into six orthodox schools and...

What are fourteen Manvantara and who is the assigned Manu ?

Manvantara Manvantara (मन्वन्तर) means  मनोरन्तरमस्मिन्निति ( time period of a Manu). Fourteen Manvantara makes...

How many Hindu gods are there ?

How many Hindu gods ? Do you really believe in 33 crore gods in Hinduism ?  where is the...

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 difference between Swaha & Swadha ?

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

What is the Maya in Hinduism ?

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

Who was Kartavirya Arjuna ? Why Parashurama killed Kartavirya Arjuna ?

Kartavirya Arjuna Kartavirya Arjuna (कार्तवीर्य अर्जुन), also known as Sahasrabahu (सहस्त्रबाहु) was a king of an Haihayas kingdom (हैहयवंश)...

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 a Manvantara?

Manvantara (मन्वन्तर) Manvantara or age of a Manu (मनु), is a period of time measurement. Each...

Who are Maruts and how were they born ?

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

What is the significance of Pitru Paksha ?

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

What is the significance of Makar Sankranti?

 Makar Sankranti (मकर-सङ्क्रान्ति) Sankramanam (सङ्क्रमणम्) means movement. Makara (मकर) means the zodiac Capricorn.

What is the meaning and source of “sarvamangala mangalye” ?

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

Why Indra is called as Shatakratu ?

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

What are the main Hindu Shastra ?

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

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...

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...

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

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

Who was rishi Brihadashva ?

Brihadashva (बृहदश्व) Brihadashva (बृहदश्व) — is a rishi mentioned in Mahabharata Vana Parva chapter 52. Brihadashva went...

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...

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...

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 according to Hinduism, is the purpose of life?

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

अश्विनीकुमार – आयुर्वेद के आचार्य

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

Why Indra is called Pakashasan and Purandar ?

Indra is called as Pakashasan (पाकशासन) As mentioned in Vamana Puran - Chapter 71, Narada ask Rishi Pulastya (पुलस्त्य) why...

Story of Nala and Damayanti

Nala Damayanti Story - Background Nala-Damayanti story is mentioned in the Vana Parva (वन पर्व​) under Nalopakhyana Parva (नलोपाख्यान पर्व​)...

Why Vishnu is called Narayana ?

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

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...

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 the meaning of Govind ?

Govind - Meaning "गो:" word has many meanings like वाणी / वेदः, धरा, धेनुः, इन्द्रियं ( speech, earth,...

What is the meaning of Krishna ?

Meaning of Krishna Krishna name meaning is explained by Adi Shankara in the commentary of Vishnu Sahasranamam, where he...

How Kartikeya got his name “Kartikeya” ?

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

How did Garuda got his name as Garuda ?

Garuda (गरुड) Garuda means one who can carry heavy weight (गुरुम्) गुरुम् आदाय उड्डीन इति...

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 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 is the meaning of Vishnu ?

Meaning of Vishnu विष्णुः ( Vishnu)  is made of  विष् धातु (to pervade, to spread) when used with नुक् प्रत्यय​

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...

Meaning & Source of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra  Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (महामृत्युंजय मंत्र) is found in Rig Veda 7.59.12  and Yajur Veda 3.60.  The Rishi for this...

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. 

How Mahabharata got its name as ‘Mahabharata’ ?

Mahabharata (महाभारत) - Previous name Veda Vyas initially wrote a text called Bharata (भारत) with twenty four thousand slokas...

Story of Ramahrada (राम-ह्रद ) pilgrimage

Ramahrada (राम-ह्रद) Ramahrada (राम-ह्रद ) - is holy place situated approximately 12 Km far from Jhind -Hansi...

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...

What according to Hinduism, is the purpose of life?

Is purpose defined by my current state ? Before we seek answer to this question, consider these scenario's :

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...

Why Krishna is called Damodar ?

Damodar (दामोदरः) As mentioned by Adi Sankara in Vishnu Sahasranamam verse 53 1. दमादिसाधनेनोदारोत्कृष्टा मतिर्या तया...

What is Vairagya ?

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

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 Dharma ?

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

Importance of Bhagavad Gita

Importance of Bhagavad Gita These verses which are said by rishi Vaishampayana (वैशंपायन) in Mahabharata Bhisma Parva chapter 43, they...

Who are the sons of Lord Brahma ?

Manas Putra (मानसपुत्र) Manas Putra (मनसि भवो जातो वा) - sons born using the mind or will . 

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 the significance of the month of Shravana or Sawan...

Shravana (श्रवण माह) Shravana month is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva. Sawan or Shravana is the...

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...

How river Beas & Sutlej were named ?

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

What is Guru Purnima ? Why it is celebrated ?

What is Guru Purnima ? Why it is celebrated ? Guru Purnima is celebrated each year as the...

What is the importance of doing Japa?

What is Japa ? The recitation or chanting  of the mantra is called as Japa, it accompanied by a...

What is Manvantara, Kalpa, and Yuga in Hinduism?

Hindu Time Calculation The calculation for Hindu time is mentioned in Mahabharata - Vana Parva - Markandeya Samasya...

What is the meaning of “Vishwarupa” ?

Vishwarupa Vishwarupa (विश्वरूप) or Viratarupa (विराटरूप), refers to the form associated with Lord Vishnu, a form with numerous heads,...

Why Vedanta requires to be learned from a teacher ?

Role of teacher in Vedanta philosophy There are multiple reference for the same in Upanishads, which has given importance...

Why did Lord Parashurama kill his mother?

Parashurama Lord Parashurama (परशुराम) is the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. Lord Parashurama was born in Treta Yuga on...

What are Sapta Puri or Moksha Puri ?

Sapta Puri (सप्त-पुरी) Sapta Puri (सप्त-पुरी) or Moksha Puri (मोक्ष​-पुरी) is a group of seven holy cities which are...

What is the source and meaning of “Om Tat Sat” ?

Om Tat Sat Om Tat Sat (ओम् तत् सत् ) are the three names of Brahman or the...

Story of Maharishi Valmiki and the Nishad

First Shloka of Maharishi Valmiki Once Maharshi Valmiki along with his students went to bank of river Tapasa. There...

Who are Shankaracharyas ? What are four mutts established by Adi...

Shankaracharya Adi Shankara had established four mutts across the country to propagate the Vedas and Vedanta Philosophy. The...

Who are Adityas ? What are their names ?

Adityas (आदित्या) In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 3.9.5 , Rishi Sakalya (शाकल्य ) ask to the Rishi Yagnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य) , "Who are...

Who is called as Arishtanemi ?

Arishtanemi ( अरिष्टनेमि ) Arishtanemi ( अरिष्टनेमि ) - अरिष्टस्य नेमि: - means one who is center...

Name of Lord Vishnu- Weapon, Conch, Crest, Horses

Name of Vishnu Conch and Crest  Vishnu conch  ( विष्णु-शङ्खः) — panchjanya ( पाञ्चजन्य )

Why Ganga is called Jahnavi ?

Jahnavi - Name of river Ganga Jahnavi means a female born from Jahnu जाह्नवी...

Navadurga – Nine Avatar of Maa Durga

Navadurga Navadurga (नवदुर्गा) are nine manifestations or forms of Durga, which are worshipped during Navaratri.

How did King Janaka got Shiva Dhanusha ?

Shiva Dhanusha Shiva Dhanusha was created by Vishwakarma and he gave it to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva used the...

Who created Lake Mansarovar on Mount Kailash ?

Mansarovar (मानसरोवर) "Mansarovar" (मानसरोवर) is a made two word - "manas"(मानस्) meaning "mind" and "sarovara" (सरोवर) means...

Why is Lord Krishna called Vasudeva?

Krishna called as Vasudeva (वासुदेव) Lord Krishna's father name was वसुदेव Lord Krishna have another...

Why Dharma is important ?

Importance of dharma in hinduism Dharma is considered one of the most important goals of a human being in...

Brahma Loka has recurrence ( again birth & again death)

Brahma Loka has recurrence Main points which are highlighted by Lord Krishna, in these five verses of Bhagavata Gita...

Who is Gargi Vachaknavi ?

Gargi Vachaknavi Gargi (गार्गी) or Vachaknavi (वाचक्नवी) was a female sage and philosopher. In the sixth...

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