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questions related to mythology in India

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Naranath Bhranthan, earliest mentions and sources?

Naranath Bhranthan appears to be a figure from medieval Indian tradition, but except for some repeats of the wikipedia article I have not been able to find anything worth commenting. When and where ...
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Indus valley or Harrapan civilization myths/beliefs

What r the religious beliefs associated with the early Indus valley civilization or Harrapan civilization?
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Are there any close analogues to the Fairy King & Queen Titania and Oberon, in Indian/Hindu mythology?

I am looking to create a version of Titania & Oberon, the Queen & King of the Fairies in Midsummer Night's Dream, that would have context in India. Probably deities or mythological beings ...
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Why is the Indian Dragon at war with the Elephant?

Aelian records the following tale of an elephant fighting a dragon: In India, I am told, the Elephant and the Drakon (Dragon-Serpent) are the bitterest enemies. Now Elephants draw down the branches ...
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When did Lord Indra asked for Kawach-Kundal to Karna? It's before Kurukshetra war or in the mid of war?

I am a bit curious to know that when did lord indra asked for Kawach-Kundal to Karna? It's before Kurukshetra war or mid of war? Because while making link-up of many things related to karna's life, ...
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Veda, Upanishad and the Physical Universe

I haven't read the Veda or Upanishad (and other Hindu scriptures). But I'm eager to know whether it does offer any account of how the universe came into existence?
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What is original story of Fox Spirit/Nine tails fox in india's myth?

I read wikipedia and some mythology sites about the fox spirit that came from India but surprisingly they never mentioned about story in Indian version? Only can find China - Daji, Japan - Kitsune, ...
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Why does Indian mythology not have humongous beasts like that of Chinese dragon?

This is a question out of curiosity. I noticed that Indian culture and Chinese culture very near by proximity, but there has been no sign of any dragon in the Indian culture.
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Why are the feet of bhoots facing backwards?

Bhoots are ghosts from Indian folklore, whose feet are facing backwards: Bhoots are able to alter and assume forms of various animals at will, but are usually seen in human form. However, their ...
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What is the name of the Mahabharata version told from the point of view of Sahadeva?

I found this blog about an article in the newspaper The Hindu, which has and excerpt from a retelling of the Mahabharata from the point of view of Sahadeva. I searched for the book but could not ...
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Are there any epics featuring a female protagonist with less explored male characters?

In the Indian epic Ramayana, the women show some great complex characters, behaviours etc but they are much less explored and sometimes sidelined/forgotten(not entirely) by the overshadowing persona ...
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Are the gods in Indian mythology, who came on earth with some kind of aircraft, aliens?

I am from India and I have read many books like Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata etc. in which the characters were using very high technological weapons and aircraft. Were they aliens because ...
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Is there an Indian Wild Hunt myth?

In the Wikipedia Wild Hunt article, an Indian related myth is mentioned1: M.M. Banks cautioned against viewing the Wild Hunt as a peculiarly European phenomenon, identifying a similar tale of ...