Seetharama Moola Mantra

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What is the difference between Itihasa and Purana?

The definition of Itihasa is इतिह आस्ते अस्मिन् - it contains advice for leading a meaningful life. They are based on real incidents of the past. The definition of Purana is पुरातनवृत्तान्तकथनम् - Puranas are narrations of past incidents. Itihasas are centered around a particular theme; Ramayana around Rama's life and Mahabharata around the Kuru Vamsha. A book can be called Purana only if it contains the following five: 1. Sarga - description of primary creation. 2. Pratisarga - description of secondary creation. 3. Vamsha - description of important Vamshas such as Surya Vamsha and Chandra Vamsha. 4. Manvantara - description of the 14 Manvantaras, Manus, Devas, Rishis, and avataras. 5. Vamshanucharita - description of the important persons in the Vamshas. पुराणं पञ्चलक्षणम् - Puranas should have these five characteristics.

Where Hanumanji rested for the first time after reaching Lanka

On top of the house of a Rakshasa called Bhima.

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Where is Rambhapuri Peetha?

हुं जानकीवल्लभाय स्वाहा hum jaanakeevallabhaaya svaahaa....

हुं जानकीवल्लभाय स्वाहा

hum jaanakeevallabhaaya svaahaa

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