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I'm just curious as to how people found out about this site, so I'm running a bit of a survey here to know more about fellow users. Basically, if someone has provided an answer to the titular question already, upvote it. Otherwise, post your own answer! So, please answer the following questions.

  • How did you come to know about this site?
  • What topics do you find interesting on our site?

This is a post to know more about fellow users. Please don't downvote any answer.

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How did you come to know about this site?

I had been using StackOverflow site for software development question answers, there once I suddenly saw at the top bar of the site, there exist list of all other sites. I scrolled down one by one and I found Hinduism Q&A site is also there. I eagerly entered the site.

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What topics do you find interesting on our site?

Many of the topics are interesting to me, when browsing question and answers in this site, I feel that I am in Satya Yuga. I also learned many things about our god, puranas etc. I am sure that whoever is coming to this site and stays regularly then he/she must gain good characters and behaviors and will be cool finally. I myself have changed many attributes in me.

Thanks a lot to hinduism.stackexchange.com for making people change their life.

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    "I feel that I am in Satya Yuga"! well said. – Paṇḍyā Oct 21 '17 at 1:55
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I was intersted in Hinduism. So I used to search about our scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad gita etc. I looked though some answers in Quora and also search many things regarding Hinduism on YouTube. So once I searched in google about something related to Lord Shiva and there was a question in this site that What is the Vedic origin of Lord Shiva and I was impressed by the answer given by User Tezz and then I joined this site and asked questions and this site enlightened me a lot and I gave my first answer on this site very recently:)

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Let me address the two questions separately:

  1. I knew about Hinduism.SE before it even existed. I had participated in other Stackexchange sites, like MathOverflow, Mathematics.SE, and Physics.SE, and then I found out about Area 51, the site that brings new Stackexchange sites into existence. I was excited at the prospect of a Hinduism Q&A site, so I participated in the Area 51 process, and I joined the site on the very first day of it's private Beta, which is when I posted this question. It was a question that I had in my head for ten years, ever since I first read the Valmiki Ramayana in high school, but I didn't know anyone knowledgeable enough to answer it. That's why I'm so grateful for this site's existence; it's given me the opportunity to ask about so many long-standing questions I've had about Hinduism. Now I haven't received a satisfactory answer to that question, or most of my other questions, but I've still learned a lot along the way. Participating in the site has vastly expanded my knowledge of Hinduism, as my misconceptions post makes clear.
  2. I'm interested in lots of topics within Hinduism, as a glance at my tags would reveal. But here are my three biggest areas of interest. First of all, Hindu stories. These are how I got interested in Hinduism in the first place; from a very early age I was watching Dhoor Darshan serials like Ramayan, Sree Krishna, Vishwamitra, etc., which led me to read Amar Chita Katha comic books, which led me to read Hindu scripture. And even as I've learned about more advanced topics in Hinduism, my interest in Hindu stories has not diminished in the slightest. Even when I'm reading an obscure work of Samkhya philosophy, it still leads me to post questions about Kubera turning into an elephant :-) Second of all, Hindu philosophy. As you can see from my misconceptions post, before the site was created I didn't even know that there were Hindu philosophies outside the Vedanta school! But since the creation of the site both my knowledge of and interest in Hindu philosophy has increased considerably. And lastly, Sri Vaishnavism. I'm an Iyengar, i.e. a Sri Vaishnava Brahmin, and I already had some knowledge of Visistadvaita philosophy, the Alwars, Thenkalais and Vadakalais, etc. beforehand, but this site has given me the opportunity to study in detail the beliefs and works of the Sri Vaishnava sect.
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    Correction: "I already had s̶o̶m̶e̶ full knowledge of Visistadvaita philosophy, the Alwars, Thenkalais and Vadakalais. etc" – Paṇḍyā Oct 12 '17 at 12:15
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How did you come to know about this site?

I was always interested in Hinduism. I used to read Scriptures from my childhood. I was active on stackoverflow.com and magento.stackexchange.com. I was familiar that, stackexchange community has many sites regarding different areas. So, I searched for Hinduism and join this community.

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

I am interested in following topics:

  1. Eternal interests:
    • Ramayana
    • Mahabharata
    • Purana
    • Bhagavada Gita
    • Philosophies (to some extent)
  2. Interests developed after joining this community:
    • Veda
    • Tantra
    • Dharma Shastra
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How did you come to know about this site?

I had already joined 7 StackExchange communities and had been participating to AU, U&L, MSE, SR etc. before I joined Hinduism StackeEchange. Though I had not participated in Area51 process, however if I'm correctly remembered, I had seen Hinduism Area51 page with example question like "Why is Ganga considered holy?" while participating in Opensource.SE private Beta.

I don't remember exactly what caused me joining this community, I may have found Hinduism StackExchange from list and may had joined.

I joined Hinduism StackExchange 3.25 years ago but had not become active on Hinduism.SE for about more than 1 year. I became active from Sept. 2015, you can see Welcome message from Keshav Srinivasan!

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

I've already declared my interests in my profile. Actually I learned lots of basics and about various philosophies in the end of 2015 and in the starting of 2016 through Wiki and other encyclopedias which cleared lots of concepts and I gradually become eligible/qualified for posting good Q/A on the site. I've done reading of Mukhya Upanishads in 2016 which you can see in my this post.

Upanishads and Vedanta have been my most interesting topics forever. Interest in Shad-Darshana and in Samhita, Brahmana portion of Vedas is later evolved. Though I'm lesser interested in Puranas, Mythology, Itihasa and Dharma Shastras. If one ask my interest, current answer in descending order would be:

  • Upanishads and Vedanta (including Advaita treatise)
  • Darshana (Yoga, Samkhya and Mimansa)
  • Samhitas of Vedas

If we talk about this site, I can say, this is the most interesting community among all I've joined/participated! My journey on StackExchange started from AU (AskUbuntu) and finished on AUM (Hinduism SE)!

I'm thankful to all the users and experts of this site to keep the interest in the development and growth of this site. And special thanks to Keshav Srinivasan who introduced and taught me primary/basic concepts of Vishishtadvaita and written An introduction to various Sampradayas of Hinduism.

About my moderatorship : धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः।

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I found out about the site through a Google search. From a search suggestion. I was redirected to Stackexchange.com. From all sites, I found about this site. I joined and answered a question. Rest is history.

I find questions related to , , , interesting.

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I'm always been a worshipper from childhood but I never thought of reading or knowing deeply about our Hinduism.

While Googling, I often found answers to my queries in Electronics Stack Exchange and from searching all sites in stack exchange found our site.

When I joined this site, I couldn't understand many posts (almost everything here) but thanks to my chat roommates Tezz, The Destroyer, Swift Pushkar, Nog Shine, Pandya, Keshav Srinivasan, Rohit, Rakesh Joshi, Triyugi Narayan Mani, Laxmi Narayan and Rickross who explained me basics of our Hinduism and now I'm able to understand things here. I follow other users as well (Thank you all <3 ).

My interest was only Krishna but now I'm interested in Shiva-Parvati and Vedas too.

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    Very cozy answer. :) – Mr. Sigma. Nov 8 '17 at 17:11
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How did you come to know about this site?

I have always been interested in reading Purana's and Itihasa.

I stumbled across this site when I was searching for the unabridged versions of the Puranas because I wanted to read the full story of Shiva Parvati's marriage, thanks to the Shiva-lilamruta that my mother read out to me occasionally.

So I found this site that had links to all the Puranas in English. I couldn't have been more happier! Being a part of this community is an enlightening experience, I'm often awed by the depth of research the answers contain and I'm receptive to a range of scriptures that I did not know before!

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

There is nothing I don't find interesting on this site, it's a good thing to learn something new everyday! I keep myself as open minded as I can and like to read anything that is new or seems interesting to me.

Like I said, I'm interested in Puranas and Itihasas however after joining this site I got to know about Brahmanas and Samhitas which I truly enjoyed due to the treasure trove of stories in it.

I'm trying to read more of Samkhya and Tantra as well, they're fascinating subjects.

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How did you come to know about this site?

I do have a long history to share here! :)

I was a silent spectator of the site for quite long, because I was not specifically well versed or highly learned in any of the topics. I certainly had read quite a lot of books (I do confess that most of these were abridged versions and not the full texts), but I felt that I was no where near to formulate a single answer on the site. I used to follow the occasional Hot Network Posts, read the Q&A and leave.

I decided to join the site, when I had a new question about Hinduism. I checked meta to see if it would have been on-topic. I was a bit surprised that the site did not have a , and I asked this question Where is the Hinduism SE FAQ?. (FWIW, many beta sites don't have a , I realized that later). Funnily, I did not get any response on the meta post (The moderators did create a nice FAQ for us, after some time, though), and I just decided to continue and ask the question. To my surprise, the question was well received. I did get a helpful comment and found the solution which I wanted.

A few months later, in February, there was a lot of activity on meta regarding moderation. I then started to participate in chat and meta mostly, whilst reading and enjoying the questions on main. I finally got an opportunity to answer a post, when I accidentally saw a question on Jyothirlingas. After that, I've stayed as a regular on main, meta and chat!

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

I like quite a lot, because the tag introduces me to the numerous different features of different temples. Apart from that I like the identification requests, where users find out the sources of the legends in scriptures.

  • Requesting you to be also active on Hinduism SE as usual. :- ) and waiting .. so come fast. – SwiftPushkar Aug 31 at 17:55
  • Yup, being active here is the top thing on my todo list ... but things on the SO side has been a bit hectic :-( – Bhargav Rao Aug 31 at 19:32
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Lord Krishna heavily influenced me when my grandmother had me watch tv adaptations of the Ramayana and Mahabharata (and the Gita!!). I suppressed my desire to know more due to not so nice people where I grew up in the US during my childhood.

Of course, I started with yoga and now I want to know more about Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma, Vedanta, and most of all Tantra Yoga.

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What brought you here? How did you come to know about this site?

Nothing, I waited for it to be created, I was following it from Area51 and even followed few earlier versions of failed Area51 proposals for Hinduism site. So I waited for the site to be launched. I even accepted my name for Pro-temp election which I didn't got but later did got the postion when existing team shown trust in me. Unfortunately I got busy with personal stuff and didn't had time to moderate two sites, so have to leave this one as there were some difference of opinions and also needed fresh energy which Pandya and The Destroyer provided.

But I always had fear of site's turning into Fanatical site which never did and that's what kept me here (even when I don't get much time lately, I do sneak in whenever possible).

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

I am not really a religious person and count myself more of agnostic but I do respect Hinduism as it's my own religion and do follow it with convenience. But I do like the stories from Hindu scripture as they are good source of inspiration and also teach us valuable lessons. Tag is my fav. But I sneak into all tags whenever possible.

  • "even followed few earlier versions of failed Area51 proposals for Hinduism site" Yes, we're obliged to such contributions! – Paṇḍyā Nov 14 '17 at 14:12
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    Instead of saying "Site brought me" you should say "I along with others brought the site" :D – Sarvabhouma Nov 18 '18 at 2:24
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While searching for references on Hindu Scriptures about a couple of months back, this site popped up. On going through I was impressed by the wide array of queries raised and equally satisfied with the replies which refer to sources from the scriptures. As a student of Sanskrit and ardent seeker of various truths of Sanatana Dharma, I felt that probably I would get more .information and inputs. Hence I joined

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How did you come to know about this site?

I was not religious or spiritual from childhood, to be precise i oscillated between Atheism and Agnosticism (i can say now that oscillation was due to complete lack of knowledge about Hinduism at that time), until i read the book Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi.

The Character Rudra fascinated me in book, though i knew story in book in fiction. I wanted to know who Shiva/Rudra really is from Hindu Scriptures. I read Shiva Purana by Ramesh Menon and those legends were really interesting. After completing book, i tried to find some answers for questions and read some answers on Quora on "Hinduism" Topic. My main interests were Shiva, Venkateswara (as He is most visited deity in our state) and Kalki (since he is next avatar of Vishnu and who doesn't like to know future in advance) at that time.

I felt answers i visited on Quora had some serious issues and i knew Stack Overflow at that time and checked various sites and found Hinduism SE. My first answer which i read here was about Maya and why does it exist by Jabahar (Be Happy). I liked the answer very much and read all of his answers later. I found them good and i liked direct quotes from scriptures. I also read answers of Swami Viswananda about philosophy and answers of Vishnu Avatars and mythological stories from Keshav Srinivasan. I searched as many questions as possible and i got answers for 90% of my questions here.

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

Now i find all topics interesting from mythology to philosophy. But in initial stages i was interested in future prophecies, How was universe created by Brahman?, Why did we come to earth?. It was mix of mythology, Philosophy and Science (although pure Science and speculations are not allowed).

  • Please tell me you didn't read the other two books of Amish's series🙏 – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Feb 19 '18 at 4:48
  • @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Haha.. Why? – The Destroyer Feb 19 '18 at 4:48
  • I didn't like the second and the third book. The ending depresses me whenever I read it. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Feb 19 '18 at 9:49
  • @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury Ok. I read 1st book and read summary of other books. :P – The Destroyer Feb 28 '18 at 8:54
  • Lol, still better. I beg you lol. Don't read the other books XDD. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Feb 28 '18 at 9:25
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One of my colleagues told me that "Lord Venkateshwara likes hair that's why people donate their hair there". I told him that "as per scriptures, sins are attached to hair and that's why people save their head in pilgrimage (be it a temple, a river or any other sacred place)". Then he said "no, then why only in Tirupathi"? I told him that "people save their head in other pilgrimage too, for example I have seen in Kanchipuram". But he was not ready to accept it and asked me to show on Internet. When I searched "sins are stored in hair", the question appeared in Google search. Later on I found many other interesting questions and answers and decided to join this site. And next day, I answered the same question due to which I came across to this site. By the way later on I found the story which describes few other reasons due to which people save their head in Tirupathi.

I find questions related to , , , and interesting.

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How did you come to know about this site?

I was looking for some Hinduism forum to ask my first question, since I was already very active on other SE sites, I thought of finding if there already exists Hinduism site in SE itself and hence my journey started on Hinduism site since then.

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

, and would be the topic which I want to learn more about and also share if I know already.

Apart from that I would also be interested in learning concepts.

I am here to help people and get help from people. :)

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How did you come to know about this site?

Till age 7, I was deeply fascinated with Hindu mythology. You can say that the deities were my superheroes in one sense. I enjoyed listening to the pastimes of Shree Krishna, Sri Rama, Lord Ganesha and Maa Durga. However, this was until age 7 when I deviated towards agnosticism and Buddhism. By the age of 11, I became a hardcore atheist. But by age 13, my interest in Sanatana Dharma revived (this was due to some personal incidents in my life which I wish to keep confidential). All I can say I was influenced by great saints such as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

I began reading an abridged versions of the Puranas. Deep reading compelled me to do research on Sanatana Dharma and soon I began spending hours on Google and Quora clearing my doubts (my academics got a little hit as a result😝). However, the answers on Quora were very much of a low quality so I began to look for other forums and ended up finding this site. The answers on this site were simply spectacular and helped me clear a lot of misconceptions and doubts. I am highly indebted to the Stack Exchange community for this.

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

My main interests are the six Darshanas, Vaishnavism, scriptures and Tantra.

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    I'm curious, how did you drift towards agnosticism at the age of 7? At the age of 7 I don't think I even knew that there were people who didn't believe in God - I knew there were different religions which believed in different gods, but I didn't know there were people who believed in no gods at all. – Keshav Srinivasan Feb 20 '18 at 19:48
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I've had interest in Hinduism from long time, I found this site while trying to find references from Brahma sutras.

I have been interested in vaishnavaism and Krishna for long time, I think I really developed interest in Hinduism after reading multiple translations of bhagvad geeta.

I think this site is wonderful, I've had lots of my question on vaishnavaism and spirituality answered, i had lots of confusion regarding Hindu scriptures but this site has been very helpful in solving that.

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I was a bhakta of lord shree krishna and It was mainly my curiosity to know more about him .And one day I searched Hinduism in the room list then I saw room Hinduism ,I was exited, I joined and I got many friends . They pointed my the right direction and provided me with the answers to my question ,through that I got interested in the site.

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How did you come to know about this site?

I was contributing to the StackOverflow but I did not know about the website of the Hinduism, My friend Yogesh Borad told me about this site and I eagerly entered the site. Actually we both work in same company. So talk to each other everyday.

What topics do you find interesting on our site?

Too many topics are interesting to me, but this my favorite: Ramayana, Mahabharata


I have seen questions and answers about Hinduism in other websites, but this site is the best for knowledge regarding Hinduism, compared to other sites.

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This site wasn't a very big surprise to me. But I was happy to see it.

I mostly use GD SE (fully active) and Stackoverflow (not active now). Once I found the option to see all SE websites. I didn't notice Hinduism there. But from time to time, I had told my friends like "See, how many sites they have!" and one day I noticed Hinduism too.

I don't know when did I sign up for it, but I started asking questions here when I started watching Star Plus Mahabharata, some weeks ago.

Mahabharata is quite complicated for me to understand. So my main purpose was to ask questions related to Mahabharata and get doubts cleared. It has helped me somehow.

The topics that interest me are Mahabharata and Dharma.

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I was not very interested in Hinduism, but I read a book called "I am that". It was based on advaita, however I didn't know advaita then, I just knew that this book is from Hinduism realised person.

So I was very interested in Hinduism now. Then I searched on Google about what Hindu scriptures to read (this is a question on Hinduism SE :D) and I saw all that. Then I came to know about another question which was about which books have the users read. That way I came to know about user Keshav who is also our moderator (but I didn't know that he was the moderator then) and I was surprised he has read so many books.

So I read Bhagavad Gita, then many Upanishads, then many different books. By that time it was 10th grade ending and summer vacation so I had a lot of free time and a lot of doubts, so I found this website again and asked a lot of questions and answered some questions also.

First I wasn't able to comment, so I had to answer. But then one day I gained the ability to comment, after that I only comment and rarely answered. This is because my answers are not very good. Also before I could comment, I always felt a bit suffocated in this site (and even in math SE) because I can't ask follow ups on others question, nor can I share the little that I knew.

Slowly I came to know that Destroyer, Kehsav and Pandya are mods and Rickross, Sarvabhouma, SV, Common man, Parabrahman, Little Naruto, SD, etc. were the major users of this website.

Thank you everyone for answering my questions and reading my comments. Although I'm not very knowledgeable, I hope I have contributed to the community in some way.

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