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What is the purpose of tamasic purana if it leads to hell?

In padma purana it classifies some puranas as rajasic and tamasic, specifically it says tamasic puranas will lead to hell. I do not understand this verse, as it seems to contradict what I have known ...
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Is Vishnu the incarnation of Krishna or the other way around, according to the Geetha?

ISKCON seminars taught me that Krishna was the first form of God and then came Brahma and Vishnu etc. But I grew up with the knowledge that the trimurthis are the primary Gods of the universe. Hence ...
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Which Shastras are more authoritative,the Smritis(Dharma Shastras) or the Puranas?

In Hindu Dharma the Vedas,Upanishads,6 Vedangas,Smritis(or the Dharma Shastras),Puranas and the Itihasas(Ramayana and Mahabhartha) are usually together called the Shastras or Scriptures. Among them, ...
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Classification of Mahapuranas on the three Gunas Sat, Rajas and Tamas

Wikipedia on “Puranas” have shown classification of the Mahapuranas on the basis of the three gunas of Sat, Rajo and Tamo with the caveat “Scholars consider the Sattva-Rajas-Tamas classification as "...
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Which 4 Vishnu / Vaishnava Puranas are called Tamasic and not meant for Brahmins?

Sholkas 45-50 in the 2nd Adhyaya of Sambhav Khand which is part of Shiv Rahasya Khand of Sankara Samhita of Skanda MahaPurana, plainly state that the 10 Shaiva Puranas are Sattavik and 4 Vishnu ...
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What is the correspondence between Khandas and Samhitas in the Skanda Purana?

As far as I know, the only unabridged English translation of the Skanda Purana is the translation published by Motilal Banarsidass, which you can read here. As you can see from the Table of Contents ...
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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says: अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति...
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How have traditional Vedic commentators intepreted Rig-Veda 1.164.46?

Rig-Veda 1.164.46 states: इन्द्रं॑ मि॒त्रं वरु॑णम॒ग्निमा॑हु॒रथो॑ दि॒व्यः स सु॑प॒र्णो ग॒रुत्मा॑न् । एकं॒ सद्विप्रा॑ बहु॒धा व॑दन्त्य॒ग्निं य॒मं मा॑त॒रिश्वा॑नमाहुः ॥४६॥ English Translation: ...
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Are the Mahapuranas 18 in number? Cause I found 19 [duplicate]

I found three different sets of 18 Mahapuranas. Common in all are: (Vishnu Purana,Matsya Purana, Kurma Purana, Garuda Purana, Varaha Purana, Agni Purana, Vamana Purana, Bhagavat Purana, Skanda Purana,...
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Is Draupadi the incarnation of Devi Kali as per Devi Bhagwatam?

Someone said that as per Devi Bhagwatam Puranam, Devi Drauapdi was the incarnation of Devi Kali. Is that true.?
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What did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa say about the Srimad Bhagavatam?

The Srimad Bhagavatam, one of the major 18 puranas and the most popular and controversial purana has been recommended by many saints such as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The purana is very popular in the ...
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Is Tulasi a single jeeva or a class of jeevas or something else?

Tulasi is the most sacred plant in Hinduism, from worship to death bed Tulasi is required. In other words, Tulasi is an integral part of Hindu rituals. What is Tulasi - a single jeevatman or a set of ...
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Are all of us the same person?

Nothing other than Brahma exists. So, all of us are the same? Because only Brahma exists, So, all of us are the same Brahma. We are just under the illusion that we are different. Removing this ...
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