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What is the story of the “Sudarśana Chakra”?

How did Lord Mahavishnu get the Sudarśana Chakra? Why is it called the ultimate weapon among other weapons?
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Do Vedas talk about avataras?

Do the Vedas talk directly about avataras? Are there any direct references in main Vedic texts? Note: kindly limit the references to samhita, brahmanas, aranyaka and 10 upanishads.
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Is Indra the chief god of the Vedas?

While some puranas describe Indra as a devotee of Lord Vishnu or other gods, the Vedas, in contrast depict Lord Indra as the most important gods. This is visible across the length and breadth of the ...
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What are the name of Hindu months based on Sun-god?

This question The story behind Names of Hindu calender Months? describes the popular name of Hindu months. These are as follows: Chaitra, Vaiśākha, Jyeṣṭha, Āṣāḍha, Śrāvaṇa, Bhādrapada, Ashvin, ...
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What scriptures describe Indra defeating Asuras using Dadhichi's old horse head?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani in my answer here, Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 84 was heard by the sage Gautama and it's addressed to Indra. In any case, here are two of the verses of the hymn: ...
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was Vishnu beheaded in Shatapatha Brahmana?

I remember reading he went to sleep next to his bow and the other gods sent ants to gnaw the bow-string. When the string broke the bow straightened out and took Vishnu's head off (in some versions ...
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How was the Madhu Vidya passed down before Dadhichi?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Which Vedic verses declare Lord Brahma as supreme?

Lord Brahmaa is a very important figure in Vedic tradition. He is referred to as PrajApatI and hiranyagarbha in the Vedas. As per Puranic tradition he is the part of trimurti's or trinity. However, ...
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What is the story regarding birth of Surya

I want to know the Puranic inscriptions regarding birth of Surya. How sun planet was created? When it was created? Why he is sometimes considered as direct expansion of Vishnu?
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Are some richas in Rigveda dedicated to Vishnu from Adityas and not from Trinity?

Vishnu is in Adityas (sons of Aditi) too. Bhagavad Gita 10.21 आदित्यानामहं विष्णुर्ज्योतिषां रविरंशुमान्। मरीचिर्मरुतामस्मि नक्षत्राणामहं शशी।।10.21।। Of the sons of Aditi, I am Vishnu; of ...
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What is the story of Indra living in disguise in the Ashram of Giriprastha?

In this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira is in grief because of the year in hiding the Pandavas are about to start. So the sage Dhaumya cheers him up by reminding him that ...
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Does Shatapatha BrAhmaNa explicitly mention about leelas of Lord Vishnu?

One of the users have posted about a story from shatapatha brAhmaNa about cutting head of the god. From this answer of @KeshavSrinivasan, The connection between Vishnu and the Sun is described in ...