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Is there any detailed description of Virat(universal) form of Vishnu? [duplicate]

We all knows Vishnu has Virat or Universal form. I came accross with some explanation of Virat Swaroop of Vishnu in Ramayan, When Mandodari was trying to convince Ravana about not to make Rama his ...
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How has Lord Vishnu's understanding developed and what was his role initially?

I've recently come by an excellent research on how the understanding of Shiva has been evolving through the ages and I wonder whether such a research has been made with respect to Vishnu. The book I ...
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If Ramayana is much older than Mahabharata, then why don't we find any character in Mahabharata discussing Lord Rama or worshipping him?

Parashurama, Lord Hanuman, Jambhavan and Lord Shiva appears in both(Ramayana and Mahabharata) What has been mentioned about Lord Rama in the Mahabharata?
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Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools?

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools? According to Vaishnavism, it is Vishnu: The Sukta gives an expression to immanence of radical unity in diversity and is ...
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Is there any scripture that tells story about Lord Vishnu and MahaVishnu?

As per the Shiva Purana, there is a main God Shiva who is Nirakara and thereafter his physical manifestation who is known as Shankara. I know that different Hindu texts about different Gods treat ...
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What scriptures mention Shiva's Dakshinamurthi form?

One of the most popular forms of Shiva worshipped in South India is the sage Dakshinamurthi, whose name literally means "the South-facing form". Dakshinamurthi is the subject of the famous ...
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Why is Lord Rama never mentioned in the Mahabharata?

I wonder why there is no context about Lord Rama previous incarnation of Lord Vishnu before Lord Krishna. Only Hanuman is mentioned in the story.
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Did Sri Krishna really show Viswarupa Darshan to Arjuna or was it merely a projection of Arjuna's mind?

Majority of the people misunderstood the Vishwarupa Darshanam, as narrated in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. When Arjuna asked Sri Krishna to show his Divine form (द्रष्टुमिच्छामि ते रूपमैश्वरं पुरुषोत्तम), ...
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Who is Virat Purusha?

In Hinduism, there is someone called Virat Purusha. There is similar concept in Jainism where it is believed that the universe shape is in the form of a cosmic man - broader at the top and bottom and ...
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Did Sri Krishna show His universal form in Dhritarashtra's court?

Did Lord Krishna show His universal form to Duryodhana when he tried to captive Lord Krishna in Dhritarashtra's court? If yes, then how many people saw His Universal form in this episode?
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Who is sage Ganaka, the seer of so many mantras to Ganesha?

This excerpt from the Narada Purana describes a certain mantra called the Ganesha Nyasa, a hymn to Ganesha. Here's the preamble to that mantra: The matrikas of Ganesha have Ganaka as its sage, the ...
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Why Hindu gods are always depicted with multiple hands and heads but not legs?

I have always wondered if there is any god with multiple legs ? It may seem silly but I don't quite understand the need of multiple hands ( considering them as supreme being why do they need it ?). ...
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Did Ravana kill Brihaspati's brother?

As I discussed previously in this answer, this excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana describes how a king named Marutha once had a Maheswara Yagna (Shiva ritual) performed, conducted by the ...
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Why Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) was practised in ancient times?

Recently, I read an article which describes rituals like Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) known as पुरुष-मेध (Purusha Medha). That article also claims that this practice is defined in the Vedas. Why ...
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Whose Vishwaroop did Arjuna actually see?

It is common knowledge/understanding that Lord Krishna showed the Vishwaroopa to Arjuna at his request. A video (1:23-1:59) says that it is Lord Shiva who showed the Vishwaroop. What is the actual ...
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