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Bhāgavata Purāṇa, also known as Śrīmad Bhāgavata Mahā Purāṇa, Śrīmad Bhāgavataṃ and Bhāgavata is one of the major puranic texts of Hinduism with its focus on bhakti towards Vishnu.

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When did Dvivida the ape try to kidnap Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Krishna goes to Duryodhana on behalf of the Pandavas in order to try to negotiate peace and avert the Mahabharata war. ...
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How do we solve the contradiction of Rukmi being alive during the war, though Balarama had killed him before?

The events of Shri Krishna’s life described the Harivamsa, take place before the Mahabharata war. The same can also be gauged from the chronology of events given in the tenth skandha of the Srimad ...
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What is the story of Vamana's wife Kirti and son Brihatshloka?

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, there's a description of the spouses and descendants of the Adityas, a group of 12 gods who are the sons of Aditi and the sage Kashyapa. The Adityas include Surya, Indra, ...
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Can the Devi Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavatam co-exist?

As we all know, Srimad Bhagavatam is regarded as the best of the Mahapuranas. It is also the most famous and widely commented upon scripture. But we also have the Devi Bhagavata, which calls itself a ...
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Where is this Srimad Bhagavatam verse about the different forms of Moksha?

According to Vaishnavism, there are six kinds of liberation from Samsara (the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth). They're each defined in relation to Vishnu, since Vaishnavas consider Vishnu to be ...
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12 Major battles between the Devas and Danavas

Many Puranas talk about 12 major battles between the Danavas and Devas. As per Brahmanda Purana (3rd Canto, Ch 72), they are as follows: Lord Narasimha fighting the Danavas Lord Vamana binding the ...
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How is Rukmi's killing by Balarama justified?

The slaying of Rukmi by Lord Balarama is described in Srimad Bhagavatam, Harivamsa and Vishnu Purana. This page gives a comparative study of all three texts as to how they differ in the details of ...
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Sources validating Rāvaṇa’s plan to build a staircase to heaven

There are several pages out there claiming a legend of Rāvaṇa planning to build a staircase in order to get to heaven (or, the region of the moon) without performing Vedic rituals. All of the sources ...
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Where is the account of Shishupala's atrocities in Dvaraka?

In Chapter 44 of the Sabha Parva of Mahabharata, during the Rajasuya Yajna of Yudhishthira, Shishupala criticises Krishna using many insults, and then Krishna retorts to Shishupala's insults directed ...
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What is the story of Devakulya who was transformed into Ganga?

Kashyapa and Purnima are the sons of Sage Marichi. Purnima had three children, one of them is Devakulya. Here is verse from Srimad Bhagavatham 4.1.14, My dear Vidura, of the two sons, Kaśyapa and ...
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Does Vachaspati Mishra's depiction of Vishnu's marriage have a scriptural basis?

The Vivada Chintamani is a work by the Advaita philosopher Vachaspati Mishra on the teachings of Dharma Shastras concerning law. Vachaspati Mishra begins the Vivada Chintamani with an invocation to ...
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Why is the greatest Vaishnava a Tamasic entity per Vaishnavites?

there is a famous verse in Srimad Bhagavatam, a "satvika" purana, that says Just as Ganga among rivers, Achyuta among gods, Shambu among Vaishnavas, This (Bhagavatam) is the same among Puranas. ...
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Which verse(s) from the Srimad Bhagavatam was/were quoted by Acharya Abhinavagupta in his commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita?

One of the most iconic objections against the authenticity of the Srimad Bhagavatam is that it was not written by Vyasa but a thirteenth century Vaishnava, named Vopadeva. The substance for this ...
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Who are these first commentators on Bhagavata?

Sridhara Svami's Bhavartha dipika is the oldest full commentary extant now. Before Sridhara, however Madhvacharya commented whose commentary is also extant called Bhagavata Tattparya Nirnaya. It is a ...
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What happened to Vasudeva's (and his brothers') horde of children?

The 24th Chapter of the 9th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, as well as the 35th Chapter of the Harivamsa Parva of the Harivamsa, speak about the Yadava dynasty till Krsna. So in these two chapters, the ...
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Who was the first Sri Vaishnava Acharya to quote from the Srimad Bhagavatam?

Among the eighteen Mahapuranas, perhaps the most popular one among Vaishnavas today is the Bhagavata Purana, AKA the Srimad Bhagavatam. Yet Ramanujacharya, the most prominent member of the Sri ...
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Is Vrindavan in India the same village which is described in Bhagavatam?

The tenth canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) describes the pastimes of Lord Krishna in detail. The pastimes of Lord krishna are also summarized in KṚṢṆA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead ...
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Can Jivatma take the position of Lord Rudra?

Lord Rudra is Human destructive aspect of Supreme Shiva or Sada Shiva. According to Vaishnav philosophy Lord Vishnu as Maha Vishnu lays in the Causal ocean and breathes out the number of universes. ...
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Is Kailāsa mansarovar actually in Tibet, China?

Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, Pancham Skandha , Chapter 16 While describing the character of Mahārāja Priyavrata and his descendants, Śukadeva Gosvāmī also described Meru Mountain and the planetary ...
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How we suffer by making others suffer?

I would like to see an example from the scriptures of how someone has suffered as a result of making someone else suffer. Specially I would prefer something from Srimad Bhagavatam.
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How older was Krsna to Rukmini and Sisupala?

According to the Mahabharata, when Sisupala was born with three eyes and four hands, it was proclaimed that the person who caused them to disappear would be Sisupala's slayer. Since his mother ...
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How was Krishna's wife Satyabhama related to Indra's mother Aditi?

One of Krishna's most famous deeds is the killing of the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration of the festival Deepavali. Narakasura was tormenting the gods and had even stolen the earrings of ...
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Does the Bhagavata Purana ignore Sanskrit grammar?

The Bhagavata Purana is one of the most celebrated Puranas in the Indian tradition, with extensive commentaries from various Acharyas across the centuries. Being a popular scripture, it has inspired ...
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Passage of time in Patala loka

It is known from Bhagavatha Purana that passage of time is different in different worlds. Examples are Brahma kidnapping cows and friends of Krishna as described here. Do our puranas also state that ...
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What should be the correct posture for reading/listening Hindu scriptures?

I have listened from my parents and other respected people that Bhagwat Geeta paath and Ramayana paath should be studied only at holy places. This question arises many times. So my questions are: ...
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How does the Vaishnava commentators interpret 'NAda-Upasana' prescribed in Srimad-Bhagavatam?

Srimad-Bhagavatam is treated as a scripture praising Lord Hari and showing the path of Devotion. The 12th Canto (Chapter 6, Slokas 37-38) advise the anAhata-nAda upasana as a way of reaching the ...
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Where to read about Lord Dhanvantari?

Lord Dhanvantari appears in the churning of the ocean by the demigods and demons. Srimad Bhagavatam Purana describes his appearance as follows: SB 8.8.33 — He was dressed in yellow garments and ...
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How many times was Dwaraka invaded in the absence of Krishna as narrated in the Mahabharata or other puranas?

How many times was Dwaraka invaded in the absence of Krishna as narrated in the Mahabharata or other puranas? One is known to me when king Shalva attacked Dwaraka to avenge the killing of his friend ...
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Where can I read Sridhara Swami's commentary on the Srimad Bhagavatam online?

I would want to read Sridhara Swami's commentary of the Srimad Bhagavatam online in English. Can anyone of you provide me the relevant pdf or link?
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The Mahabharata we have today belongs to which Kalpa?

The story of Parikshit and Suka in the Srimad Krishna Bhagavatam is different from that of the Mahabharata. This has made people use the argument of Kalpa Bheda that the Mahabharata occurred in a ...
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Where else is the story of Rukmini's called-off Svayamvara mentioned?

Most of us will be familiar with the story of how Krsna married Srimati Rukmini. Rukmini, due to her brother's friendship with Jarasandha, was betrothed to Shishupala. She then sent a Brahmana to ...
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What was the surname of Lord Krishna?

I want to know the surname of Lord Krishna. Is there any reference from scriptures which points to Krishna's surname?
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What is the story of Varuna's Rajasuya Yajna

In Srimad Bhagavatam, in the 7th chapter of the Dasama Skandhas, Yudishthira's Rajasuya Yajna is described. It is compared twice to a Rajasuya performed by Varuna. SB 10.74.13-15 — The utensils ...
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Why is there a discrepancy regarding the passing away of Kunti and Vidura?

According to Mahabharata, along with Dhritarashtra and Gandhari, Kunti and Vidura too went to the forest. Later, the first three perished in a forest fire, whereas Vidura died like a sanyasi. That ...
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Origin and location of Mleccha tribes in Mahabharatha

The questions related to the title are multifold as follows, In this article the late Suhotra Swami quotes Bhavishya Purana saying that Mlecchas are descended from Adama and Havyavathi who are ...
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Does kalki avatar happen once in kalpa?

Kalki is prophesied as the 10th avatar of lord vishnu. Lord krishna comes once in a kalpa and lord ramchandra as well. What about lord kalki ? Can you confirm whether lord krishna and ram also come ...
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How many additional verses are there in Vijayadwaja's edition of Bhagavata Purana?

From Dvaita tradition, Vijayadhwaja has commentary on the whole Bhagavata Purana. There are many additional verses/chapters in the edition that he used compared to Sridhara Svami's recension(which ...
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Does Srimad-Bhagavatam glorify the Jnana-marga?

Srimad -Bhagataam is referred to by Sri Ramakrishna and many other saints as 'Bhakti-grantha' or a book of devotion. Does this scripture also glorify the Jnana-marga that leads to the Formless ...
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Why did Shishupala and his supporters thought Krishna would take away Rukmini?

Srimad Bhagavatham says, The day when Shishupala and Rukmini's wedding was decided, Shishupala and his supporters (Śālva, Jarāsandha, Dantavakra and Vidūrath SB 10.53.17 ) said if Krishna and ...
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What are the 101 clans of Yadavas?

SB 10.90.44: tan-nigrahāya hariṇā  proktā devā yadoḥ kule avatīrṇāḥ kula-śataṁ  teṣām ekādhikaṁ nṛpa To subdue these demons, Lord Hari told the demigods to descend into the dynasty of Yadu. They ...
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What does this verse of SB say about Multiverse?

Lord Śiva said: My dear son, I, Lord Brahmā and the other devas, who move within this universe under the misconception of our greatness, cannot exhibit any power to compete with the Supreme ...
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When did Meenakshi Avatarana and the subsequent rule of Meenakshi and Sundareshvarar's descendants occur?

One of the most famous temples of Tamil Nadu is Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai. It is the abode of Goddess Meenakshi, and avatara of Devi Parvati and her consort, Lord Sundareshvara, an avatara of ...
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Which Krsna went to help the Pandavas?

We know that Lord Krsna was always focussed on helping the Pandavas throughout their lives. Therefore, in the Mahabharata, we see him making frequent trips to Indraprastha, Hastinapura, Kamyaka and ...
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Was Yajnesvara the only Indra in Svayambhuva Manvantara?

In Srimad Bhagavatam (the treasure from which so many questions arise!), the story of Maharaja Prthu is described in the Fourth Canto, Chapters 15 to 23. In Chapters 19 and 20 is described the story ...
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What was guru tradition of Sridhara Swami?

Are there any references of guru tradition of Sridhara Swami (commentator of Bhagavatam)? I did not find any information on him, his life etc., besides some blogs such as https://gaudiyascripture....
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What does the following slokha says about human soul and parabrahman?

Consider the following verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam bhidyate hṛdaya-granthiś chidyante sarva-saṁśayāḥ kṣīyante cāsya karmāṇi dṛṣṭa evātmanīśvare Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, and all ...
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Age difference between Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu

Varaha incarnation killed Hiranyakshya during beginning of current kalpa as per this section of Bhagavata. Text 17: Brahmā thought: While I have been engaged in the process of creation, the earth has ...
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Bhu-mandala system

Bhagavata Purana's 5th Canto describes the Bhu-mandala planetary system. Is the Bhu-mandala system THIS Earth (i.e. the planet in which I am writing this question), or is it a different planet located ...
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Time period of Kapila muni

If Kapila muni lived during Svayambhuva-manvantara, did he live approximately 426 Maha-yugas back?. Reasons for this question: Current Manu is 7/14. Swayambhu Manu is 1/14. Each Manu rules 71 Maha-...
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Jaya and Vijaya:Vishnu's option

After the curse to Jaya and Vijaya from Kumaras , Vishnu appeared before them, and the gatekeepers requested Vishnu to lift the curse of the Kumaras. Vishnu said that the curse of the Kumaras cannot ...