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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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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

There is a difference between Bhagwata Purana and Shiva Purana: Bhagwata Purana states that Vishnu is more supreme than Shiva, and from Vishnu, Brahma and by Brahma, Shiva was born. But if that is so,...
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Is each of the 18 Mahapurans related to a different Kalpa?

While researching for an answer I came across the reference of Padma Puran having been revealed in the Padma Kalpa which was the last day of the 50th year of Brahma. Currently we are in the Varah ...
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Was Ravana actually a villain? Or was he a devotee of Lord Vishnu?

Ravana was one of the greatest devotees of Lord Siva. He also worshiped Lord Brahma and the two of them had given him enormous powers. Among the Trimurthis, only Lord Vishnu punished him as Lord Rama. ...
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What is the Navavidha Bhakti?

Bhakti is intense devotion and supreme love for God. There is no expectation of anything in Bhakti marga. This higher feeling is indescribable in words. It has to be sincerely experienced by the ...
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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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Why are cows given special importance?

Everywhere in the Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna keeps asking us to worship cows, not to harm them etc. Why only cows, why not other animals? All animals do something or the other for nature. Together ...
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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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Did Vasishta's brother sage Agastya have a previous birth?

Most people only know about the fact the famous sage Vasishta, guru of Rama, was one of the mind-born sons of Brahma. What's not as well-known, however, is the fact that Vasishta is no longer the son ...
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Questions regarding the number of verses in the Bhagavtam

SB 12.13.4-9 The Brahma Purāṇa consists of ten thousand verses, the Padma Purāṇa of fifty-five thousand, Śrī Viṣṇu Purāṇa of twenty-three thousand, the Śiva Purāṇa of twenty-four thousand and ...
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Partial and full incarnations: When divine beings incarnate on earth, do they continue to exist in their original abode?

I am having confusion that, whenever divine beings incarnate on earth, do they also continue to exist in their original abode? Let us take the example of Narayana, the supreme god. It is said that ...
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Why is there a huge difference regarding the liberation of Parikshit in the Mahabharata and the Bhagavatam?

The Mahabharata, one of the two Itihasas, begins with the tale of the Sarpa Satra of King Janamejaya, during which the epic was narrated to him by Janamejaya. The Sarpa Satra was a 12-year Yajna ...
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When did Parvati Devi marry Shiva?

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, when Sati talks with Shiva about the Daksha Yagya and why she wants to go, she calls Mahadeva, "Shitikantha". This has been translated as Poison-throated one. This can refer ...
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What is the power of Narayana Kavacha mantram?

What is the power of the Narayana Kavacha mantram that appears in the Bhagavatham? What is the meaning of this mantram and how do you get the benefits of the mantra?
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Why did Lord Krishna kidnap Rukmini to get married?

As per the Vedas, getting married to a girl after kidnapping is considered devil or daemon (दानव dānava) Vivaha (marriage) which isn't righteous (धर्मानुकूलन dharmānukūlana). And Lord Krishna ...
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Why does Vishnu have eight arms when Krishna and Arjuna go to see him?

Most people only know of occasions in which two different incarnations of Vishnu met, for instance the encounter of Rama and Parashurama as described in the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana. What is not as ...
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Karma & Rebirth: If you're too attached to your pet and are reborn as that pet, what happens to your karma?

According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam a.k.a Bhāgavata Purāṇa, King Bharata a.k.a Jaḍa Bharata was reborn as a deer at some point because he was too attached to the deer which he adopted when it was still ...
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Why did Krishna steal butter and milk?

In the Bhagvad, Lord Krishna is portrayed stealing butter and milk from the Gopis. He teased them, broke their dahi handis, etc. Why did he do so? Why are the acts of stealing and teasing women ...
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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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Who are the 24 avataras of Lord Vishnu according to the Srimad Bhagavatam?

Most people think that Vishnu has only 10 avataras. However, the Srimad Bhagavatam says Vishnu incarnated 24 times. So who are the 24 avataras of Lord Vishnu?
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Why is the Bhagavata Purana considered the foremost of all puranas?

The Bhagavata Purana is considered to be the purest and greatest of all the Puranas. The great Sage Veda Vyasa was credited to have authored Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad means "beautiful" or &...
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Does Shakuntala's son Bharata have a role in the naming of Bharatavarsha?

As is stated in Srimad Bhagavatam, Fifth Canto, 3rd sloka, Formerly this planet was known as Ajanābha-varṣa, but since Mahārāja Bharata’s reign it has become known as Bhārata-varṣa. (Reference) ...
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Do Yajurveda 40.9, Yajurveda 32.3 and Bhagavadgita 7.20 reject idol worship?

First of all, I am a Hindu myself and I am saying this with no intentions of converting to any other religion but there some misconceptions that really boggle my mind. The biggest of them is that in ...
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Was there incarnation of Satya and Treta yugas personified in Mahabharata or in any other scripture?

We know that Kali who is the ruler of Kali yuga incarnated as Duryodhana and Dwapara incarnated as Shakuni. But what of the other two yugas of Sathya and Treta. Who rules these yugas? Were they ...
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What does the Suvarna Gharma Anuvaka of the Taittiriya Aranyaka mean?

As I discuss in this question, the Srimad Bhagavatam contains the Uddhava Gita, a discourse similar to the Bhagavad Gita between Krishna and his relative Uddhava on the proper way to live one's life. ...
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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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Why didn't Lord Vishnu drink the poison that came out from the churning of ocean?

As I was looking at this question, I got another question in my mind that why didn't Lord Vishnu drink the poison that came out from the churning of ocean? Lord Vishnu is also powerful to consume the ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Hari, who rescued the elephant Gajendra?

One of the most famous stories of Vishnu is the Gajendra Moksham episode, described the Eighth Skanda of the Srimad Bhagavatam. For those who don't know, once a king named Indradyumna, who was a ...
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When did Krishna first meet Vishnu's bird Garuda?

The Srimad Bhagavatam describes how Krishna flew on the back of Garuda to kill the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration for the holiday Deepavali: After Bhauma [Narakasura] had stolen the ...
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Why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas think the order of the Yugas is Satya, Dwapara, Treta, Kali?

Throughout Hindu scripture, the order of the Yugas is given as Satya, Treta, Dwapara, Kali. (See my answer here for more information on Hindu timescales.). Yet in his ISKCON commentary on the Srimad ...
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Did Krishna have 16108 wives?

Most Hindus believe that Lord Krishna had 16108 wives. Can someone explain this? I have heard that, according to Srimad Bhagavata, the number "16108" has a different philosophical meaning. What does ...
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What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita?

Is Bhagavad Gita tells about one avatar and Shrimad Bhagavatam tells about all the Avatars? Are they equivalent to each other or both are different? Which is first written? And when and why the ...
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Where can we find the description of how Maharaja Parikshith (as a baby) was saved by Sri Krishna?

I am looking for references on the story of Sri Krishna saving Parikshith. Specifically looking for references to section where Sri Krishna is said to have touched the charred body of the baby, vowing ...
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Where does Srimad Bhagavatam book 10 describe Krishna's son Upashloka and Pancharatra initiation?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Is Krishna the source of Vishnu or other way round? [closed]

What Bhagavata Purana text mentions apropos this question? Is Bhagavan Krishna the source of all incarnations or Bhagavan Vishnu as traditionally believed?
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Punishment for bad karma after death also and after getting new body also? [duplicate]

I was reading this short story of Ajamila from hindu purana. It was clearly stating that : The Yamadutas were bewildered. "Why are these effulgent and beautiful personalities checking our action? ...
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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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Does the Jataka account of Krishna have any basis in Hindu scripture?

The Ghata Jataka, one of the Jataka Tales that form part of Buddhist scripture, recounts the life of Krishna in a way that mostly parallels conventional Hindu accounts, except for one notable incident ...
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The story and Principle of adding "shree" "श्री" before our sacred religious books?

What is the story and principle behind adding the word "Shree" श्री before our sacred religious books like "Shreemad Bhagvat श्रीमद भागवत ", Shreemad Bhagvad Gita श्रीमद भगवदगीता&...
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Why did Rukmini stop Lord Krishna from eating beaten rice given by Sudama a second time?

In one of the popular stories from the Bhagavatam, Sudama visits his old friend Sri Krishna at his palace with beaten rice. When Lord Krishna was going to eat the beaten rice a second time, suddenly, ...
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Why didn't Kamsa keep Vasudeva and Devaki in separate cells?

Kamsa was told by a mystical voice that Devaki's 8th son shall kill Kamsa himself. So he puts Vasudeva (Devaki's husband) and Devaki in a cell, and whenever they have a child, he goes and mercilessly ...
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What are the names of the Kalpas as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavat Mahapurana or in any other scriptures?

Kalpa is a period of time as per Hindu scriptures - each Brahma Rules over various Kalpas, each Kalpa consisting of 14 Manvantaras. Can I have the names of all the Kalpas? NOTE: I want the names of ...
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What scriptures describe Vyasa's son Shuka creating a duplicate of himself?

It's well-known that the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam have apparent discrepancies in regard to Vyasa's son Shuka. In particular, this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata describes ...
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Do we have any account of Nand and Yashoda's daughter's afterlife?

In Shreemad Bhagavatam, we have read that infant Krishna was replaced by an infant girl by Vasudeva. This girl was the daughter of Nanda and Yashoda and when Kansa tried to kill that girl she changed ...
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Why did Ramanujacharya & Adi Shankaracharya never refer to the Srimad Bhagavatam in their works?

While reading from a Shaivite blog (though I am a Vaishnava) of whether the Srimad Bhagavatam or the Devi Bhagavatam is more authentic, I came across an interesting claim of the blogger that ...
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Does Balarama ever regret killing Romaharshana?

From SB 10.78: When Lord Baladeva heard that the Pāṇḍavas and Kauravas were about to go to war, in order to remain neutral He left Dvārakā on the pretext of going on pilgrimage. The Lord bathed ...
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Why did Vishnu want to see Krsna and Arjuna?

As discussed in this question, Krsna and Arjuna go to Svetadvipa to retrieve the Brahmana's sons. Now when they reach there, Vishnu says this (of all the beautiful words he could say): I brought ...
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How do non-advaitians interpret Bhagavata Purana 12.5.11?

This verse 12.5.11-12 is found in the final teachings of Sukadeva Goswami. It seems Advaitic in its meaning and essence. Suka instructs King Parikshit: अहं ब्रह्म परं धाम ब्रह्माहं परं पदम् एवं समी...
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Is the Svetavaraha Kalpa and the Padma Kalpa the same?

According to Wikipedia, the previous kalpa was known as the Padma kalpa: Currently, 50 years of Brahma have elapsed. The last Kalpa at the end of 50th year is called Padma Kalpa. We are currently ...
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Discrepancy in the timeline of compilation of the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Mahabharata

According to the Mahabharata, it seems that all the eighteen Puranas were compiled by Rishi Vyasa before the Mahabharata itself was written: aṣṭādaśapurāṇānāṃ śravaṇād yat phalaṃ bhavet | tat ...
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Were Yavanas Greeks or Egyptian?

Usually, when we use the term Yavana, we refer to the Greeks since this is what has been told to us. The Monier Williams Dictionary too gives the meaning of Yavana as Greek. But then the following ...
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