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Questions tagged [matsya-purana]

It's the sixteenth Purana. During the period of Mahapralaya, Lord Vishnu had taken Matsya avatar (fish incarnation) to save the seeds of all lives and Manu.

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Who killed the demon Hayagriva and when?

Sri Vishnu as Sri Matsya Avatara or Sri Hayagreeva, Who killed the demon Hayagriva and when? The story of Sri Matsya Avataram killing the demon Hayagriva is found in Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 8, ...
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Age of River Vaigai

During Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, Ganga is supposed to have flown out Lord Sundareshwarar's locks (Lord Shiva) to quench Gundotharan's thirst. And this stream came to be known as Vaigai. Meenakshi ...
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Why does Matsya Purana say Ramayana has 525000 verses?

The glorious story of Ramayana, sung by the sage Valmiki, at the instance of Brahma also extends to a hundred crore of slokas. Brahma narrated the original Ramayana to Narada, the latter revealed it ...
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Does the Matsya Purana forbid one to read Rajasika and Tamasika Puranas?

Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda, Chapter 236 states: सात्विका मोक्षदाः प्रोक्ताः राजसा सर्वदा अशुभाः । तथैव तामसा देवि निरयप्राप्तिहेतवः ।। Among these puranas Satvika Puranas lead one to ...
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Who is Jatukarnya the officiating priest for Vyasa?

This excerpt from the Matsya Puran mentions a certain rishi Jatukarnya as the priest designated for Vedvyas incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The same list has been shared in a different question. For a ...
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Where in Matsya Purana the following verse about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu located?

As per Gaudiya Vaishnavism websites, the below verse is said to have spoken by Krishna in Matsya Purana: Mundo gaurah su-dirghangas Tri-srotas-tira-sambhavah Dayaluh kirtana-grahiBhavisyami ...
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Does the Devi Bhagavatam mention in which Kalpa was it written?

The Matsya Purana states that the Srimad Bhagavatam was written in the Saraswati Kalpa? Does the Devi Bhagavatam mention in which Kalpa was it written?
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Where are the cities of the of the gods?

Chapter 124 from Matsya Purana describes the cities of Indra, Varuna, Yama and Chandra surrounding Mount Meru and the Lokaloka mountains where the four guardians of the directions stay. In other ...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

I came across two answers Bhagavata-Purana Considered as best and Devi Bhagavata Purana Considered as best. On the same lines, are there any claims about other puranas claiming themselves or others ...
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Why didn't Lord Shiva use a weapon to kill Aadi?

According to Matsya Purana, Lord Shiva killed mayavi daitya Aadi after knowing that she isn't Parvati Devi: The son of Andhakasura and the brother of Bakasura called Aadi performed strict Tapas to ...
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Why is Vasishta listed as a descendant of Kashyapa's son Avatsara?

As I discuss in this question, every Brahmana is a descendant of sages, which is why every Gotra or clan of Brahmins has an associated list of Pravaras, a list of the sages they're descended from. For ...
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What scriptures describe Brahma creating a weighing scale?

This excerpt from the Matsya Purana describes the Tula Purusha Dana, where a king would weigh himself on a giant scale and then donate an equal amount of gold to the Brahmanas. In the process of ...
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Why does each incarnation of Vishnu need an “officiating priest”?

This chapter of the Matsya Purana enumerates various incarnations that Vishnu has taken during the course of the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). But along with each incarnation, ...
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What is the origin of Brahma's four heads?

Brahma, the creator of the universe, is depicted as having four heads. Is there a story behind it?