Questions tagged [puranas]

Puranas (Sanskrit: पुराण ) are ancient Hindu texts eulogizing various deities, primarily the divine Trimurti God in Hinduism through divine stories.

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Can we assume that all puranas are fake? [on hold]

If puranas are not fake then why it shows Indra as a negative character, Vishnu / Krishna as a womaniser (in the case of vrinda) & Shiva cuts his own son's head, wears crescent moon, holds ganga ...
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What scriptures describe the layers of the Earth mentioned by Engalalwan?

This verse in Amsha 1 Adhyaya 4 of the Vishnu Purana describes the aftermath of Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha rescuing the Earth from the water: Uttishtatah tasya jalaardra kuksheh mahaa varaahasya ...
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Who was Arishtanemi?

I was watching lakshmi Narayan 1951 movie, Laxmi reincarnates on earth as bhuvan Mohini, while purandar indra and his enemy cousin Arishtanemi try to abduct her, then Arishtanemi with help of vritra, ...
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Can I trim / shave my own head being a Brahmin?

Can I trim my own head hair being a Brahmin? Is this against the Hindu Dharma? Thanks
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What was Adi shankara s view on Puranas?

Puranas are the Scriptures of Hinduism which are accepted by some people and rejected by some people.There are 18 mahapuranas which are the most important. The basic theory that puranas are ...
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Why is there such a stark contradiction in Vedic hymns and many Puranic stories?

For example, it is shown in this answer- How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra? that indra was defeated and also shamed and also in the last line 'and later Nahusha becoming the new Indra and ...
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Which puran describes about the curse of kashyap rishi by which Shiva had to behead his son?

I have not found any description in shiv puran, that Shiva was cursed by kashyap rishi, by which he had to behead his own son Ganesha? Then which puran describes about it?
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Views on puranas as texts to be taken literally or metaphorically? [duplicate]

Are the story of puranas merely used as icons(to teach us lessons)? Are they to be taken literally?Do they fall under smriti or sruti?
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In purana, any incident boy marrying girl older than him? [duplicate]

Is there any story in Hinduism were girl is older than boy? Now a days, we see many people marrying older women ( many celebrities) this is accepted according to Hinduism?
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What are Atipurana. What are the names of these Purana?

I received a classification of Purana from authorities like 1.MahaPurana 2.UpPurana Atipurana Can Anyone Tell Me briefly. What are Atipurana. I share you a link :-https://www.quora.com/The-...
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In which purana is vamana's boon that bali would be indra in next manvantara is mentioned

In which purana is vamanas's boon that bali would be indra in next manvantara is mentioned? Savarni=White? I've realised that vamanas's boon has been turned true, describes America's (Bali's patala) ...
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Is levirate marriage allowed in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Wikipedia defines it as: Levirate marriage is a type of marriage in which the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother's widow. The term levirate is itself a derivative of the ...
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Which is the Purana Brihat Samhita depicted in?

In which Purana, Brihat Samhita finds a place? What does this depict?
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Just like there is a Shiva Purana and Vishnu Purana, is there a Purana praising Brahma?

Title. I want a book about Brahma. It can be in the form of a Gita like Shiva Gita or Bhagavad Gita or it can be in the form of a Purana. Thanks.
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Is Shiva Purana authentic?

On Quora, I have seen many people (mainly ISKCON priests) say that Shiva Purana was "adulterated by Shaiva kings" or something along this line. Is this true or false?
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Is there anything in our scriptures where it says something similar to “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”

I've read the major parts of the Bhagavad Gita where my interpretation is that 'Anyone who is attached to the FRUITS of the reward, he will dwell in misery always'. Now I'm reading many books like '...
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“Tvaṣṭṛ” and “Tvaṣṭā”

If I am correct, "Tvaṣṭṛ" seems to be synonymous with Viśvakarman, while "Tvaṣṭā" is the name of an Asura. It seems that both are identified as Prajāpatis, and this has me wondering: Are these two ...
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Are there any Puranas that are no more extant but known well?

Currently, there are 18 mahapuranas and 18 upapuranas. Is there any Purana, other than those above, whose name is well known and is no more extant? Or the total count is exactly 36?
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What is the scriptural reference of the 'Dadhivamana' Form of Vishnu?

What is the source of the 'Dadhi-VAmana' Form of Sri Vishnu? Why did He take this particular Form?
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Six Hindu philosophical systems and Puranas

There are six philosophical systems in Hinduism: Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa and Vedanta. What is each school's opinion on Puranas? Do they accept the puranas as authentic or they ...
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Mention of “Bhagavan” in Upanishads

Brahman / Brahma is frequently mentioned in the Upanishads as in the famous statement from Chandogya Upanishad 3.14.1: सर्वं खल्विदं ब्रह्म sarvam khalvidam brahma All this is Brahman Is the ...
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How was the Moon created according to Veda/Puranas/Upanishads?

There are many questions and answers about creation of the Universe on the stackexchange. However, I am interested in finding out how and when the Moon was created. Please share also the relevant ...
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What is the difference between Maya, Mahamaya and Yogamaya?

What is the difference between Maya, Mahamaya and Yogamaya according to our holy scriptures?
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Is it against dharma if a single son is following brahmacharya? Can an only son be a brahmachari even if he's not a sannyasi?

There is a story of Agastya muni. He saw his ancestors lying upside down without attaining salvation. They said that it is because there is no one to continue their family because Agastya muni did ...
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Do demons (Asuras, Rakshasas, Pisachas, Nagas, etc) reveal false religions to humans according to Hindu scriptures?

According to the Puranas, Vishnu as Buddha revealed a false religion, which we know today as Buddhism, to deceive the Daityas who were using the Vedas to acquire power. Similarly, do Hindu scriptures ...
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What was the story of sage Kandu killing a cow following his father's words?

Rama is known as embodiment of Dharma. He followed his father's words and went to exile for 14 years. When Rama was ordered to leave the city to leave to forest, his mother Kaikeyi and his brother ...
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Which scripture is the source of Naama-Aparaadha?

According to Srimad-Bhagavatam, chanting of Hari-Naama destroys all sins in the age of Kali. But, the Gaudiya Vaishnava Literature states that no result of Hari-Naama is obtained if one incurs 'Naama-...
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What is the difference between the Vedas and the Puranas? [duplicate]

The Vedas is very old book consist of ancient knowledge and the Puranas is all about myths and epic story's, isn't that right? So, what are the main difference ? And What is the most important?
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Which name came earlier, Bharata or Bharati?

As per Devi-Bhagatam, Devi Saraswati was named Devi Bharati after appearing in Bharata as per What is the meaning of Saraswati? But 'Bharati' means speech in Sanskrit, which is consistent with Her ...
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Is there a reference to Puranas in the Atharvaveda?

Atharvana Veda 11.7.24 says: ऋचः सामानि च्छन्दांसि पुराणम् यजुषा सह । उच्छिष्टाज्जज्ञिरे सर्वे दिवि देवा दिविश्रितः ॥ २४॥ Is this a reference to Puranas (the traditional well-known Puranas ...
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Is there any relation between Kolasura killed by Devi and Kola-viddhangshi mentioned in Devi Mahatmya?

Is there any relation between Kolasura who was killed killed by Devi and the 'Kola-viddhangshi' group mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya?
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How was Mahisasura, the demon killed by Mahalakshmi, (Mother Goddess) born?

What does the Puranas say about the birth of Mahisasura who was killed by the Mahalakshmi (Mother Goddess)?
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Why Devi Para-Shakti is not shown with three eyes in many parts of India?

The dhyana mantras of Devi Para-Shakti in different Tantras and Puranas of forms like Durga, Kaali etc describe Devi as three-eyed. But most deities of Devi or even of Shiva outside bengal show Her (...
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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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Can somebody provide authentic description of fifty-one Shaktipeethas?

There are conflicting evidences regarding the fifty-one Shakti-peethas in different scriptures. The locations and descriptions available on net and youtube are full of mistakes and showing false ...
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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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Which avatar of Vishnu took place in the twenty first yuga?

In the Skanda Purana, Prabhasa kanda, chapter 19 there is a list of incarnations of Vishnu. It mentions an avatar to kill the asuras in the 21st dwapara yuga. Verse 79-80: It was in the twenty-...
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What is the basis of this image of Goddess Kali?

The dhyana-mantra of Dakshina-Kali quoted in Tantra-saara says that She is holding Kharga in Her upper left hand, chinna-munda in lower left hand, abhaya-mudra in upper right hand and vara mudra in ...
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Why the name 'Salagrama' shila?

Why are the Vishnu Silas found from Gandaki river called 'Salagrama' Silas?
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Does any scripture predict the Muslim invasion of India?

Does any scripture predict the Muslim invasion of India? Does the scripture like the Bhavishya Purana or some other Purana predict an invasion?
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Are mythologies real (historical) or merely allegorical?

Are all mythologies real or are they stories or symbolic things meant to teach us something higher? I know that we (individuals) too are not so real as far as Vedanta is concerned. All is one. But ...
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Do Gaudiya vaishnavas accept classification of puranas based on gunas?

Some vaishnavas use the classification of puranas into sattva, rajas and tamas. Do Gaudiya vaishnavas accept classification of puranas based on three gunas?
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Good book on Shiva Purana in Kannada/English

I am searching for a good book on Shiva Purana in Kannada or English language. But till now most of the websites suggest "The Immortals of Meluha" trilogy. I would like to know is it worth reading "...
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Is Lakshmi Devi two handed or four handed according to this dhyanamantra?

In Bengal, Lakshmi is worshipped by the following dhyanamantra: Paasha-Akshamaalika-Ambhoja-Srinivir yamyasaumyaoh Padmasanatham dhyatet cha Sriyam Trailokyamataram Gauravarnam surupaam cha ...
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Can forgetfulness be considered as a sin?

Consider a person has forgetfulness as a habit, I.e., forgetting small things or small details regularly. Does it consider as a sin? Is there any incident in scriptures where a person forgets about ...
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What is the Birth date of Gautama Buddha according to PuRAnas and ItihAsas?

I have found a book The age of Shankara by T. S. NArAyaNa wherein in the introduction the author writes how Christian orientalists deliberately have been shifting birth dates of the great Indian ...
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In saptha vyasanalu, “speaking rudely” is also there or not

In saptha vyasanalu, is speaking rudely is also there? That means man is not by nature rude, only addicted to that character. Please any body explain.
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Which scriptures mention Dhyana Mantras of the sixty-four Yoginis?

In different places of India, there are temples of sixty-four Yoginis. Can anyone provide names of the scriptures where the detailed dhyana-mantras of these Yoginis and their functions are found? I ...
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Are there instances in Hinduism where Dharma is cited to both support and oppose an act?

For example - the killing of Duryodhana is condemned by Baladeva and celestial beings showered flowers on the fatally wounded Duryodhana when he chastised Krishna for his acts of treachery throughout ...
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What exactly is the role of the Puranas in the Sanatana Dharma?

We treat the Vedas including the Upanishads as representations of our highest Truth. We have Itihaasas like Ramayana and Mahabharata that provides the Bhagavad-Gita, which contains the essence of the ...