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

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Did Vyasa himself name the chapters and Skandas of puranas/itihasas?

Each and every purana and itihasa has some number of parvas /skandas. Further there are many chapters inside every skanda. Did Vyasa himself name each Skanda and each chapter or it is done by later ...
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Is the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Puranas or Itihasas?

Do the Puranas or Itihasas talk about the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Since this is a historical event, it might be mentioned in the Puranas.
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Is there any mention of consuming egg in any sastra or puran?

Is there any mention of consuming egg in any sastra or puran? I mean details vidhi about when to consume when to avoid. what are the merits or demerits . food value how to consume etc etc ...
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For how many manvantaras did Prithu rule the Earth?

Prithu, son of Vena is a partial incarnation of Lord Vishnu who ruled the Earth for a long time. He is also mentioned in the Vedas. He is the seer of Mandala 10 hymn 148 of the Rigveda. He is famous ...
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Does the Skanda Purana classify Puranas into Sattva and Tamas?

It is well known that Padma Purana classify Puranas into three which is shown below: Sattva: Vishnu Purana, Bhagavata Purana, Naradeya Purana, Garuda Purana, Padma Purana, Varaha Purana Rajas: ...
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Guarding of women's quarter in the later Vedic and Puranic eras

We come to learn from the Mahabharata and various puranas that Krishna had 16,000 or 16,100 wives besides his 8 principal consorts. Is there any direct or indirect reference in any of the major/minor ...
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Gunas and Gods worshipped by persons of the Guna

Sattviks worship Devatas and divine forms, people of Rajasik nature worship Yakshas/ Rakhsas and the Thamasik natured worship devilish evil spirits. BG. Chapter 17, Shloka 4 So it would appear that ...
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Did Sayanacharya believe in the authority of Ithihas and Puranas?

As you might be knowing, Sayana is one of the classical commentator on Vedas. My question is what was his opinion on the authority of Ithihas and Puranas? Did he believe in them?
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How do you get a name (apart from birth) in the scriptures?

As I know, there are characters that have the name "Dhananjaya" (Arjuna) to conquer many kingdoms, but I have not seen that Karna, Nakula, Sahadeva, Bhima or Bharata have that name. Also that one of ...
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Past life of Revati

This wikipedia link Revati mentions that Revati wife of Balarama elder brother of Sri Krishna was Jyotishmati in her past life. Googling that name does not bring any Puranic references to that name. ...
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What is the order of the importance of Hindu texts? [duplicate]

In Hinduism, there are many classes of books such as Vedas, Puranas, Smritis etc., Suppose any two texts from a different class of books either contradict each other or provides an alternative way ...
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Are the upanishads later to the Vedas?

This question is in connection with my previous question related to Puranas and upanishads. It is also a follow up to my another question. Chhāndogya Upanishad verses 7.1.2 and 7.1.4 mention the ...
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On what basis are puranas named?

There are puranas like Brahma purana, Skanda purana, Shiva Purana, Garuda purana. On what basis are these names given to the puranas? Is it that the puranas talk about some god or is that some god ...
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Is there an English translation of the book Shri Shiva Tattva Rahasya?

I wanted to learn more about Shiva Ashtotthara Shatanama Stotram. So here was an answer which showed me the source of the stotram. And this answer also referred to Shri Shiva Tattva Rahasya written ...
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Divide & Conquer in scriptures?

In Mahabharata, when Duryodhan is captured by Gandharvas in forest, Yudhishtir tells Bhim to go save him. Bhim refuses. Yudhishtir then advises Bhim that if there is an internal family feud, it is 100 ...
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In which Yuga did Shiva destroy Tripura?

In two days we will be celebrating Dev Deepawali. I want to know in which Yuga and which Manvantar did Shiva destroy the three citadels of Tripura? Is the information mentioned in any Puranas?
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Are there any Puranas that corresponds to a Kalpa where Brahma creates Vishnu?

According to the thirteenth chapter of the Vayavivasamhita of the Shiva Purana, Lord Brahma has created Vishnu and Rudra in certain Kalpas: Vayu said, I shall narrate how Rudra was born and how ...
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Scriptual reference for causes of being born in the Kaliyuga

The Kaliyuga is, especially by Puranic sources, considered to be the deteriorating state of humanity where ethtics, morality and intelligence are spiralling out of control. For example, at the end ...
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How did the Gods of hindu pantheon come into being?

Did the ancient rishis create these various gods, goddesses, devas etc. out of thin air, which later ended up in the puranas and other scriptures? In other words, are they simply a figment of our ...
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What is the importance of Kartik month? [duplicate]

I read on random source about Kartik month which just started. It was written on behalf of Skanda purana that this month is very dear to Lord Vishnu. In this month we gets more merits than other ...
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Online version of Vedas, Puranas, Sutras, and Shastras in Devanagari/Sanskrit [duplicate]

Wondering if there are any/all of these online somewhere in a copyleft format (free / open source / public domain, or something similar to that), in the original Devanagari script in Sanskrit, in ...
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What was the Self-enlightenment which was got by Nachiketa?

When Nachiketa had gone into the Yamaloka at that time he got the self-enlightenment. How Nachiketa got the Enlightenment by the lord Yamaraj? Here, I got some point about Self-enlightenment. But, ...
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What is the Purāṇa Saṃhitā? Is there an English translation of it?

What exactly is the Purāṇa Saṃhitā? Some say it was created by Vyāsa as a blueprint for all Purāṇas that came later. Do any Purāṇas discuss what's it about? Do the terms Purāṇa Saṃhitā ...
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Is the story of Sita's banishment present in any scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayana?

The story of Mother Sita's banishment by Sri Rama present in the Uttara Khanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, is perhaps the most controversial part of Sri Rama's story. Many Hindu acharyas such as Swami ...
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Indra's name as Shatakratu [duplicate]

Devendra got the seat of heaven only after performing 100 Yajnas. So, he is known as Shatakratu. What was he before and any details of the Yajnas he performed is available in Purana ?
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What are the different stories in different scriptures regarding birth and loss off head of Lord Vinayaka? [closed]

I heard that different Puranas have different stories regarding how Vinayaka was born and lost his head and how he gained a new head. I'd like to know the names of the Purnas that describe these ...
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Which scriptures mention the Garbhodakshayi and Karanodakshayi forms of Lord Vishnu?

I have heard of different forms of Lord Vishnu such as the Garbhodakshayi, Karanodkashayi and Kshirdakashayi forms. I want to know which all Puranas or Vedic scriptures mention these three? EDIT: ...
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Various names of Lord Subrahmanya

Lord Subrahmanya is known as Kumaran, Kandan, Murugan, Velan etc. How these names have come?
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Instances of a rishi's curse being nullified by another boon/curse? [duplicate]

For a rishi's curse to take effect, the rishi must have done a lot of tapasya equivalent to the force required for that particular curse to work, which will then get deducted from the rishi's karmic ...
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What are the origins/geneology of various mleccha tribes?

“Those various men of Kṣatriya birth — Dramiḻas, Kaliṅgas, Pulindas, Uśīnaras, Kaulas, Sarpas, and Māhiṣakas — have reached the level of Śūdras because no Brahmins are seen among them.” ...
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Shastra and Astra [duplicate]

In puranas, somewhere the term used for weapons is SHASTRA and at some places as ASTRA and sometimes, SHASTRASTRA. What is the difference between Shastra and Astra ?
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What is the difference among Shruti, Smriti and Purana traditions?

What are the differences among the traditions of Shruti, Smriti and Purana traditions as in Shrauta Parampara, Smarta Parampara and Pauranika Parampara?
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Could be that the dates and timeline of 4 yugas got changed when puranas were passed down orally? [duplicate]

The durations for yugas are way too large. Can it be that puranas witnessed contamination or corruption from people who weren't able to calculate the yugas correctly? Or were they exaggerated by later ...
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What is exact meaning of UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती), STITHI(स्तिथी) AND LAYA(लय)

As we know the works of trimurti. Lord Brahma's work is UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती). Lord Vishnu's work is STITHI(स्तिथी). Lord Shiva's work is LAYA(लय). I want to know what are the exact meanings of those ...
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Connection between Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas

Is there any connection between Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas? If there is a connection, any citation from scriptures of yesteryear's between the three?
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Who were Varasikha and Abhyavartin Cayamana?

In Rig Veda (RV.6.27.4 & 5) it is described that Indra killed people of Varasikha and drove away VRcis in the aid of Abhyavartin Cayamana. Griffiths translation follows :- 4 This one great power ...
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Agama and Purana cosmology

I have read about cosmology in Puranas as well as Agamas to an extent. What is the main difference between Puranic and Agamic cosmology? Is there any difference at all?
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Is the influence of current materialistic nature a feature of this Kaliyuga?

Is the influence of current materialistic life with technology a feature of this Kaliyuga? Did this happen before i.e., during previous Kaliyugas? Did Indian kings alone rule the world in previous ...
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Difference Between Puran vs Granth [duplicate]

What is the Difference Between Puran and Veda? Vedas give importance to yagna, and mantras and their chief gods are Indra Agni and Rudra. A granth is an old scripture. Vedas Puranas Upanishads are ...
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Where does the story of “World Tree” or “Knowledge Tree” come in hindu scriptures?

According to this site - This story about human languages in a hindu myth/story, my question in which scripture does this story come from- The Hindu World Tree According to one Hindu myth, ...
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Whose skull is in Siva’s necklace that Virabhadra mentioned to Narsimha?

Virabhadra while trying to subdue Narasimha mentions about some form of Vishnu leaving his skull in Siva’s necklace during Kurma avatar. Which story Virabhadra is referencing about? This is mentioned ...
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Does hindu scripture discuss south india, dravida desa and languages?

Sanskrit shows no affinity to dravidian, unlike european languges even though dravidian being in its vicinity, is there any purana which discusses the differences between north-south india, or its ...
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Ganapati Shodasa Nama Stotram source

Sumukhaschaikadanthascha, Kapilo Gaja Karnika, Lambhodarascha Vikato Vignarajo Vinayaka Dhoomakethurganadhyaksha Phalachandro Gajanana, Vakra Thunda Soorpakarno Herambha Skanda poorvaja ...
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What is the story of Shiva fighting Rama and Hanuman?

This page mentions a battle between Lord Rama and Shiva at the time of the Ashwamedh Yagnya and states that it is from the Shiva Purana: A war that went unnoticed among us. Shiva Purana mentions a ...
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Garuda purana Is it a myth to create fear in humans? [closed]

There are 28 types of punishments mentioned in Garuda purana.If seen in detail all are cruel. Hope these are told because humans will not do any bad things during their lifetime. In other words to ...
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Kali yuga— Are there solutions to reduce the difficulty of Kali?

This age of Kali is full of unlimited faults. Indeed, it is just like an ocean of faults (dosa-nidhi). But there is one chance, one opportunity. There are many many hundreds and thousands of faults. ...
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Ramanuja and Chellapillai

When Moghuls invaded Bharat desa, a daughter of moghul emperor took the utsava vigraha of Thriunarayana perumal [Melkot in Karnataka] and was playing with that utsava vigraha. On seeing this ...
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What are the most accepted and authentic Hindu texts across the different traditions?

I don't understand Hinduism, so I'm looking for the most accepted and the most authentic texts to read. I've been attempting to discover what those texts are but, so far, I've only concluded that this ...
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I want puranas in TRANSLITERATED format.transliteration of Sanskrit into roman script [duplicate]

Ebooks, online or books for purchase also acceptable. Please can anyone help me? Links to all major scriptures is what i need.Thank you!
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What is the meaning of “renunciation of fruit/result of actions”?

BG in 12.12 says śreyo hi jñānam abhyāsāj jñānād dhyānaḿ viśiṣyate dhyānāt karma-phala-tyāgas tyāgāc chāntir anantaram “...better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of action.....