Questions tagged [puranas]

Puranas (Sanskrit: पुराण) are ancient Hindu texts eulogizing various deities, primarily the divine Trimurti God in Hinduism through divine stories. Questions pertaining to the 18 mahapuranas can use this tag.

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Does smriti allows king to make new constitution?

Do smriti allows to make constitution ? My point is smriti is supreme constitution.under smriti can king can make new rules and new punishment . Do smriti/vedic/puranic scriptures given freedom to ...
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Where is this second definition of dwija written in Hindu scriptures?

There are two definitions of the word "dwija" that I know. Men of Brahmin , Kshatriya and Vaishya caste are dwija. Men who become alive again after dying once are called dwija. This is the ...
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Is entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of suicide?

Agni's another name is pavak (i.e which purifies everything) So, Is burning oneself alive by entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of committing suicide ? Arjun took a vow of ...
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Can a woman step out of the house?

In the past there was a saying that women enter into house on four shoulders (i.e on a palanquin/doli) and step out of the house on four shoulders (i.e funeral bier/arthi) . Other than them a woman ...
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Did Maharshi Narada curse Lord Brahma?

When Lord Brahma cursed Narada Muni to become a Gandharva, did Narada curse him back?
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Is Killing a woman by a man sin ? Is even hitting a woman sin?

Is killing a woman or hitting on a woman (by a man ) sin ? What does various scriptures say about this ? I know killing in general is sin but there are various situation where killing is not sin. ...
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Do the introductory verses by Suta/Sauti and asker’s verses form part of the verse count of the core scripture itself?

The Puranas and Itihāsas generally begin with a few introductory and concluding verses, mostly included in one or more separate chapters. In the introductory verses, a setting is created where the ...
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Sandhyavandanam for those not initiated (without Upanayanam) using Puranas. It is possible?

Many statements (eg. ŚB 1.4.25) talk of how non-initiated persons (irrespective of caste) cannot follow Vedic procedures, and how for them to read and follow, the Puranas and itihasas were composed. A ...
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Are there any events when Lord Shiva tested his devotees?

I know that Lord Shiva tests his devotees' devotion towards him, but I would like to know the references in any Hindu texts that confirm this.
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Hindu equivalent of Cain and Abel? A story of jealousy, vengeance and punishment

In the old testament, there is the story of Cain and Abel In the biblical Book of Genesis, Cain and Abel are the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain, the firstborn, was a farmer, and his brother ...
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What is the real Hindu chronology?

Some people say that span of Sat Yug , Treta Yug , Dwapar Yug and Kali Yug are 17.28 Lakh , 12.96 Lakh , 8.64 Lakh and 4.32 Lakh years respectively. But recently I have gone though some books and ...
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Are things written in Hindu texts factually incorrect ? I think so [closed]

Just to make it clear the things written in Hindu texts have huge amount of knowledge in them and I have learnt a lot about life and philosophy from them. But I think the things written in Hindu texts ...
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How were Rakshas created?

Rakshas definitely don't fall under the four varna system . So, What is the story of creation of Rakshas ?
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Did our Rishis mention any of our future events in Puranas?

I saw some social media posts that covid was mentioned in Puranas. Is this true? If yes, did our ancestors visualise our future? My point of view to this question is, there is 10th incarnation of lord ...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...
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How can one say Mahabharata is history? Why are Chiranjeevis (immortals) not seen today?

If Mahabharata is history, why are Chiranjeevis (immortals) like - Parashurama, Aswatthama, Kripacharya no longer seen? In the story of Mahabharata they appear frequently and were seen by common ...
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Do people who have no sons go to hell? [duplicate]

Is it true that people who have no sons go to hell no matter how good they were in their life. Also if in someone's lineage no son is born , the ancestors also fall in hell ? There is a story in ...
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Is it true that Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones? What is this story?

Someone said that in a YouTube Comments that Devi Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones. I don't know if this is true. What is the story related to it?
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Is ‘Vayu Purāṇa’ a synonym for the Shiva Purāṇa and what is the reason for it having two names?

The Matsya Purāṇa, while enlisting the 18 mahapuranas says the following with reference to the fourth one, also known as the Shri Shiva Purāṇa With reference to the Śvetakalpa, the dharma which Vayu ...
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Who is that Bhuvaneshwari devi as mentioned in Srimad Devi Bhagavatam?

As all shaktas know that the Deity of Devi Bhagavatam is Adya shakti Bhuvaneshwari. But there are some confusions though. In devi bhagvatam devi Bhuvaneshwari is called as Moolprakriti from whom 5 ...
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What is the story of Parvati closing the eyes of Shiva?

There is a story in our scriptures where Goddess Parvati closes the eyes of Lord Shiva and the entire Universe went dark due to it. Lord Shiva has been described as Tryambakam (one with three eyes) in ...
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Why is it considered as bad to become ghost after death ? Do ghosts live a very miserable life?

It is being said that people who die by suicide or suffer violent death usually become ghosts . So, why is becoming a ghost considered a bad thing ? Is there more suffering in it ? What things can a ...
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What is the story of the “Shaiva Itihasa” or Shiva Rahasya Itihasa?

The Shaiva Linga Mahapurana mentions the Shaiva Itihasa in Chapter 1.26 For the propitiation of eighteen Puranas beginning with Brahma, for the propitiation of eighteen Upapuranas beginning with ...
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What are the different types of vighnas discussed in our puranas?

What are the different types of vighnas (obstacles) discussed in our puranas from which lord Vighneshwara will protect us if we worship him?
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Is the order of creation of Puranas given in Puranas?

While reading the article "Kamakshi Mahatyam" (on Kamakotimandali) I found the claim that Brahmanda Purana is the last among the Puranas. The limitless glory of Sri Kamakshi has been ...
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Why almost all Hindu scriptures are written by Non-Brahmins (as per Smritis)?

As per smritis only people born to parents who are both Brahmin parents can be Brahmins. For example, in Manusmriti 10.5, 10.10 and 10.14 it says: सर्ववर्णेषु तुल्यासु पत्नीष्वक्षतयोनिषु । आनुलोम्येन ...
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How and When did Parvati die? Or she still alive?

Parvati was a normal human . So, death must have come to her . How and when did she die ? Or Is she still alive ?
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Is there any difference between Mantra-Brahmin and other kinds of Brahmin?

The following is from Shiva Purana's Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā (Chapter 17). It is about how Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras can become Brahmins. क्षत्रियः पञ्चलक्षण क्षत्रत्वमपनेष्यति । पुनश्च पञ्चलक्षण ...
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Is there a solution to stop suffering?

Does Hinduism provide a solution to stop suffering due to past life karmas? As suicide is not an option according to Garuda Purana, is there another way? What does a man to do according to scriptures ...
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Should most brahmins today be considered as shudras?

Since most brahmins particularly those living in urban areas today don't follow the duties of a brahmin , should they be considered as shudras ? Many of them indulge in degenerate things like alcohal ...
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How did Mlechha (foreigners) people come into existence? [duplicate]

People of four castes that is found in India were born from mouth , shoulders , thighs and leg of Brahma. How mlechhas (foreginers) came into existence ? Do Vedas or any other Hindu texts specify them ...
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What is the reference to the “mythical story” behind Sadhguru's Dhyanalinga consecration?

In this video, Sadhguru reveals the secret of the Dhyanalinga. In this context, he said that there was a yogi named Sunira. He was the next generation of Saptarishis. He had the plan to create a ...
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Why bhagavatam is authentic for Iskcon?

Why iskcon is taking bhagavatam as authentic other then Vishnu Purana and Shiva Purana and skanda Purana ? Do iskcon consider other then bhagavatam all puranas are interpolated
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Did Madhavacharya do any research on Puranas?

Did Madhavacharya do any research on Puranas? Did Madhavacharya told interpolations in Puranas ?
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Is it a sin to be unproductive in Hinduism?

I know that doing Karm and hard work is the only source to the fruit. But does wasting time and not doing Karm is a sin? (wasting time by indulging in materialistic pleasures such as playing video ...
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Do any commentators told about interpolation of puranas?

Commentators told about interpolation in Puranas Which Purana do commentators takes as authentic ? Do any commentators list interpolation puranas ?
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How to tell if a new scripture is authentic, according to scripture?

The dating for the Purāṇas is not given in scripture, meaning one could easily conclude they are still being composed to account for language changes, changes in theme, etc. Anyway, say a new ...
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Does the fever curing mantra given by Dvivida found elsewhere? Is it in a mantra group family? Are any other mantras supposed to be written?

In Chapter 27 of the Kalki Purāṇa a short mantra is written by Dvivida for curing Lakṣmaṇa of a fever: समुद्रस्योतरे तीरे द्विविदो नाम वानरः Samudrasyotare tīre Dvivido nāma Vānaraḥ This is an odd ...
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Are all the 18 paurāṇika literature authentic? [closed]

Are all the 18 Purāṇas authentic? Bhagavatam is interpolated thus, bhagavatam is unauthentic? Devî bhagavatam is interpolated thus, Devî Bhagavatam is unauthentic? Vishṇu Purāṇa lost some slokas for ...
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Are the epics mentioned in Hinduism but never written down and given to humans ever named?

When we think of epics in Hinduism, we usually think of the Mahābhārata or the Rāmāyaṇa. However there are a bunch more epics that are suggested to exist somewhere, but not retold to humans. The most ...
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Skanda Purana in sanskrit

I am trying to find pdf of Skanda Purana in sanskrit. Is complete unabridged sanskrit Skanda Purana online or in PDF format? Please provide it.
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Is Nala and Damayanti story mentioned in Puranas?

Is Nala and Damayanti story mentioned in Puranas like Skanda Purana and others?
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Most Hindu stories are told by someone in another story. How do you know you can trust the narrator?

Is there any way to tell if a narrator is trustworthy or not. Do scriptures ever deal with the issue of which narrators are trustworthy and which are not? This is especially true for stories within ...
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Is there any scriptural basis for the claim that Europeans/White people are vanaras and belong to Hanuman's lineage?

According to some Europeans, they were treated as untouchables in the 17th century in India. According to the Nepali civil code of 1854 they were "Pani Na Chalne Chhoichhito Haalnu Naparne" ...
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Is Kurma Purana really both highly praising and degrading Shaivas at the same time? [closed]

Here I am giving unconfirmed sources. In Kurma Purana II.39.56-62, Shiva says Indeed the holy Pasupata vow has been formerly designed by me for the achievement of liberation. It is the greatest of ...
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Which 4 Vishnu / Vaishnava Puranas are called Tamasic and not meant for Brahmins?

Sholkas 45-50 in the 2nd Adhyaya of Sambhav Khand which is part of Shiv Rahasya Khand of Sankara Samhita of Skanda MahaPurana, plainly state that the 10 Shaiva Puranas are Sattavik and 4 Vishnu ...
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Is Sanskrit literature really oldest?

Is Sanskrit literature oldest ? The history is showing proofs that Sanskrit literature is only in 1st century But Hebrew literature is 10th century B.C.E But we are saying that our puranas are written ...
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Is Earth Jambudvipa or Bhu-mandala?

Is Earth Jambudvipa or Bhu-mandala? There are seven dvipas in BhUloka. One of the dvipas is Jambudvipa. Jambudvipa has 9 varshas. One of the varshas in Jambudvipa is Bharatavarsha: Text 5: Bhū-...
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Is catur vyuha mentioned in puranas?

Is catur vyuha of Vishnu mentioned in puranas and Mahabharata?
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Do Vedas forbid Sannyasa in Kali Yuga?

Someone told me that Brahma-vaivarta Purana & Krsna-jnama Khanda have this verse: asvamedham gavalambham sannyasam palapaitrkam devarena sutopattim kalau panca vivarjayet The above verse seems to ...

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