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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mathura Krushna janmbhumi mandir references

mathura Krushna janmbhumi mandir references plz provident me the krushna mandir in mathura was half destroyed by outsiders. Can i get some reference from shastras about the ancients temple and place ...
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Yama took birth as Vidura, then who was performing the work of Yama as god of death? [duplicate]

Since Yama had taken birth as Vidura, then while he was alive on earth as Vidura , who was performing the work of him as god of death ? My second question is related to first, can Devtas like - ...
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An attempt to malign our religion by an Islamist in the Article. Can I get good refutations of this man claims?

here is the link of the article. You can use Ctrl+F and use Hindu to find all the stuff he says about our society and our gods. Some Quotes from the Article There is a sacred ritual described in ...
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Is there a guna-based classification of Puranas in the Mahabharata?

https://ramanuja.org/sri/BhaktiListArchives/Article?p=sep96%2F0054.html One must watch out which purana is being quoted : The puranic evidence has to be from satvic puranas (as per classification in ...
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What does the gunas of puranas signify?

There are 18 maha puranas in Sanathan Dharma. They can be classified based on their gunas. The following is the classification with some caveats Bhagavata, Vishnu, Garuda, Matsya, Kurma and Vayu are ...
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Which canonical scripture is this sahasranama part of?

Any Sahasranama is not usually found as an independent hymn/devotional scripture , but as a part of purana , itihasa. etc ,normally traced through its menion in sankalpa vakya(epilogue)(that begins ...
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How is the name Shiva connected with the aspect of the Supreme Lord?

Lord Shiva is called by many names and the name 'Shiva' is one of the most popular names! The names Maheswara, Parameswara, Ishana, Isha, Pashupati, etc denote that Lord is Ruler due to these names ...
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Is there any scriptural proof that shri krishna's name is three times more powerful as of Shri Ram

I came across many gaudiya Vaishnavas saying such. Is there any scriptural proof??
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Is this citation present in Kurma Purana?

Somebody with the handle of jayatuvaishnavadharma at Quora says: The dvaitins quote a pramana from the kurma purANa to justify this as follows: raxitaM naiva shaknoShi svAtmAnamapi shaN^kara | ...
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Is the criterion for classifying a scripture as an Itihāsa or Purāṇa dependent on the lifetime of an avatāra?

This blog try to explain the difference between Itihāsa and Purāṇa as follows - How do we differentiate between the “Itihāsa” and the “Purāṇa”? If the text is written during the time of the Lord’s ...
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What is the History of Nāgavaṃśa? Is there any mention of them in the Puranas or other texts?

A lot of jati-s claim descent from the Naga-s, I wanted to know more about their History
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Is there any mention of the previous birth of Rishi Markandeya?

Does any scripture mentions about the previous birth of Rishi Markandeyaji?
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Was wife of Ved-Vyas a Brahmini or Murdhabhishikta?

I am asking this question as I wanted to know if a Murdhabhishikta man can marry a Brahmini girl or not. Ved-Vyas was a Murdhabhishikta as he had a Brahmin father(Parashara) and Kshatriya mother( ...
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Mahatmya of the five shiva temples of Ceylon

In Ceylon, there are 5 main shiva shrines collectively called the pancheswaram. They are Naguleswaram, Thiruketheeswaram, Munneswaram, Thondeswaram and Koneswaram. It seems these places are among the ...
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Age of boy and girl for marrige in Hinduism [duplicate]

I searched a lot, but couldn't find it. I want to know if a Hindu boy marries to 20 days elder girl, would the marriage be valid (शास्त्र सम्मत) according to Hinduism? Can anyone give me examples from ...
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Is death always part of Prarabdh?

Is death always part of prarabdh (i.e. fruit of actions of previous birth). Or Can death be caused by the fruit of actions of this birth also? Eg-Krishna died due to prarabdh (he had killed Baali ...
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Which verses is the Vamana Purana the following quote is from?

Whoever constructs or helps to construct a Vishnu temple will protect eight generations of fathers, grandfathers, and forefathers from falling into hell.
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What was/is the origin, direction of flow and countries watered by the Drishadvati River as per scriptures?

As per one site it is said that the Drishadvati river originates from the pot of Brahma (maybe at Pushkara). Apparently this reference has been taken from the Satapatha Brahmana. Question Would like ...
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Between japa yajna and yuga dharma which is to be followed and to what extent?

Japa or repeating mantras, shlokas, Bhagavan’s names, etc is in fact a form of yajna supposed to be highly effective as per the Puranas and Agamas. In fact even the dharmashastra, Manusmriti is in ...
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What is the pauranika mahatmya of the Sri Katasraj Shiva temple in the Punjab?

There is a popular tirtha of Shiva in the Punjab by the name of Sri Katasraj Dhama. It is a large complex and like many pauranika temples, houses a kunda. Although now infrequently visited and without ...
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Is the era of Vedas over ? Are revelations in Vedas complete?

Indra is the main God of Vedas but he is not worshiped anymore . Krishna stopped his worship . Now the main gods of Hinduism have changed . Are the revelations made in Vedas valid anymore ? Perhaps ...
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Who are the Saptamata?

What is the basis of classifying the “Saptamata”?Where do we find this categorization? Those I’ve heard are: 1)Atma mata(your own mother) 2)Guru patni (Wife of guru) 3)Queen of your country 4)Brahmin ...
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What happens to Lord Brahma after a Kalpa and after a Mahakalpa?

1.Does Lord Brahma sleeps after each kalpa and then again wakes up after pralaya and again does creation or he merges into the Lord after each kalpa and manifests again? 2.If he manifests in each ...
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How come there were so many soldiers among asuras?

Like devatas were sons of aditi and asuras sons of diti, then from where thousands of them came from? Like they are mentioned having huge number in their armies.
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Is Hanuman adept in the Natya Sastra?

Can anyone suggest a reference that says Anjaneya or any other son of Marut / Vayu is adept in the Natya-sastra?
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Did Vaishampayana ever visit the Pandavas like Vyasa?

Vyasa was the grandfather of the Pandavas and the author of Mahabharata who helped Pandavas on numerous occasions and was even present at the snake sacrifice of Janamejaya, the great-grandson of the ...
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Why is there a contradiction in the concept of Lord Brahma?

We know from scriptures about the time durations in the cosmology , about Yugas , Chaturyugas , Kalpas,etc. Also,we know after Lord Brahma's 100 years will pass then he will reborn after Mahapralaya. ...
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What were the pervious births of Arjun?

What were the previous births of Arjun ?
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How to explore Hindu texts

I am really eager to explore hindu texts for multitude of reasons. But, most of them are in sanskrit and I don't know the language. Hindi is my mothertongue, so I am confortable with devnagari but ...
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Was dwarka a democratic state?

I heard that yadu who was son of yayati had a curse from his father that neither he, nor anyone from his generation can become king ever. So, whole region ruled by yaduvanshis was like democracy? As ...
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What happens if one's weekly fast/vrata falls on Dwadashi?

Lot of Hindus keep a fast on Tuesday and/or Saturdays. Now as per Puranas one should not keep a vrata on Dwadashi inadvertently or otherwise as it is a grave sin. For instance in Garuda Purana it is ...
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Which people have got Moksha ? Could anyone enlist people mentioned in Puranas and Ithihas who got Moksha?

I don't find any mention of lot many people getting Moksha. Could anyone enlist people in Puranas and Ithihas who got Moksha ?
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What is the minimum and maximum amount of time one gets to live in heaven?

What is the minimum and maximum amount of time one gets to live in heaven ? ( acc to heaven time)
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Can an unmarried man get Moksha or even heaven?

Most Rishis were married . Only Rishi that I know who was unmarried was Maharishi Kapila ( founder of Sankhya Yog) Suka ( Veda Vyas's son) initially decided to remain unmarried but he too eventually ...
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Where does one live after getting moksha? [duplicate]

Where does one live after getting moksha . Some say - Baikunth , some say Go-loka . What is the truth ?
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Is there any instance of rape described in the Itihasa or Purana?

Some say rape is a western thing and got introduced in India due to western influence. I was wondering whether any instance of rape was mentioned in Puranas or Itihasas. By the way, I am not ...
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Can a woman get moksha?

Can a woman get moksha ? Or is getting moksha reserved only for men ? Or Does husband-wife get moksha simultaneously ?
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Did Shukadevji ( Ved Vyas's son) remain lifelong unmarried?

Was Shukadevji ( Ved Vyas' son) lifelong bachelor ? In wiki it is shown that he had wife and children . But in this quora answer it is written that he remained lifelong unmarried. What is the truth ?
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Is Vishnu called internally or externally Tamasic in Suta Gita and Shiva Dharmottara Purana?

As you may know Shiv Puran says Vishnu Bhagvan and Laxmi Mata are only externally Saatvik looking but their true nature is Taamsik (Here). Skand Puran also says Vaishnav Purans are Taamsik and should ...
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Can an unmarried man/woman become father/mother from adoption?

Adoption is valid in Hinduism as far as I know (Kuntibhoja adopted Kunti as his daughter). But can an unmarried man (or woman) adopt a son and become a father from it? Which gender can an unmarried ...
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Does even a single sacred scripture sanction or even mention a "patnivrata dharma"?

Pativrata dharma is mentioned everywhere. As per this every wife has to obey, worship and serve her husband. She can even be beaten by him if required. But some feminists and apologists are saying ...
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Are the signs of evil possessions on a person given in Vedas, Puranas and Itihasas?

By Vedas I mean all 4 vedas, all their 4 parts and all Vedangas. By Puranas I only mean Mahapuranas. Itihasa means Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Shaiva Itihasa Evil possessions can mean ghosts or ...
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What are the new duties of the 4 varnas as per Saunaka & Bhargabhūmi?

In the Puranas, Manu and his wife had many children and future generations who changed their caste (varna) totally freely. For example, in Brahma Purana Chapter 5 it is given: Vaivasvata Manu (...
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Do we meet all our dead relatives and ancestors after death?

After dying do we get to meet all our dead relatives and ancestors ? Do we meet even our those ancestors whom we don't know ? What does hinduism say about this ? Whom do we meet after death - in ...
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Who framed/derived the concept of namavali from sahasranama stotra? Is there any reference in vedas that namavali can be used for Sahasranama stotra?

When there is a sahasranama stotra, why namavali is inferred from it? Did any sages refer to use namavali from sahas stotra in any spiritual texts? Is it because of the pujas in temples, where the ...
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What are the methods for doing repetance of sins?

Most of us commit some sins in our day to day lives . What are the ways suggested in scriptures for repentance of sins.
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What is the source of shloka: "Daivadhinam Jagat sarvam, mantradhinam tu daivatam Tan mantram brahmanadhinam, brahmano mama devata"

What is the source of shloka: "Daivadhinam Jagat sarvam, mantradhinam tu daivatam Tan mantram brahmanadhinam, brahmano mama devata"
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Adityas and Kashyapa before the 7th manvantara

It is believed that Kashyapa gave birth to Adityas, with his wife Aditi, who went on to become Devtas in the present manvatara which is the 7th. Where was Rishi Kashyap in the first 6 manvataras and ...
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Smriti vs Purana

Which Shastras are more authoritative,the Smritis(Dharma Shastras) or the Puranas? from here it is clear that smriti is superior than purana and if differences occur then smriti is to be believed . ...
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Is bharatavarsha the entire planet or only indian subcontinent?

I am bit confused whether Bharatavarsha refers to the entire globe or only india. Because in the puranas sometimes some names of rivers or the mountains are unfamiliar and many times it also says ...
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