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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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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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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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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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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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Time travel in Hindu scripture

A text says that a king named Kakudmi time-traveled in a two-way trip (Earth ⇒ Brahmaloka and Brahmaloka ⇒ Earth). It also says that there is difference in frequency of times at different planes in ...
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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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When was the Sarasvata Kalpa?

According to the Matysa Purana, the events of the Srimad Bhagavatam took place during the Sarasvata Kalpa. When was the Sarasvata Kalpa? Currently, we're in the Sveta Varaha Kalpa. And who is it ...
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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 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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How did Sagara have 60,000 children?

The story of the descent of Ganga is very well known. King Sagara's 60,000 sons were burnt to ashes by their own sin of insulting Lord Kapila, and to offer redemption to them, their nephew's grandson ...
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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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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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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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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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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's general Vishvaksena?

It is well-known that Shiva's son Ganesha is the general of Shiva's army of Ganas. What's not as well-known, however, is that Vishnu also has an army, led by the god Vishvaksena. Vishvaksena plays ...
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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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“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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Devayana, Pitrayana and Progressive Salvation

Hinduism talks about paths a a departed soul would take Devayana- Path for liberated souls Pitrayana- Path of Ancestors , taken by not so sinful souls Adhoyana - Path of sinners , directly to hell. ...
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What is the significance of “ Vratas” ( व्रत ) In Hinduism?

What is the significance of "Vratas (व्रत )" described in Hinduism. e.g. "Haritalika (हरितालिका)" , "Rushi Panchami (ऋषि पंचमी) etc. Are there any scriptures pointing towards importance of "vratas" ...
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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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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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Why Bhagavata purana is considered the foremost of all puranas?

The Bhagavata Purana is considered to be the purest and greatest of all the puranas. Great Sage Veda Vyasa was credited to had authored Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad means "beautiful" or "opulent," and ...
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How many kilometers equals to a Yojana

After reading this answer, I am curious to know how many kilometers or miles are equal to one yojana. Below is some of the information taken from the above link. Here a league equals one yojana ...
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Geological changes in Hindu Scriptures

In Hinduism there are very large spans of time when yugas are considered. Is there any mention of significant Geological changes? We see the account of a large flood as part of the Matsya Avatara, ...
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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 are the 8.4 million species?

Search for 8.4 million (or 84 lakh) species in Google, and several sources (mostly from Hare Krishna/ISKCON websites) claim that Padma Puranam states this shloka: jalaja nava-laksani sthavara ...
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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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What do we know about the future Mahayugas?

Background: The four Yugas (Satya, Treta, Dwapara, and Kali) together make up one Mahayuga. 1000 Mahayugas make up one Kalpa, which is one day in the life of Brahma. After the Kalpa is over Brahma ...
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How and when did Arjuna conquer sleep?

Arjuna is also known as Gudakesha meaning The one who has conquered sleep and who is not affected by sleep. From B.G. 10.20 अहं आत्मा गुडाकेश सर्व भूतस्य स्थितः अहं अदिश्च् मध्यंच ...
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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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Which Puranas say Kalki will be born in Tamil Nadu?

Among the Dasavataram or ten prominent incarnations of Vishnu, the last one, Kalki, has not happened yet. Hindu scripture provides many details about him, e.g. he'll be born in the end of the Kali ...
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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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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 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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Was Draupadi reborn in the house of Adi Shankaracharya?

In this excerpt from the Garuda Purana, various incarnations of Vayu the wind god are described. In particular, it says this: When lord Rama incarnated on earth, Vayu was born as Hanuman for ...
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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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What is meant by one Deva day in human terms

Puranas mention that one Deva day (day and night) is one year on the mortal world. What does this actually mean? Does this mean that time itself slows as a result of various (unknown) factors by ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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)?