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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Why didn't Bhishma Pitamaha stop Kamsa? [closed]

We know Bhishma Pitamaha was a legendary warrior. He always fought for the right thing and for truth. Then, if Kamsa was doing so much evil, and Bhishma Pitamaha was already there on Earth, why didn'...
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Who was King Narishyant?

What is the story of the king Narishyant the eldest son of King Marut? In Which yuga he was born? Who was his mother Sukesha- the daughter of Kekaya or Saindhavi- the daughter of Sindhuraaj or ...
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When did Dvivida the ape try to kidnap Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Krishna goes to Duryodhana on behalf of the Pandavas in order to try to negotiate peace and avert the Mahabharata war. ...
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Does Hinduism encourage dead body preservation?

I have had a doubt that do hindus encourage body preservation as Muslims and Egyptian did?
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Is Jesus really one of the disputes of Sidhas in Himalayas? [duplicate]

I came to know that Jesus in his childhood, in spite of giving respect to his father Joseph's words, came to India to learn magical talents and spirituality from Sidhas in Himalayas. After learning ...
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What is the puranic divisions of time?

How many divisions of time in the Hindu Scriptures?
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What is the correspondence between Khandas and Samhitas in the Skanda Purana?

As far as I know, the only unabridged English translation of the Skanda Purana is the translation published by Motilal Banarsidass, which you can read here. As you can see from the Table of Contents ...
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Does Vedic Hinduism exist today?

It seems that the rituals, customs, deities, methods of worship etc. in Hinduism today are mainly based on various Puranas and not the Vedas. Even the Vedic Gods are not worshiped in temples. Very few ...
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Why doesn't Lord Shiva hate Asuras? [duplicate]

Lord Shiva had given many boons to many Asuras although the Asuras are not good. Why doesn't Lord Shiva hate the Asuras?
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Are Puranas rewritten or original?

How many Puranas are there actually and do we have the original ones with us? Most of them are translated by Western scholars who don't even know Sanskrit.
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What scriptures describe Vishnu freeing the Bhutas from the curse of Shiva?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the places I visited was Sri Perumbudur. As I discuss here, it is the birthplace of the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya. But my question ...
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Vedas/Purana in Sanskrit language

Do we still have Gurukula in INDIA/Bharat. which is having new generation subjects with our traditional Vedas/Purana in Sanskrit language.
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Time travelling [duplicate]

There are some instances which show relative comparisons of time on different lokas. For example, Brahma took the cowherd boys who were with Krishna to Brahma loka and came back in a moment, but by ...
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Why is Vasishta listed as a descendant of Kashyapa's son Avatsara?

As I discuss in this question, every Brahmana is a descendant of sages, which is why every Gotra or clan of Brahmins has an associated list of Pravaras, a list of the sages they're descended from. For ...
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What scriptures describe Brahma creating a weighing scale?

This excerpt from the Matsya Purana describes the Tula Purusha Dana, where a king would weigh himself on a giant scale and then donate an equal amount of gold to the Brahmanas. In the process of ...
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Is the word Hindu mentioned in any Sanatan scriptures? [duplicate]

Is the word 'Hindu' mentioned in any Sanatan scriptures? Because there is lot said and lot to be said on the word Hindu. I went through different old literature but did not find the word Hindu.
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Was King Bhagirath an ancestor of King Dasharath?

One day,my uncle told me that King Bhagirath was an ancestor of Lord Rama's father King Dasharath. Is this true or false?
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Do we have any record of events in any previous Kaliyuga?

We know that at the end of every Dwapara yuga, Vyasa compiles the events of the yugas into various puranas. These puranas sometimes contains stories and other details about Kritayuga, Dwapara Yuga and ...
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Why is the family deity of Venkateshwara the Sami tree?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" is a translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple, and this temple scripture consists of ...
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According to Vishnu Puran, Vishnu created Shiva and according to Shiva Purana it's vice versa. What's the truth?

According to Vishnu Puran, Lord Vishnu created Lord Shiva and according to Shiva Purana it's vice versa. In Devi Bhagavata Purana, Adi Shakti created both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. So, what is the ...
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Who are Gramadevathas found especially in South India?

Common names of these Gramadevathas are Ankamma, Poleramma etc. What is their relation to Lord Shiva? Can we Worship Lord Shiva along with Gramadevathas? See this blog.
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What Is Deva Raja/King of Devas (Indra) a person or a position? [duplicate]

I know Indra is King of gods so he is called Dev Raja. But My Question is : ** Is Indra a Position or Name or a Person's Name ? ** Thank You
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What is the power of Narayana Kavacha mantram?

What is the power of the Narayana Kavacha mantram that appears in the Bhagavatham? What is the meaning of this mantram and how do you get the benefits of the mantra?
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Why is Venkateshwara called a descendant of sage Vasishta?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V. Chalapathi Rao is an English translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple and this ...
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Why Krishna is called Kunj Bihari?

I want to know why Lord Krishna is called Kunj Bihari.
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What are the Saptaratra texts and how are they related to the Pancharatra texts?

In this excerpt from the Agni Purana, Vishnu's horse-headed incarnation Hayagriva tells Brahma about how to install statues in temples. But he starts by saying this: Listen to me speaking about ...
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Is the Bengali translation of Padma Purana available online

I am searching for authentic Bengali translation of Padma Purana with Sanskrit sources, specifically the portion of Uttar Khand containing Glorification of Srimadvagabad Gita (Chapter 175-192, Part....
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Was Arjuna left-handed?

Was Arjuna left-handed in his warrior skills? What about other great warriors of the epics like Karna, Bhishma, Drona, Rama and Laxmana? Will left-handedness or right-handedness ever matter in ...
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Was tele-porting mentioned in ancient indian scriptures?

As shown in various TV shows and movies, was teleporting done as per ancient scriptures.
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What scriptures describe Brihaspati's brother burning Kubera to ashes?

As I discuss in this answer, Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Vibhishana were sons of the sage Vishravas and the demoness Kaikeshi. But they weren't Vishravas' first children. Before he met Kaikeshi, ...
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Origin of the Shankara legend?

The film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is based on a lot of lurid and sensationalist stereotypes about worshippers of Maa Kali and Sri Shiva. However, the central plot conceit is based around a ...
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Religious text or verse that can ease mental stress and faulty thinking

I like to know if there is any religious text or verse that we can chant or say (does not matter if its's being chanted/ said during day or night) when one has a lot of mental stress or feeling ...
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Where are Madhvacharya's Puranic quotes describing the path to Moksha?

In verse 8.24 of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says this: Those who know the Supreme Brahman attain that Supreme by passing away from the world during the influence of the fiery god, in the light, at an ...
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akashic records and Hinduism

Akashic Records are defined by some hindus and theosophists as a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. Its been ...
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Why Revantha the youngest Son of Sun god went to Vishnu's abode?

Why "Revantha" the youngest son of Sun god went to Vishnu's abode?
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Who is superior? Shiva or Vishnu or Brahma? [closed]

Vaishnavism people claim that Lord Vishnu is Superior where as Saivism people claim that Lord Shiva is. These people have proof of their puranas which backs-up their claims. Is there any strong ...
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Who is the descendant of Bhrigu who heard the famous Vakratunda mantra to Ganesha from the gods?

As I discuss in this question, the sage who heard many Ganesha mantras from gods was Ganaka, who I speculated may have been an incarnation of Ganesha himself. Now I have found a mantra to Ganesha ...
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Rules for Reading scriptures [duplicate]

I am very much intrested in reading every hindu mythology scriptures. I know that in my life time it may not be possible. But would like to cover as many as possible. My daily schedule is very busy. ...
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Interesting things in Garuda Purana chapter 15 [closed]

While listening to today's Garuda Purana disclosure found a beautiful chapter 15 (An Account of the Coming to Birth of People who have done Good) . In this chapter The Purana in detail explains how ...
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How do Dvaitins interpret the Advaita-sounding prayer of Prahlada?

In this chapter of the Vishnu Purana, Prahlada is thrown off a cliff and into the sea by Hiranyakashipu's men. Unfazed by this, he prays to Vishnu: I glorify the supreme deity Vishńu, the ...
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Exact meaning of the word “Tejas”?

From the Puranas, one can infer that the meaning refers to either the spiritual aura of a person, facial expressiveness that exudes confidence, vigor or valor, etc. Real Gurus are said be endowed with ...
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What is the symbolic meaning of Lord Ganesha's trunk? [duplicate]

Some of the pictures of Lord Ganesha has trunk on left side, while in some other images, its on right side. I know that there is a symbolic meaning to it as my grandfather used to say, but i forgot. ...
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Mention of Tamil and other languages in ancient sanskrit Hindu texts

Most of the ancient Hindu literature including the puranas were first written down in Sanskrit. But is there any mention of other languages like Tamil in the Puranas..? Does Skandha Purana mention ...
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What is the story behind the Agni Lingam? [duplicate]

As the story goes in the Purunas, Lord Vishnu and Brahma compete to find the beginning or end of the Agni Linga to establish who is the superior deity. At the end of the competition Brahma and the ...
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Are there any puranas about Satya Yuga?

I have a feeling that all puranas which describe events happened in Satya yuga talk about events happened in other lokas, different from Bhumi (our planet). I personally know only one purana which ...
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What is the “folk song” about Rama described in the Brahma Purana?

In this excerpt from the Brahma Purana, the sage Vyasa describes the various incarnations of Vishnu. After summarizing the story of the Ramayana, he says this: The people who are conversant with ...
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Guḍhī Pāḍavā or Ugadi: Day on which Universe is created?

Posting it on a day of Guḍhī Pāḍavā or Ugadi. I was reading the Wikipedia link about this Hindu Festival. It was mentioned in that link that on this day, Brahma created the universe as per Brahma ...
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Reference of Tithe in Vedas

I was wondering if there is any reference to giving of tithe (a certain percentage of ones income) in Vedas? Is dana same as tithe?
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Hayagriva : The Rakshasa and The Lord [duplicate]

In context to this question about Lord Hayagriva, considered as the avatara of Lord Vishnu, I have some clarification to do. Hayagriva, I think is not a Lord Vishnu's Avatar, but a Vishnu Himself but ...
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What should be the sequence of reading(happening) Puranas?

There being numerous Puranas, what should be the sequence of reading adheard, to make the history more understandable to human mind. I will also like the sequence on basis of time, for example, ...