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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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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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Change in status of Lord Vishnu's wives according to Brahma vaivartha purana

The Brahma Vaivarta Purana mentions the exchange of curses among the Goddesses - Lakshmi, Saraswathi & Ganga when they were wives of Lord Vishnu. Will they get back to their original positions ...
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Meaning of the slokas from Naradiya Purana and Srimad Bhagavatam

1-Bṛhan-nāradīya Purāṇa 3.8.126 and 2-Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.3.24. Here it is told to chant the names of the lord but I am confused because I do not know the names? Is it "VishnuSahasraNamam"?
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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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References to the Kaumari form of Devi

Kaumari is considered as one of the Sapta Matrikas (7 forms of Divine Mother). She is also associated with the Kanya Kumari form of Devi. The references to the Kaumari form of Devi are found in - ...
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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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What happened to the asuras?

I have this doubt from the time I started reading Hindu Purana. In Hindu Purana there are many stories about interaction between Asuras, Monks, Devas and common people. According to my knowledge ...
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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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In spite of his promiscuity why is Indra worshipped? [duplicate]

Indra was considered as king of Gods. But if we see his personal life, we learn that he has kidnapped many females few of whom were married and few were unmarried. Some of these were daughters/wives ...
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What is the story of Andhakasura?

I want to know the story of Lord Shiva and demon Andhakasura. What is his story?
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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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Was there a Rama Temple in Ayodhya?

Was there any Rama temple in Ayodhya? Also, was Ayodhya mentioned as a pilgrimage site in any of the Puranas?
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Shani dev's gaze impact in improper washing legs with water

From the childhood I was asked to wash my legs properly without any dry space in my legs its true if it is happened that Shani dev's gaze should be impacted on ourselves. I couldn't find any ...
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Story of Mookambika Temple from Puranas

Mookambika Temple at Kollur, Karnataka is a temple dedicated to Mookambika Devi. The story of it goes like Devi killed Mookasura, so it is called Mookambika Devi. It is believed that the story of ...
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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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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 do our scriptures mention about Maharshi Kanad & Paramanu (atoms)?

What details do our scriptures mention about Maharshi Kanad and (his theory) on Paramanus or atoms?
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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 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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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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Is the story of Lord Satyanarayana mentioned in the Puranas?

I would like to know if there is any reference about the appearance/form of Satyanarayana and his story, not just the mention of his name.
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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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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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Are the upanishads later to the puranas?

In some places it is mentioned that some of the main upanishad like chandogya and brihadaranyaka mention about the puranas. What are the references where puranas are referred in upanishad? If indeed ...
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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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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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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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Where can I get the Bhavishya Purana in PDF format?

Please tell me from where I can purchase the Bhavishya Purana in PDF format so that I can read it on my iPad or laptop. I have a copy of this text but it isn't readable due to scanned pages of the ...
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Did the Mahabharata and the Ramayana happen in the current Yuga cycle in the current Manvantara?

The Mahabharata war has been given a date of around 3300 BC by back-tracing planetary positions from scriptural references (archeo-astronomy). The Ramayana is speculated to be anywhere between a few ...
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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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Why did Sri Ramanuja refuse to hail Shiva? What was the need to prove that Vishnu is the one true God?

I was reading the history of Sri Ramanuja, the Vaishnava saint. Apparently, he was in hiding in fear of a Chola King. The Chola king was a worshiper of Shiva as opposed to Ramanuja who is a Vishnu ...
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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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Why Maharishi Bhrigu was so powerful?

I have read that maharishi Bhrigu was choosing which diety to invite to their maha-yagna and he was testing the tri-murties (Shiva,Vishnu, Brahma ). During his test he was disappointed with Shiva and ...
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Can the Devi Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavatam co-exist?

As we all know, Srimad Bhagavatam is regarded as the best of the Mahapuranas. It is also the most famous and widely commented upon scripture. But we also have the Devi Bhagavata, which calls itself a ...
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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.....
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Reason for friendship between Indra and Takshaka

Takshaka and Indra are friends as per Mahabharata Khandava Vana burning episode. Is there any specific reason for their friendship?
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How were the physical characteristics in the Mahabharata?

In Kaliyuga, we human have a defined set of normal physical characteristics like height and weight based on the gender male and female. Similarly, were there any mention of standard physical ...
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Is Rajo guna the reason for allowing kings to have multiple wives?

I want to know the reason for allowing kings to take multiple wives. Is it Rajo guna or any other reason based on Shruti, Smriti, Puranas?
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Why isn't a human the vahana (vehicle) of any God?

The Hindu texts are replete with references (in Puranas) of deities using a particular animal as their primary vehicle (Vahana). For example: Ganesha - the Mouse. Shiva - an Ox (Nandi). Karthikeyan - ...
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Dana(Donation) to beggars at temples

I heard that giving Dana after darshan will make the recipient(beggar) beneficial of getting punya of darshan but not the giver(devotee). Is there any purana which has guidelines on Dana. Is it ok to ...
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History of Chyavana Rishi, Ashvini kumaras, and Chayavanprash [duplicate]

What is the history (from purana or itihasa) behind Chyanava Rishi, the Ashvini Kumaras, and the origin of Chyavanaprash leghyam which could supposedly rejuvenate your life (like a fountain of youth)?
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Is there a scriptural basis for the story where Viṣṇu refuses to marry a disabled woman?

The following is an excerpt from a World Bank report on "People with disabilities in India: from commitments to outcomes." BOX 2.1: DISABILITY IN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY AND BOLLYWOOD MOVIES An ...
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Which puranas/upapuranas mention about marriage between Brahma and Saraswati?

Apparently Brahma was condemned by his sons for lusting after Saraswati, but how after that did Brahma end up marrying Saraswati? Most of the main mahapuranas only call her consort of brahma, but ...