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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Markendeya’s Mrutyunjaya Stotram (not Mantra) is in which purana and which adhyaya?

The following mrutyunjaya stotram claims to be by Markendeya rishi. There are multiple versions available on the Internet. Some have 18 Anushtup (4 padas of 8 aksharas in each verse). Others have 8 ...
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Jambavan's composition of slokam on Hanuman

Jambavan has composed a slokam on Hanuman comprising 12 hymns. It starts with: Melai virinjan veeya migai naalir Any puranic reference for this???
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What is the physical description of Shukracharya?

How does shukracharya looks like? As per puranas, is he was depicted as an old brahmin or as a young or handsome looking deity picturized in navgrah mandal? Because as per astrology, he (Shukra) was ...
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Are Itihasa and puranas superior than Vedas?

Manusmriti 12:95 “All those traditions (smriti) and those despicable systems of philosophy, which are not based on the Veda, produce no reward after death; for they are declared to be founded on ...
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Nandikeshvara Purana

Does any one know of a copy of Sri Nandikeshvara Purana (also known as Brhan-Nandikeshvara Purana) available any where? Online or printed copy is fine, though I prefer printed ones. I need the text ...
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What is the concept or History behind Shakti Ganapati?

Shakti Ganapati is a concept wherein Ganesha is accompanied along with Shakti. There are some modern temples especially in Southern India, which attribute Shakti as wife of Ganapati. Even, the ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Hari, who rescued the elephant Gajendra?

One of the most famous stories of Vishnu is the Gajendra Moksham episode, described the Eighth Skanda of the Srimad Bhagavatam. For those who don't know, once a king named Indradyumna, who was a ...
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Are there any prophecies about self proclaimed God-men of Kali Yuga in scriptures?

In the name of God many people nowadays portrait themselves as God-men. People without realizing the true nature are going and getting cheated . Is there any mythological evidence that God-men will ...
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Which Mahavishnu got tired during material creation?

The significance of the Puranas and Upapuranas and their stories is known to any Indian worldwide. The eternal story in which Mahavishnu (one of the three Parmatama expansions) gets extremely tired ...
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How did Varaha's son Narakasura become evil?

One of Krishna's most famous deeds is his killing of the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration of the holiday Deepavali. Narakasura was tormenting the gods and had even stolen the earrings of ...
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Are Itihasas and Puranas the only classes of scripture in which celestial weapons are used?

Ramayana, Mahabharata and many Puranas relate conflicts in which Divyastras like Brahmastra get used. Do these weapons occur in earlier scriptures like Vedas and Brahmanas or any scriptures written ...
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What are the quotes, from various scriptures of early Vedic times to early medieval times which define the term Mlecchas as distinct from Brahmins?

MLECCHAS The Vedics referred to all alien cultures and races that were less civilized in ancient times as 'Mleccha'. The term Mleccha means; The uncouth and incomprehensible speech of ...
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What scriptures describe Hiranyaksha mining the Earth?

Most people only know the story of the demon Hiranyaksha putting the Earth in the Garbhodska ocean, after which Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha the boar killed Hiranyaksha and rescued the Earth. But page ...
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Have different Vaishnavite teachers made remarks on the relative merits of different Vaishnavite Puranas?

Obviously Gaudiyas would rank the Bhagavatam first for its statement "Krishnastu Bhagavan swayam". Ramanuja gave great importance to Vishnu Purana, but apparently never cited the Bhagavatam. Do the ...
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Why did Rukmini stop Lord Krishna from eating beaten rice given by Sudama a second time?

In one of the popular stories from the Bhagavatam, Sudama visits his old friend Sri Krishna at his palace with beaten rice. When Lord Krishna was going to eat the beaten rice a second time, suddenly, ...
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Do scriptures mention anyone who is Pratiloma or Shudra born having successfully read and recited Vedas?

To be clear, please don't conflate reading and reciting the Vedas to having understood the Vedas. I didn't come across anywhere in KMG Mahabharata where Karna is said to have read/recited vedas. At ...
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Which Shastras are more authoritative,the Smritis(Dharma Shastras) or the Puranas?

In Hindu Dharma the Vedas,Upanishads,6 Vedangas,Smritis(or the Dharma Shastras),Puranas and the Itihasas(Ramayana and Mahabhartha) are usually together called the Shastras or Scriptures. Among them, ...
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Which Purana talks about the incident of Lord Shiva saving The Sage Markandeya?

There is this popular story that Sage Markandeya was saved from death by Lord Shiva. Does any one know the source of this account? In which Purana is this described? As far as I know there is no ...
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Level of collateral damage acceptable in Hinduism

What level of collateral damage is acceptable in Hinduism in order to uphold dharma. If so, how does one calculate it? On one hand you have to stop the perpetrator because left unpunished adharmic ...
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Were there conflicts between Gods before the Itihasas and Puranas?

In the Rig Veda the conflicts are mostly between Gods and anti-Gods like Vritra. But the Rig Veda does hint at conflict between Indra and Vishnu. https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_veda/r06.html?lang=...
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Sanskrit/vedic text describing relationship between male and female

I wanted to know if there is a sanskrit/vedic text that describes as to why there is these two forms of existence of life i.e. a male and a female and what their relationship is(things like why they ...
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Are there any Puranas that corresponds to a Kalpa where Brahma creates Vishnu?

According to the thirteenth chapter of the Vayavivasamhita of the Shiva Purana, Brahma has created Vishnu and Rudra in certain Kalpas: Vayu said, I shall narrate how Rudra was born and how Brahma ...
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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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Danu is the predecessor of the race of Danavas (demons)

In Brahmanda Purana, http://www.gloriousindia.com/scriptures/puranas/brahmananda_purana/preaching_of_bruhaspati.html Bruhaspati replied "In the distant past, Diti, the second wife of Kashyapa gave ...
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Historicity of the Bhagwa flag

I know of Marathas and Rajputs using bhagwa flags as their official hoists, but is there some older (Puranic) legend in associating the bhagwa flag with Hinduism? I'm very specific about the origin ...
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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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time and venue for learning the puranas

I found few puranas online and I really enjoy learning vedic stories/scriptures which contain not only a nice story in themselves but hidden with immense knowledge and wisdom. I wonder if it is a ...
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Is there any scriptural ( Vedic or Puranic ) reference for all matter coming from Akasha and Prana?

In Raja Yoga, page number 26, Swami Vivekananda says this: At the beginning of creation there is only this Akaca; at the end of the cycle, the solids, the liquids, and the gases all melt into ...
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Why are Puranas silent on events taking place in previous Kalyugs or events of 8th Manvantara from previous Kalpas?

As seen in questions and answers here, here and here, Puranas attribute the differences in their contents to different Kalpas. However if that is indeed the case, why don't we ever read about events ...
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Sitadevi had a brother?

In the Bhagavatam, 9th Canto, 13th Chapter, we find this verse: SB 9.13.19 — The son of Śīradhvaja was Kuśadhvaja, and the son of Kuśadhvaja was King Dharmadhvaja, who had two sons, namely ...
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What is the earliest reference to identifying/differentiating Siddhartha Gautama and the Buddha Avatara?

Hindu scripture describes two Buddha Avataras of Vishnu born to deceive people. One Buddha Avatara took place during the Tripura incident. Another Buddha Avatara took place in the present Kali Yuga. ...
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Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age?

Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age? I have heard of major characters only dying in battles or unnatural deaths due to curses or conspiracies. ...
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Atma ( Soul ) in Hindu Scriptures

I am very emotional, attached to my family and I am not able to socialize with people. I am a devoted Hindu. And I often feel proud and boast about my Lineage (Caste) . My question is did my Atma in ...
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Can a Kshatriya ask for alms according to Hindusim?

I've read somewhere, most probably in some shastra, that in case of scarcity or lack of resource, and if it's a question of survival, a Kshatriya can ask for alms. What are your views regarding this? ...
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Puranas (Life of Shri Krishna) [duplicate]

An Arya Samaj Influencer Rahul Arya claims that All fake stories have been planted in Srimad Bhagavatam, Skanda Puran & Brahma Vaivarta Puran about Krishna that he is playing with girls, Krishna ...
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Difference in life of Shri Krishna in Puranas and Mahabharata [closed]

An Arya Samaj Influencer Rahul Arya claims that All fake stories have been planted in Srimad Bhagavatam, Skanda Puran and Brahma Vaivarta Puran about Krishna that he is playing with girls, Krishna ...
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Where can we find reference of the story of Holika burning instead of Prahlada?

I have checked some of the places where the story of Prahlada-Nrisimhadev-Hiranyakashipu is mentioned, for eg: in the Narasimha Purana, the Srimad Bhagavatam and Vishnu Purana for a mention of ...
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Remarriage in Sanātana Dharma

Marriage in Sanātana Dharma was or is never a personal matter instead it is a social matter and responsibility. We all know that, there is no concept of "divorce" in Hinduism. But somehow, our law ...
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12 Major battles between the Devas and Danavas

Many Puranas talk about 12 major battles between the Danavas and Devas. As per Brahmanda Purana (3rd Canto, Ch 72), they are as follows: Lord Narasimha fighting the Danavas Lord Vamana binding the ...
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What are the scriptures that describe Lord Shiva?

I am interested to learn more about Shiva. What are the Puranas to follow? Apart from Puranas, are there other works which are authoritative and talk about Shiva? Are there any epics which have ...
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Do Vedas mention that Vedas ALONE are to be followed and Itihasa/Purana should be discarded?

We recently hear a lot of neo-vedantists claiming that 'Vedas ALONE are truth', while simultaneously: not knowing what all the Vedas are not knowing all the mantras in Vedas not understanding what ...
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Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods?

Please mention the shloka that explicitly states that there are 33 crores of Hindu Gods. Please do not quote Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, because I think it just states that there are 33 gods. Not 33 ...
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Is there any link between Indra and Subrahmanya (Skanda)?

The following is from Rig Veda (VII.20.5) वर्षा जजान वर्षणं रणाय तमु चिन नारी नर्यं ससूव | पर यः सेनानीरध नर्भ्यो अस्तीनः सत्वा गवेषणः स धर्ष्णुः || A Bull begat the Bull for joy of ...
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What are the details of the story of Indra giving the Crest-jewel(chudamani) to king Janka?

The son of the wind-god,Hanuman, apprised Sri Rama(avatar of god Vishnu) about the discovery of Sita(avatar of goddess Lakshmi),on returning to Kishkindha (from Lanka).Then Hanuman delivered to Sri ...
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Is Lord satyanarayana avatar of Vishnu and mentioned in puranas?

People in Maharashtra and Andhra celebrate sathyanarayana puja on full moon day. Puja will be made and a story will be told for 45 minutes. Even I did twice in Shirdi Sai Sathya Vratha. Is Lord ...
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Swarga / Narak ( on domestic animals) [duplicate]

Famous religious orator Devkinandan Thakur Ji Maharaj has spoken that if we keep domestic animals like DOGS, CAT AND PIGS in our house we will go to Narak. And whatever religious things we do will ...
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Brahma with hundreds of heads

In the Chaitanya Charitamrta (Madhya Lila, Chapter 21), we hear of Brahmas with hundreds of heads. Are there any Puranic reference for the same?
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Are there other instances of agni-pariksha in vedic scriptures?

We all know the famous agni-pariksha of Srimati Sita Devi from Sri Valmiki Ramayana, so I was wondering are there any other instances of Agni-pariksha described in vedas, puranas or itihasas?
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Shivarahasya Purana original Sanskrit book free available online?

I have found an English version of Shivarahasya Purana on archive.org. But unable to find the original Sanskrit version. Kindly share if anyone know of the original Sanskrit book other than scanned ...
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Were women cursed with menstruation?

I vaguely remember hearing that women were cursed with menstruation or probably I read it on this site itself in some comment that I'm unable to trace now. Were women cursed by any sage or god with ...

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