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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Is there any scriptural reference for Satyabhama killing Narakasura?

There are many scriptures which say that Krishna went along with his wife Satyabhama. During the war, Krishna used his discus to kill Narakasura. I have heard another theory that Narakasura had a boon ...
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Scriptural reference for Navadurga

Navarātri is popularly considered to be 9 days dedicated to the worship of Navadurgā i.e 9 forms of Bhagavatī Durgā. However the Devi-Bhāgavata Purāna, which describes the procedure of Navarātri vrata,...
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How do I navigate through the website https://www.hinduscriptures.in/? [migrated]

I am interested in reading the various Puranas. I have pdf files of a few Puranas, namely the Markendeya Purana, Kalki Purana, and the Shrimad Bhagavatam. In this stack exchange post (Are there any ...
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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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References to the 5 kinds of moksha in the Vedas and commentaries explaining the verses as such

From this, the Subala Upanishad quoted here and the Virodhaparihara, mentioned here, ALL three, the technical meaning of Kaivalya I understand is one of the 4 purusharthas which involves meditating on ...
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Verse location in Brahmanda Puran

tribhAShAM yo na jAnAti rItInAM shatameva cha vyatyAsAdIn sapta bhEdAn vedAdyarthaM tu yo vadet.h | sa yAti nirayaM ghoramanyathAj-nAnasambhavam.h || The above verses are said to be mentioned in the ...
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For how many manvantaras did Prithu rule the Earth?

Prithu, son of Vena is a partial incarnation of Lord Vishnu who ruled the Earth for a long time. He is also mentioned in the Vedas. He is the seer of Mandala 10 hymn 148 of the Rigveda. He is famous ...
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Who were the kings (other than Kartavirya Arjuna) killed by Lord Parashurama?

Arjuna (son of Kritavirya hence, famously known as Kartavirya Arjuna) was king of Maheshmati. He was from Yadavas or Haihayas (a branch of Yadavas). He is believed to be an incarnation of Sudarshana ...
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Why almost all Hindu scriptures are written by Non-Brahmins (as per Smritis)? [closed]

As per smritis only people born to parents who are both Brahmin parents can be Brahmins. For example, in Manusmriti 10.5, 10.10 and 10.14 it says: सर्ववर्णेषु तुल्यासु पत्नीष्वक्षतयोनिषु । आनुलोम्येन ...
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Timeline Of Various Puranas

It is well-established by the great yogis, after attaining siddhis, that the stories told in the Puranas are not at all metaphorical and allegorical. It is known when these stories were revealed. ...
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Why is the mantra Gananam Tva Ganapatim used to worship Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular mantra which people use to worship Lord Ganesha which is as: ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम् ॥...
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Is Shiva gita same as Ishvara Gita?

Is Shiva gita same as Ishvara Gita or are they different? What is its relationship with Kurma purana? Is Shiva gita an authoritative scripture/pramana for any shaivite sect (agamic or non-agamic ...
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Which scripture mentions the method to interpret the Puranas?

Some dvaitins say that Sriman Madhvacharya gave the method to interpret the Purana like three languages, sapta bedhas. In which scripture did Madhvacharya tell this method of interpretation of Puranas?...
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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 is the purpose of tamasic purana if it leads to hell?

In padma purana it classifies some puranas as rajasic and tamasic, specifically it says tamasic puranas will lead to hell. I do not understand this verse, as it seems to contradict what I have known ...
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What was the Varna of the so many soldiers of the various kingdoms mentioned in the stories of Puranas and Vedas?

There are so many kingdoms and wars mentioned in the stories in Puranas and Vedas. In all stories King used to be Kshatriya. I never read and heard about Varna of soldiers who were in huge number in ...
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Are there any events when Lord Shiva tested his devotees?

I know that Lord Shiva tests his devotees' devotion towards him, but I would like to know the references in any Hindu texts that confirm this.
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Where is this verse found in Vishnu Purana?

Kindly provide chapter and verse number for the Shloka. Is this shloka found somewhere else other than Vishnu Purana? त्रयस्त्रिंशत्सहस्त्रनी त्रयस्त्रिंश्च्चतानी च। त्रयस्त्रिंशत्त्था देवा पिबंती ...
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How did Shukracharya get Sanjeevani Vidya?

There are many instances where Shukracharya made use of his Sanjeevani Vidya to revive the dead Asuras. My question is how did he get this knowledge and who gave it to him?
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When was Shiva a disciple of sage Angiras?

One of the most famous wars between the gods and the Asuras (demons) was the Tarakamaya war. The war was started when Chandra the moon god kidnapped Tara, wife of Brihaspati guru of the gods. (...
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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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Age difference between Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu

Varaha incarnation killed Hiranyakshya during beginning of current kalpa as per this section of Bhagavata. Text 17: Brahmā thought: While I have been engaged in the process of creation, the earth has ...
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Who edited the Puranas?

Wikipedia says this The content is highly inconsistent across the Puranas, and each Purana has survived in numerous manuscripts which are themselves inconsistent.[4] The Hindu Maha Puranas are ...
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Which scripture mentions Yuga length?

I am aware that the yuga lengths have the ratio 4:3:2:1 and have seen in various posts that a Kali Yuga is 432,000 years. What religious texts (Puranas, Mahabharat, Ramayan, etc) mention these Yuga ...
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Does the Satapatha Brahmana actually discuss Shiva and the Daksha Yajna?

There is an incident described in the Śatapatha Brahmana 1.7.4, where the devatas get angry with a certain behaviour of Prajāpati, and consequently Lord Shiva punishes him. The more one reads this ...
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Is the complete Shiva Purana available online in English?

I already have a PDF of 812 pages in Hindi language but I find that the language/words used are sometimes a bit tough to understand. I have visited some sites which have downloadable versions in ...
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Who are Veeras? Does a devotee after death becomes a Veera?

Veeras are described in the Tantrik scriptures as the souls who have attained special blessings from the Deity they chant name of. Does it mean a devotee after death becomes a Veera? There are many ...
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Story where rishi Durvasa cursed Mother Saraswati

In particular, I'm looking for the story, where rishi Durvasa cursed mother Saraswati, because he couldn't pronounce something that lord brahma had taught him and mother Saraswati laughed at him when ...
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Slavery in Hinduism

In Abrahamic religions, owning both ordinary and sex slaves was legal. What do Hindu scriptures say about owning people as slaves? Did Rama and Krishna free any slaves?
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Why are finer details of stories related to Vaivasvata Manu are different in different conpositions/scriptures?

In Matsya Purana, Vaivasvata Manu manu is the king of Dravida Desha. He renounced the world and starts doing penance on top of Malaya mountain. Bhagavata Purana gives a similar story. In Chapter 12....
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Bhu-mandala system

Bhagavata Purana's 5th Canto describes the Bhu-mandala planetary system. Is the Bhu-mandala system THIS Earth (i.e. the planet in which I am writing this question), or is it a different planet located ...
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What were the acts of the first human between the Svāyambhuva Manvantara and Vaivasvata Manvantara. (Manvantaras 2-6) What do other humans do then? [closed]

In the long period of not hearing about the first human a lot, he was born by the names Svārociṣa, Uttama, Tāmasa, Raivata, and Cākṣuṣa. What was that Sāvarṇi up to during those times? How did his ...
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Where is the Puranic story of Sharangadhara receiving a dream from Shiva?

According to Dhanurveda, Śāraṅgadhara is "considered to be an expert in the knowledge of the Dhanurveda. Nobody but Sarngadhara is considered to be an expert in the knowledge of the Dhanurveda, ...
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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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Reading Shiva and Skanda Puranas (Shaivite) leads to condemnation to hell? See the screenshot

It's from the 3rd Volume of The History and Culture of the Indian People.
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Giving Daan from money earned through Trading in Stock Market?

I am currently trading in Stock Market Options. Its a sort of gambling where I earn small money through my predictions. As u know its legal as per my country law and am not hurting any one ...
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Do Kshatriyas exist in Kaliyuga

Many brahmins held this belief that no Kshatriyas exist in kaliyuga .Can someone refer me to scriptural injunctions on whether Kshatriyas exist in Kaliyuga or not ?
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Does Hinduism encourage incest?

I have heard a few stories about the deity brahma and saraswati. I felt disappointed and I hope it is not true.I hope incest is wrong(incest between daughter and father,brother and sister, and mother ...
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Description Of Jambudweep In Different Indian Religions

I have been researching quite a lot on Hindu cosmology and geography. Moreover, I am keen on learning similar geographies of other sub-religions of India, especially those that grew from within ...
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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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Do Vedas mention that Vedas ALONE are to be followed and Itihasa/Purana should be discarded?

We sometimes hear these arguments : 'Vedas ALONE are truth', and 'Whenever there is conflict between Sruti and Smriti, Smriti must be discarded'. Do the propoents of this argument: know what all the ...
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What if Draupadi incident had not happened, whether Duryodhana was a great emperor? [closed]

Ramayana and Mahabharatha both happened for the reason of a female. What if that situation not araised, What could have been happened? Is this the game plan of Lord Sri Krishna and such things are ...
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How did Soma contract pulmonary consumption?

It says that after Soma was born he developed tuberculosis. Was it literal tubercolosis was it just a part of his inability to do certain things a certain way?
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What is the Story behind Jambudweep?

In this Shlokha, which talks about the geography of the Ancient India? Sloka as follows: Jambudveepe Bharatha Varshe Bharata Khande Here I got some different views from Different scholars ...
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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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My home temple's bell broke. Is it inauspicious to repair it and use it again?

My home temple's bell broke by falling on the ground while cleaning it. Does it mean any inauspicious thing is going to happen ? Is it inauspicious to repair it and use it again ?
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Do new God's emerge from Parabrahman at the end of each Mahapralaya?

Please clarify the following: If other Mahapralayas have occurred before, have the same God's always emerged from Parabrahman (such as Shiva, Shakthi, Vishnu etc) or do different God's emerge at the ...
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Does smriti allows king to make new constitution?

Do smriti allows to make constitution ? My point is smriti is supreme constitution.under smriti can king can make new rules and new punishment . Do smriti/vedic/puranic scriptures given freedom to ...
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Where is this second definition of dwija written in Hindu scriptures?

There are two definitions of the word "dwija" that I know. Men of Brahmin , Kshatriya and Vaishya caste are dwija. Men who become alive again after dying once are called dwija. This is the ...

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