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 Dakshina Kalika mentioned in Puranas?

We know Dakshina Kalika is the form of Goddess Kali. But, Is any mention about this goddesses in Puranas?
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Is there any story of any human going to Kailash to meet Shiva on Kailash?

Bhagwan Shiva lives on Mount Kailash which is located in Tibet. Devas would often go to Kailash to meet Shiva. I once watched a serial on TV in which it was shown one Rakshas went to Kailash and said ...
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Where is the location of Naraka, the abode of Yama?

Hindu scriptures often refer to hell-like place as Naraka. I want to know whether this place is located inside or the outside of the earth. I have read somewhere that it is located on the same plane ...
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Who is the A king ever engaged in good of all creatures?

In chapter LXVII of Adi Parva in Mahabharata, I knew the Eight Kalakeya reborn as A king Who was engaged in good of all creatures. The eighth of the Kaleyas known as Vrihat became on earth a virtuous ...
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Narasimha is a form of Devi Durga?

In the Durga Chalisa, it says that: धरा रूप नरसिंह को अम्बा प्रकट भई फाडकर खम्बा रक्षा करि प्रह्लाद बचायो हिरण्याक्ष को स्वर्ग पठायो You Assumed the Form of Lord Narasimha, And Appeared Breaking ...
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English translation of the Soura Purana?

I would like to read Soura Upapurana in English. Is the complete English translation of Soura Puran is available for download?? Can anyone provide me relevant links? Thanks. Namaḥ Śivāya.
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Regarding Pitru rituals

Recently one of my close relatives passed away. So, there are some rituals being done in the name of "Maasiyam and Oonam" I am not sure what are those rituals and why it is being done? Also, ...
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What is the importance of taking bath in Kumbh waters?

What is the importance of taking bath in Prayagraj river (Confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) during Kumbh Mela (which happens every 12 years) ?
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Vedic Cosmology Diameter of Full Universe Jagad-Anda (Brahm-Anda)

It is said that Mt. Sumeru is in the center, and there are seven islands (dvipa) like concentric circles, each twice in breadth than the previous. Jambudvipa, Plaksadvipa, then Salmali, Kusa, Kraunca, ...
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Meaning of Uchimuhurdhal

I've heard this word many time -"Uchimuhurdhal" I'm not sure whether I am spelling it right? But I have heard this word , which might probably mean, "Elders doing uchimuhurdhal on young ...
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How were various organisms created by Brahma?

How were various organisms were created by Brahma ? Were humans first created and then 84L organisms were created ? I want the answer strictly according to Hindu scriptures.
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Who is Goddess Kubjika?

I Recently I have heard about goddess "Kubjika" and I want to know this incarnation of Devi. But what is information about this goddess? Is any mention about her in Puranas and Tantras?
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Question regarding Churels

Churels are often associated with spirits on The peepal tree https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churel My questions Who are churels, are they Dayans Are there any mention about these evil entities in the ...
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Are the Puranas superior to the Smritis? [duplicate]

Do the Puranas have a greater authority than the Smritis? Or do the Smritis have a greater authority than the Puranas?
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Is there any mention of Ganesh Chaturthi in the Puranas or the Itihasas?

It is a well known fact that Ganesh Chaturthi's public celebration was initiated by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Pune in the year 1893. I would like to know whether there is any mention of the festival in ...
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In what Vedic Literature can the following cosmological model

I watched the following video to see whether it sheds some light on the cosmological model found in the Bhagavatam; however, I found that the video gave a different cosmological model and called it a ...
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A different meaning for the word shambhu

The meaning of shambhu is one who creates auspiciousness, Now if one speaks shambhu repeatedly it sounds like bhuSham which means ornament, which one can interpret as The lord shambhu is like the ...
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If a Purana Contradicts Another Purana

If a Purana contradicts another Purana, how do we know which one to go with?
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Which texts are infallible and inerrant?

The Vedas must be infallible, as they were authored by God, or by rishis under the inspiration of God, who is the “Truth of Truth”. Therefore every passage of the Vedas is true, whether literally or ...
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What are the scriptural sources for the worship of Shiva in Murti form?

Worship of Shiva in Linga form is widely practiced. But in some places Murti Pooja is done in temples too. Is it a valid practice? What are the scriptural sources from Vedas/Puranas/Shaivaagamas about ...
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How to get more punya and attain moksha

I've listened that there are 2 separate accounts of Karma: Like one is for Papa (sins) and one is for Punya. Both get accumulated as per our activities. Only when both are equal, we get Moksha. My ...
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How can one define which one is a "Satvik" and not "Asat" Scripture

In Bhagwat-purana's many verses , Skand-purana's some verses , Brahma-purana , even in Mahabharata there were mention of Apsara's sexual relations with the peoples who will reach the Swarga , some ...
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Is any mention about Grama Devathas in Puranas and Tantras?

In puranas and tantras, is there any information about Grama Devathas?
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What are good sources to read stories similar to Ribhu Nidagha story ? focused on advaita vedanta

I am interested in stories in purana which are of nature of advaita vedanta. Thanks I am looking for stories like Ribhu Nidagaha, which purana is recommended for this ?
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How Vedic philosophy and Puranic philosophy related with each other?

Aditi (Vedas) referred to Shakti (Puranas) : Aditi is mentioned as Devamata (Mother of all God's) and Adi Parashakti is mentioned as Mahadevi (Mother/Goddess of all God's) Hiranyagarbha (Vedas) ...
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In which Kalpa did Shiva fall at Lord Rama's feet?

Padma Purana 5.5.46: Śiva fell at his [Lord Raam's] feet “You are the only Puruṣa (i.e. the Supreme Being) With a portion of you, you create and destroy the universe. You who are formless, are the ...
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The need for Puranas and Upanishads

The 4 Vedas stand as the 4 pillars of the Sanathana Dharmam as these 4 Vedas have every knowledge( both Para and Apara Vidya), then why were other Puranas and Upanishads composed? I am reading Garuda ...
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From which shastra is the story of a wife and her husband Kaushik who was visiting prostitutes?

The story is mentioned here in wikipedia: A Brahmin named Kaushik from Pratishthan used to visit a prostitute, despite being a Brahmin and having a devoted wife. It's also mentioned on other sites ...
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Are there any documented cases of opposite-sex friendships in Hindu scripture?

Are there any documented stories or cases of non-sexual friendship between men and women in Hindu scripture? For reference, the Kama Sutra says sex with female friends is prohibited: Then, here is ...
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Were hindu scriptures changed by outsiders to foster conversion?

Many people pull of changed in the puranas or manusmriti do degrade hinduism,but this isn't true. Hindu scripture was changed,but can any one give me proof that this was done? Har har mahadev.
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Prahalada vs Abhimanyu story misunderstanding

I have heard two stories and one seem to be in conflict with another. Please correct my misunderstanding. In the story of Prahalada, Prahalada was educated by Narada (while Prahalada was inside his ...
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Was Vrinda an aspect of Parvati?

I finished reading the story of Jalandhara in the Shiva Purana and can't shake this one line off. It is the verse where the asura is slain by Shiva. "His splendour that came out of his body ...
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Can a non-initiated brahmin study the Puranas?

Can a non-initiated brahmin (usually considered a shudra (Skanda Purana Nagara Kanda 239.31)) study the Puranas? I have heard that even Shudras can study the Puranas and Itihasas but Vyasasmriti 1.22 ...
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References for Shravan Maas Puja (श्रावण मास पूजा)

The time for Shravan maas is nearby. And the eagerness in the masses will spark to worship Shiva. Is Shravan archana for Shiva mentioned in any Shastra like Purana, Itihasa or any Shaiva agamas? Or is ...
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Where is the complete Shambhu Utkarsha Stotra (शम्भूत्कर्ष स्तोत्र) found? (also known as शिवोत्कर्ष स्तोत्र / Shivotkarsha Stotra )

Sri Shivendra Saraswati has written a bhasya on Shiva Sahasranama stotra (available here). While explaining the very first name "ParaDeva", he gives an entire stotra composed by Vyasa as &...
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Is one Maternal Nephew (Bhanja) equivalent to 100 Brahmins?

What is the status of one's maternal nephew (Bhanaja) in one's life ? Is it true that one maternal nephew equivalent to 100 Brahmins ? In which scripture it is written ? Is it true that one shouldn't ...
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Human exceptionalism in Vedanta and Hindusim?

Shankaracharya in Vivekachudamani says Jantoonam Narajanmadurlabham Of All life forms human life is difficult to get. What is so much special about the Human body, that it helps the soul to realise ...
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Are there any Surya Nama mantras that can be chanted without Diksha (Strictly Pauranika, I am not a dvija yet)?

Are there any Surya Nama Mantras that I can chant without it being given to me by a guru? Also I cannot chant Vaidika Mantras, because I am not a Dvija yet. So strictly Pauranika Mantras.
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mathura Krushna janmbhumi mandir references

mathura Krushna janmbhumi mandir references plz provident me the krushna mandir in mathura was half destroyed by outsiders. Can i get some reference from shastras about the ancients temple and place ...
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Yama took birth as Vidura, then who was performing the work of Yama as god of death? [duplicate]

Since Yama had taken birth as Vidura, then while he was alive on earth as Vidura , who was performing the work of him as god of death ? My second question is related to first, can Devtas like - ...
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An attempt to malign our religion by an Islamist in the Article. Can I get good refutations of this man claims?

here is the link of the article. You can use Ctrl+F and use Hindu to find all the stuff he says about our society and our gods. Some Quotes from the Article There is a sacred ritual described in ...
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Is there a guna-based classification of Puranas in the Mahabharata?

https://ramanuja.org/sri/BhaktiListArchives/Article?p=sep96%2F0054.html One must watch out which purana is being quoted : The puranic evidence has to be from satvic puranas (as per classification in ...
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What does the gunas of puranas signify?

There are 18 maha puranas in Sanathan Dharma. They can be classified based on their gunas. The following is the classification with some caveats Bhagavata, Vishnu, Garuda, Matsya, Kurma and Vayu are ...
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Which canonical scripture is this sahasranama part of?

Any Sahasranama is not usually found as an independent hymn/devotional scripture , but as a part of purana , itihasa. etc ,normally traced through its menion in sankalpa vakya(epilogue)(that begins ...
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How is the name Shiva connected with the aspect of the Supreme Lord?

Lord Shiva is called by many names and the name 'Shiva' is one of the most popular names! The names Maheswara, Parameswara, Ishana, Isha, Pashupati, etc denote that Lord is Ruler due to these names ...
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Is there any scriptural proof that shri krishna's name is three times more powerful as of Shri Ram

I came across many gaudiya Vaishnavas saying such. Is there any scriptural proof??
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Is this citation present in Kurma Purana?

Somebody with the handle of jayatuvaishnavadharma at Quora says: The dvaitins quote a pramana from the kurma purANa to justify this as follows: raxitaM naiva shaknoShi svAtmAnamapi shaN^kara | ...
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What is the History of Nāgavaṃśa? Is there any mention of them in the Puranas or other texts?

A lot of jati-s claim descent from the Naga-s, I wanted to know more about their History
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Is there any mention of the previous birth of Rishi Markandeya?

Does any scripture mentions about the previous birth of Rishi Markandeyaji?
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Was wife of Ved-Vyas a Brahmini or Murdhabhishikta?

I am asking this question as I wanted to know if a Murdhabhishikta man can marry a Brahmini girl or not. Ved-Vyas was a Murdhabhishikta as he had a Brahmin father(Parashara) and Kshatriya mother( ...
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