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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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Verses on efficacy of prayer over rituals

Whatever little amount of scripture has been read shows that while they speak much on importance of rituals, sadācāra & siddhānta, very few mentions were obtained about prayer. In these times, ...
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Regarding shudhi of semem

Sometimes after sex with my wife when my semen is in the hand I touch phone , door knobs etc and after bath when I try to maintain madi I doubt phone , door knobs etc having small smears of semen and ...
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How to deal with a disobedient wife?

Pranam, If wife is disobedient and does not follow Dharma what should a husband do according to smritis and puranas? Should he leave her?
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Why did some Hindu gurus like Vivekananda tell people to serve humanity and do charity when it is banned in Hinduism?

Vivekananda, and several other 19th-20th century Hindu gurus, were known for how much they stressed on service to humanity and doing charity. Vivekananda said: It is a privilege to serve mankind, for ...
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Are gods in Hinduism completely metaphorical and anthropomorphisation of normal objects?

When reading certain excerpts from Vedas, I felt like these gods like Agni, Rudra, Indra, etc are actually not beings but anthropomorphized versions of stuff like fire, Sun, wind, clouds, etc. In ...
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Since Hinduism teaches kindness and compassion to all living beings, why not to Sudras and Avarnas? [duplicate]

This is a genuine question I have regarding Hinduism. Almost all scriptures from Vedas to Upanishads to Dharmasutras to Puranas teach love, kindness and compassion to 'living beings'. Out of ...
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Who abducted Indra's wife Sachi?

When Ravana came to abduct Sita, Sita told Ravana that Valmiki Ramayana, Aranyakandam, Chapter 48 (last part) One can breathe on this earth carrying away Indra's wife, Sachi—but stealing me, the wife ...
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How do Rahu and Ketu have the head and body of a serpent?

Well, most of us know about Rahu and Ketu. Most pictures of them show that Rahu had a snake's body and Ketu had a snake's head. But, how do they get that? Do any scriptures mention it?
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If every Purana is written in different Kalpa, then the incidents of Ramayana written in these Puranas are also according to the same Kalpa?

Every Purana contains a description of all the incarnations, and every Purana is written in a different Kalpa, so how can we understand which event has happened when?
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Despite Vritrasura, are other dragons mentioned in the scriptures?

I know that Vritrasura is mentioned as dragon in Vedas, from this question. However, i also wanted to know about is any other mentions of dragons in any scripture. So my question is, despite ...
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Hindu Equivalent of Pascal's Wager?

There is this famous wager designed by Pascal which aims to convince humans to act as if God is real Pascal's wager is a philosophical argument advanced by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), seventeenth-...
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Why does shreemat bhagvatam padam puran ghord puran narad puran said that vyas appear before shree ram

In shreemat bhagvat mahapurana padam puran ghord puran narad puran said that vyas appear before shree ram why does these puran said this because vyas appear in treatayuga
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Bhavishya Purana Copy

I have been looking online for a copy of the Bhavishya Purana and I only found Hindi and Sanskrit copies on internet archive. These are the ones I cannot read that well. I was able to find a bengali ...
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Is Lord Śiva's throat Really Blue?

We all are aware of the fact that Lord Rudra ( Śiva ) drank the Kālakūṭa poison which came out of the ocean during the Samudra Manthana and his throat became blue. But did it really become blue? In ...
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Where can i access online or pdf version of this Shiv Mahapuran in simple Hindi, refer picture attatched

Hi I am looking for this puran softcopy or online or pdf version as I am much interested to read this.
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Kakbhushandi's different versions of epics

How can there be multiple version, with different outcomes like, Pandavs losing etc. If that was the case, how would there be yug parivartan? Plus, doesn't it go against that time is helix?
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Who is Indra? From where he came?

I have read many places that Indra dev is not just a single person, but multiple as per every yug. Can someone explain: Who is Indra (god of rain)? Does Indra mean king of God ? How other dev do ...
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Shri Vishnu and Mata Parvati

I came across an article with a very weird title: The Tale of Lord Vishnu and his consort Parvati It mentions stories I have never heard or read about in any sources. So I wanted to know whether there ...
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Why was Bhisma unable to glorify Lord Shiva as he previously glorified Sri Hari Vishnu without hesitation?

In Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva we see that when Yudhisthira asked Bhishma to say about Lord Shiva , Bhisma expressed his inability to do so but when Yudhisthira asked to glorify Vishnu ji then ...
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Why is the water of samkha (conch) forbidden from being offered to Shiva even though it can offered to all other Gods?

Devi bhagavata mentions that water of Shamkha is particularly pleasing to all the Gods except Shiva. The water in the conch-shell is also very holy and pleasing to the Devas. What more than this, ...
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Why Śiva is so vehemently denigrated as Sadā-aśiva etc. only in the Brahmakhanḍa of Garuḍa purāṇa and Śaivas are said to be destined for eternal hell?

In contrast, the Ācāra khaṇḍa, chapter 24 says worshippers of Sadāśiva will become free from death itself. इच्छाज्ञानक्रियाशक्तिस्त्रिनेत्रो हि सदाशिवः ॥ एवं शिवार्च्चनध्यानी सर्वदा कालवर्जितः ॥५७৷৷ ...
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Which texts narrate about Gopeśvara Mahādeva (Śiva as Gopa) and are there versions of it in non-vaishnava texts?

This website: The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal, describes "Once, deep in meditation on the sacred Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva was enraptured by the sweet melodies of Krishna's divine flute. ...
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Are there any mentions of gemstones in the Bhagavta purana

Edited from a previous post. I came across the following quote, "Bhagavata [mentions] gemstones being discovered under earth and sea." But when I looked online I couldn't find any reference ...
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Are Airavata and the churning of the white ocean mentioned in the Bhagavata purana?

I came across the following quote, "Bhagavata [mentions] gemstones being discovered under earth and sea. ‘Airawata‘, the white celestial elephant emerging out of ocean etc." But when I ...
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chandra, bruhaspati and his wife Tara

I have read this story of chandra and Tara, wife of deva guru, bruhaspati. It is kind of hard to digest despite soma and bruhaspati considered as divine. What is this story trying to tell? Why did ...
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Is this verse present in bori Mahabharata

"Maheswara said, "Hari is superior to the Grandsire himself. He is the Eternal Purusha. Otherwise called Krishna, he is endued with the splendour of gold, and shines with effulgence like a ...
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Smarta Puranas in Hinduism

Is their any Purana which equally praises all deities and explains Smarta worship? If so please provide refrence to how so.
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How many shiva lingas can be kept at home?

What does the puranam say about keeping the number of shiva lingas at home? We traditionally have one shivalinga at the main room , on the deity altar along with maa Kali and other deity pictures , ...
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Śambhala City for resurgence of Kalkyavatar

Nowadays there are TV YouTube videos on the Śambhala City. Sounds like the lost civilization of Atlantis. This is common to Hindu/Buddhist ancestry ( Kalki Purana / Kala Chakra ) respectively. Are ...
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IS the beej mantra mentioned in this video authentic and will it work..?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqgBLCibUqQ please guide on this matter .. if not authentic can you please tell what mantra to chant to collectively please all planets and if know please recommend ...
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Does narasimha kavacham require upanayanam?

Is it true that some stotras from puranas require upanayana?
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Does the puranas say that the moon is bigger than the sun?

Does Brahmanda purana 2.21.8 claim the moon is bigger than the sun in size https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-brahmanda-purana/d/doc362839.html
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Reference Request: Wild boar and a foolish son of a king who later became wise

What's the source of this story? I don't remember the exact wordings - but I am somewhat familiar with certain lines of it A rishi angered, cursed a king that his son would be born as a murkha (or ...
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Why does Bhavishya Puran say that Shiva or Vishnu can be glorified in front of each other but not in front of Durga?

The Bhavisya Purāna has the following quote - वासुदेवामतश्चापि रुद्रमाहात्म्यवर्णनम् ।। रुद्राग्रे वासुदेवस्य कीर्तनं पुण्यवर्धनम् ।। 2.1.7.३० ।। दुर्गाग्रे शिवसूर्यस्य वैष्णवाख्यानमेव च ।। यः करोति ...
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What puranas and ithihasas to Iyers follow being an aspiring "cultured" Iyer

I am curious what Ithihasas and Puranas as well as other legendary texts Iyers follow.
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Why does the Matsya purana mention mention that certain Puranas predominantly venerate Brahmā when not even a single purana of that category exists?

Matsya Purana says- The glory of Hari is greater in Sattvika Puranas; the glory of Brahma is greater in Rajasika Puranas; and that of Agni and Shiva greater in Tamasika Puranas. In mixed Puranas, the ...
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The formation of Parashurama Kshetra

There is a popular belief in the western part of India that the territory was reclaimed by Parashurama from Varuna, leading to its popular designation as Parashurama Kshetra or Tulu Nadu. Additionally,...
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Do events of Purana like killing of Mahisasura or Ramayana Mahabharata occur on this earth or some other world we can't perceive?

I have some doubts because these timelines of billions of years doesn't fit with normal Earth
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Are Sākta Tantras mentioned/named in any purānas?

From what I have seen It is a Pretty common occurrence to See Vaishnava and Shaiva Puranas mention their respective Agamas by name. E.g. Varaha Purana mentions Narada Pancharatra and similarly Shiva ...
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Contradiction in the Varāha purana?

In the Varāha purana, Rudra Geeta, Lord Rudra says - It is for the delusion of those who are outside the Vedic fold that I introduced the sàstra called Naya, Siddhànta etc. ~Varāha Purana 70.41 ...
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Why is Shiva bhakti termed as the religion of Monsters in the Vamana purana?

Vaman Purāna 11.15-16,26 says this Does this mean if I devote myself to Shiva with the exclusion of all other devatas, It would make me a demon?
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A question about hearing abuse of saintly persons?

I read somewhere in bhagavatam probably that if a ksatriya hears abuse of saintly persons then he should kill the abuser and commit suicide and if brahmana hears abuse then he should go away from ...
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Do Any Puranas or Upanishads mention the 36 tattva system of Shaivism?

Do any Puranas or Upanishads mention the 36 tattva system of Shaivism? Or is the system purely Tantric/Agamic?
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What are the most solid evidences to prove that the Puranas and Upapuranas have undergone interpolations over time? [duplicate]

What are the most solid evidences to prove that the Puranas and Upapuranas have undergone various accretions, additions, subtractions and interpolations by various individuals over the millennia?
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Where can I find reference of Caturvarga?

According to Hinduism, there are four Purusharthas or the goal of life: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. However, in Mahabharata (Mahabharata 1.139.69-70) and Arthasastra (Arthasastra of Kauṭilya 1.7.3-...
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Transition of Vedas to Puranas and Tantric literature

How and why did the people transition from the Vedic literature to the Puranic and Tantric. If Vedas are fundamental with its essence cumulated into the Upanishads, why and how did it transition into ...
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Do any Scriptures mention the Shaivite Ritual of Linga-Dharana?

Do any Vedas, Puranas or Agamas mention the Shaivite ritual of Linga-Dharana?
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Dreams - false awakening - explanation in shastras

Hinduism says lot about dreams and it's meaning. About thuriya state etc. But I want to know about false awakening. False awakening happens when u feel that u have risen from sleep and do morning ...
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Is the Prasada / Nirmalya of Shiva impure and leads to hell?

Padma purana Uttara khanda Chapter 255 mentions the following - 98-101. Therefore, brāhmaṇas should always eat the remnants of the food offered to Viṣṇu. The remnants (of food offered to other gods) ...
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What is the Guhya Upanishad mentioned in the Kurma purana?

In The Kurma Purana, in a discourse between Himavan and Devi (Parvati), Himavan while praising the vibhutis of Devi praises her as follows - सर्वोपनिषदां देवि गुह्योपनिषदुच्यते । ईशानश्चासि कल्पानां ...
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