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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What are the 32 auspicious traits of Narayana or Lord Vishnu?

Shree Narayana is the Vedic Supreme God according to Vedas, Itihasas, Bhagavata Purana and Other Puranas (including his different avatars ) in Hinduism. He is also known as Vishnu and Hari and is ...
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What is the Yogic meaning of getting liberation by reaching Varanasi?

Varanasi which is also known by the name Kashi is one of the the most sacred place. It is also known as Avimukta which means which is never forsaken by Shiva. अविमुक्तं स्वयं लिङ्गं स्थापितं परमा...
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Is there a systematic theory to the symbolism in Hindu itihasas and puranas?

I have noticed for some time that certain themes occur in different forms in the itihasas and puranas. The characters and the settings may change in the stories or depictions, but there is an ...
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Is Badrinath actually in India?

Varahaapuran (adhay 140:) Bhagwan Varaha says - I live in kokaamukh in the base of the mountain at the intersection of "kokaa river" and "kausiki river" and will be known as Badri This ...
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Why didn't Lord Shiva realize that he was beheading his own son?

As Lord Shiva is himself one of the Trimurti, he must be a त्रिकालज्ञ (trikālajña) i.e., knower of past, present and future. If he's a trikālajña, why didn't he know that he was going to behead his ...
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Why doesn't the description of Godavari river match with what the shastras tell us?

The story of the origination of Gautami Ganga is written in Varaha Purana, adhaya 71 as: Gautama muni asked Lord Shiva for Ganga. Once he received Ganga, Gautama muni poured ganga jal on top of a ...
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What Hindu Scriptures say that Universe has diameter of fifty crore yojana?

Srila Prabhupada said that humans never went to Chandraloka as it requires enlightened soul and opined humans might have gone to other planet such as Rahu. He said whole universe is panchshat-koti-...
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Why is Lord Shiva called NilaLohita?

NilaLohita which means the Lord who is both Blue and Red. Nila means blue and Lohita means Red. NilaLohita is one of the popular name of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is called by the name NilaLohita itself ...
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Where does the Linga Purana declare Vishnu to be the supreme soul?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Is Ayodhya's location true?

Valmiki Ramayana, Balakanda, ChaturVimsha sarga, verses 8-9: Mansarovar is on Mt.Kailasa, and from Manasa sarovar flows a river close to Ayodhyapuri. Because this has originated from a lake, saraH,...
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What is the meaning of Kamakshi

What is meaning of the word 'Kamakshi'? What does the word 'Kama' here refers to ?
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What are the valid and foolproof methods of determining whether a certain scripture is interpolated or not?

It is believed that certain Hindu Scriptures (specially portions of some of the Puranas) were interpolated on a date much after its original creation. Such interpolated texts are often used by small ...
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How can Jamuna river be in India when shastras say otherwise?

This is what shastras/Purana's say about the Jamuna river- Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, Pancham Skandha , Chapter 16, shlok 16-21: "In Mandarachal, A mango fell from a mango tree into a river changing ...
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Which Puranic Scriptures describes procedure of “Ashtanga Yoga”?

Ashtanga yoga  means "eight-limbed yoga," as described by the Maharshi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. consists of the following eight spiritual practices: 1) Yama 2) Niyama 3) Asana 4) Pranayama 5) ...
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Where does the Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana state that it is the best among the 18 main Puranas?

The importance of the Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana can be ascertained from the following two passages: The Srimad Devi Bhagavatam, also known as Devi Purana, was composed into 12 chapters, ...
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Mattapalli Lakshmi Narasimha

Mattapalli is a place in Vijayawada in Andhra. There is a Lakshmi Narasimha temple in which the God is with his consort Rajyalakshmi. The krishnaveni river is so sacred. Gods Krishna, Shiva and King ...
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Immorality of the gods

Something that puzzles me is that many stories about the gods show that the gods exhibited immoral behavior sometimes. For example, Indra had sex with wives of Rishis. So, what exactly do the gods ...
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Supreme Brahman in Hinduism

Here is What i understood after reading various stories from Puranas and Mahabharatha and theories of Creationism. Vishnu Purana states Vishnu is Supreme God or Supreme Brahman. Also I read ...
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Siva Purana - Kalavati, the daughter of King of Kasi

Which Chapter and Khanda of Siva Purana has the story of Kalavati, the daughter of King of Kasi gets the panchakshari mantra from Sage Durvasa ?
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Anna Abhishekam to Lord Shiva on Full moon (Poornima thithi)

Yesterday being Poornima [full moon] Anna [rice] abhishekam was done to Lord Siva in many Siva temples in South India. In Thanjavur 1000 kgs of rice was done as annabhishekam to Lord Brahadeeswarar. ...
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Is OBE or Astral projection real ? is there any reference to it in any? [duplicate]

i would likely to know is there any reference in any of Purana about OBE or Astral projection
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Why the events mentioned in Ramayana and Mahabaratha only occured in sub continent? [duplicate]

Why the events mentioned in Ramayana and Mahabharata only occurred in sub-continent? If there were any other civilization present during those period, Why they are not mentioned in the holy ...
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Why is shiva called khandakarnan?

Some temples shiva is worshipped in the form of "khandakarnam".Even shivaling is worshipped in the same temple.
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About Skanda Shasti Fasting

Skanda Shasti is a famous festival in Tamilnadu. I want to know what is Skanda Shasti and Skanda Shasti Fasting? How to observe this fasting and pooja?
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Vedarama's historical evidence in Hinduism

Any Hindu scriptures giving evidence of Vedarama? The qualities, the traits he perceived and what good qualities we should learn from Vedarama?
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How does the names and events reoccur in different manvantara or Kalpa or different universes?

In Mahabharata Bhishm narrates the Vishnu Sahasranamam to Yudhishthir. Later he inquires about Lord Shiva; but Bhishm being incapable sends him to Lord Krishna. Bhishma in prolog to the Shiva ...
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Parents of Maha Vishnu [duplicate]

This question was asked by my 8 year old son-- Who are the parents of Mahavishnu? He further added to put this question in stack exchange. Although I told him that Lord Vishnu manisfests himself he is ...
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Origin of sloka दर्शनादभ्रसादसि

दर्शनादभ्रसादसि जननात्कमलालये ॥ काश्यन्तु मरणान्मुक्तिः स्मरणादरुणाचले ॥ It means one can get moksha by either of having darsan of Abhrasadasi (Chidambaram), dying at Kasi, birth at Kamalalaya and ...
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What do the scriptures say about Kali demon of Kaliyuga?

I wish to know everything that the scriptures say about Kali demon of Kaliyuga.
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What is the story of Kumara Swamy or Kartikeya taking the form of Subrahmanya (snake)?

Kumara Swamy or Kartikeya is also worshipped as Subrahmanya swamy (snake form). What is the story behind taking this form? Which Purana states it?
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Is this shlokha from the Garuda Purana? If so, which chapter?

From here: Garuda Purana says: tAvattapO vrataM tIrthaM japahOmArchanAdikaM vEdashAstrAgamakathA yAvattattvaM na vindati So long as one has not achieved atma jnana, one should ...
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Does shambala village exists? [closed]

Shambala village. Does this village has existed at any point of time in history or any yuga ? Or it is a mythical kingdom which is going to be show up in future? We all have heard that, when evil ...
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What is the story Of River Narmada from Puranas and significance of Narmada Parikrama?

गङ्गेच यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वति । नर्मदा सिन्धु कावेरी जलेऽस्मिन् संनिधिं कुरु ॥ "Gange Cha Yamune Chaiva Godavari Saraswati, Narmada Sindhu Kaveri Jalesmin Sannidhim Kuru" Meaning ...
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What is the story of Jadbharat?

What is the story of Jadbharat and his rebirth as deer? How he get salvation even in form of deer? This question came in my mind while reading this blog.
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What is the importance of Bhrigu Kunda?

In Mahabharata, Anushashan Parva, SECTION XXV, it is mentioned that by bathing in Bhrigu Kunda after fasting of three days, Brahmanacide (Brahma hatya) sin can be removed as I discuss in my answer ...
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Who was the first Sri Vaishnava Acharya to quote from the Srimad Bhagavatam?

Among the eighteen Mahapuranas, perhaps the most popular one among Vaishnavas today is the Bhagavata Purana, AKA the Srimad Bhagavatam. Yet Ramanujacharya, the most prominent member of the Sri ...
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What is the story regarding birth of Surya

I want to know the Puranic inscriptions regarding birth of Surya. How sun planet was created? When it was created? Why he is sometimes considered as direct expansion of Vishnu?
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Which scriptures describe the importance of Sarva-pitru Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya?

Which scriptures mention the significance of Sarva-pitru Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya and the day (or amavasya) of the year this needs to be observed? I'm looking for verses from scriptures and ...
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What is the source of the legend of Vyāghrapāda?

Which Hindu scripture narrates the story of Vyāghrapāda (the name literally means tiger-footed)? From Wikipedia: Vyaghrapada was a rishi and he was entrusted with the task of picking up fresh ...
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Mangalagiri Panakala (Panagam) Narasimha's miracle

A small town near Vijayawada named Mangalagiri. On the top of the hill Lord Narasimha in sitting posture blesses all. His mouth is wide open. Panakam(Panagam) is made of jaggery mixed with water with ...
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Where does sage Vashishta describe Vishnu's immeasurable greatness?

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, after describing Vishnu's incarnation (avataram) as Vamana the dwarf, it says this: One who is subject to death cannot measure the glories of the Supreme Personality of ...
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Yogam and Karnam

I came to know there are 27 Yogams and 11 Karnams. Half a thithi is one karnam. In this too 7 karnams will move and 4 karnams will not. Are there any instances in smritis [manu] or puranas [any]or ...
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Individual Anjaneya photo

Many people say that we should not keep individual Anjaneya photo in our house for worship. He should always be with Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. Any evidence from age old puranas or scriptures ...
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What is the origin of Chandrashekhara Ashtakam?

Chandrashekhara Ashtakam is believed to be created by Sage Marakandeya. It is believed that when Yama is trying to take life of Sage Marakandeya, then he had sung this Stotram and thus Lord Shiva has ...
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Why a husband is called पतीपरमेश्वर (Pati Parmeshwar)? Whom should a wife devote to at time of death?

As the question says, why a husband is called पतीपरमेश्वर? What does that mean for a wife? Also, our scriptures say that one who devotes to the the Supreme Soul at the time of death, reaches the ...
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What consequences will a person face if he kills a Brahmin?

What are the consequences if a person kills a Brahmin? What sort of difficulties the killer will have and what will be the after effect of Brahmin atma?
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Which Puranas or scriptures contain the sloka purāṇaṃ sarva śāstrāṇāṃ

Which Puranas or scriptures contain the śloka पुराणं सर्व शास्त्राणां प्रथमं ब्रह्मणा स्मृतम् । अनन्तरं च वक्त्रेभ्यो वेदास्तस्य विनिर्गताः ॥ purāṇaṃ sarva śāstrāṇāṃ prathamaṃ brahmaṇā smṛtam । ...
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What is the mythological origin of Vastu?

Hindus follow principles of Vastu Sastra for construction purposes. Vastu Sastra can be defined as follows: Vaastu is an ancient Indian science of architecture and buildings which helps in making a ...
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Which Puranas contain the story of Sri Kurmam temple?

Sri Kurmam is supposed to be very ancient and divine Kshetra dedicated to Kurma avatara of Sri Maha Vishnu. It was visited by Madvacharya, Ramanujacharya and Adi Shankaracharya. It is surrounded by ...
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What are the different types of Lokas? [duplicate]

What are the different types of lokas like the yamaloka,swargaloka, prithiviloka, pitrloka, bramhaloka , dhwarka dham etc ? On what basis a person is sent to one of these lokas? Who sends him?