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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Do any scriptures prohibit charitable giving in Devaloka?

As I discuss in this answer, the Kedara Kanda of the Skanda Purana describes Mahabali's previous birth as a gambler who was a sinner all his life. Before he dies, the gambler accidentally makes an ...
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Importance and Worshiping of Tulasi-devi in every resident [duplicate]

I read an article of Srimati Tulasi-devi (Reference) and its importance also. Amazing and awesome. I want to know 1. there is any other historical incidents about the Tulasi Madam in Hinduism and ...
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Which scripture mention Race among the Gods to marry Ahalya?

Nearly everyone knows the famous story of Adulteration of Indra with Ahalya. But there is a story of how Ahalya was married to Gautama Rishi. I have heard there was competition among Gods to marry ...
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Stories Of Yagnavalkya Rishi (याज्ञवल्क्य ऋषि)

What is the Story Of Shree Yagnavalkya Rishi giving back his Knowladge to his Guru Shree Vaisampayana (वैशंपायन). What is the story of Shree Yagnavalkya Rishi and Godess Saraswati?
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What Scriptures describe Rasaleela of Rudra (Shiva) with Krishna?

Some blogs on internet say Lord Shiva (in human form "Rudra") participated in divine dance (Rasaleela) with Krishna at Vrindavan. Did Bhagavatam or any Purana mention Shiva (Rudra) dancing with ...
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Theertha Prasad and Sadari

In the Vishnu temples theertha Prasad is offered and thereafter sadari is kept. Some archakas say do not apply the theertha after consuming because sadari is kept on the head which is Nammalwar [...
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Garuda and Lizard

I came to know recently that Garuda willnot fly and lizard will not make sound in and around Kasi for a distance of 45 miles. Any reason from puranas??
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Influence of the classical Upanishads on the belief of the maiority of contemporary Hindus

Nearly every book about the classical Upanishads emphasizes their importance for every Hindu. The Upanishads are considered part of Shruti. My question asks for the relevance of the Upanishads for ...
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English translation of complete Garuda Purana

Where can I find English translation of complete Garuda Purana online? Related question: Complete English translations of Puranas
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Are the texts of Magha Purana, Kartika Purana and Vaisakha Purana available in Sanskrit or English?

Are the texts of Magha Purana, Kartika Purana and Vaisakha Purana available in English or Sanskrit. If they are taken from major puranas, which puranas contain them? Magha purana is said to be part of ...
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Story of Lord Vishnu's sword Nandaka?

According to Annamayya Telugu Movie, Lord Venkateswara sends his sword NANDAKA to take birth as Tallapaka Annamacharya to compose Telugu songs for Him, at request of Padmavathi Devi. I know Sudarshana ...
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Description obout Qualities of Human Mind and Advice for Mind , from Ancient Hinduism texts?

In Which ancient writtings , Shlokas , Books we find more description about Human Mind ? eg. description of Human Mind's characteristics , qualities, It's strength and weakness etc.? What texts ...
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Time Frame to perform Homam

If there is a death in the house [especially parents] what is the time frame to conduct Homam? Should it be performed after Varushapdhigam [after one year of ceremony]? Albeit I am doing homams this ...
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Shree Ganesha and Sweet Dumplings (मोदक)?

Why Shree Ganesha Or Shree Ganapati likes Sweet Dumplings or Modaka (मोदक) so much.? Which are the sanskrit Scriptures from Puranas denoting this favourite food of Shree Ganesha?
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What scriptures describe Ganesha riding an elephant?

As I discuss in this question, when a mantra is given in the Puranas, it is usually preceded by a Dhyanam, which describes the appearance of the god whom you're supposed to meditate upon before ...
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Verses about homosexuality

I am looking for verses in scriptures which mention homosexuality specifically, that is man having sex with man or woman having sex with woman, not vague terms like napumsaka or kliba which can mean ...
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What scriptures other than the Skanda Purana contain the Shuklambharadharam verse?

Before reciting the Vishnu Sahasranamam, it is traditional to recite the following Shloka: शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् | प्रसन्न वदनं धयायेत सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये || Shuklambaradharam ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Prishnigarbha?

When Vishnu appeared before Vasudeva and Devaki in their prison cell in order to incarnate as Krishna, he told them about how he was born to them in previous births as well, as described in the Srimad ...
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Where is the Shanti Mantra for Sri Rudram mentioned in Scriptures (Vedas/Puranas)?

The Shanti Mantra for Shri Rudram is as follows: हरि: ॐ इडादेवहुर्मनुर्यग्न्यनिब्रुहस्पतिरुक्तथामदानि स(गुन०)सिशदविश्वेदेवा: सुक्तवाच: प्रुथिविमातर्मा मा हि(गुन०)सि: मघुमनिश्ये मघुजनिश्ये ...
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Where in the Narada Purana is the prophecy of Ramanujacharya?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect of Hinduism (of which I'm a member) was founded by Nathamuni, based on the beliefs and principles embodied in the poems of the Alwars, a group of ...
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Who is the Creator of all Energy and Sources in the Universe? [duplicate]

Who is the creator of all Energy and Sources in the Universe?I want to know the name of the God.
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Dharma who “propagated Yagna”?

As I discuss in my question here, the Matsya Purana describes various incarnations that Vishnu has taken in the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). In particular, here is what it ...
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Is there any clue in Hinduism religion that depicts “Tree has life”? [duplicate]

Is there any clue in Hinduism religion that depicts Tree has life? If anyone has answer please answer it. Thanks.
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Why is the rishi of the Gayatri Panjara hymn listed as “So 'ham” - “I am That”?

The Gayatri Panjara, AKA the Savitri Panjara, is a hymn to Gayatri, five-headed wife of Brahma and goddess of the Vedas. Here is the preamble to the hymn given in this excerpt from the Narada Purana: ...
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Why would Kali Demon cause misery?

It is said in the Kalki Purana --> "According to Kalki Purana, Kali demon will rule the earth and bring sin and misery to the people. When the first stage of the Kali Yuga begins, the varna system ...
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Controversial topics over veg vs non veg and ceremonial sacrifices of animals [duplicate]

Does it state outright & clearly anywhere in Hindu scriptures & holy books to NOT eat non veg food? Also, is it true that old rishi munis made sacrificial ceremonies of goat, cows and buffalo ...
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Was the Brahmaputra River created by Lord Brahma?

I want to know that was the river Brahmaputra created by Lord Brahma or any other God?
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Where is Buddhism also considered a Valid Path in Hindu scriptures?

The Philosophy of Buddhism is directly refuted itself in Brahma Sutras. But refutation of Philosophy doesn't mean that the path is not Valid. For eg. Adi Shankaracharya also refuted the Philosophy ...
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How does western model of human evolution fit with Vedic literature?

As per western model of human evolution, modern humans are more advanced than our ancestors thousands and millions years ago. Then how could our ancestors could have built up such a massive literature ...
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Can bad karma or sins be really washed away? [duplicate]

As we know, the karmic accounts of good karma and bad karma are different. If we do good karma, we get good fruits, and if we do bad karma, we get bad fruits. Good karmas do not counter-balance bad ...
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Do we have any account of Nand and Yashoda's daughter's afterlife?

In Shreemad Bhagavatam, we have read that infant Krishna was replaced by an infant girl by Vasudeva. This girl was the daughter of Nanda and Yashoda and when Kansa tried to kill that girl she changed ...
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Was Nandi really a bull?

The general belief about Nandi (related to Lord Shiva) is that he is a bull who is generally in human form but at times changes into the form of a bull. But after reading Shiva Purana, I feel that ...
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Rudra's confrontation with the Devas at Yajna and slaying of Prajapathi

I am referring to this blog where the following is stated: There is a persistent motif of the deva Rudra (Śiva) being originally refused ritual offerings of the yajña to which the other deva-s ...
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Which scripture talks about the story of Kubera robbing a temple of Shiva?

This encyclopedia of Hindu mythology says the following about how Kubera became a god: There are two versions of how Kubera was elevated to the stature of a god. The first version postulates that ...
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Why Lord Shiva is depicted as Lord of Time?

Kali Mata was named as Kaali because she is wife of Lord Shiva, who is said to be Lord of time. As He is Lord of time, few avatars or Amsas of Him are named after him such as KaalaBhairava. What is ...
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Vahanas of Gods

Why Gods and Goddesses (Devas and Devis) have their own vehicles, mounts or vahanas which comprise various types of animals and birds? Do they have some physical significance?
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Does Karma (going from a higher life-form to a lower one) only apply to humans?

As most of you might know that in Hinduism, it is believed that you and every other living thing consist of two things one is "a soul" which is indestructible, true and reality. No harm can be done to ...
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Why most Gods are symbolised based on living things.?

Why most Gods are symbolised based on living things.? we see shiva vishnu all in human form.
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Difference between Jeeva and Atman

I have read in an forum that Jeeva means Soul or individual self. Typically it contains seven layers(koshas).It is the one who was shackled in prakriti(Maya). On death of physical body it gets new ...
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Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha, the past life of Karna?

Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha (one who has a thousand armors) - the purva janmam (past life) of Karna?
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Will Parashurama reappear in Kaliyuga?

According to Hindu mythology, Parashurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu. He appeared during the last Treta and Dwapara Yugas, he also played important role in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Are there ...
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Why did Lord Vishnu murder King Bali? [duplicate]

We know that King Bali wanted to become more powerful than Indradev . But he was very famous in public for his kindness . Then 1.Why Lord Vishnu murdered King Bali in his Vaman Avatar? ...
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What can one see of the future by realizing the Supreme?

Since some events in our lives are pre-determined and some are not (from here), if one gets knowledge of supreme and he's able to see the future, would he see only some things (pre-determined) that ...
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Who are the Asuras/Rakshasas Malyavan says Vishnu has slain?

The Sixth Chapter of the Uttarakanda tells about how the devas, unable to withstand the torture of Malyavan, Mali and Sumali, the three sons of Sukesha, rushed to Lord Shiva and then to Lord Vishnu ...
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Scriptural mention of places other than India? [duplicate]

Besides the Indian subcontinent, are there any Puranic or Vedic references or mention of other places on Earth? I know about Sri Lanka mentioned in Ramayana. But other than Lanka and India, what do ...
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Why didn't Bhishma Pitamaha stop Kamsa? [closed]

We know Bhishma Pitamaha was a legendary warrior. He always fought for the right thing and for truth. Then, if Kamsa was doing so much evil, and Bhishma Pitamaha was already there on Earth, why didn'...
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Who was King Narishyant?

What is the story of the king Narishyant the eldest son of King Marut? In Which yuga he was born? Who was his mother Sukesha- the daughter of Kekaya or Saindhavi- the daughter of Sindhuraaj or ...
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Does Hinduism encourage dead body preservation?

I have had a doubt that do hindus encourage body preservation as Muslims and Egyptian did?
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Is Jesus really one of the disputes of Sidhas in Himalayas? [duplicate]

I came to know that Jesus in his childhood, in spite of giving respect to his father Joseph's words, came to India to learn magical talents and spirituality from Sidhas in Himalayas. After learning ...
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What is the puranic divisions of time?

How many divisions of time in the Hindu Scriptures?