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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Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods?

Please mention the shloka that explicitly states that there are 33 crores of Hindu Gods. Please do not quote Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, because I think it just states that there are 33 gods. Not 33 ...
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Is there a solution to stop suffering?

Does Hinduism provide a solution to stop suffering due to past life karmas? As suicide is not an option according to Garuda Purana, is there another way? What does a man to do according to scriptures ...
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Are there any references to Gravity in Hindu Scriptures?

Are there any references to Gravity or any fundamental forces in Hindu Scriptures viz. Vedas, Upanishands and Puranas or any Scientific Vedic Scriptures?
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How did Mlechha (foreigners) people come into existence? [duplicate]

People of four castes that is found in India were born from mouth , shoulders , thighs and leg of Brahma. How mlechhas (foreginers) came into existence ? Do Vedas or any other Hindu texts specify them ...
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What is the reference to the "mythical story" behind Sadhguru's Dhyanalinga consecration?

In this video, Sadhguru reveals the secret of the Dhyanalinga. In this context, he said that there was a yogi named Sunira. He was the next generation of Saptarishis. He had the plan to create a ...
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Is it a sin to be unproductive in Hinduism?

I know that doing Karm and hard work is the only source to the fruit. But does wasting time and not doing Karm is a sin? (wasting time by indulging in materialistic pleasures such as playing video ...
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Why Bhagavata purana is considered the foremost of all puranas?

The Bhagavata Purana is considered to be the purest and greatest of all the puranas. Great Sage Veda Vyasa was credited to had authored Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad means "beautiful" or "opulent," and ...
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Why bhagavatam is authentic for Iskcon?

Why iskcon is taking bhagavatam as authentic other then Vishnu Purana and Shiva Purana and skanda Purana ? Do iskcon consider other then bhagavatam all puranas are interpolated
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Does the fever curing mantra given by Dvivida found elsewhere? Is it in a mantra group family? Are any other mantras supposed to be written?

In Chapter 27 of the Kalki Purāṇa a short mantra is written by Dvivida for curing Lakṣmaṇa of a fever: समुद्रस्योतरे तीरे द्विविदो नाम वानरः Samudrasyotare tīre Dvivido nāma Vānaraḥ This is an odd ...
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Is there any scriptural basis for the claim that Europeans/White people are vanaras and belong to Hanuman's lineage?

According to some Europeans, they were treated as untouchables in the 17th century in India. According to the Nepali civil code of 1854 they were "Pani Na Chalne Chhoichhito Haalnu Naparne" ...
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Did Madhavacharya do any research on Puranas?

Did Madhavacharya do any research on Puranas? Did Madhavacharya told interpolations in Puranas ?
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Do any commentators told about interpolation of puranas?

Commentators told about interpolation in Puranas Which Purana do commentators takes as authentic ? Do any commentators list interpolation puranas ?
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How to tell if a new scripture is authentic, according to scripture?

The dating for the Purāṇas is not given in scripture, meaning one could easily conclude they are still being composed to account for language changes, changes in theme, etc. Anyway, say a new ...
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Are all the 18 paurāṇika literature authentic? [closed]

Are all the 18 Purāṇas authentic? Bhagavatam is interpolated thus, bhagavatam is unauthentic? Devî bhagavatam is interpolated thus, Devî Bhagavatam is unauthentic? Vishṇu Purāṇa lost some slokas for ...
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Will a sati go to heaven or hell?

Parasara Smriti 4.30 “A widow, who immolates herself on the same funeral pile with her deceased husband, resides in heaven for ten millions of years, which is the number of hairs on the human body.” ...
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Skanda Purana in sanskrit

I am trying to find pdf of Skanda Purana in sanskrit. Is complete unabridged sanskrit Skanda Purana online or in PDF format? Please provide it.
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Are the epics mentioned in Hinduism but never written down and given to humans ever named?

When we think of epics in Hinduism, we usually think of the Mahābhārata or the Rāmāyaṇa. However there are a bunch more epics that are suggested to exist somewhere, but not retold to humans. The most ...
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Is Nala and Damayanti story mentioned in Puranas?

Is Nala and Damayanti story mentioned in Puranas like Skanda Purana and others?
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Most Hindu stories are told by someone in another story. How do you know you can trust the narrator?

Is there any way to tell if a narrator is trustworthy or not. Do scriptures ever deal with the issue of which narrators are trustworthy and which are not? This is especially true for stories within ...
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Is Kurma Purana really both highly praising and degrading Shaivas at the same time? [closed]

Here I am giving unconfirmed sources. In Kurma Purana II.39.56-62, Shiva says Indeed the holy Pasupata vow has been formerly designed by me for the achievement of liberation. It is the greatest of ...
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Classification of Mahapuranas on the three Gunas Sat, Rajas and Tamas

Wikipedia on “Puranas” have shown classification of the Mahapuranas on the basis of the three gunas of Sat, Rajo and Tamo with the caveat “Scholars consider the Sattva-Rajas-Tamas classification as "...
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Is Earth Jambudvipa or Bhu-mandala?

Is Earth Jambudvipa or Bhu-mandala? There are seven dvipas in BhUloka. One of the dvipas is Jambudvipa. Jambudvipa has 9 varshas. One of the varshas in Jambudvipa is Bharatavarsha: Text 5: Bhū-...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

I came across two answers Bhagavata-Purana Considered as best and Devi Bhagavata Purana Considered as best. On the same lines, are there any claims about other puranas claiming themselves or others ...
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Do we have any record of events in any previous Kaliyuga?

We know that at the end of every Dwapara yuga, Vyasa compiles the events of the yugas into various puranas. These puranas sometimes contains stories and other details about Kritayuga, Dwapara Yuga and ...
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Is catur vyuha mentioned in puranas?

Is catur vyuha of Vishnu mentioned in puranas and Mahabharata?
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Do Vedas forbid Sannyasa in Kali Yuga?

Someone told me that Brahma-vaivarta Purana & Krsna-jnama Khanda have this verse: asvamedham gavalambham sannyasam palapaitrkam devarena sutopattim kalau panca vivarjayet The above verse seems to ...
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What is the story of suryagrahan and chandragrahan as per scriptures?

I have read in a quora answer that rahu and ketu desired to eat surya and chandra as revenge for what happened to them. They chased surya dev and chandra dev who took surrender in lord shiva. Seeing ...
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Did adi shankara accept purans as a valid source of information/knowledge? [duplicate]

Did adi shankara accept purans as a valid source of information/knowledge? If not why did he rejected the Puranas because they are also divine in origin?
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Is Ucchista ganapati mentioned in puranas?

Is Ucchista ganapati mentioned in Puranas? Is the story of Ucchista ganapati mentioned in scriptures?
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Is the Hinduism we follow today baseless from a Vedic Perspective?

The Vedic (Rgvedic primarily) texts are quite different from the Puranic stories we know (and love) today. Does this mean the Puranic deities* we worship and stories we read are false from a Vedic ...
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What was Adi Shankara's view on Puranas?

Puranas are the scriptures of Hinduism which are accepted by some people and rejected by some people. There are 18 Mahapuranas which are the most important. The basic theory that puranas are ...
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Does Vedic Hinduism exist today?

It seems that the rituals, customs, deities, methods of worship etc. in Hinduism today are mainly based on various Puranas and not the Vedas. Even the Vedic Gods are not worshiped in temples. Very few ...
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Some mantras which require minimal level of efforts to make them siddha?

Please tell some Mantras which require minimal efforts to get Siddhi over them, so that one can feel their miracle and power.
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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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How many puranas got interpolation? [closed]

Do bhagavatam got interpolation Do Shiva purana got interpolation Do Devi bhagavatam got interpolation Do Vishnu Purana Do 18 puranas got interpolation
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Are there any references in Puranas to justify the deification of epithets, which is contrary to Rig Vedic principles?

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
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How did the Puranas justify the deification of epithets, which is contrary to Rig Vedic principles, therefore, anti-Hindu or anti-Sanatana Dharma? [closed]

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
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Best and easy methods to earn lots of punya

Any method to earn lots of punya which is not required to be done regularly. It should be some sort of one time activity or anything which can be repeated again and again but there shouldn't be any ...
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Is there any Vedic reference of Lord Shiva or Lord Rudra worshipping Maa Siddhidatri to attain Siddhis?

Here is what I found on Wikipedia: Siddhidhatri is the ninth form of the Goddess Durga or Parvati, the meaning of her name is as follows: Siddhi means supernatural power or meditative ability, and ...
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Any scripture mentions naagmani? [duplicate]

Is naagmani a fictional thing or mentioned in scriptures? Also what about those special kind of naags?
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What is the correct order for reading shastras? [duplicate]

There are lots of shastras in hinduism. Mahapurans and Upapurans, lots of geetas, dharma shastras, shad darshan, agamas, upanishads and vedas. Please tell the correct order to read them to grasp it in ...
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How can one become brahma/vishnu/shiv?

I heard that one can become Indra if he does 1000 rajsuvi/ashwamedha yajna(not sure). But is there anywhere in shastras written how can one become one among tridevs?
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Time travel in Hindu scripture

A text says that a king named Kakudmi time-traveled in a two-way trip (Earth ⇒ Brahmaloka and Brahmaloka ⇒ Earth). It also says that there is difference in frequency of times at different planes in ...
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What verses talk about other universes in the Puranas? [duplicate]

Which verses in the Puranas talk about countless other universes?
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Does the Saura Purana foretell the appearance of Madhvacharya?

Madhvacharya was a Dvaita philosopher who propounded Dvaita philosophy by writing commentaries on Prasthanatrayi. I heard that his appearance was foretold in Saura Purana as an incarnation of a demon ...
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Story of Purandara Indra

Every kalpa has 14 manvantaras and each manvantara has an Indra. Name of current Indra is Purandhara. Anybody knows, previous life of the current Indra Purandara? How exactly he became qualified to ...
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How many lipis are mentioned in scripture?

How many lipis are mentioned in scripture like our Hindu scripture In which lipi Vedas and Mahabharata and Purana as been written
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Any examples of remarried widows (punarbhū) in Hindu scripture?

Here are the dictionary meanings of the word पुनर्भू (punarbhū): mfn. being renewed, restored to life or youth RV. AV. f. a virgin widow re-married AV. &c f. re-existence W. I'm ...
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Are there any slokas/ verses/ scriptures to cure or avoid diseases

Since we have this vast documented mythology related things, I am curious to know is there any book or something of this nature that outlines the verses / slokas that one can chant to ward off some ...
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Complete English translations of Puranas

Some English translations of Puranas can be found online here: Vishnu purana (a) Garuda purana (abridged) (b) Garuda purana (full) Bagavata Purana Shiva Purana Linga purana (a) Brahmanda Purana (b) ...

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