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 is the story of Svarbhanu, the asura responsible for eclipse?

There is an existing question that has reference to mention of Svarbhanu in Rig Veda. But I am more interested in related stories - be it from brahmanas, ithasas or puranas. Specifically, what was his ...
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Is there a Hindu Scripture that prescribes monogamy?

Polygamy in Vedas Krishna Yajur Veda 6.5.1.4 therefore as one goes many follow; therefore one becomes superior among many; therefore one wins many wives Polygamy in Ithihas: Mahabharata Adi ...
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Reconciling the Kalpa Bheda between Devi Sati and Devi Parvati taking basis from the Puranas, including Srimad Bhagavata Purana

According to the Skanda Purana, Dēvī Sati was born in the previous Kalpa (Pitri Kalpa) before the present Śvetavārāha Kalpa and after self-immolation was reborn as Goddess Pārvatī near the end of the ...
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Is the adhyatma Ramayana part of the brahmanda purana?

It is traditionally accepted that adhyatma Ramayana is a part of the brahmanda purana but according to Wikipedia it was written in 14th century.Does that mean it was added later to the brahmanda ...
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What arguments are made by scholars and non-Śāktas to prove the Devī Bhāgavata isn't a major Purāṇa?

As the title says, what are the arguments usually made by scholars and non-Śāktas (Vaiṣṇavas & others) when they say the Devī Bhāgavata Purāṇa doesn't belong in the list of 18 Mahā-purāṇas?
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Oldest scripture that mentions Lord Parashurama?

Which scripture (Itihasa, Purana, etc.) mentions Lord Parashurama for the first time?
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Vishnu Purana, 1st Amsha, chapter 4 Shloka 35, refers to Varaha as “one who enveloped earth in 1 step”. How can Vamana reference come?

Vishnu Purana, 1st Amsha, chapter 4 Shloka 35 (पदक्रमक्रांता भुवम), refers to Varaha as "one who enveloped earth in 1 step". Can someone please explain as to how Vamana avatar reference ...
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For how many manvantaras did Prithu rule the Earth?

Prithu, son of Vena is a partial incarnation of Lord Vishnu who ruled the Earth for a long time. He is also mentioned in the Vedas. He is the seer of Mandala 10 hymn 148 of the Rigveda. He is famous ...
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What is and where is story of Ahobila Nava Narasimhas found?

There are 9 deities of Narasimha in Ahobilam. What is the story of each Narasimha and name of each deity? Is Ahobila kshetra described in any puranas?
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What happens to previous Nirguna Parabrahmans from previous cosmic cycles?

Trying to find this answer for many years and unable to receive answer If Parabrahman can take different forms after each Mahapralaya, then what happens to the previous Nirguna Parabrahmans from ...
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Story where rishi Durvasa cursed Mother Saraswati

In particular, I'm looking for the story, where rishi Durvasa cursed mother Saraswati, because he couldn't pronounce something that lord brahma had taught him and mother Saraswati laughed at him when ...
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Why many people say that supreme god is kabir? [duplicate]

I know this might sound crazy but I wanna know how many of you know about sant rampal? I'm not promoting anything here just wanted to know the truth about this. He said kabir is supreme god. Can ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Hari, who rescued the elephant Gajendra?

One of the most famous stories of Vishnu is the Gajendra Moksham episode, described the Eighth Skanda of the Srimad Bhagavatam. For those who don't know, once a king named Indradyumna, who was a ...
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What are the exact 18 Mahapuranas? [duplicate]

What are the names of 18 Mahapuranas?Some resources have Bhavisya Purana but do not have Shiva Purana in their list, while some have Shiva Purana in place of Bhavisya Purana. I came across this ...
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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says: अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति...
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Can anyone share the complete pdf of bramhanda purana. i've came across many websites but it doesn't contain the full brahanda purana

Can anyone share the complete PDF of bramhanda Purana in Sanskrit or Telugu. I've came across many websites but they doesn't contain the full bramhanda Purana with Bandasura vada story.i want to read ...
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Who is Lord Dattatreya and Lord Dakshinamurthy? What is their relation with other avatars? When did they originate? What is their true timeline?

I know many say lord dattatreya and lord dakshinamurthy are guru rupas or avatars of Vishnu and shiva, but are they really? Can someone really tell the truth? Also what were they doing in other kalpas ...
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Who is lord varaha? [duplicate]

I have read lots of references about lord varaha but I wanna know the actual truth. From where and whom did lord varaha came from? In which timeline? What happened after? Is he mentioned in Vedas?
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What is the story of Kali the demon?

There is a demon named Kali on whose name Kaliyuga is there. In which of the Puranas his story is given? What is the story of the demon Kali?
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Danu is the predecessor of the race of Danavas (demons)

In Brahmanda Purana, http://www.gloriousindia.com/scriptures/puranas/brahmananda_purana/preaching_of_bruhaspati.html Bruhaspati replied "In the distant past, Diti, the second wife of Kashyapa gave ...
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Which Mahavishnu/Vishnu got tired during material creation?

The significance of the Puranas and Upapuranas and their stories is known to any Indian worldwide. The eternal story in which Mahavishnu (one of the three Parmatama expansions) gets extremely tired ...
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Who are the wives of Lord Ganesha?

I sometimes read that Lord Ganesha's wives were 'Siddhi' and 'Buddhi' and sometimes 'Riddhi' and 'Siddhi' and also sometimes that all 3 'Riddhi', 'Siddhi' and 'Buddhi' were his wives. Can anyone ...
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Who is (are) the physician(s) of Gods / Devas?

In various Puranas and Scriptures the twins Ashwini Kumaras are referred to as physicians of the Gods. It was to them Maharishi Dadhichi imparted the knowledge of the Sanjeevani Mantra to the twins ...
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Are Shiva , Vishnu and Brahma non vedic Gods?

I got to know that Shiva is non Vedic god that got assimiliated into mainstream hinduism on the Puranic age. Are Vishnu and Brahma also non Vedic gods? As those three are considered manifestation of ...
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Are there any Puranic or other references / pictures to Shiva having Five-headed Vasuki?

Are There any Puranic or other references / pictures to Shiva having Five-headed Vasuki? Or for Lingam or Amba. Appreciate Your help!
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Height of lord shiva?

I was looking at some facebook posts and below is a pic I found in a post. Do we have any providence about this in hindu puranas?? Or someone has just put this without any knowledge or for fun or ...
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How does Brahma look?

Does Brahma look like an old deity, having white hair? What is his body complexion - red, golden or something else. Does he use rosaries for chanting? If so then which rosaries does he use(rudraksha ...
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Is the notion of sattvik, tamasic and rajasic puranas genuine?

e.g. Ramanuja has said that any Puranic content that disagrees with Vishnu purana is Tamasic. Ramanuja's criterion would make the widespread Narasimha story Tamasic since it occurs only in a ...
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What is the purpose of tamasic purana if it leads to hell?

In padma purana it classifies some puranas as rajasic and tamasic, specifically it says tamasic puranas will lead to hell. I do not understand this verse, as it seems to contradict what I have known ...
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What are the arguments given by some scholars that the Vishnu Puranas are Tamasic?

Some scholars think that the Vishnu Puranas are actually tamasic, but what are their arguments for this?
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Is it SPECIFICALLY mentioned in the Vedas, Agamas, Itihasa or Puranas that left-handed men are inherently evil?

Scriptures say that our left hand is not to be used for eating, drinking and puja rituals like feeding idols. Some cultures say its bad to eat, drink or do auspicious things by using the left hand. ...
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Who wrote or composed (put together) the Puranas?

I want to know who has written our Puranas? Where in our scriptures, is it mentioned about the author? Are the Puranas created and composed ('put together out of existing material') by the same person(...
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Geological changes in Hindu Scriptures

In Hinduism there are very large spans of time when yugas are considered. Is there any mention of significant Geological changes? We see the account of a large flood as part of the Matsya Avatara, ...
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Sequential Order of Puranas

We all know that there are 18 puranas in the Hindu mythology. The puranas were composed one after the another. What is the sequential order of the puranas, from the first to the last?
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I am looking for a pdf version of Skanda Purana, in Sanskrit “and” its translation (either English or Hindi) in the same book [duplicate]

I am looking for a pdf version of Skanda Purana, in Sanskrit "and" its translation (either English or Hindi) in the same book. Its quite important! Please let me know!
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Why casteism is based on birth rather than present Gunas & Karmas?

I've seen many Brahmins & Kshatriyas (called) behaving like Shudras (called). Being wallowed in material pleasures,cruelty,ignorance etc. On the other hand we find many Shudras behaving like ...
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Rules for Reading scriptures [duplicate]

I am very much intrested in reading every hindu mythology scriptures. I know that in my life time it may not be possible. But would like to cover as many as possible. My daily schedule is very busy. ...
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Why does Lord Ganesha have an elephant head?

A lot of Hindu gods have human heads. However, this is not the case with Lord Ganesha, who has an elephant head. Why does he have an elephant head?
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Why Devi Bhagavata Purana, being a Purana for feminine deity, insults women?

Devi Bhagavatam 2.6.46 अपुत्रस्य गतिर्नास्ति स्वर्गे गन्तुं परन्तप। येन केनाप्युपायेन पुत्रस्य जननं चरेत्॥ ४६ ॥ Pandu, living in ascetics' Hermitage, heard mistakenly thus- A sonless ...
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What kind of clothing did epic and purana characters wear?

Please mention the sanskrit words/titles for clothes, Are there instances where kind, type of clothing should be used is discussed? Or even in suggestive types in puranas? Like gods wearing clothes, ...
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Do all followers of Ramakrishna Order take Puranic stories allegorically?

This answer says: All these Puranic stories are taken from the book 'Hindu Gods and Goddesses' by Swami Harshananda. Swami Harshananda of the Ramakrishna Order is an Advaitist and does not take the ...
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What is the correspondence between Khandas and Samhitas in the Skanda Purana?

As far as I know, the only unabridged English translation of the Skanda Purana is the translation published by Motilal Banarsidass, which you can read here. As you can see from the Table of Contents ...
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Why was the Samudra Manthan performed?

There was a mention of "Samudra Manthan" (the churning of the ocean) in Hindu mythology. Why was it performed? Please also mention the items which resulted from the churning, with a small explanation ...
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What do scriptures say about Lake Manasarovar?

I have heard it said that Lord Shiva abides in yoga on Mt. Kailasha and that darśana thereof destroys attachment to delusion. I found information about Mt. Kailash in the question How is Mount ...
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Do any authentic scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayan talk about Shambuka's story (from Uttara Kanda)? [duplicate]

According to the Ramayana, Shambuka, a Shudra ascetic, was slain by Rama for attempting to perform penance. This act of Shambuka was perceived by Rama as the act in violation of dharma as he believed ...
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Is there any mention about Bhanamati in Puranas?

I was watching Ramanand Sagar Shree Krishna. I found some incidents which I didn't knew. For eg. Krishna went to Yamlok to revive Punardatta son of Sandipani Muni for Guru Dakshina But on the ...
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Are any palm leaves of puranas preserved and available today?

Are there any palm leaves of hindu scriptures (especially puranas) available for us to read today? Also I am interested to know whether any ashramas or certain brahmin families have the oral ...
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What/where is the origin of “every time I carry you this way”

I was recently reading Heinrich Zimmer's Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization and encountered his explanation of the cycles of Yuga's. He recounted from one of the Puranas the description ...
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What is the origin story of Kaal Brahm in our scripture? [duplicate]

I came across the origin story of Kaal Brahm. He was supposedly banished from Satyalok (along with his wife Prakriti) by Kabir Dev. He is also considered the creator of our Brahmaand , our trilok and ...
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Where Epics and Puranas are mentioned as 5th Veda?

There are 4 vedas - Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. But in several places few scriptures are mentioned as 5th Veda, such as: Mahabharata The boon-giving great one then taught ...

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