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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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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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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Is Vishnudharmottara the second part of Vishnu Purana?

Every Mahapurana states that Vishnu Purana has 23 thousand verses but if we count the actual no. of verses there are only around 7000. So about 16 thousand verses are missing. I found another purana, ...
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Why Lord Shiva has two scorpions on his ears?

There are two scorpions on the ears of lord Shiva. Who they are & who cursed them? I would be obliged if you could answer my query and this is my first attempt.
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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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Which puranas contain the story of the contest between Ganesha and Kartikeya for vighnadhipatyam?

One of the famous stories associated with Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya is their competition between them for the leadership over the Ganas and obstacles. This story is also a part of the Vinayaka ...
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Are mythologies real (historical) or merely allegorical?

Are all mythologies real or are they stories or symbolic things meant to teach us something higher? I know that we (individuals) too are not so real as far as Vedanta is concerned. All is one. But ...
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Mahavishnu's Avataaras

Apart from the well known Dashavatra, Mahavishnu has taken many incarnations. Two readily come to the mind as Hari for liberation of Gajendra and Hu Hu and as Kapila Muni giving knowledge to His ...
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Pandharpur Mahatmya, Importance of Pandharpur

Vitthala means the one who stands on veeta(Brick), is an avatar of Shriman Naryana aka Panduranga(whose colour is like that of mud pandu). Vitthala is worshipped by Vaishnavas all over the world and ...
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What are the scriptural evidences suggesting Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the incarnation of Lord Krishna?

The Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya claim that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was an incarnation of Lord Krishna. What is the scriptural evidence behind this claim? Is he mentioned in Puranic literature?
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What scriptures describe Brihaspati's brother burning Kubera to ashes?

As I discuss in this answer, Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Vibhishana were sons of the sage Vishravas and the demoness Kaikeshi. But they weren't Vishravas' first children. Before he met Kaikeshi, ...
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Is the story of Lord Satyanarayana mentioned in the Puranas?

I would like to know if there is any reference about the appearance/form of Satyanarayana and his story, not just the mention of his name.
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Online version of Vedas, Puranas, Sutras, and Shastras in Devanagari/Sanskrit [duplicate]

Wondering if there are any/all of these online somewhere in a copyleft format (free / open source / public domain, or something similar to that), in the original Devanagari script in Sanskrit, in ...
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Difference in life of Shri Krishna in Puranas and Mahabharata [closed]

An Arya Samaj Influencer Rahul Arya claims that All fake stories have been planted in Srimad Bhagavatam, Skanda Puran and Brahma Vaivarta Puran about Krishna that he is playing with girls, Krishna ...
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Who is Bagalamukhi?

Is Bagalamukhi Parvati's different incarnation or other form of Sakthi? Which scriptures or Puranas has the story of Bagalamukhi?
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Procedure & rules to be followed while listening or narrating puranas?

I want to ask about procedure and the rules to be followed while listening or narrating the puranas and Who can read the Puranas?
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Did Ramanuja or Shankara mention the sattvic-rajsic-tamasic purana dichotomy in their works?

Padma purana classifies puranas according to gunas, but is this classification mentioned by Shankara or Ramanuja?
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Where do the Puranas say the Earth goes above Devaloka?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Are there Non-sectarian texts in Sanatan Dharma? it is not a duplicate Q [duplicate]

Disclaimer: The following question has been edited in order not to be confused with another pre-existent question which has been linked below in the body of this question. Many times it is read ...
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If the Vedas say human lifespan is 100 years, how can humans live for thousands of years in previous yugas?

This answer says that the Vedas say the average human lifespan is around 100 years. If so, how can humans live for 10,000 years plus in previous yugas? Since every word of the Veda is eternal, this ...
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Which sage will learn the Vishnu Purana at the end of the Kali Yuga?

The sage Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa (or Vyasa for short) is generally viewed as the author of the 18 Puranas. But actually the sage Parashara, Vyasa's father, authored two of them, the Vishnu ...
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Absence of names of days in scriptures. Why?

As far as I know, the names of the days e.g., Sunday, Monday, etc. are not found in scriptures like Srimad Bhagavatam. Say you want to find the day of week of Krishna's birth, it is not available. Do ...
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Did Indra kill his father by throwing him down from heaven?

This verse from Rigved Book 4, Hymn 18 alludes to Indra killing his own father! 4.18.12. Who was he then who made thy Mother widow? Who sought to stay thee lying still or moving? What God, when ...
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What is the story of Indra attacking Lord Shiva on his neck?

In this chapter of Anushashana Parva of Mahabharata Lord Shiva tells the reason why his neck is blue. He states: देवकार्यार्थ सिद्ध्धयर्थम् पिनाकं मे करे स्थितम् ।। इन्द्रेण च पुरा वज्रं क्षिप्तं ...
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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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Which puranas/upapuranas mention about marriage between Brahma and Saraswati?

Apparently Brahma was condemned by his sons for lusting after Saraswati, but how after that did Brahma end up marrying Saraswati? Most of the main mahapuranas only call her consort of brahma, but ...
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In which Yuga did Shiva destroy Tripura?

In two days we will be celebrating Dev Deepawali. I want to know in which Yuga and which Manvantar did Shiva destroy the three citadels of Tripura? Is the information mentioned in any Puranas?
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Is Radha really a Hindu goddess or not? [duplicate]

I am confused about Goddess Radha's existence in the Hindu Puranas. A few books that I read mention her as Lord Krishna's lover and that she is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi while some others ...
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Hindu view of fantastical creatures in scriptures

Western literature describes a host of mythical creatures like the hippogriff; werewolf; basilisk; centaur. Hindu religion also has a vast literature which describes similar albeit different ...
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Which scripture is the source of the verse “janmana jayate shudrah.. ” (everyone is born a shudra)?

Janmanā jāyate śūdraḥ saṁskārad bhaved dvijaḥ This is the verse in question which means: Everyone is born a shudra and by samskara one upgrades to dvija status. Is it the Bhagavata Purana that ...
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Why did Goddess Lakshmi choose Lord Vishnu as her consort?

Lakshmi is also called Sri. Lakshmi personifies wealth, riches, beauty, happiness, grace, charm and splendour. She was born from the churning of the primordial ocean (Samudra manthan) and she chose ...
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Guidelines inside any south Indian temple

South Indian temples are a lot different from North Indian temples. When we enter into the temple, there are lot of other gods and demi gods inside. Some people go straight to see the 'Moolavar'(the ...
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12 Major battles between the Devas and Danavas

Many Puranas talk about 12 major battles between the Danavas and Devas. As per Brahmanda Purana (3rd Canto, Ch 72), they are as follows: Lord Narasimha fighting the Danavas Lord Vamana binding the ...
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Who is the current moon god, Soma son of Atri or Tvisiman son of Dharma?

This excerpt from the Anusanga Pada of the Brahmanda Purana describes the gods of the different planets and the Nakshatras they were born in in the present Vaivasvata Manvantara. In particular, it ...
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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions that Kamsa was a rebirth of the demon Kalanemi: "There was also born on earth a mighty Asura known amongst the Danavas by the name of Kalanemi, endued with ...
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Why it is said if a black cat crosses your path you should not move ahead?

I have been told by my elders if a black cat crosses your path you should not move ahead Can any one shed light on this? Is this a myth or are there any references in Puranas/Scripts or so.
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Who are the Sanat Kumaras?

In many scriptures like Puranas, there is mention of Sanat Kumaras. According to the legend they are believed to be as the mAnasa putras of Lord Brahma. But we get to see the list of 10 mAnasa ...
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Who is the Lord of Obstacles - Vighnaraj?

The Markandeya Purana mentions the following story about Harishchandra's tryst with Brahmarishi Vishwamitra in the forest: In Treta Yug, there was a king named Harishchandra. Once he was hunting in ...
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time and venue for learning the puranas

I found few puranas online and I really enjoy learning vedic stories/scriptures which contain not only a nice story in themselves but hidden with immense knowledge and wisdom. I wonder if it is a ...
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How are the lunar race and solar race originated?

The solar race and lunar race story is popular among all puranas the solar race contains lord Rama and lunar race on other side lord Krishna . Is here someone who can describe the both side story, ...
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Origin and location of Mleccha tribes in Mahabharatha

The questions related to the title are multifold as follows, In this article the late Suhotra Swami quotes Bhavishya Purana saying that Mlecchas are descended from Adama and Havyavathi who are ...
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Why does Lord Ganesha have a mouse as his vehicle?

How did Lord Ganesha get a mouse as his vehicle? Is there a story behind this? And what does the mouse signify?
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What all Hindu scriptures advocate The Golden Rule? And what is the oldest Hindu scripture to advocate it?

According to Wikipedia, The Golden Rule, treat others as you treat yourself, is common to most world religions. Here are a couple of references from Hindu scripture: One should never do that to ...
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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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What happened to Kripa after Mahabharata War?

During the last day of Mahabharata war, Kripa accompanied Aswathamaa and helped him to execute the bloody murder of the Upapandavas and other soldiers in Pandava Army. After which there is no mention ...
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What is the “essence of the earth and heaven” given by Brahma to sage Gautama at his marriage?

As I discuss in this answer, the Shiva Purana describes the origin of the Godavari River. According to this excerpt from the Kotirudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana, after the sage Gautama prays to ...
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What is the story of Mahishi?

You may be familiar with God Ayyappa. He is also known as Manikanta. He is the main deity of Sabarimala temple. He took the incarnation to kill the demon Mahishi who is the sister of Mahishasura. She ...
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Do any scripture tell us of Lord Vishnu giving boon to asuras?

In puranas, we frequently see Lord Shiva or Lord Brahma giving boon to some danava or daitya for their austerities which usually causes some problem in future which needs to be solved in some ...
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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 story of Narasimha being born in the ocean?

Yesterday was Narasimha Jayanti, so I thought I'd post a question I've had about Narasimha's birth. Most people only know the story of how he emerged from a pillar in Ahobilam in order to save ...