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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 Vedas mention that Vedas ALONE are to be followed and Itihasa/Purana should be discarded?

We recently hear a lot of neo-vedantists claiming that 'Vedas ALONE are truth', while simultaneously: not knowing what all the Vedas are not knowing all the mantras in Vedas not understanding what ...
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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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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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Why is there such a stark contradiction in Vedic hymns and many Puranic stories?

For example, it is shown in this answer- How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra? that indra was defeated and also shamed and also in the last line 'and later Nahusha becoming the new Indra and ...
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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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Why is Venkateshwara called a descendant of sage Vasishta?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V. Chalapathi Rao is an English translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple and this ...
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In purana, any incident boy marrying girl older than him? [duplicate]

Is there any story in Hinduism were girl is older than boy? Now a days, we see many people marrying older women ( many celebrities) this is accepted according to Hinduism?
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Why isn't a human the vahana (vehicle) of any God?

The Hindu texts are replete with references (in Puranas) of deities using a particular animal as their primary vehicle (Vahana). For example: Ganesha - the Mouse. Shiva - an Ox (Nandi). Karthikeyan - ...
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Divide & Conquer in scriptures?

In Mahabharata, when Duryodhan is captured by Gandharvas in forest, Yudhishtir tells Bhim to go save him. Bhim refuses. Yudhishtir then advises Bhim that if there is an internal family feud, it is 100 ...
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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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Vishnu distresses Indra by pointing out not only his, but Brahma's mortality as well. Is Vishnu likewise, a mortal position?

First off, I think the source text is the Brahmavaivarta Purana, but I may be wrong, as I couldn't find this excerpt in an online version. Either way, the way Vishnu describes the impermanence of not ...
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Why is Vasishta listed as a descendant of Kashyapa's son Avatsara?

As I discuss in this question, every Brahmana is a descendant of sages, which is why every Gotra or clan of Brahmins has an associated list of Pravaras, a list of the sages they're descended from. For ...
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Is Kailāsa mansarovar actually in Tibet, China?

Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, Pancham Skandha , Chapter 16 While describing the character of Mahārāja Priyavrata and his descendants, Śukadeva Gosvāmī also described Meru Mountain and the planetary ...
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Which scripture was first to identify Buddha as an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Some puranas identify Buddha with Vishnu among them which is the oldest reference?
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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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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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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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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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Which Purana mentions about Sati's death?

The story of Prajapati Daksha's daughter, Sati, married Lord Shiva is well known. And also that, Daksha organized a great yajna, in which Sati jumped into the sacrificial fire and committed suicide. ...
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Which scriptures contain information about Stri Rajya?

Stri Rajya is a matriarchal kingdom located somewhere in Uttarpath and mentioned in several Hindu Scriptures like Kama Sutra and Sanskrit works (based on Hindu Scriptures), like Raghuvamsa and ...
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if there is difference of opinion between purana and gita and dharmashashtras(like: manusmriti etc), which will take more precedence?

if there is difference of opinion between purana and bhagvad gita and dharmashashtras(like: manusmriti etc), and they are interpreting vedas in their own manner to support their views. Now, then ...
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How are onions and garlic to be considered as non vegetarian food?

I heard a supposedly Puranic story that onions and garlic originated from meat and bone of a cow respectively after her death. For this reason, onions and garlic are therefore considered as non ...
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What was the Self-enlightenment which was got by Nachiketa?

When Nachiketa had gone into the Yamaloka at that time he got the self-enlightenment. How Nachiketa got the Enlightenment by the lord Yamaraj? Here, I got some point about Self-enlightenment. But, ...
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How Nachiketa got the Enlightenment by the lord Yamaraj?

I hear this thing many times. Also, have another question how Nachiketa reached to Yama Lok and met with the Yamaraj?
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Unity in Diversity concept in ancient Hindu scriptures?

Bhārata Bhāgya Vidhātā (Bangali : Dispenser of the destiny of India) is a five-stanza Bramho hymn in Bengali language  Here dedicated to Supreme divine God or Parabrahma who is the dispenser of the ...
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Why Revantha the youngest Son of Sun god went to Vishnu's abode?

Why "Revantha" the youngest son of Sun god went to Vishnu's abode?
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Duty of a Shudra

Duty of a Shudra is not giving alms to Brahmins, as they are prohibited from having wealth. Mahabharata Santi Parva chapter 59: A Sudra should never amass wealth, lest, by his wealth, he makes the ...
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Guḍhī Pāḍavā or Ugadi: Day on which Universe is created?

Posting it on a day of Guḍhī Pāḍavā or Ugadi. I was reading the Wikipedia link about this Hindu Festival. It was mentioned in that link that on this day, Brahma created the universe as per Brahma ...
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Who are Gramadevathas found especially in South India?

Common names of these Gramadevathas are Ankamma, Poleramma etc. What is their relation to Lord Shiva? Can we Worship Lord Shiva along with Gramadevathas? See this blog.
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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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Which scriptures mention the Garbhodakshayi and Karanodakshayi forms of Lord Vishnu?

I have heard of different forms of Lord Vishnu such as the Garbhodakshayi, Karanodkashayi and Kshirdakashayi forms. I want to know which all Puranas or Vedic scriptures mention these three? EDIT: ...
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How did Lord Shiva get his Damaru and leather for His Damaru?

Since Shiva was the first living entity in the universe followed by Bhagwaan Vishnu and Brahma, according to many puranas, I have several questions about Shiva Bhagwaan and even after searching many ...
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Naimisharanya in Puranas

We all know that the narration of Mahabharata, Puranas has been done in Naimisharanya. My question's are Which all Puranas describe the 1) origin and 2) Mahatmya of Naimisharanyam, 3)Gomati River ...
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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 “param dhama” that Lord Krishna refers to in Bhagavadgita

In the sloka 6 of Chapter 15 Bhagavadgita: Lord Krishna gives a hint of the physical appearance of his loka where he says "na tad bhasayate suryo na sasanko na pavakah yad gatva na nivartante tad ...
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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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Kalki — Birth or Destruction

It is easy to understand why Lord Vishnu, descended on Earth taking avatars. To finish evil. But why is it necessary for him to descend on earth? If he comes to earth to save us, that means he is the ...
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Is there any link between Indra and Subrahmanya (Skanda)?

The following is from Rig Veda (VII.20.5) वर्षा जजान वर्षणं रणाय तमु चिन नारी नर्यं ससूव | पर यः सेनानीरध नर्भ्यो अस्तीनः सत्वा गवेषणः स धर्ष्णुः || A Bull begat the Bull for joy of ...
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Is levirate marriage allowed in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Wikipedia defines it as: Levirate marriage is a type of marriage in which the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother's widow. The term levirate is itself a derivative of the ...
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When exactly were the puranas were written?

Many western scholars agree that Puranas were written during 2nd century and so on.but some scholars give date before 200 BC. Like some scholars agree Vishnu Purana to be written in 3rd century, while ...
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Do any Vaishnavite Puranas glorify Siva in places? [duplicate]

For example, Varaha Purana https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/sathvishayam/UuQQF62dwwU To cap it all, Chapter 58 (Saubhagya Vrata) corroborates this point unequivocally - we have seen this ...
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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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Can anyone provide me all the verses of Buddha and their translations in the puranas?

From wikipedia, I found Lord Buddha who is said to be the ninth avatara of Vishnu to be mentioned in the following texts: Harivamsa (1.41) Vishnu Purana (3.18) Bhagavata Purana (1.3.24, 2.7.37, 11.4....
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When does all water become impure as a result of sharing Indra's guilt of brahminicide?

As per the Puranic story being discussed in this post Indra, after killing the demon called Vritra, acquired the brahmahatya dosha. His gulit was thereafter shared by women, earth, water and the trees....
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Is the influence of current materialistic nature a feature of this Kaliyuga?

Is the influence of current materialistic life with technology a feature of this Kaliyuga? Did this happen before i.e., during previous Kaliyugas? Did Indian kings alone rule the world in previous ...
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Where are the indecipherable Puranic verses discussed by Shiva?

In this excerpt from the Padma Purana, in a chapter which I think is likely an interpolation, Shiva comes to Rama's court disguised as a Brahmana and tells Rama how you can derive omens by picking ...
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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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Have Sri Vaishnava acharyas endorsed the concept of “tamasa purana”s?

apparently Koorattazhwan uses the concept of "tamasa purana" for polemics against Saivas. how about Ramanuja, vedanta desika et al.?
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When a lizard makes noise whatever we think may happen --Is it a myth or true?

Generally when we are in house thinking some good things or bad things, if a lizard makes noise, there is a saying that whatever we thought at that time will happen. Good things or bad things may ...
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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.