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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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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Why do temples have tortoise figurine at the entrance?

We see tortoise figurine at the entries of almost all the temples. What is the significance and origin of this custom?
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Why can Garuda Purana be read on specific days only?

Is there any reason behind the restriction that Garuda Purana should only be read during normal days (i.e., when there's no death in the family)? My elders told me that it should be only read on the ...
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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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What is the power of Narayana Kavacha mantram?

What is the power of the Narayana Kavacha mantram that appears in the Bhagavatham? What is the meaning of this mantram and how do you get the benefits of the mantra?
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Why did Rukmini stop Lord Krishna from eating beaten rice given by Sudama a second time?

In one of the popular stories from the Bhagavatam, Sudama visits his old friend Sri Krishna at his palace with beaten rice. When Lord Krishna was going to eat the beaten rice a second time, suddenly, ...
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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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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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Why is the family deity of Venkateshwara the Sami tree?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" is a translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple, and this temple scripture consists of ...
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Is the complete English translation of the Padma Purana available online?

The Padma Purana is one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, and it includes many important things, including a retelling of the Ramayana, a religious dialogue between Shiva and Parvati known the Shiva Gita, ...
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Are there any English translations of the Bhavishyottara Purana or just the Srinivasa Kalyana section?

Most people are only familiar with the Bhavishya Purana, one of the 18 Mahapuranas (major Puranas) which deals primarily with prophecies about the future. But the Bhavishya Purana also comes with an ...
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Did lord Brahma commit incest with his daughter?

According to Shiva purana, "Brahma desired Sarasvati and went to her, asking her to stay with him. She, being his daughter, was furious at this and said, 'Your mouth speaks inauspiciously and so ...
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Where does sage Vashishta describe Vishnu's immeasurable greatness?

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, after describing Vishnu's incarnation (avataram) as Vamana the dwarf, it says this: One who is subject to death cannot measure the glories of the Supreme Personality of ...
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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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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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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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Did Hindu scriptures predict Muhammad and/or Jesus?

There are some claims that ancient Hindu scriptures have mentioned Jesus Christ or the Prophet Muhammad. BBC - "Hinduism: Jesus in Hinduism" "Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Hindu scriptures" at Islam101 ...

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