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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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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Is dhruvaloka temporary region?

I am wondering , whether the dhruvaloka which was bestowed to Prince Dhruva by Vishnu is eternal or it will be there only for a kalpa. Here are the quotes from Vishnu purana A station shall be ...
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How is Soma's Rajasuya described in different Puranas?

The part of the this episode I am most interested is Lakshmi leaving Narayana for Soma. And Vishnu unable to harm Soma as per Matsya Purana. Does all puranas have the same story?
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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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Does anyone write books on analyzing ( or reviewing) Hinduism?

Did any non-Hindu write any analysis (review) of Hinduism about why Vedas said like this and why our Puranas said like that etc? The concepts in our Vedas and Puranas are far away from reality, so ...
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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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Which Puranas describe Ganesha pacing around a piece of ground with the name of Rama scratched on it?

Tulsidas in the Bala Kanda of His Ramcharitmanas writes: I greet the name "Rama" of the chief of Raghus, which is composed of seed-letters representing the fire-god, the sun-god and the moon-god (...
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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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Does any Purana describe Dasharajna war?

I read about the Dasharajna war in Vedas. But, in Vedas the description of the war is very less. Does any other scripture like Itihasa or purana describes about Dasharajna war?
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Do any Puranas or Itihasas explicitly state that Vishnu incarnated as Kapila to delude the masses?

Various Puranas and Itihasas explicitly mention Vishnu incarnating as Buddha to teach an anti-Vedic doctrine in order to deceive certain Asuras from their righteous path. Kapila, the founder of the ...
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Bhagavad Gita reading

I want to know rules and precautions to take care while reading Bhagavad Gita. Also I want to know that is it good to read Bhagavad Gita on Phone digitally
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Yadugiri in Puranas

Yadugiri, the present day Melukote, in Karnataka is a famous piligrimage centre for Vaishnavas. Ramanujacharya installed the deity Cheluva Narayana in 12th century. It is said that Lord Dattatreya ...
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Lord's Lotus Feet

Among all the bodily limbs of Lord Krishna why His Lotus feet is given so much prominence in Krishna consciousness? what is the logical reason for this?
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Which purana to follow? [duplicate]

There is so much confusion 😵 shiva Purana says shiva is god, visnu purana says visnu is god which purana to follow who is right? Help me
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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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Markendeya’s Mrutyunjaya Stotram (not Mantra) is in which purana and which adhyaya?

The following mrutyunjaya stotram claims to be by Markendeya rishi. There are multiple versions available on the Internet. Some have 18 Anushtup (4 padas of 8 aksharas in each verse). Others have 8 ...
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Nandikeshvara Purana

Does any one know of a copy of Sri Nandikeshvara Purana (also known as Brhan-Nandikeshvara Purana) available any where? Online or printed copy is fine, though I prefer printed ones. I need the text ...
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Is the hierarchy of the precedence of testimony only dependent on the category of scripture?

It is generally believed that Vedas can override Epics if needed and Epics override Puranas if needed. But a recent question arose - "in the same scripture is there a hierarchy of testimony , perhaps ...
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Are Itihasa and puranas superior than Vedas?

Manusmriti 12:95 “All those traditions (smriti) and those despicable systems of philosophy, which are not based on the Veda, produce no reward after death; for they are declared to be founded on ...
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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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Are Itihasas and Puranas the only classes of scripture in which celestial weapons are used?

Ramayana, Mahabharata and many Puranas relate conflicts in which Divyastras like Brahmastra get used. Do these weapons occur in earlier scriptures like Vedas and Brahmanas or any scriptures written ...
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What are the quotes, from various scriptures of early Vedic times to early medieval times which define the term Mlecchas as distinct from Brahmins?

MLECCHAS The Vedics referred to all alien cultures and races that were less civilized in ancient times as 'Mleccha'. The term Mleccha means; The uncouth and incomprehensible speech of ...
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Do scriptures mention anyone who is Pratiloma or Shudra born having successfully read and recited Vedas?

To be clear, please don't conflate reading and reciting the Vedas to having understood the Vedas. I didn't come across anywhere in KMG Mahabharata where Karna is said to have read/recited vedas. At ...
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Have different Vaishnavite teachers made remarks on the relative merits of different Vaishnavite Puranas?

Obviously Gaudiyas would rank the Bhagavatam first for its statement "Krishnastu Bhagavan swayam". Ramanuja gave great importance to Vishnu Purana, but apparently never cited the Bhagavatam. Do the ...
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Level of collateral damage acceptable in Hinduism

What level of collateral damage is acceptable in Hinduism in order to uphold dharma. If so, how does one calculate it? On one hand you have to stop the perpetrator because left unpunished adharmic ...
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Were there conflicts between Gods before the Itihasas and Puranas?

In the Rig Veda the conflicts are mostly between Gods and anti-Gods like Vritra. But the Rig Veda does hint at conflict between Indra and Vishnu. https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_veda/r06.html?lang=...
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Sanskrit/vedic text describing relationship between male and female

I wanted to know if there is a sanskrit/vedic text that describes as to why there is these two forms of existence of life i.e. a male and a female and what their relationship is(things like why they ...
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What scriptures describe Hiranyaksha mining the Earth?

Most people only know the story of the demon Hiranyaksha putting the Earth in the Garbhodska ocean, after which Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha the boar killed Hiranyaksha and rescued the Earth. But page ...
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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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Is there any scriptural ( Vedic or Puranic ) reference for all matter coming from Akasha and Prana?

In Raja Yoga, page number 26, Swami Vivekananda says this: At the beginning of creation there is only this Akaca; at the end of the cycle, the solids, the liquids, and the gases all melt into ...
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What is the earliest reference to identifying/differentiating Siddhartha Gautama and the Buddha Avatara?

Hindu scripture describes two Buddha Avataras of Vishnu born to deceive people. One Buddha Avatara took place during the Tripura incident. Another Buddha Avatara took place in the present Kali Yuga. ...
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Why are Puranas silent on events taking place in previous Kalyugs or events of 8th Manvantara from previous Kalpas?

As seen in questions and answers here, here and here, Puranas attribute the differences in their contents to different Kalpas. However if that is indeed the case, why don't we ever read about events ...
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Can a Kshatriya ask for alms according to Hindusim?

I've read somewhere, most probably in some shastra, that in case of scarcity or lack of resource, and if it's a question of survival, a Kshatriya can ask for alms. What are your views regarding this? ...
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Puranas (Life of Shri Krishna) [duplicate]

An Arya Samaj Influencer Rahul Arya claims that All fake stories have been planted in Srimad Bhagavatam, Skanda Puran & Brahma Vaivarta Puran about Krishna that he is playing with girls, Krishna ...
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Where can we find reference of the story of Holika burning instead of Prahlada?

I have checked some of the places where the story of Prahlada-Nrisimhadev-Hiranyakashipu is mentioned, for eg: in the Narasimha Purana, the Srimad Bhagavatam and Vishnu Purana for a mention of ...
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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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Swarga / Narak ( on domestic animals) [duplicate]

Famous religious orator Devkinandan Thakur Ji Maharaj has spoken that if we keep domestic animals like DOGS, CAT AND PIGS in our house we will go to Narak. And whatever religious things we do will ...
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Brahma with hundreds of heads

In the Chaitanya Charitamrta (Madhya Lila, Chapter 21), we hear of Brahmas with hundreds of heads. Are there any Puranic reference for the same?
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Are there other instances of agni-pariksha in vedic scriptures?

We all know the famous agni-pariksha of Srimati Sita Devi from Sri Valmiki Ramayana, so I was wondering are there any other instances of Agni-pariksha described in vedas, puranas or itihasas?
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Shivarahasya Purana original Sanskrit book free available online?

I have found an English version of Shivarahasya Purana on archive.org. But unable to find the original Sanskrit version. Kindly share if anyone know of the original Sanskrit book other than scanned ...
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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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I want K.L.joshi Visnu Purana pdf

I want H.H.Wilson and edit by K.L.joshi visnu Purana pdf
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Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age?

Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age? I have heard of major characters only dying in battles or unnatural deaths due to curses or conspiracies. ...
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Did any Purana or Veda predict there would be democracy in Kaliyuga?

Did any Vedas or Puranas tell that in Kali Yuga Democracy will be there and kings will be elected by public? Please answer with reference.
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Which Purana talks about the incident of Lord Shiva saving The Sage Markandeya?

There is this popular story that Sage Markandeya was saved from death by Lord Shiva. Does any one know the source of this account? In which Purana is this described? As far as I know there is no ...
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What are the references from Puranas regarding the life span of Lord Rama?

Lord Rama is said to be of Treta of 24th chaturyuga while current is 28th. Some references to support this are: Treta yuge chaturvinshe ravane tapseh shakshyat | Ram dashrtathi prapiye sagane ...

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