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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Interpolations in puranas according to Bhusunda

There is a great conversation between Bhusunda and Vasistha in the scripture Yoga Vasistha. In that conversation, there is a verse about Puranas, which has been told by Bhusunda. The verse is as ...
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What is Ravana gita, is it ever mentioned in any puran?

I have heard of Ravana gita many times in which purana is it mentioned and please give the verses too.
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Condensed form of Shaiva Purana

Just wondering if there are any works like Narayaneeyam which is a condensed version of Srimad Bhagavatham, similar to Purana of Lord shiva, Shiva Purana, Linga Purana, etc., in Sanskrit language?
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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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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 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 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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Six Hindu philosophical systems and Puranas

There are six philosophical systems in Hinduism: Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa and Vedanta. What is each school's opinion on Puranas? Do they accept the puranas as authentic or they ...
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Do demons (Asuras, Rakshasas, Pisachas, Nagas, etc) reveal false religions to humans according to Hindu scriptures?

According to the Puranas, Vishnu as Buddha revealed a false religion, which we know today as Buddhism, to deceive the Daityas who were using the Vedas to acquire power. Similarly, do Hindu scriptures ...
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Is there a reference to Puranas in the Atharvaveda?

Atharvana Veda 11.7.24 says: ऋचः सामानि च्छन्दांसि पुराणम् यजुषा सह । उच्छिष्टाज्जज्ञिरे सर्वे दिवि देवा दिविश्रितः ॥ २४॥ Is this a reference to Puranas (the traditional well-known Puranas like Agni,...
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Why Devi Para-Shakti is not shown with three eyes in many parts of India?

The dhyana mantras of Devi Para-Shakti in different Tantras and Puranas of forms like Durga, Kaali etc describe Devi as three-eyed. But most deities of Devi or even of Shiva outside bengal show Her (...
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Good book on Shiva Purana in Kannada/English

I am searching for a good book on Shiva Purana in Kannada or English language. But till now most of the websites suggest "The Immortals of Meluha" trilogy. I would like to know is it worth reading "...
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Are there instances in Hinduism where Dharma is cited to both support and oppose an act?

For example - the killing of Duryodhana is condemned by Baladeva and celestial beings showered flowers on the fatally wounded Duryodhana when he chastised Krishna for his acts of treachery throughout ...
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Five bhavas as explained by Sri Ramakrishna

The concepts of 'bhava' is different in the Tantras and the Puranas. Sri Chaitanya mentions five bhavas to worship Sri Krishna, each corresponding to a particular relation with God -Santa, Dasya, ...
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Is the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Puranas or Itihasas?

Do the Puranas or Itihasas talk about the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Since this is a historical event, it might be mentioned in the Puranas.
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Scriptual reference for causes of being born in the Kaliyuga

The Kaliyuga is, especially by Puranic sources, considered to be the deteriorating state of humanity where ethtics, morality and intelligence are spiralling out of control. For example, at the end ...
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What is the difference among Shruti, Smriti and Purana traditions?

What are the differences among the traditions of Shruti, Smriti and Purana traditions as in Shrauta Parampara, Smarta Parampara and Pauranika Parampara?
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What is exact meaning of UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती), STITHI(स्तिथी) AND LAYA(लय)

As we know the works of trimurti. Lord Brahma's work is UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती). Lord Vishnu's work is STITHI(स्तिथी). Lord Shiva's work is LAYA(लय). I want to know what are the exact meanings of those ...
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Where in scriptures is found the story of Lord Shiva punishing one crore Gods and Goddesses?

Lord Shiva was on his way to Kashi along with one crore gods and goddesses. He asked all of them to wake up before sunrise the following day, before taking a night's rest in Unakoti, Tripura. But in ...
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Apart from the Bhavishyottara Purana, are there any Puranas that talk about Sage Tulsidas?

According to the Bhavishyottara Purana, Lord Shiva tells his wife Parvati how Valmiki got a boon from Hanuman to sing the glory of Rama in vernacular language (i.e. Ramcharitmanas) to incarnate in ...
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Is stay in any of the narakas eternal?

If child is not born even after several years of trying in marriage....is there anyway to escape from punnama hell? says stay in naraka for childless is eternal or at least till pralaya. Which ...
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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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Swastika in Scriptures

Swastika is Auspicious symbol for Hindus. I have only heard about the significance of Swastika no solid proof from Shastras. Where is swastika mentioned in Yagna Rituals specifically Yajurveda if it ...
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What scriptures other than the Skanda Purana contain the Shuklambharadharam verse?

Before reciting the Vishnu Sahasranamam, it is traditional to recite the following Shloka: शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् | प्रसन्न वदनं धयायेत सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये || Shuklambaradharam ...
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Description obout Qualities of Human Mind and Advice for Mind , from Ancient Hinduism texts?

In Which ancient writtings , Shlokas , Books we find more description about Human Mind ? eg. description of Human Mind's characteristics , qualities, It's strength and weakness etc.? What texts ...
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Do the scriptures say anything about the very rapid abnormal changes happening right now?

So called Western Industrial Revolution happened only 200 years ago as compared to millions of years of human existence on earth. The period of 200 years is extremely short in front of duration of ...
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Is Ramashtakam an independent work of Vyasa or part of a Purana?

Ramashtakam which you can listen here on YouTube, is an octet on Lord Rama and is attributed to Vyasa. It also ends with the following: Ramashtakam padathi ya sukaram supunyam, Vyasena ...
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What is the purpose of repetition of events of every yuga in every Chaturyuga

Although a similar question is asked here. I have not found the answer for the question. What is the purpose of repetition of events of every yuga in every Chaturyuga. Are only important events ...
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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 Vishnu's incarnation Dharma who “propagated Yagna”?

As I discuss in my question here, the Matsya Purana describes various incarnations that Vishnu has taken in the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). In particular, here is what it ...
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What is the “folk song” about Rama described in the Brahma Purana?

In this excerpt from the Brahma Purana, the sage Vyasa describes the various incarnations of Vishnu. After summarizing the story of the Ramayana, he says this: The people who are conversant with ...
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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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Will a sati go to heaven or hell?

Parasara Smriti 4.30 “A widow, who immolates herself on the same funeral pile with her deceased husband, resides in heaven for ten millions of years, which is the number of hairs on the human body.” ...
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What's the story of Shravan Kumar's parents?

As discussed in this QnA, the name "Shravana Kumara" (श्रवणकुमार), as is genrally captured in our popular imagination, is not actually found in the Valmiki Ramayana based recensions. The old ...
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How is Duryodhana a son in law to Balarama?

I was reading Markandeya Purana and found that there is a mention of Duryodhana being a son in law of Balarama. I am not able to find more information about this in Markandeya Purana. I am looking for ...
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Does Kali Purusha get Moksha in the end?

I know that Time is cyclical in Hindu mythology. So, does Kali-Purusha (कलि-पुरुष) (the personification of the demon after whom Kali Yuga is named) get Moksha after the end of Kaliyuga? And if so, who ...
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

In the present era many people worship Shri Ram as bhagavan , many people see him as merely an incarnation and many people consider him to be just an ideal man. But other than Sri Valmiki Ramayana , ...
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is this mentioned in scriptures that lord kridhna's son shamva ji sailed eastwards and reached japan and lived there?

Some historians say that the Japanese people were a group of Indians following the story that the Shamva, the son of Lord Krishna sailed eastwards thousands of years ago from India to settle in the ...
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It is said that Kali was present in Satyug as Gandharva and in Dwapar as dice, the biggest sinner lived through it all

Kali did many wrong things in Dwapar Yug and in Satyug and yet he is spared. The main of starting another yug to start over and eradicate all that is wrong in current yug. Its almost like he is a ...
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Jaya and Vijaya:Vishnu's option

After the curse to Jaya and Vijaya from Kumaras , Vishnu appeared before them, and the gatekeepers requested Vishnu to lift the curse of the Kumaras. Vishnu said that the curse of the Kumaras cannot ...
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What were the different theories of origin of Universe as per Matsya and Kurma Puranas?

How was the Universe created according to Matsya and Kurma Puranas? Each Purana had it's own theory for origin of Universe. (Please cite references from the Puranas)
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Which Purana describes Jatila and her seven husbands

In this answer, its quoted that: I have heard in the Purana that a lady of name Jatila, the foremost of all virtuous women belonging to the race of Gotama had married seven Rishis. Question is, ...
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What is the beejam of Lord Dakshinamurthy?

Every God and Goddess have their beejams. For example, Lord Dattatreya has beejam "Dram". What is Lord Dakshinamurthy beejam?
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Pralaya Mention or related Pralaya Verses in Rig Veda or Only in Krishna leela or other puranic stories

Are there any references to last prlaya in vedas or puranas ? verses appreciated
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Mention of Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi as Masik Shivratri Tithi in Hindu Shastras other than Skanda Purana?

Aside from one previous reference I found in the Skanda Purana (What is the importance and concept behind Masik Shivratri?) is there any additional reference to Masik (monthly) Shivratri in the Hindu ...
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What is the background story behind the creation of Sri Rudra Kavacham by sage Durvasa?

What is the background story behind the creation of Sri Rudra Kavacham by sage Durvasa? Who was he telling it to? It is found in the Skanda Purana.
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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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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 ...