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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What scriptures describe Brahma creating a weighing scale?

This excerpt from the Matsya Purana describes the Tula Purusha Dana, where a king would weigh himself on a giant scale and then donate an equal amount of gold to the Brahmanas. In the process of ...
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Origin of the Shankara legend?

The film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is based on a lot of lurid and sensationalist stereotypes about worshippers of Maa Kali and Sri Shiva. However, the central plot conceit is based around a ...
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Are there any puranas about Satya Yuga?

I have a feeling that all puranas which describe events happened in Satya yuga talk about events happened in other lokas, different from Bhumi (our planet). I personally know only one purana which ...
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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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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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Veda vyasa mahabaratham

Where will I get mahabarat books written by maharishi veda vyasa in India? Also I wanted to get srimad Bhagavadam by vyasa and ramayan written by valmiki. When I search for such books I don't get the ...
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Does a commentary exist for the Linga Purana?

Are commentaries available for the following Puranas? Linga Purana Shiva Purana Devi Purana Skanda Purana Do these books have commentaries?
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Different methods of doing Śivaliṅga Abhiṣekam?

What are different kinds and methods of Śivaliṅga Abhiṣekam? Several priests and jyotiṣika (astrologers) recommend doing abhiṣekam with water (जल ), milk (दुग्ध ), bhasman (भस्मन्), sugarcane ...
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Reference form kalika Purana

Puri Shankara charya told that mayavadi means kapalika in YouTube video It is true means I want reference that kapalikas are mayavadi in kalika Purana
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Can anyone give me a list of people mentioned in our ancient texts who attained Siddhis through meditation only

By siddhis, i mean the superpowers mentioned in Hanuman Chalisa, Asta Siddhis like growing large and small, flying and other powers. Can someone give me a list of people who attained super powers ...
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How is it possible for the yugas such as Dwapar and Kali to be personified in human-like form?

It is mentioned at many places that they were present in human forms, it doesn't make sense. Like in Kalki Puran, it us shown that Satyug in human form is with Lord Kalki. Also, in Dwapar Yug,Kali is ...
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How many classes of scriptures understanding is necessary to understand Puranas?

It is well known that all stories in the Puranas shouldn't be taken literally (or physically). Many (such) stories of Puranas are symbolism to facts or phenomenon from other class of scriptures. I ...
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Influence of early communication in prenatal vasana modeling

The Video (Telugu) reminds viewers that Abhimanyu and Prahlada had acquired Bhakthi transmitted by intelligent oral suggestions which after birth gave prenatal and primordial connection to natural ...
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Which other texts apart from Shri Bhagvad Gita talk about the indestructible nature of human soul/atman?

I was wondering that Hinduism had so many different sects for different deities, was this belief of the soul being indestructible followed by Vaishnavism? also lord Shiva has been called the destroyer ...
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Do devatas have martial tings ? Do Devatas have semen?

Do devatas like Vishnu Shiva krishna ganapati as sense Do they have semen
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Importance of kasam in Hinduism?

Is kasam same as vachan/shapath? What if It is taken in a fit of anger, that you won't talk to so and so person and it is taken in the name of your deity. Does it have dharmic importance, if yes, is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Was the story of Great deluge taken from Rig Vedic mantras?

The story of Great deluge was narrated in Satapatha Brahmana , Bhagavata Purana and the Matsya Purana, as well as in the Mahabharata. However, I have found the following epithets from Rig Veda. Rig ...
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Did Vivekananda's beliefs on Smritis and Puranas change over time?

In this lecture, Vivekananda relays the orthodox understanding of the Puranas: ... although we have the Vedas for our scriptures, we have Smritis and Purânas — subsequent writings — to illustrate ...
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Are there a finite amount of souls in Samsara according to the Varaha Purana?

In the Varaha Purana, in the section called "Rudra Gita", it is said: 70.30 - Meaning: In olden times, the residents of the Bhu Loka all worshipped Janardhana. Arriving at Bhuvar Loka, they ...
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Which purana mentions about the war & conversations between Shiva & Shani?

According to puranas how the war had taken place between Shiva & Shani? How Shani became the disciple of Lord Shiva? Did Shani had done any penance for getting a special post from Lord Shiva? ...
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What are Atipurana. What are the names of these Purana?

I received a classification of Purana from authorities like 1.MahaPurana 2.UpPurana Atipurana Can Anyone Tell Me briefly. What are Atipurana. I share you a link :-https://www.quora.com/The-...
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Why called Akala Bodhana

In chapter 10, sloka 12 of Sri Sri Chandi, devi says : शरत्काले महापूजा क्रियते या च वार्षिकी meaning that in the sarat (autumn) seaon, my great annual puja is done. So in the very Chandi, Sri Sri ...
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What is the form of Srikalika?

According to the chapter three of the Todalatantra, the eight forms of Devi Kalika are 1. Dakshinakali, 2. Siddhakali, 3.Guhyakali, 4.Srikali, 5.Bhadrakali, 6.Chamundakali, 7. Smashankali and 8....
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How were the physical characteristics in the Mahabharata?

In Kaliyuga, we human have a defined set of normal physical characteristics like height and weight based on the gender male and female. Similarly, were there any mention of standard physical ...
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Dana(Donation) to beggars at temples

I heard that giving Dana after darshan will make the recipient(beggar) beneficial of getting punya of darshan but not the giver(devotee). Is there any purana which has guidelines on Dana. Is it ok to ...
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Do any scriptures besides the Atharva Veda mention anything about Bhang or marijuana?

Do any of the scriptures mention anything about Bhang or marijuana. I am aware of the atharva veda reference. This is not a possible duplicate of "are drugs allowed question". I just want to know ...
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Have any Hindu scholars/commentators touched on the topic of relationship between Brahma and saraswati?

Have any scholars commented on the whole lust of prajapati in shatpatha brahmana and other texts describing them as couple, what does shankaracharya and other scholars say?
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According to srimad bhagvatam and Vishnu purana is saguna brahman superior to nirguna brahman?

How is the relation of of parmatma-brahman- bhagvan shown in sattvic puranas, is saguna brahman the basis of nirguna brahman as found in some verse of bhagvad geeta? I'm asking this as bhagvatam ...
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How did the powers of Gods change from Rig Veda to the puranas?

In particular, I am interested in mobility and war making. Puranas depict supernatural mobility (flying machines with no energy-source mentioned, Hanuman, Kartikeya going round the world, varaha ...
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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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Change in status of Lord Vishnu's wives according to Brahma vaivartha purana

The Brahma Vaivarta Purana mentions the exchange of curses among the Goddesses - Lakshmi, Saraswathi & Ganga when they were wives of Lord Vishnu. Will they get back to their original positions ...
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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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Why is shiva called khandakarnan?

Some temples shiva is worshipped in the form of "khandakarnam".Even shivaling is worshipped in the same temple.
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What consequences will a person face if he kills a Brahmin?

What are the consequences if a person kills a Brahmin? What sort of difficulties the killer will have and what will be the after effect of Brahmin atma?
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Dosha Pariharam for pretha janma

A person who attained pretha janma may come in dream and disturb. What is the Pariharam for that and in which purana it has been mentioned?
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Theertha Prasad and Sadari

In the Vishnu temples theertha Prasad is offered and thereafter sadari is kept. Some archakas say do not apply the theertha after consuming because sadari is kept on the head which is Nammalwar [...
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Garuda and Lizard

I came to know recently that Garuda willnot fly and lizard will not make sound in and around Kasi for a distance of 45 miles. Any reason from puranas??
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Time Frame to perform Homam

If there is a death in the house [especially parents] what is the time frame to conduct Homam? Should it be performed after Varushapdhigam [after one year of ceremony]? Albeit I am doing homams this ...
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Do any scriptures prohibit charitable giving in Devaloka?

As I discuss in this answer, the Kedara Kanda of the Skanda Purana describes Mahabali's previous birth as a gambler who was a sinner all his life. Before he dies, the gambler accidentally makes an ...
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Is there any verse or any quote we find in any of the scriptures talking abour racism?

I am searching for any mentioning about racism in sacred scriptures like Puraans, Veds, Bhagawad Geeta or Upnishads? I am unable to find it myself but I think there must be something. I will be happy ...
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What is the position of Mahavishnu in Hinduism as per vedic scriptures?

What is the actual position of Lord Maha-Vishnu ??? at present no one can explain the answer satisfyingly. so please help me with scriptural references .
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Can anybody prove that Ganesha and kartikeya are not sons of Devi Bhuvaneshwari? (That Devi mentioned at Srimad Devi Bhagwatam)

As we know Ganesha and kartikeya are sons of Devi Parvati. And Lord Maha Ganapati is son of Ma Tripura sundari . And we can also see the iconography of Devi Tripurasundari where Lord Ganesha and ...
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Henotheism in the Puranas?

The henotheism, a kind of halfway house between polytheism and monotheism reflects the demotion of the many gods of the Hindu pantheon to the position of portions (amsas) of one primary God. This ...
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Were ancient Hindu polytheists?

Only looking for Ancient Shastras and Agamic or Tantra or Rig Vedaic based on answers. Pre-Vedic based question. For Ancient History of Sanatana Dharma Students and Scholars. 1.Where Hindu and can ...
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Were there any humans in our stories which possessed supernatural powers?

I mean humans who possessed powers and not any supernatural weapons such as Dhanush, Gada or anything. And by powers, i mean teleporatation, flying, telekinesis etc.