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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How did Sagara have 60,000 children?

The story of the descent of Ganga is very well known. King Sagara's 60,000 sons were burnt to ashes by their own sin of insulting Lord Kapila, and to offer redemption to them, their nephew's grandson ...
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Scriptures and characters from previous Manvantras

The names of Manus during the previous and future Manvantras are known, but are there any scriptures, puranas from previous manvantras that survived the pralaya? Apart from the pre-ordained Yuga ...
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Looking for some scriptural verses which say that Lord Ganesha is tarpanapriya (fond of tarpana)

Most of us know that Lord Shiva is Abhisekhapriya or one who loves to be bathed. Similarly, Lord Vishnu is Alankarapriya or one who is fond of wearing ornaments. Similarly, i know that Lord Ganesha ...
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Why is Lord Shiva called NilaLohita?

NilaLohita which means the Lord who is both Blue and Red. Nila means blue and Lohita means Red. NilaLohita is one of the popular name of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is called by the name NilaLohita itself ...
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What is the meaning of five elements(Pancha Bhootas) in Hinduism?

Can anyone please explain to me the meaning of five elements -earth, water, air, fire, ether in context of hinduism? Ancient cultures like Greece had similar ideas about how everything is made up.....
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Scriptural basis for Uddhava-Gita's conversation on “Why Krishna didn't stop the dice game?” [duplicate]

As per this blog post and this Facebook post, the following is a conversation that took place between Uddhava and Sri Krishna in the Uddhava Gita. Is there any truth to this story/conversation? Is it ...
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What is the story of Saindhava trying to Kidnap Draupadi Matha?

I want to know the full story behind the kidnapping attempt of Saindhava or Jayadrada on Draupadi Matha and the outcome of it. I heard he tried to bend Dharma shashtras to get his way but I could not ...
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Does rig-vedic Mitra occur in post rig-vedic works, especially epics and puranas?

Mitra is largely paired with varuna in rig veda but is also praised separately. Vishnu takes his three steps by the laws of Mitra. He is also praised as "he supports all the gods".
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Does Karma (going from a higher life-form to a lower one) only apply to humans?

As most of you might know that in Hinduism, it is believed that you and every other living thing consist of two things one is "a soul" which is indestructible, true and reality. No harm can be done to ...
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How many puranas are there and is there any full list mentioned in any of the scriptures

How many "puranas" are there? Are there any authentic full list of all the puranas (not just 18 mahapuranas) backed by some other puranas or scriptures?
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Who is (are) the physician(s) of Gods / Devas?

In various Puranas and Scriptures the twins Ashwini Kumaras are referred to as physicians of the Gods. It was to them Maharishi Dadhichi imparted the knowledge of the Sanjeevani Mantra to the twins ...
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What happened to Kripa after Mahabharata War?

During the last day of Mahabharata war, Kripa accompanied Aswathamaa and helped him to execute the bloody murder of the Upapandavas and other soldiers in Pandava Army. After which there is no mention ...
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What is the story of Narasimha being born in the ocean?

Yesterday was Narasimha Jayanti, so I thought I'd post a question I've had about Narasimha's birth. Most people only know the story of how he emerged from a pillar in Ahobilam in order to save ...
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Which Puranas or scriptures contain the sloka purāṇaṃ sarva śāstrāṇāṃ

Which Puranas or scriptures contain the śloka पुराणं सर्व शास्त्राणां प्रथमं ब्रह्मणा स्मृतम् । अनन्तरं च वक्त्रेभ्यो वेदास्तस्य विनिर्गताः ॥ purāṇaṃ sarva śāstrāṇāṃ prathamaṃ brahmaṇā smṛtam । ...
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Indra's name as Shatakratu [duplicate]

Devendra got the seat of heaven only after performing 100 Yajnas. So, he is known as Shatakratu. What was he before and any details of the Yajnas he performed is available in Purana ?
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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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How does western model of human evolution fit with Vedic literature?

As per western model of human evolution, modern humans are more advanced than our ancestors thousands and millions years ago. Then how could our ancestors could have built up such a massive literature ...
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How and when did Arjuna conquer sleep?

Arjuna is also known as Gudakesha meaning The one who has conquered sleep and who is not affected by sleep. From B.G. 10.20 अहं आत्मा गुडाकेश सर्व भूतस्य स्थितः अहं अदिश्च् मध्यंच ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Jayanta, son of Yama?

In this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam, various sons of Yama god of death are described: The ten daughters given to Yamarāja were named Bhānu, Lambā, Kakud, Yāmi, Viśvā, Sādhyā, Marutvatī, Vasu, ...
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Brahmanda Purana English translation

I am trying to find a proper English translation of Brahmanda Purana. I have seen one in archive.org. The translation is done by author Dr. G.V. Tagare. But it has omitted multiple verses saying ...
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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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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions that Kamsa was a rebirth of the demon Kalanemi: "There was also born on earth a mighty Asura known amongst the Danavas by the name of Kalanemi, endued with ...
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Who is the Lord of Obstacles - Vighnaraj?

The Markandeya Purana mentions the following story about Harishchandra's tryst with Brahmarishi Vishwamitra in the forest: In Treta Yug, there was a king named Harishchandra. Once he was hunting in ...
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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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How did Saraswati end up as “wife” of Brahma?

According to Shatapatha Brahmana, Brahma conceives a passion for his own daughter but the gods condemn Brahma, even the goddess goes away from Brahma. Prajāpati conceived a passion for his own ...
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Is there any mention on number of sleeping hours in texts?

Is there any mention on the minimum or maximum number of sleeping hours for humans in Vedas or puranas?
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Is the story of Kaka Bhusundi mentioned in any puranas?

One of the famous stories from the Ramcharitmanas is the story of Kaka Bhusundi. This brahmin Bhusundi was a devotee of Rama was cursed by sage Lomasa to become a crow. After knowing that he was an ...
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Why did Rudra fight against the devatas in the Tārakāmaya war?

One of the famous wars between the Devatas and Dānavas is the Tārakāmaya war. This war took place when the Soma, the moon god abducted Tāra, the wife of Bṛhaspati. devatas took the side of Bṛhaspati ...
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Can the “supreme authority” of Veda be proved from Veda itself?

We know that the Vedas are considered as both Apaurusheya and the most authoritative among all Hindu Shastras. But do the Vedas themselves speak about their authoritative nature? AFAIK, such ...
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Which Puranas contain the story of Sri Kurmam temple?

Sri Kurmam is supposed to be very ancient and divine Kshetra dedicated to Kurma avatara of Sri Maha Vishnu. It was visited by Madvacharya, Ramanujacharya and Adi Shankaracharya. It is surrounded by ...
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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 does our soul reside in our heart? What does that mean?

In various scriptures, it is noted that our soul resides in our heart. What is the significance of soul residing in our heart? Why residing in the heart?
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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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What scriptures describe the layers of the Earth mentioned by Engalalwan?

This verse in Amsha 1 Adhyaya 4 of the Vishnu Purana describes the aftermath of Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha rescuing the Earth from the water: Uttishtatah tasya jalaardra kuksheh mahaa varaahasya ...
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Are the upanishads later to the Vedas?

This question is in connection with my previous question related to Puranas and upanishads. It is also a follow up to my another question. Chhāndogya Upanishad verses 7.1.2 and 7.1.4 mention the ...
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Which scripture provides details about Suka?

I want to learn more about Suka (son of Vyāsa) who narrated Bhagvatam to Parikshit. Which purāna provide details on life or past-life of Suka ?
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Is the Dyaus mentioned in Vedas as Indra's father the same as the Vasu Dyaus?

According to Rig Ved Verse 1.164.33 Indra is born of Dyaus and Prithvi - the Sky Father & Earth Mother: 33 Dyaus is my Father, my begetter: kinship is here. This great earth is my kin and ...
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What is Adi Shesha's role during Kalki avatar?

In Ramavatar, Adisesha took the avatar of Lakshmana. In Krishnavatar, he incarnated as Balarama. After that, Adisesha took the avatar of Ramanujacharya to spread the Vaishnavism. It is also believed ...
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Is Lord satyanarayana avatar of Vishnu and mentioned in puranas?

People in Maharashtra and Andhra celebrate sathyanarayana puja on full moon day. Puja will be made and a story will be told for 45 minutes. Even I did twice in Shirdi Sai Sathya Vratha. Is Lord ...
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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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What was Adi Shankara's view on Puranas?

Puranas are the scriptures of Hinduism which are accepted by some people and rejected by some people. There are 18 Mahapuranas which are the most important. The basic theory that puranas are ...
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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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Which Puranas say Kalki will be born in Tamil Nadu?

Among the Dasavataram or ten prominent incarnations of Vishnu, the last one, Kalki, has not happened yet. Hindu scripture provides many details about him, e.g. he'll be born in the end of the Kali ...
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How many Puranas have critical editions?

I have heard of a critical edition of Harivamsa prepared by BORI. Are there any others and are they available on the net?
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Is there any mention of consuming egg in any sastra or puran?

Is there any mention of consuming egg in any sastra or puran? I mean details vidhi about when to consume when to avoid. what are the merits or demerits . food value how to consume etc etc ...
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Where does the story of “World Tree” or “Knowledge Tree” come in hindu scriptures?

According to this site - This story about human languages in a hindu myth/story, my question in which scripture does this story come from- The Hindu World Tree According to one Hindu myth, ...
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Does the concept of multiverse exist in vedas?

Does the concept of multiverse exist in vedas just like puranas in samhitas,aranyakas,brahmanas and major upnishads. I think it's a puranic concept if i am right then give evidences that establish ...
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English translation of Ganesh Sahasranam

Any interpretation and translation available in English for Ganesh sahasranam as in the ganesha purana? Wikipedia mentions of a khadyota commentary by bhaskaraya on the sahasranama. Is there an ...
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Why do we wear different colors on different days of Navratri?

Each day of Navratri is associated with a different color as mentioned in this article. How are Navratri colours decided and why do they change every year? The first colour of the Navratri is decided ...
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Do any scripture tell us of Lord Vishnu giving boon to asuras?

In puranas, we frequently see Lord Shiva or Lord Brahma giving boon to some danava or daitya for their austerities which usually causes some problem in future which needs to be solved in some ...

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