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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Did Sayanacharya believe in the authority of Ithihas and Puranas?

As you might be knowing, Sayana is one of the classical commentator on Vedas. My question is what was his opinion on the authority of Ithihas and Puranas? Did he believe in them?
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What is the story and purpose of Lord Vishnu's Vaikuntha avatara?

The 24 avataras of Lord Vishnu are described in Skandha one chapter three of Shreemad Bhagvat Purana . It also mentioned that the incarnations of the Lord are innumerable. Apart from these 24 , ...
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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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Why is Shiva, Hanuman, Gayatri are shown with 5 heads, but not Vishnu or Durga?

Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha and Gayatri deities are shown with 5 heads in idols but not Vishnu or Durga? What's the reason for this?
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akashic records and Hinduism

Akashic Records are defined by some hindus and theosophists as a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. Its been ...
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What scriptures describe Lakshmi’s serpent Kalyana?

The Sharanagati Gadyam is a prose hymn by the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to the lotus feet of Sriman Narayana as a means to attain ...
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What was the story of sage Kandu killing a cow following his father's words?

Rama is known as embodiment of Dharma. He followed his father's words and went to exile for 14 years. When Rama was ordered to leave the city to leave to forest, his mother Kaikeyi and his brother ...
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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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What was the name of the Sage in the story narrated by Sita?

Sita narrated an old episode about a Sage(Rishi) to Sri Rama, in the Dandaka forest.The narration is as under:- Once upon a time, oh, dexterous one, there was a pious and true worded hermit in some ...
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What do scriptures say about Lake Manasarovar?

I have heard it said that Lord Shiva abides in yoga on Mt. Kailasha and that darśana thereof destroys attachment to delusion. I found information about Mt. Kailash in the question How is Mount ...
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Who were the kings (other than Arjuna) killed by Lord Parashurama?

Arjuna (son of Kritavirya hence, famously known as Kartavirya Arjuna) was king of Maheshmati. He was from Yadavas or Haihayas (a branch of Yadavas). He is believed to be an incarnation of Sudarshana ...
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Which scriptures describe swayambhu linga lakshanas (signs) and what are those?

I have a small book called Shiva Tattva PradipikA which discusses the various facts associated with Lord Shiva by quoting from scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Agamas. In it we find the ...
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Who is the current moon god, Soma son of Atri or Tvisiman son of Dharma?

This excerpt from the Anusanga Pada of the Brahmanda Purana describes the gods of the different planets and the Nakshatras they were born in in the present Vaivasvata Manvantara. In particular, it ...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

I came across two answers Bhagavata-Purana Considered as best and Devi Bhagavata Purana Considered as best. On the same lines, are there any claims about other puranas claiming themselves or others ...
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What does the expression “kalpa bheda” mean?

I see this expression a lot to explain seeming contradictions in puranas. kalpa-bheda could mean difference between kalpas - does that mean all puranic stories happen repeatedly from one kalpa to the ...
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Hindu view of fantastical creatures in scriptures

Western literature describes a host of mythical creatures like the hippogriff; werewolf; basilisk; centaur. Hindu religion also has a vast literature which describes similar albeit different ...
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What is the location of Bharata Varsha (khanda)?

I have read somewhere(can't remember the source) the Bharatha Khanda governed by king Bharatha is submerged in the Hindu Mahasagara. Can anyone tell me where is Bharatha Khanda in current yuga? if it ...
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What are some of major Shiva temples in Karnataka?

I'm planning for a trip to visit major Shiva temples in Karnataka. I have done some research and there are close to 54 prominent ones. Which are the ones which holds much importance in Puranas or ...
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Mahavishnu's Avataaras

Apart from the well known Dashavatra, Mahavishnu has taken many incarnations. Two readily come to the mind as Hari for liberation of Gajendra and Hu Hu and as Kapila Muni giving knowledge to His ...
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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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Is the vedic supreme God different from the puranic supreme God?

Is the vedic supreme God different from the puranic supreme God? If not, then why is the puranic concept of God trimurty and vedic concept, brahman?
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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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What is the story of Narad's birth to a maid?

Shrimad Bhagvatam mentions the following about Devarishi Narad's birth: 1.1.7 Naradji’s Advice to Ved-Vyas Naradji told him that though he had created great epics, yet all of them lack a ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What is the story of Kumara Swamy or Kartikeya taking the form of Subrahmanya (snake)?

Kumara Swamy or Kartikeya is also worshipped as Subrahmanya swamy (snake form). What is the story behind taking this form? Which Purana states it?
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Did Lord Vishnu give Lord Shiva his trident? Isn’t this the opposite way around?

Why is it said that Lord Vishnu has given Lord Shiva his trident when there seem to be only 2 tales in this regard?: 1st as per Shiva Purana, the opposite happened, i.e. Shiva gave Vishnu his ...
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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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Stories Of Yagnavalkya Rishi (याज्ञवल्क्य ऋषि)

What is the Story Of Shree Yagnavalkya Rishi giving back his Knowladge to his Guru Shree Vaisampayana (वैशंपायन). What is the story of Shree Yagnavalkya Rishi and Godess Saraswati?
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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 is the correct order for reading shastras? [duplicate]

There are lots of shastras in hinduism. Mahapurans and Upapurans, lots of geetas, dharma shastras, shad darshan, agamas, upanishads and vedas. Please tell the correct order to read them to grasp it in ...
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How does one start in Hinduism? [closed]

I've recently gotten really involved into religion. A couple months back, I was very close to converting to Islam, as many of my friends introduced me to the faith, but as I researched more into ...
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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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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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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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What are the arguments given by some scholars that the Vishnu Puranas are Tamasic?

Some scholars think that the Vishnu Puranas are actually tamasic, but what are their arguments for this?
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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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