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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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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Is the order of creation of Puranas given in Puranas?

While reading the article "Kamakshi Mahatyam" (on Kamakotimandali) I found the claim that Brahmanda Purana is the last among the Puranas. The limitless glory of Sri Kamakshi has been ...
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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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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 are the lunar race and solar race originated?

The solar race and lunar race story is popular among all puranas the solar race contains lord Rama and lunar race on other side lord Krishna . Is here someone who can describe the both side story, ...
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Which Purāṇas define the word "purāṇa" within their text?

From the sample page of this book: Questions: Which all Purāṇas define the word 'purāṇa' within their text? Can you cite the exact verses (and their translation) from each of the Purāṇas that ...
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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says: अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति...
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Why the name 'Salagrama' shila?

Why are the Vishnu Silas found from Gandaki river called 'Salagrama' Silas?
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Scriptural reference to say Lord Vishnu and Parvati devi are same

I want to know if there is any scriptural reference i.e a small event that shows Narayana and Parvati are same. The reason for my initial belief that they are same is the following: All gods are ...
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Are the upanishads later to the puranas?

In some places it is mentioned that some of the main upanishad like chandogya and brihadaranyaka mention about the puranas. What are the references where puranas are referred in upanishad? If indeed ...
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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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What happens to Lord Shiva's trishul during dissolution of universe?

I've read Kashi is absorbed into trishul at the time of Dissolution. But Trishul too has to be absorbed. Can anyone give references about the Trishul? As it has to be absorbed, So Kashi ultimately ...
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Is this shlokha from the Garuda Purana? If so, which chapter?

From here: Garuda Purana says: tAvattapO vrataM tIrthaM japahOmArchanAdikaM vEdashAstrAgamakathA yAvattattvaM na vindati So long as one has not achieved atma jnana, one should ...
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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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Where Epics and Puranas are mentioned as 5th Veda?

There are 4 vedas - Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. But in several places few scriptures are mentioned as 5th Veda, such as: Mahabharata The boon-giving great one then taught ...
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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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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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Is catur vyuha mentioned in puranas?

Is catur vyuha of Vishnu mentioned in puranas and Mahabharata?
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Which scriptures mention the Garbhodakshayi and Karanodakshayi forms of Lord Vishnu?

I have heard of different forms of Lord Vishnu such as the Garbhodakshayi, Karanodkashayi and Kshirdakashayi forms. I want to know which all Puranas or Vedic scriptures mention these three? EDIT: ...
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Historicity of the Bhagwa flag

I know of Marathas and Rajputs using bhagwa flags as their official hoists, but is there some older (Puranic) legend in associating the bhagwa flag with Hinduism? I'm very specific about the origin ...
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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 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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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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What do the scriptures say about Kali demon of Kaliyuga?

I wish to know everything that the scriptures say about Kali demon of Kaliyuga.
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How does one start in Hinduism? [closed]

I know the basics of Hinduism, about Brahman being the universal principle, the term used to describe the entire universe and life on Earth. I understand that through Bhakti and Yoga, one is able to ...
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Did Lord Vishnu gave 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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Why did Kamsa not kill Devaki or her husband and still make them stay in the same cell?

As per Puranas, when Kamsa knew his sister, Devaki’s son will kill him, why did he not kill Devaki or her husband; and why did he still make them live together in the same cell?
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Oldest scripture that mentions Lord Parashurama?

Which scripture (Itihasa, Purana, etc.) mentions Lord Parashurama for the first time?
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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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How Nachiketa got the Enlightenment by the lord Yamaraj?

I hear this thing many times. Also, have another question how Nachiketa reached to Yama Lok and met with the Yamaraj?
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Which puranas contain the story of the contest between Ganesha and Kartikeya for vighnadhipatyam?

One of the famous stories associated with Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya is their competition between them for the leadership over the Ganas and obstacles. This story is also a part of the Vinayaka ...
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Anna Abhishekam to Lord Shiva on Full moon (Poornima thithi)

Yesterday being Poornima [full moon] Anna [rice] abhishekam was done to Lord Siva in many Siva temples in South India. In Thanjavur 1000 kgs of rice was done as annabhishekam to Lord Brahadeeswarar. ...
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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 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 are the 84 lakh (8.4 million) species?

Search for 8.4 million (or 84 lakh) species in Google, and several sources (mostly from Hare Krishna/ISKCON websites) claim that Padma Puranam states this shloka: jalaja nava-laksani sthavara laksa-...
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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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What Hindu Scriptures say that Universe has diameter of fifty crore yojana?

Srila Prabhupada said that humans never went to Chandraloka as it requires enlightened soul and opined humans might have gone to other planet such as Rahu. He said whole universe is panchshat-koti-...
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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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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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Brahmanda and Pindanda

I recently heard from a noted guru that the entire Brahmanda can be stored in Pindanda. How is this possible, any enlightenment is appreciated. Basically he is saying the entire Macrocosm can be ...
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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 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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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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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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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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