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Vaishnavism is one of the branches of Hinduism with followers worshiping lord Vishnu as the greatest or supreme god

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Why isn't Ekadashi fasting mentioned in the dharma shastras?

Why isn't Ekadashi fasting mentioned in the dharma shastras? What is the earliest text that mentions Ekadashi fasting? Is it the Vaishnava scriptures?
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English meaning of Dwadash stotra - preenayamo vasudevam by Shri Madhavacharya

Can anyone kindly share the meaning of the preenayamo vasudevam Dwadash stotra composed by Shri Madhavacharya. I am trying to do it manually with online sources but now sure if its correct: This is ...
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Can one be a Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava and believe Caitanya Mahāprabhu to not be an avatar?

I've been wondering whether that is allowed in Gauḍīya sampradāya. Without any disrespect to anyone, if one believes that Caitanya Mahāprabhu was NOT an avatar, and believes him to be a pure bhakta, ...
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Sampradayas which believe that sadhakas transcend varna after a particular stge of initiation?

I had heard that gaudiyas believe that a person loses varna after diksha(and that, in some parivaras, dvijas are supposed to throw away their janeu). Is this true? Also some shaktas claim that after ...
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What is the position of Lord Śiva in Śuddhadvaita sampradāyas?

I'd like to know what the Śuddhadvaita philosophy has to say about Lord Śiva. Śri Vaiṣṇavas consider him to be a jīva. Gaudiyas say he's got his own Śiva tattva and is not Nārāyaṇa but close. What ...
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Can we recite only Sri Venkatesha Prapatti daily?

Usually Sri Venkatesha Suprabhaatam, Venkatesha Stotram, Venkatesh Prapatti and Venkatesha Mangalaashaasanam are recited together traditionally. Can we recite only Sri Venkatesha Prapatti daily? Thank ...
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Will I be unable to unite with the Lord Krishna if I follow Advaitic teachings?

I have been tortured by this dilemma for quite a while now. On the one hand, I feel intellectually drawn to Advaita Vedanta. I read and deliberate routinely on Ramana Maharshi's teachings. On the ...
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What sources state that Lakshmi's blessings are attained only through action?

Recently a popular new mythological TV show (not a good source) based on Lakshmi and Vishnu has stated repeatedly that the blessings of Lakshmi can only be obtained through action, and not through ...
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Questions on Vishistadvaita

Shri Ramanuja defines the 'sharira' as follows: yasya cEtanasya yaddravyaM sarvAtmaNA svArthE niyantuM dhArayituM ca shakyaM taccheShataika svarUpaM ca tat tasya sharIraM” – “Any substance which a ...
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How do vaishnavas interpret the Tryambaka hymn, accounting for all the internal vedic explanations of it provided in the Brāhmaṇa-s?

I know that they think the hymn is for Nṛsiṃha/Saṃkarṣaṇa etc. My question is specifically how. Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa and Gopatha Brāhmaṇa as well as other texts such as Sarvānukramaṇī of Kātyāyana, ...
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What are the Vedic antecedents for Caturvyūhavāda ('doctrine of four emanations') of Pāñcarātra theology?

In Pāñcarātra Bhagavatism, the four earthly emanations, or "Vyūhas", are identified as Saṃkarṣaṇa (Balarāma-Saṃkarṣaṇa, son of Vasudeva by Devakī), Vāsudeva Kṛṣṇa (son of Vasudeva by Devakī),...
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Why Lord Krishna adorns a peacock feather?

I want scriptural references that make mention of Lord Krishna adorning a peacock feather and perhaps also, why? Please let me know.
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How Do Sri Vaishnavas and Madhva Vaishnavas interpret passages from scriptures where Krishna is shown to be the originator of Vishnu?

Sri Vaishnavism and Madhva vaishnavism regards Narayana/Vishnu to be the mula rupa of God and Krishna to be his Avatara . However , one often comes across passages from scripture which goes against ...
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Why Śiva is so vehemently denigrated as Sadā-aśiva etc. only in the Brahmakhanḍa of Garuḍa purāṇa and Śaivas are said to be destined for eternal hell?

In contrast, the Ācāra khaṇḍa, chapter 24 says worshippers of Sadāśiva will become free from death itself. इच्छाज्ञानक्रियाशक्तिस्त्रिनेत्रो हि सदाशिवः ॥ एवं शिवार्च्चनध्यानी सर्वदा कालवर्जितः ॥५७৷৷ ...
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Which texts narrate about Gopeśvara Mahādeva (Śiva as Gopa) and are there versions of it in non-vaishnava texts?

This website: The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal, describes "Once, deep in meditation on the sacred Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva was enraptured by the sweet melodies of Krishna's divine flute. ...
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What is the Śruti status (Prāmāṇya) and dating of Mahopaniṣat? Is it accepted by sects other than Vaishnava-s?

The text seems to be of a much later date than mukhya and other old upaniṣads complied before common era (BCE) e.g. Mahānārāyaṇa, Śvetāśvatara etc. as it is supposedly the conversation between Śuka ...
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What does Gita Chapter 7 Verse 23 mean?

I used to think that all gods are one and the same but this specific verse from Bhagavata Gita seems to deny it. The fruit gained by these people of small understanding, however is perishable, the ...
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Who is Vasudev Krishna and who is Yashodanandan Krishna?

I have heard many Acharyas and saints mentioning Vasudev Krishna and Yashodanandan Krishna to be different. Is there any scriptural reference to it? If yes, what is the difference between the two? Who ...
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Why is the demon Hiraṇyakaśipu addressed with 'Shri' in the Srimad Bhagwatam?

Why is the demon Hiraṇyakaśipu addressed with 'Shri' in the Srimad Bhagwatam? For instance, this verse from Srimad Bhagwatam Canto 7 Chapter 8 Verse 11: श्रीहिरण्यकशिपुरुवाच व्यक्तं त्वं मर्तुकामोऽसि ...
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Are Vishnu and Shiva the biggest devotees of each other?

Are Vishnu and Shiva biggest devotees of each other? I read online that Shiva is the foremost Vaishnav and Vishnu is the foremost Shaiv, is this true? If yes please quote your source. It would make ...
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Who is The Supreme God according to Bhagavata Purana?

I've heard from others that Sri Narayana is The Supreme Deity according to Bhagavata Puran (Srimad Bhagavatam) since it is a Vaishnava Text. Ironically upon reading it I actually found multiple verses ...
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A specific number which represents Vishnu based on Scriptural sources

Is there an abstract numerical number directly representing or connecting with Vishnu as per scripture, please don't say an answer like Dashavatar unless it says the number 10 of the dashavatara ...
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Vaishnava Prayogas and agamas

Does anyone know about vaishnava abhichara prayogas?. There's so little info about them.
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How do Vaishnava traditions (other than Madhva) explain this pancharatra verse which affirms the existence of an Eternal hell?

The Pancharatra Agama Prakasha Samhita has this verse - शिरमर्मग्रन्थिकूटजलनीरोधनादयः । सन्त्येवाष्टोत्तरशतनरकाः पातकालयाः ॥३९॥ अनित्यनरका एते तामिश्रन्धतामिश्रकौ । **नित्यौ द्वौ नरकौ** तत्र गतायान्ति...
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The role of Radha in various Vaishnava traditions

How do sampradayas other than Nimbarka or Gaudiya view the authenticity of the character of Radha?
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In the history of Hinduism and Vaishnavism, has the authenticity of the Puranas ever been questioned?

Most Hindus I have spoken to consider the stories and characters of the Puranas to be real. There are modern views that suggest that the stories and characters of the Puranas could be fictional and ...
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Why are shaivas so rude to Vishnu? [closed]

I see so many toxic shaivas blame EVERYTHING on ISKCON, even tho very little of us are iskcon and most are Sri Vaishnavas. Shiva worships and loves Vishnu and vice versa. If we as a religion can’t ...
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Where can I find copies of Bodhayana Vritti and Bodhayana Vritti by Kuresha?

Sri Ramanuja went to Kashmir with Kuresha, his disciple, to read and write commentary on Bramasurtras, based on Bodhayana Vritti which was a short commentary already written on it. He wanted the ...
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Scriptural reference for offering sashtanga pranams infront of dhwaja-stambham

Respected members, In Vishnu temples in South India it is a practice for the men to offer sashtanga namaskarams before the kodimaram (dwaja-stambham) and then enter the garbha-griha. Could you please ...
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What is reality of Kabir Sagar and other scriptures on Sant Kabir

What is Kabir Sagar written by Sant Dharmadas ji which claims that Lord Hanuman and many famous Vaishnav and famous Shaiva saints were initiated by Sant Kabir in some form in and helped them achieve ...
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Nyaya-like works by Vaishnavas

Are there any Nyaya works written by Vaishnavas or Vaishnava works like Nyaya with rational inquiry? I know Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had been born close to Nyayaikas he must have had a work syncretizing ...
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Nyaya Vaishnavism

I wanna be a Nyaya, but follow the Vaishnava school of thought and text like the Bhagavad Gita. Are there any Vaishnava scholars who commented on Nyaya Sutras and Bridged them using Upanishads and ...
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Similar concepts to Cells and Atoms in Hindu texts

Curious if there are any concepts similar to cells and atoms in Hindu text especially those with either vaishnava or yoga links. I wish to know more about Hindu concepts on Prakriti in this way and ...
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Yoga and Vaishnava Sampradaya

I am wondering if I could be a Vaishnava and go through Yoga philosophy versus Vedanta it's more catered to my style of learning and worshiping the supreme and seeing my relationship with him. I ...
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What Tattva is Ganesha

So, I come from an Iyer background, but during my scriptural study and even before I felt inclined towards Vishnu worship. While I do worship Bhagavan Maha Vishnu as the supreme being. I still wish to ...
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Is there any relation between Bhairava (as Himself, not as Shiva) and Krishna/Vishnu? If so can someone please elaborate?

I have heard of the relation between different gods, however in the pantheon of Bhairavas, the association is mostly to do closely with manifestations of Shakti. Therefore it would be interesting to ...
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How Vaiṣṇavas resolve the paradox regarding belief in the transcendental world where a devotee comes after his death?

If Vaikuntha or Goloka is transcendental to material time, space, the entire material world, then how can we apply the law of causality to these spiritual world? Because if we say that our behavior in ...
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Which is the most authentic edition of Bhaktamal

Which is the most authentic edition of Bhaktamal so far?
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Have Śaivācāryas defeated Vaiṣṇavācāryas in debates?

If such things happened state those incidents with proper inscriptional data!!
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Is Śiva a Vaiṣṇava? Does Shastras speak of Viṣṇu being the greatest devotee of Lord Śiva? [duplicate]

I wanted to know whether shastras say otherwise ie viṣṇu being the greatest Śaiva. I always see Vaiṣṇava Katha vachakas constantly quoting from Śrīmad Bhagavatam about Śiva being limited to only ...
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Is Narayana understood in Shri Vaishnavism as an anthropomorphic being or are his descriptions as a human-like being understood symbolically?

I'm interested in the answer to this question from the perspective of Shri Vaishnavism, though I would be interested in the position of other Vaishnava schools (other than ISKCON/GV, which I am ...
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Are there any older commentaries on Narada Bhakti Sutras?

I want to study Narada Bhakti Sutra.Are there any old and popular commentaries on the Narada Bhakti Sutra?
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Are there any philosophies other than Dvaita that have the concept of Nitya Samsari?

I have heard that the Dvaita school of Madhvacharya has the concept of 'Nitya - Samsarins'; which means that as per them a particular class of souls would perpetually be bound in the cycle of rebirth. ...
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Does Gaudiya Vaishnava believe that Lakshmi mata left Sri Narayana bhagvan for Lord Krishna ji?

That Krishna and Vishnu are closely related but two different gods is a well known philosophy within Krishna centric sects like Gaudiya or Nimbarkas. So in them Krishna is more beautiful and important ...
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Moksha According to Shiva and Vasihnav agamas

I have heard that the Vaishnava and Shaivite Agamas mention that the Jiva is different from the Param Atma and that during moksha, the Jivas main their individual personality. Can anyone provide these ...
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Signs of Kali Yuga

Just a question. I have heard that an onset of certain things would indicate that Kali Yuga is getting increasing worse. Just recently, I have seen a lot of friends and family get daughters rather ...
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Jayanthi Determination of Gurus

Yesterday (25th April 2023),was Sri Ramanujar Jayanthi (Chithirai Thiruvadhirai) and Sri Sankara Jayanthi (Vaishaka Panchami). Why is the birth of one Guru based on Star and the other Guru based on ...
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What is the meaning of Vishwaroopa Sevai in Vishnu Temples?

What is the meaning of Vishwaroopa Sevai in Vishnu Temples? Can someone tell me what is the meaning of this sevai?
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Moolavar and Utsavar

It seems that in every temple (predominantly Vishnu Temples, I am not that very sure about all Shiva temples, please correct me if I am wrong) there are 2 presiding deities, namely, Moolavar and ...
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What are the important Vaikhānasa texts?

Vaiṣṇavas usually use Pāñcarātra āgamas. However, there is also another South Indian Vaiṣṇava tradition, that worships according to Vaikhānasa āgamas. What are the principal Vaikhānasa āgamas? If ...
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