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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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Are there any traditional biographies for Vaishnava Alwars like Periya Puranam is for Shaiva Nayanars?

I am really interested in learning more about Alvars and Nayanars. While Periya Puranam is a traditional biographies of Nayanars(I read about it online). Are there any such biographies about Alwars?
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What is the position of the supreme deity's spouse in different Vaishnavite sects?

Lakshmi,Sita and spouses of Krishna. What is their position according to Srivaishnavites,Gaudiyas et al? Are they also supreme or are they subservient to the supreme deity?
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Do Vaishnavite sects consider the “Agniravamo” scripture foundational for Hari Sarvottamatvam?

The Mahopanishad line They say Narayana was alone. There were not Brahma, Shiva seems to be the very foundation of Hari Sarvottamatvam for Madhwites and Srivaishnavites. Mahabharata proclaims ...
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What is the difference between ekadandi and tridandi Sannyasis?

What is the difference between ekadandi ("Single staff”) and tridandi ("triple staff") Sannyasis? Are Tridandis Vaishnavites?
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What are the differences between Gopi Chandan and normal chandan (sandalwood)?

I have generally known the Gaudiya Vaishnavism (Krishna rooted) based sects specifically applying the Gopi Chandan based tilaks on their body. The other Vaishnavism sects might or might not limit with ...
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Would Narayana listen if someone were to chant his name without going to a temple?

This probably sounds like a dumb question, but I am unable to visit any temples as I don't live in India. That being said, any effort is probably better than none at all. Would Nama jap of Narayana (...
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How should an uniniated person offer non-veg items to their preferred form of God before consumption?

One of the answers to this question mentions that a devotee who has not conquered their desire for non-vegetarian food items should only consume it after offering to God. 2 and 3 speak of when and how ...
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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu really chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra?

Recently, I was watching a video by an authentic Vaishnava guru named Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (who has a YouTube channel called DharmaNation). He was doing a live Q&A session and touched ...
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Who is lord Janardana?? why is he called the prime cause of the material universe and param brahma? is there any scriptural proof for that?

in many places and even in some shaivaite puranas , he is called prabrahma and the cause of the trimurtis. but in internet or google there are a very less information about this. please provide me ...
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Are Abrahamics Vaishnavas according to Sri Vaishnavism? [closed]

Abrahamics (Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc.) worship God. God is the supreme Brahman. According to Vaishnavism, Vishnu is God (Brahman). According to Sri Vaishnavism, a "Bhagavata" or "...
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Can anyone with Rajo or Tamo Guna predominant be devotee of Sri Vishnu?

I have read about how we should develop Sattvic guna to be devotee of Sri Vishnu or His Avatars. But can anyone with rajasic or tamasic guna predominant be devotee of Sri Vishnu? If yes, I would love ...
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Is there any Vaishnava commentary on Manu-Smriti?

I have seen few commentaries (and even fewer translations in English) of the Manu Samhita. But I can't find any done by a Vaishnava (no regards to the sampradaya). Thus I'm wondering is it because ...
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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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What Vedanta philosophy is followed in Utkaliya Vaishnava of Mahapurusha Achyutananda of Odisha?

Achyutananda (and the other four saints) believed in a concept of God (Vishnu) as Shunya (emptiness, void, zero) called Shunya Purusha and/or Shunya Brahman. This shunya signifies a transcendental ...
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Which scripture mentions the verse “Chandalohpi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah…”?

Chandalohapi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah | Haribhaktivihinashcha dviijohapi shvapachadhamah || English Translation: Chandalas with Hari Bhakti are superior to Munis. But if a Dvija is devoid of ...
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From where can I get Mrtyunjaya Tantra / Mrtyu-Sanjaya Tantra book?

Pranam! I am looking for above mentioned book named as Mrtyunjaya Tantra which is mentioned by Srila Jiva Goswami in his Krishna Sandarba and also mentioned by many scholars somewhere. It is one of ...
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Immortal soul requiring a Mortal body

Any Hinduism philosophy talks about or contemplation discussions on Why an Immortal soul requires a Mortal body? References appreciated.
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Where were Lakshmi & Narayana mentioned separately or together, as God Heads, in the Rig Veda?

In the wiki article, it was stated as follows: In terms of theology, Ramanujacharya puts forth the view that both the Supreme Goddess Lakshmi and Supreme God Narayana together constitute Brahman - ...
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Are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, etc., which encouraged sectarian attitude, contrary to Rig Vedic principles, therefore, anti-Hindu or anti-Sanatana Dharma? [closed]

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
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Does Vaishnavism ordain one to cut the tongue of a blasphemer?

I was reading Srimad Bhagavatam with Srila Prabhupada's translation/commentary when I came upon verse 4.4.17: Sati continued: If one hears an irresponsible person blaspheme the master and controller ...
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Is the temple at Tirumala really the abode of the Goddess Bala Tripurasundari?

One astrologer at Kakinada told us that Lord Venkateswara is actually the Goddess Bala Tripurasundari, with long hair at the back. Hence the name Balaji! Here's the experience of Swami Brahmananda at ...
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Why do Smarthas and Vaishnavas have differences regarding dates (tithi) of festivals like Ekadashi?

Generally it's seen that ekadashi or any other date for that purpose falls on two days. Normally Smartha observe say,ekadashi one day earlier than Vaishnavas. Most calendars only show Smartha dates ...
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What arguments are made by scholars and non-Śāktas to prove the Devī Bhāgavata isn't a major Purāṇa?

As the title says, what are the arguments usually made by scholars and non-Śāktas (Vaiṣṇavas & others) when they say the Devī Bhāgavata Purāṇa doesn't belong in the list of 18 Mahā-purāṇas?
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What's the Sri Vaishnava stand on non vegetarianism?

What is the stand of Sri Vaishnava parampara/sampradaya on non vegetarianism? Would like to know from a traditional and scriptural perspective, from a traditional Sri Vaishnava.
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How the followers of different Vaishnava sampradayas consider the stories of Vishnu tricking Tulasi and Vrinda?

How do Vaishnavas explain these stories of Vishnu tricking Vrinda and Tulasi. I am not asking how the act is justified, rather the beliefs of Vaishnavas regarding these stories(ie whether they ...
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Was goloka the cowshed of kailasa?

I came across a guy in quora who wrote that goloka is the cowshed of Kailasa as per brahma vaivarta purana. Is this True?(https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www....
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Who is the woman who saw 98 Indras?

Madal is an ancient Indian practice where a lovesick person rejected by their beloved would go around riding on a fake horse made of palmyra stems badmouthing their beloved, in an effort to embarass ...
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Where can I get Vrndavana Mahimamrta of Prabodhananda Sarasvati?

The Vrindavana Mahimamrita is wonderful book by the Gaudiya Acarya Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati. Where can one find the pdf copy of the book?
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Where can one find the original bengali book of Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma?

I am look for the book Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, an important Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya. Any idea where i can find it?
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Request for Identification

The tenth skanda of Bhagavatha Purana mentions the places Balarama visited during His pilgrimage. Specifically, in the South, it is mentioned that He visited, Shri Shaila, Tirumala, Shrirangam, ...
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Why God Imprisoned us here?

I understand from vedic scriptures that God created the souls and gave free will in the spiritual world, but the souls denied God's love and become materialistic. So Inorder to teach the souls a ...
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Which Divya Prabandham commentators discussed this Kishkindha Kanda verse?

In the beginning of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Rama and Lakshmana reach the banks of the lake Pampa, and Rama laments as all the beautiful things he sees around him reminds of Sita, ...
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Where in the Garuda Purana is it said that only three Vaishnava Puranas are authoritative in Kali yuga?

I read somewhere that Garuda Purana declares that only three Vaishnava Puranas should be considered authoritative in Kali Yuga. By priority they are:- Bhagavata Purana Vishnu Purana Garuda Purana ...
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Visvaksena : a jivaatma or a Visnu tattva?

There's a nityasuri of Lord Visnu called Visvaksena who is described as being the Commander-in-Chief of Lord Visnu's army. There's also an incarnation by the same name. Are these two the same Person? ...
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Can I chant mantras without initiation? [duplicate]

I want to meditate on Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. But I have read at many places on the internet that before chanting a mantra one must receive it from a guru. What another option do I have? I ...
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Does anyone know the exact location of the following text in the Padma Purana?

Does anyone know the exact location of the following text in the Padma Purana? The text is found here. ṣaṭ-karma-nipuṇo vipro mantra-tantra-viśāradaḥ avaiṣṇavo gurur na syād vaiṣṇavaḥ śva-...
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Mantra Lekhan (Writing) and its relevance in Vaishnavism

What is Mantra Lekhan or Mantra Writing? Please provide references from the scriptures for this practice.
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What do different Vaishnavite sects say about the sanctity of Siva temples?

I think Swaminarayans say Siva temples should be respected. On the other hand there is a Srivaishnavite account posted here in which a Srivaishnavite preferred to starve to death rather than eat food ...
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Have different Vaishnavite teachers made remarks on the relative merits of different Vaishnavite Puranas?

Obviously Gaudiyas would rank the Bhagavatam first for its statement "Krishnastu Bhagavan swayam". Ramanuja gave great importance to Vishnu Purana, but apparently never cited the Bhagavatam. Do the ...
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Why is the greatest Vaishnava a Tamasic entity per Vaishnavites?

there is a famous verse in Srimad Bhagavatam, a "satvika" purana, that says Just as Ganga among rivers, Achyuta among gods, Shambu among Vaishnavas, This (Bhagavatam) is the same among Puranas. ...
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Do Sri Vaishnavas really believe that all names of Devatas in the Vedas are to be interpreted as directly referring to Narayana?

Do Sri Vaishnavas really believe that all names of Devatas in the Vedas are to be interpreted as directly referring to Narayana? This belief is popularized by the well known Sri Vaishnava blog ...
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Should urdhva pundra be removed before going to bed?

Are there any rules that say that urdhva pundra should be removed before going to bed?
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Are there any verses in the scriptures which proclaim Vishnu and Shiva to be one and same?

As we know, Vaishnavism and Shaivism are two largest sects within Hinduism.While Vaishnavas believe Vishnu as Supreme,Shaivas believe in Shiva as Supreme. My question is, if there is any reference in ...
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What gods or forms are worshipped/revered in Sri Vaishnavam?

I would like a comprehensive list of who is worshipped in Sri Vaishnavam. It would be really nice if it included many of Sri Vishnu's form.
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His Holiness Sri Ramanuja and anya dEvata worship

Did His Holiness Sri Ramanuja say anya dEvata should not be worshipped? If yes, did His Holiness clarify the meaning of anya dEvata? Is it written down in any of the works of His Holiness?
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no desire but desiring to create?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no desire but desiring to create? For example, the Vishnu Purana says: He is all, he knows all, he sees all, he possess all strength, all ...
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having infinite bliss but also experiencing sorrow and suffering?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having infinite bliss but also experiencing sorrow and suffering? Many Upanishads like Taittiriya say Brahman has infinite bliss: One hundred times ...
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no anger but experiencing anger?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no anger but experiencing anger? For example, the Vishnu Purana says: He is all, he knows all, he sees all, he possess all strength, all ...
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Does Tirupati Balaji's idol have real hair?

Namaste! I have read facts about Tirupati Balaji idol which is placed in sanctum sanctorum and among them there is one fact which raise my eyebrow: Idol has real hair and claimed to be real hair of ...
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What does the author of the Yatindra Mata Dipika mean by Dharmabhutajnana?

In Yatindra Mata Dipika I came across the section where pramana and prameya where being explained. Dharmabhutajnana is said to be common to both cit and Isvara. I don't understand what that is ...

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