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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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How does Vedanta Desikan interpret Ramanujacharya’s statement about Brihaspati’s brother Samvarta?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting the ...
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Is worship of Lord Hanuman associated with Vaishnavism or Shaivism?

Lord Hanuman, as we know is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama (Lord Vishnu's incarnation). But at the same time He is said to be Lord Shiva's incarnation. So is Hanuman worship more associated with ...
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What are the 18 bhavas in which Sri Ramakrishna was siddha?

According to Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna was siddha in 18 bhavas.Can anybody mention what are these 18 bhavas according to our scriptures?
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To whom we contact to do Samashrayanam? [duplicate]

We are Yadhavas in Chennai and like to do Samashrayanam but we don't know to whom can we go , Thenkalai OR Vadakalai, To Sri Vaishnava Acharya or Swayamacharya people. We need guru to teach ...
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Which Vaishnavite sects have the concept of “Nitya Suri”?

I know that SriVaishnavites have this concept. What exactly does it mean and do other Vaishnavite sects have it?
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When did Vaishnavites start wearing Urdhva Pundram?

Did Ramanuja introduce the Namam? What did Vaishnavites wear before that?
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Do the founders of various Vaishnavite sects describe reaching transcendent states of being after which they became teachers?

For example, the Buddha's description of his enlightenment: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2013/mar/14/nirvana-in-buddhas-words-458528.html Let us try to understand the content ...
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What scriptures describe Mahabali stealing Vishnu’s crown and Garuda giving it to Krishna?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Which world is converted into vast ocean by Vishnu?

This chapter of Vishnu Purana describes what Vishnu does at the end of Kalpa: Vishńu with the quality of goodness, and of immeasurable power, preserves created things through successive ages, until ...
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How can Vishnu sleep on Adi Sesha when Adi Sesha does not exist?

Vishnu tells Narada in the Narayaniya portion of the Shanti Parva in Mahabharata: Assuming a form that is manifest, I dwell, at present, in the heavens. At the end of a thousand Yugas I shall once ...
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Why does Vishnu sleep for 1000 years?

In Drona Parva of Mahabharata, Krishna tells Arjuna about his four forms: I have four forms, eternally engaged as I am in protecting the worlds. Dividing my own Self, I ordain the good of the ...
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What scriptures describe making statues of those who have attained Moksha?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting the ...
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Who is the companion of Lord Vishnu?

In Narayaniya portion of the Shanti Parva in Mahabharata, Sri Hari tells Narada: Assuming a form that is manifest, I dwell, at present, in the heavens. At the end of a thousand Yugas I shall once ...
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What are the differences between Dvaitadvaita of Sri Nimbarkacharya and Achintya Bheda Abheda of Sri Chaitanya?

What are the philosphical differences between Gaudiya Sampradaya and Nimbarka Sampradaya? I know they both worship Radha-Krishna (unlike Pushtimarg where they worship Krishna as ShriNathji). What are ...
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Is the argument that “Narayana” can only denote Vishnu correct?

Among Vaishnavite sects - only Sri Vaishnavites claim this, as far as I know. The argument is that while Sanskrit doesn't usually have proper nouns a Paninean rule makes "Narayana" an exception. But ...
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How do Shaivas and Shaktas interpret the Vishnu Gayatri mantra?

How do Shaivas and Shaktas interpret the Vishnu Gayatri mantra, which is from the Narayana Suktam of the Yajur Veda: "Narayanaya vidmahe vasudevaya dhimahi | tanno Vishnuh prachodayat" which ...
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What exactly is shuddha sattva according to vaishnavism?

Is there a shuddha rajas and shuddha tamas also? Please explain.
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Can Vaishnavas worship other Gods(anya devata)? [duplicate]

Generally Vaishnavas don't worship Gods other Sri Vishnu and His incarnations(Swaminarayan Sampradaya being a notable exception).Is there any mention in scriptures if the worship of anya devata is ...
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Which denomination do majority of contemporary Hindus adhere to?

I know more Vaishanvas and Shaivas exist in South India and Shaktas are more prominent in the east,But in North what are the major denominations of Hindus?
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Which book do Vaishnavas give more importance of the two Vishnu Purana and Srimad Bhagavatam and why?

Vishnu Purana and Srimad Bhagavatam are two important Vaishnava puranas. Of the two, which is given more importance in Sri, Madhva, Pushti & Gaudiya Vaishnavism? why if any reason?
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What scriptures describing holding breath for hours before chanting the Sahasrakshi Mantra?

The Sri Vaishnava sect is divided into two sub-sexts, Thenkalais and Vadakalais. One of the issues they disagree on is whether the chanting of the Pranavam in the Ashtakshari Mantra requires ...
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Do non-advaitic vaishnavite sects have the concept of Samadhi?

In Advaita, among the highest states of oneness with Brahman is "Nirvikalpa Samadhi". Do non-Advaitic Vaishnavite sects talk of Samadhi or anything similar?
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Why does the Srimad-Bhagavatam say that mumkshus reject worsipping of the fierce forms of God?

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1/2/26 says: mumukṣavo ghora-rūpān hitvā bhūta-patīn atha nārāyaṇa-kalāḥ śāntā bhajanti hy anasūyavaḥ English Translation: Those who want salvation reject the fierce ...
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Does scripture define something called “Vaishnava dharma”?

This question was prompted by this answer to another question: Looking to learn about Hinduism? As far as texts specifically written in Bharat, anything by Adi Shankara is great for understanding ...
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Was Nathamuni originally an Ekadandi Sanyasi?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting ...
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What is the scriptural basis for eternal hell as Madhvas believes?

Madhva doctrine believes in eternal hellish life for some souls. If I am not wrong, they believe in creation and destruction of this worlds. Then, What exactly is 'eternal' here? What is scriptural ...
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What's the difference between nirguna brahman of Advaitins and impersonal brahman of Gaudiyas?

Gaudiyas believe in an impersonal brahman aspect of Absolute Truth. BG 14. 27 brahmaṇo hi pratiṣṭhāham I am the basis of the impersonal Brahman Hari Vamsa, Visnu Parva 114: tat ...
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What is the position of different Vaishnavite sects regarding the Advaitic definition of Nirguna Brahman?

As I understand it, to them the absolute is a person - Vishnu/Narayana, Rama and Krishna being the most prominent. What is their stand on the Nirguna Brahman of Advaitists? I am not interested in ...
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Why do some Vaishnavas not consider Radha as Sati or the Mother of the world & mention Her only as the Hladini shakti?

The well-known pranama mantra of Sri Radha reads नवीनां हेमगौरांगीं पूर्णानन्दवतीं सतीम्। वृषभानुसुतां देवीं वन्दे राधां जगत्प्रसूम्॥ Meaning: I bow down to Goddess Radha, who is young, ...
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What is meant by Lord Vishnu as protector?

I would like a more detailed meaning of this. Whom does he protect? From what does he protect?
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Did Ramanujacharya perform Sharanagati in Madhurantakam?

The Gadya Trayam is a set of three prose hymns composed by the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya on the subject of Sharanagati or complete surrender to Vishnu as a means of attaining Moksha. ...
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Does Pillai Lokacharya’s commentary on the Gadya Trayam still exist?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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How do non-advaitins interpret these passages of bhagavatam?

Here are advaitic verses which I found from bhagavatam SB 12.13.12 sarva-vedānta-sāraṁ yad brahmātmaikatva-lakṣaṇam vastv advitīyaṁ tan-niṣṭhaṁ kaivalyaika-prayojanam 12.5.11-12 ahaṁ ...
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What is the Ekayana sect criticized by Pillai Lokacharya's father?

By far the most famous commentary on Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi is the Eedu, aka the 36000 Padi, which was composed by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vadakku Thiruveedhi Pillai, father of Pillai Lokacharya. ...
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How do the stories of Prahlada and Hanuman show invisible effects of visible causes?

The Paramathabhanga is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan which refutes rival schools of Indian philosophy, both inside and outside of Hinduism. In this chapter of the Paramatha ...
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Different tilakas [duplicate]

I have found it difficult to find a great overview on tilakas, and to which sects and beliefs they match. I know of the Sri Vaishnava Thenkalai and Vadakalai and the tripundra. I've seen quite a few ...
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Vegetarianism amongst Bengali Vaishnavas

Historically, what diet did Bengali Vaishnavas have? I've heard that the majority ate fish, with some sources saying that Bengalis considered fish veg.
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How do non-Advaitin defend Advaitin argument that difference need not be taught in scripture?

It is daily experience that we all are different beings , therefore scriptures will be purposeless if they taught that is very obvious. Hence, the actual meaning of scripture must be some unknown ...
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Are there any animal sacrifices specifically for Vishnu?

There are animal sacrifices for Indra, Vayu, Agni, Prajapati and Shiva, etc in the Vedas. For example, in the Ashvalayana Grihya Sutras: 1 1. Now the spit-ox (sacrificed to Rudra). In ...
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What is the significance of bathing in the kaveri river during the thula month?

It is spoken highly of. But what is its significance? What are the benefits? Does it wash away all sins?
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Bondage of jiva according to Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya

In the Vishishtadvaita philosophy followed by the Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya, the conditioned souls trapped in Samsara (the cycle of repeated birth and death) are referred to as Baddhas. How is the ...
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Will the scriptural statements about continuous creation be falsified upon liberation of all as per Vaishnavism?

According to Vaishnava Vedanta, this world is not the place to stay. And the real goal is to reach Vaikuntham. If all the jivas in the world attain mukti, then does the scripture statements about ...
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Was Sridhara Swami an Advaitan or a Vaishnava?

Sridhara Swami is generally referred to as an Advaita commentator but this site https://www.bhagavad-gita.us/bhagavad-gita-1-1/ says Sridhara Swami of Rudra sampradaya. Which is true?
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What is Vishnu's body made of according to Vaishnavism and Advaita?

What is Vishnu's body made up of? What are the bodies made of when he incarnates as Rama, Krishna, Narasimha? Is Vishnu soul or the body? When he incarnates does he enter other avatars bodies? I want ...
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How is kainkarya or concept of divine service in the state of moksha justified?

According to Ramanuja's teachings, the jivatma after attaining moksha performs divine service to God which is known as kainkarya. It is further stated that this kainkarya comes out of the nature or ...
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Is the Jiva completely dependent on Lord Vishnu for his protection?

Is the Jiva completely helpless to protect himself and completely dependent on Lord Vishnu for his protection from any misforture, disaster or undesirable event? If possible, please provide quotes/...
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On what basis is Krishna claimed to be source of Vishnu?

It is a well accepted view that Vishnu is source of all avatars including Krishna. This is what we all heard from childhood. I also came across the opposite opinion that Krishna is source of Vishnu. ...
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Can any caste from Hindu become madhwa or vaishnava

I belong to veerashaiva caste by birth but from my childhood I am interested in madhwa philosophy and I am follower of it so I need to become vaishnava. Can any one say me how to become Vaishnava by ...
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Do Shaktas and Shaivas have independent sects or they think themselves to be under Advaita?

I have seen that Vaishnavas are opposed to Advaita siddhanta. Are there Advaita Vaishnava sampradayas also? Also I want to know whether Shaivas and Shaktas think themselves as part of Advaita's ...
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What exactly is dehi according to advaita and vaishnava school?

People of Advaita sect believe that Atman never remains locked or trapped IN the body. The same thing has been said by many hindoos in quora as well. (They are followers of advaita). If what the ...