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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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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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What are the origins of Vaishnavism? [closed]

The wikipedia article on Vaishnavism says, on the origins of Vaishnavism in Northern India, as follows: According to Dandekar, what is understood today as Vaishnavism did not originate in Vedism 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 Dr Srinivas in 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 supposed ...
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Could you please let me know, if there are any temples in south India which belong to Nimbarkacharya or Vishnuswamy acharyas sampradayas?

Could you please let me know, if there are any temples in south India, which belong to Nimbarkacharya or Vishnuswamy acharyas sampradayas.
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Vadakalai and Thenkalai [duplicate]

When did vadakalai and thenkalai difference came? I read that Ramanujar changed some to vaishnavism, those who got converted to vaishnavism falls under thenkalai. Is that true?
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Are there any authenticated records of Ramanand Swami's (Kabir's guru) teachings?

I recently learned that Ramananda Swami was a guru of Kabir's and I am curious to learn more about his teachings. However have not been able to locate anything online as most of the current Google ...
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Will Shaivism and Vaishnavism merge, if some one proves Vishnu and Siva to be the same? [closed]

I do not know much about whether there are any other fundamental differences between these two sects. The only difference I know is that the Vaishnavites believe Vishnu alone as their primary deity (...
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Sectarianism within Hinduism

To what extent are Hindus sectarian? For example, do most Hindus belong to a sect, e.g. Shaivism or Vaishnavism? Do they only go to temples within their sect? Does the entire family belong to the ...
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What do Sri Vaishnava commentaries say about Dasharatha's use of “śrīmān”?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Dasharatha decides to make Rama the Yuvaraja or crown prince, he makes the following announcement to the people of Ayodhya: caitraḥ śrīmān ayaṃ māsaḥ ...
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Who is Madhavi, performer of Sharanagati?

The Sri Vachana Bhushanam is a work by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Pillai Lokacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to Sriman Narayana as a means to attain Moksha and ...
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Where is it mentioned that Lord Krishna is 16 kalas but Lord Ram is 12 kalas, when both are same? [duplicate]

It is being popularized by ISKCON I think, that Krishna is purna avatar with 16 kalas but Rama is 12 kalas and is inferior to Krishna, when both are same. Is this even mentioned anywhere by any of the ...
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Is there an English translation of “Sarvartha Siddhi” by Vedanta Desika?

I'm looking for an English translation of "Sarvartha Siddhi" by Vedanta Desika. In fact I'm only interested in one part of it, "I.69", in which a reference to Yadavaprakasa and his theory of time is ...
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What is Paramapadam? Is it different from Vaikunta?

Can someone please elaborate what is Paramapadam and where it is? Are Vaikunta and Paramapadam one and the same?
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What is the historical origin of Bhakti?

In the Vedas, Karma Marga (path of action) and Gayn Marga (path of knowledge) are described. Upanishads (Vedanta or the end part of the Veda) talks about the path of knowledge, while the earlier Vedic ...
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How exactly does creation happen for Dwaithis?

As Dwaitha professes athyanthika bheda between Jada, Jeeva and Ishwara. How is creation described? What are the origin of Jeeva and Jada, if they have one, and what are their qualities according to ...
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Did Lord Rama really worship Lord Ranganatha?

The Sthala Purana (Temple History) of the Sri Rangam Temple in Tamil Nadu states that the divine Vigraha (idol) of Lord Ranganatha originated by itself (Svayamubhu) and was originally worshipped by ...
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Guru Tattva in Vaiṣnavism

Gaudiya literature such as the Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta sheds light on Guru Tattva, the ontological position of the spiritual master. In CC 1.1.44/45 we find the following: yadyapi āmāra guru — ...
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What are the names of the saints mentioned in the Bhaktamal?

Bhaktamal is a Ramanandi text written in in Braja language by Nabhadas in the seventeenth century. Written in poetry form, the work depicts the lives of more than two hundred Vaishnava saints across ...
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What is the position of Lord Vishnu in the different 'Vaishnava' sects?

According to the dictionary meaning, a 'Vaishnava' is necessarily a 'Worshipper of Vishnu'. वैष्णव a. (-वी f.) [विष्णुर्देवतास्य तस्येदं वा अण्] 1 Relating to Viṣṇu; गां गतस्य तव धाम वैष्णवम् R.11....
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Is it possible for someone to perform prapatti or sharanAgati for those who have died?

Inspired by a recent comment, I decided to ask this question: First, prapatti or sharanAgati with srImannArAyaNA attains to Moksha – It is considered the most highly effective methodology towards ...
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What scripture says “the Pranava is the highest letter”?

The Pradhana Satakam is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan describing 100 important things. In verse 7 of the Pradhana Satakam, Vedanta Desikan says that the Pranava is the most ...
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Forms of Paramatma in Sri Vaishnavism

In Gaudiya Vaishnavism, the distinction is made between Kāraṇodakaśāyī Viṣnu (Mahaviṣnu), Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu and Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣnu on a cosmological level as the Paramātmā for the metacosm, the ...

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