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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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Narasimha is a form of Devi Durga?

In the Durga Chalisa, it says that: धरा रूप नरसिंह को अम्बा प्रकट भई फाडकर खम्बा रक्षा करि प्रह्लाद बचायो हिरण्याक्ष को स्वर्ग पठायो You Assumed the Form of Lord Narasimha, And Appeared Breaking ...
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Narashimha as "Yoga Narashimha"

I have seen many Divya Desams (Divya Desam or Vaishnava Divya Desam is one of the 108 Vishnu and Lakshmi temples that is mentioned in the works of the Alvars) where lord Narashimha is mainly in Dhyana(...
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Meaning of Uchimuhurdhal

I've heard this word many time -"Uchimuhurdhal" I'm not sure whether I am spelling it right? But I have heard this word , which might probably mean, "Elders doing uchimuhurdhal on young ...
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Does this verse of Mahabharata Shanti Parva say that Vayu also alomg with Rudra consumed poison, as some Madhwas claim?

In Shanti Parva, The 16th verse in chapter 329 ब्राह्मणमाहात्म्यमग्निषोमीयात्मकम् of BORI edition अमृतोत्पादने पुरश्चरणतामुपगतस्याङ्गिरसो बृहस्पतेरुपस्पृशतो न प्रसादं गतवत्यः किलापः अथ बृहस्पतिरपां ...
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Few questions regarding the meaning of functions

Can someone tell me what are the meaning of the two below functions? Rudra Ekadesi. Udaga Shanthi Naandhi Can someone tell me what are the purpose of these functions? Why and when should it be done. ...
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Learn the meaning of some Terms in Srivaishnava Sampradaya

I've been conversing with a few people in the Sri Vaishnaava Sampradaya. Often they use the below terms. I'd like to understand the meaning of it and whether they are tamil or sanskrit words. Perumal ...
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What is the meaning of U.Ve. in letters or invitations?

I've read (or actually seen) a lot of places where a person's name (or an acharyas name) starts with the initials U.Ve.? I have researched but unable to figure out the meaning of U.Ve.? Can someone ...
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Moksha on putrada ekadashi

My Dad expired on Putrada ekadhashi will get get Moksha or rebirth? What can I do to give him sadgati if he has not attained moksha?
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How to get more punya and attain moksha

I've listened that there are 2 separate accounts of Karma: Like one is for Papa (sins) and one is for Punya. Both get accumulated as per our activities. Only when both are equal, we get Moksha. My ...
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What is the Vaishnava interpretation of Sri Rudram?

How do Vaishnavas interpret the names of Rudra in connection to Sri Vishnu?
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Are there any vaishanava schools that allow occasional meat consumption?

It is believed that orthodox vaishnava path is more rigidly against meat consumption than other sampradayas. I want to know if there is any exception to it. Are there any vaishnava schools that accept ...
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What is Saatarumarai and why is it done?

I've heard this term called Saatarumarai. But don't know anything on when, where and why it's done. Can someone please tell me
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After marriage, why does the ladies have to follow the man's customs?

This is a general query for which I just want to understand the fundamental reason why after the marriage of a man and a woman (as per Hindu traditions - More specifically Brahmin traditions), the ...
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Prahalada vs Abhimanyu story misunderstanding

I have heard two stories and one seem to be in conflict with another. Please correct my misunderstanding. In the story of Prahalada, Prahalada was educated by Narada (while Prahalada was inside his ...
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Description of Lord Vishnu

I've read in slokams and places where it is mentioned that Lord Srinivas/Vishnu adorns Kausthubham and wears Peethambaram. I searched in Google but unable to find what it actually means? Can someone ...
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What are the Puranic verses which say Tapta Mudra Dharana should be done?

This question asks what are the puranic verses that advise against Tapta Mudra Dharana. I want to ask, what are the Puranic verses which say Tapta Mudra Dharana should be done? Please answer with the ...
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Should Vaishnavas live off fruits only?

From the Ahara Niyamam of Sri Vaishnava acharya Vedanta Deshikan: Prohibited foods: Products (grains, pulses etc.) not offered to God after the harvest Prohibited dairy products: Milk of cow that ...
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Connection between Vishnu and Makara Kundala?

Is there some connection between the ear and water in Hinduism? I have heard saying Ganga resides in a person's ear referring to Rishi Jahnu letting out Ganga Devi from his ears. One of the important ...
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I accidentally drank some water during bath, just about a drop on nirjala ekadashi

Is my fast still valid? Like i asked in question that during taking bath, accidentally a small drop got in my mouth and i unknowingly drank water.
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Authentic scriptural source of deciding Ēkādaśī

There are two types of Ēkādaśī. Smārta Ēkādaśī: If Ēkādaśī has started by sunrise or Sūryōdaya, then it's Ēkādaśī fasting on that day. This is followed by the followers of Ādi Śaṅkarācārya. Vaiṣṇava ...
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Which species was Matsya avatar of?

Matsya is commonly stated as the first or second in the list of major avatars of Vishnu. There are many different versions of the story, varying in details, but with the basic story alike: the Matsya ...
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What is the source of Shri Adi Shankaracharya saying "ईश्वरः नारायणशीलः" or "Ishwaraha Narayanasheelaha"?

In some religious discourse given by Shri Bannanje Govindacharya, I heard him say that Shri Adi Shankaracharya had said ईश्वरः नारायणशीलः Ishwaraha Narayanasheelaha What is the source of it?
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Do only Gaudiyas use the term "expansion" and how does it relate to Vyuhas and Avataras?

https://bekrsnaconscious.blogspot.com/2018/10/lord-krishnas-expansions-and.html Is there a single comprehensive doctrine regarding all the manifestations of the supreme Vaishnavite personal God?
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Vaishnavite sects that have a Moola form other than Vishnu/Narayana

We have Gaudiyas and Ramanandis for whom the moola form is Krishna and Rama respectively. Are there any sects that claim Varaha or Narasimha or Parashurama et al are the moola form?
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To whom does the Chatur Vyuha Avatars of Lord Vishnu exactly meditates upon according to scriptures.?

According to Mahabharata, other scriptures and Vaishnava agamas, Lord Vishnu has his Chatur Vyuha Avatars they are Vasudeva, Samkarsana, Pradyumna, Aniruddha. Mahabharata ( Shanti Parva) says that, ...
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Is the udasi sampraday vaishnavs or shaivites or other?

The udasi sampraday is founded by Sri Chandra Baba the son of guru nanak and is linked to the four kumaras parampara. They worships 5 devatas: ganesh, surya, shiva, shakti and vishnu. I know they ...
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Is Krittivasi Ramayana authentic?

1.Is Krittivasi Ramayana an authentic scripture or is it just a literacy work? Should we consider statements from that Ramayana as authentic ? 2.If it is authentic,then has any acharya from any ...
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Is the story of Gajendra-Mokṣa mentioned in other texts besides the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Purāṇa?

We find the complete story of the Elephant named - Gajendra getting Mokṣa through god Viṣṇu's grace, (and hence the reason for calling it the 'Gajendra Mokṣa'), in Chapter 2, 3 & 4 of the Canto 8 ...
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Examples of beings bestowed with the Vaishnava Sarshti Moksha?

As per Srimad Bhagavatam there are 5 types of moksha 1.Salokya (living in same lok as god) eg:- Sant Tukaram of Maharashtra 2.Sameepya ( Always close to lord) eg:-Narad Muni 3.Saroopya (having ...
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Which all sects have the concept of Śaraṇāgati and/or Prapatti or any equivalent?

Śaraṇāgati (शरणागति) and Prapatti (प्रपत्ति) - nyāsa vidyā, are two/three such practises to attain Moksha with least possible effort, which I have encountered in reference to Śrī-Vaiṣṇavism or the ...
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What is the essential difference between Śaraṇāgati (शरणागति) and Prapatti (प्रपत्ति)?

Sanskrit Kosha dictionary gives:- Śaraṇāgati (शरणागति): surrender Prapatti (प्रपत्ति): Pious resignation or devotion. Shri Shailacarya (18th century) uses the words interchangeably in Chapter 18 ...
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Shankaracharya is vaishnava according to Vedanta desikan?

Many vaishnava tells Shankaracharya is vaishnava . I hear that vedanta Deshikan told shankaracharya is vaishnava. Any one can keep reference that vedanta desikan told shankaracharya is vaishnava?
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What is the Antarayami name and form of Lord Vishnu for Brahma and other gods according to Dwaita of Shri Madhwacharya?

In Dwaitha of Shri Madhwacharya every other god is internally controlled by a specific form of Lord Vishnu called Antaryami roopa. The other gods can also borrow their form from the Antaryami roopa of ...
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What is the position and role of Lord Vishnu in Kasmiri Shaivism?

Kashmiri Shaivism being an ancient Shaivite religion would have encountered the idea and philosophy of Vishnu amd Vaishnavism. What is the position and role of Lord Vishnu in Kasmiri Shaivism? Also ...
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The Month Margasizha Sapa Masa

Why the current month Margasizha is called as Sapa month? Our ancestors has coined the word Sapa Masa for this month. What is the exact reason for this?
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What are the differences between Gaudiya Vaishnavism and the Gaudiya Math lineage?

Whenever one writes about Gaudiya Vaishnavism, it is usually only in relation to the Gaudiya Math, founded by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Gaudiya Math is based on Bhaktivinoda Thakur's interpretations ...
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Did Sri Madhusudana saraswati leave advaita at the end of life?

There are many stories saying Sri Madhusudana saraswati leave advaita and worshipped Sri Krishna. Some claim that he was bhakta of Shri Krishna from his child hood and just left debate and worshipped ...
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How can we unite all vedic sampradaya?

In this Kaliyuga there are many types of schools which are based on their believes. These believes may sometimes lead to quarrel. Without hurting their believes how we can live harmoniously?
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Are Vaishnavas & Smartas completely uninformed about third eye awakening?

Supernatural powers are mainly found in Shaiv & Shaakt scriptures and I don't think a single Vaishnav guru or Shankaracharya has third eye powers. Is third eye completely missing from Vaishnav &...
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Why is Poha allowed and Rice not allowed during Ekadashi?

Rice is clearly not allowed in Ekadashi, but in Karnataka especially in Madhwa Sampradaya Poha or Avalakki is allowed. But Poha is actually made up of Rice. How is this allowed?
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Proof of Vedic or Indic origin of Vaishnavism (Monotheistic Supremacy of Vishnu)?

Edit: This question is not a duplicate as it is asking about the specific verses mentioned and not a generic question about Vedic Vasihnavism. Please know the difference. I was watching a Christian ...
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Aṣṭa-Akṣaram vs Pañca-Akṣaram

What does aṣṭa-akṣaram and pañca-akṣaram mean? I guess it has do something with the Dravida (South-Indian) Vaishnavites and Saivites.
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Prayaschitta for plucking tulasi leaves on Dwadasi

I have a question what is the 'prayaschitta', if unknowingly one plucks tulasi leaves on the Dwadasi day ? Also does the rule regarding the prohibition on plucking tulasi leaves on Dwadasi Tithis ...
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Why does part of Vaishnavism consider Gautama Buddha to be an Avatara of Lord Vishnu, even though he rejected Vedic wisdom?

I had seen the arguments of some of the Vaishnavas before, that Gautama rejected the Vedic precepts to keep the evil and ignorant out of the way of Dharma, but after all, why would God send someone ...
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What is the scriptural source of Yugala Maha Mantra used by Nimbarka Vaishnava?

Yugala Maha Mantra is a mantra used by Nimbarka Vaishnava. The mantra is as follows. Radhe Krishna Radhe Krishna Krishna Krishna Radhe Radhe Radhe Shyama Radhe Shyama Shyama Shyam Radhe Radhe It is ...
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Are there any Vaishnava commentaries on Vedas available?

I am looking for english translation of Vaishnava commentaries on Vedas (Samhita) if any are available. Any sampradaya be it Sri Vaishnava or Madhavaite or Gaudiya or any other is ok. In general,I ...
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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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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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