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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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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. Why can’t they admit both are one and worship eachother? [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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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 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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Who is Vijayavalli, wife of the Sudarshana Chakra?

I just performed a Griha Pravesam, the Hindu house warming ceremony, and I noticed an interesting Mantra that the priest chanted. The Mantra, which I assume was from the Pancharatra Agamas, was ...
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Are there any low-caste Vaikhanasa priests?

I recently learned that the priest of the Vishnu temple in my native village of Poondi is a low-caste person. The notion of a low-caste person serving in a temple didn't surprise me, since in the Sri ...
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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'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 param paramam ...
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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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Why do Gaudiyas believe that Krishna and Gopis are eternal teenagers?

I have heard that Gaudiyas believe that Krishna is eternally 15 years old and that Lalita is eternally 14 years old. Why do they believe this? Is this stated in scripture?
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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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Which is the most authentic edition of Bhaktamal

Which is the most authentic edition of Bhaktamal so far?
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Do any commentators of Brahmasūtras other than Ādi Śaṅkarācārya disagree with both Pañcarātra and Śaiva Āgamas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedānta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sūtras, a work by the sage Vyāsa ...
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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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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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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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Is Velukkudi Krishnan from a Swayamacharya lineage?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member) is divided into two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Both Thenkalais and Vadakalais have Mathams, similar to the ...
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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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Have Śaivācāryas defeated Vaiṣṇavācāryas in debates?

If such things happened state those incidents with proper inscriptional data!!
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Where in Padma Purana the following verse about parampara is located?

Sampradaya-vihina ye mantras te nisphala matah Atah kalau bhavisyanti catvarah sampradayinah catvarah sampradayinah Sri-brahma-rudra-sanakah vaisnavah ksiti-pavanah Catvaras te kalau bhavya ...
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How does the Ramanandi sect originate from the Sri Vaishnava Parampara?

As I discuss in this question, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four gods: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And they in turn started the four main Sampradayas or ...
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Is there any historical evidence for persecution of vaishnavaites by kulothunga chola II?

This question is motivated after watching the story portrayed in the opening scene of the Tamil movie Dasavatharam starring Kamal Hassan where the scene is claimed to be based on historical events of ...
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Inquiring about the authenticity of Hayagrīva Upanishad

I came across one Hayagrīva Upanishad and researched about it. Many websites seem to offer its translation. (Like this popular Sri Vaishnava site.) I have never come across any quotation, reference, ...
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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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What scriptures describe Sadashiva carrying Vishnu in Vishnu's abode of Paramapadam?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I am a member) places great importance on the Divya Desams, the 108 sacred places of Vishnu which are mentioned in the poems of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas think the order of the Yugas is Satya, Dwapara, Treta, Kali?

Throughout Hindu scripture, the order of the Yugas is given as Satya, Treta, Dwapara, Kali. (See my answer here for more information on Hindu timescales.). Yet in his ISKCON commentary on the Srimad ...
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What does Lord Shiva mean when he says there are 5 gurus in Vaishnava tradition?

In Kularnava Tantra. Chapter 13, Lord Shiva talks about guru and his characteristics. He says following verse : śaive gurutrayaṃ proktaṃ vaiṣṇave guru pañcakaṃ vedaśāstreṣu sataso gururekaṃ ...
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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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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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What did Ramanujacharya think of the caste system?

My question is more specifically pertaining to Bhakti. In the sense of can Chandalas perform Bhakti or Shudras etc.
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Is Kundalini Concept alien to Vaishnavism?

The references mentioned in this answer to the Kundalini Concept are based on the Smartha concept and inclined to Shaivism. Is there any comment or reference to such a concept in the Pancharatra ...
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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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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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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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Does the first verse of Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi intentionally spell out AUM?

The Tamil TV serial "Ramanujar" is about the life story of Ramanujacharya, the most famous Acharya of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). (You can watch past episodes here; it's ...
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What is Kaisika Mahatmyam?

What is Kaisika Mahatmyam? What does "Kaisika" mean? Does it have something to do with the Vaishnavite devotee Nampaduvan who was afflicted by a Brahma Rakshasa?
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Do Vaishnavites accept the ancient origin of the Harihara or Sankaranarayana concept?

In this excellent answer Harihara literature Swiftpushkar traces the concept to ancient scriptures. However, in If some of the early Alwars used to consider Venkateswara as Shiva and Vishnu both then ...
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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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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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Was Rama a god?

Rama was born as the eldest son of Kausalya and Dasharatha and become the ruler of Ayodhya Kingdom. Can Rama be considered as Lord.
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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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