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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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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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Who is the Bhashyakara who pretended to criticize Pancharatra?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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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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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What is the Position of Lord Shiva and Parvati in Vallabha Sampradaya?

I'm aware that Vallabha Sampradaya is a Vaishnavite sect that views Lord Krishna as the Supreme. That being said I'm very much curious to know how Uma-Maheshwara are seen in this sect.
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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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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 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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What are the differences between Gaudiya Vaishnavism and the Gaudiya Math lineage?

Whenever one writes about Gaidiya Vaishnavism, it is usually only in relation to Gaudiya Math, founded by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Gaudiya Math is based on Bhaktivinoda Thakur's interpretations of ...
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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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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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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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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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Was Guru Nanak's son a follower of the Hindu philosopher Nimbarka?

I live in America, and a few days ago I visited a Vishnu temple near my house. It's called Ved Mandir, and it's run by followers of Gangeshwar Maharaj, whom I had never heard of. So I did a little ...
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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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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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Do any commentators other than Adi Shankaracharya disagree with both Pancharatra and Shaiva Agamas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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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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Why is Thiruman Sacred?

What is purpose/reason of using Thiruman katti for making Urdhwapundra or Namam, What is relation of Thiruman to Shriman Narayana? How is it holy clay?
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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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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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How has Lord Vishnu's understanding developed and what was his role initially?

I've recently come by an excellent research on how the understanding of Shiva has been evolving through the ages and I wonder whether such a research has been made with respect to Vishnu. The book I ...
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Which Mleccha race do Thenkalais think Thirumangai Alwar was descended from?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. It is the beliefs and principles ...
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Why does Vishnu's thousand-armed Aniruddha form carry the equipment of a student?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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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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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Is Shankaracharya's Advaita Vedanta philosophy compatible with Vaishnavism?

There are many schools of thought like VisistAdvaita, Achintya Bheda Abheda and Dvaita which are followed by different sects of Vaishnavites. Most of these Vaishnava sects seem to be very critical of ...
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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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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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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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Relation between Riddhi,Siddhi and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of Swami Mukundanand 5:22-5:37 Swamiji says: Lord Shiva said:”I don’t want material things.Kuber,is my servant.Riddhi and Siddhi are my maidservants....... Is the part in bold,true? ...
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Who wrote the Shiva Stuti Sukta Malika, and does it still exist?

The Narayana Shabda Sadhararanyam is a work by the 16th century Advaita philosopher Govinda Nayaka which argues that the word Narayana refers to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. This work was refuted by an ...
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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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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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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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Where does the Linga Purana declare Vishnu to be the supreme soul?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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 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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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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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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Do any Sampradayas apart from the Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya differentiate between Sharanagati and Bhakti Yoga?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, there are two paths to Moksha- Bhakti-Yoga and Sharanagati. Bhakti-Yoga to them is considered a longer and more difficult path to Moksha and involves Karma-Yoga and Jnana-...
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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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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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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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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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