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The god of preservation, also called Narayana. Brahman in Vaishnavism

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Which avatar of Vishnu took place in the twenty first yuga?

In the Skanda Purana, Prabhasa kanda, chapter 19 there is a list of incarnations of Vishnu. It mentions an avatar to kill the asuras in the 21st dwapara yuga. Verse 79-80: It was in the twenty-...
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Where did Thirumangai Alwar meet Narasimha?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. One of the Alwars was Thirumangai Alwar, aka ...
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Where did the following name of Vishnu has been taken from?

Vishnu can be called by name श्रिहान. It is not present in Vishnu Sahasranamam. Which scripture contains the name and what is the actual meaning of it?
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Why the name 'Salagrama' shila?

Why are the Vishnu Silas found from Gandaki river called 'Salagrama' Silas?
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Does the Skanda Purana accept Rama as the full incarnation of Vishnu?

Consider the following statement by Vyasa in Skanda Purana Formerly, at the advent of Treta, the lotus-eyed Rama, a partial incarnation of Visnu was born in the Solar race, as a scion of the family ...
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Was Garuda (Garutman) originally Indra's mount?

Was Garuda (Garutman) originally Indra's mount? If he was how did he become Vishnu's mount?
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How do the Sanskrit epics mark a turning point to Hinduism?

How do events in the epics relate to a gradual change in Hinduism, eg the game of dice, Yalsha's riddles, the war etc? Does it mark the introduction of buddhism at all?
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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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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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Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu

Is it bad if a devotee of Lord Shiva would like to worship Lord Vishnu at the same time?
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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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How to get Saakshatkaram of lord Sri Lakshmi Narayana?

How to get Saakshatkaram of lord Sri Lakshmi Narayana and darshanam of Sri Moksha dhama Sri Vaikuntam
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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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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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What citations from non-sectarian Shruti and/or the Itihasas claim that Vishnu is the antaryami of all the other Gods?

There is probably enormous sectarian literature claiming this, including sectarian Upanishads - but I am interested in Vedas, principal non-sectarian Upanishads etc AS DIRECT CITATIONS, without too ...
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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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Is Sri Vaishnavism the only Vaishnavite sect that claims “Narayana” is a proper noun that can ONLY denote Vishnu?

This is a celebrated case - the claim that Panini's grammar makes "Narayana" with the retroflex n at the end a proper noun and that only the Vaishnavite God can be meant. Obviously this cannot be a ...
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Are there any Shaiva or Shakta refutations that “Narayana” is a proper noun?

According to Panini, Sanskrit grammar says that the "Na" in "Narayana" turns it into a proper noun. A proper noun applies to that specific being unlike a common noun, like Shiva, which can apply to ...
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Is there any name customarily associated with Siva/Rudra that Vaishnavites would not claim also applies to Vishnu?

They seem to claim that Satarudriyam is dedicated to Vishnu or Narasimha (but i doubt if they would recite it). Rudra and Siva are of course names of Vishnu in the Vishnusahasranama. Svetasvatara ...
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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 Vaishnavite sects object to Parvati being Vishnu's sister and what are their reasons?

This seems to be an Iyengar site https://ramanuja.org/sri/BhaktiListArchives/Article?p=nov98/0021.html Thus there seems to be no reason to doubt that making Parvati Vishnu's sister was a later ...
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Do incarnations of Vishnu age?

Do avatars remain young or become old? Are there any descriptions of Rama , Krishna or any other avatar when they become old(aging process) and unable to walk etc.. Or is it that they complete their ...
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What are the 10 Vishnu incarnations of Devi Lalitha? [duplicate]

I heard that from the finger nails of devi, 10 incarnations of Vishnu originated. Is it true? If yes, what are the 10 incarnations and from which finger nail which incarnations have come?
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Which Puranas say Kalki will be born in Tamil Nadu?

Among the Dasavataram or ten prominent incarnations of Vishnu, the last one, Kalki, has not happened yet. Hindu scripture provides many details about him, e.g. he'll be born in the end of the Kali ...
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Does Vishnu maintain a standing army?

Vishwaksena is said to be his army-chief - but does scripture mention Vishnu maintaining an army?
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What happens to the soul of a person who died unnaturally in an accident?

If a religious, generous, kind-hearted person dies unnaturally in an accident what happens to its soul? The person had done great works in his life of 46 years and on the second hand, he was a ...
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Where is written that name of Lord Vishnu or Venkateswara is Balaji? [duplicate]

Where in the Hindu scriptures of Vaishnava sects or Vishnu Sahasranama written that name of Lord Vishnu is Balaji? It appears that this is not the name of Shri Vishnu or Venkateswara
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Why should Kubera(a Yaksha) worshipped, when real goddess of wealth is Shri Laxmi? [duplicate]

Kubera is a Yaksha, so why should he worshipped and not alone Goddess Laxmi for granting us wealth? Which scriptures asks to worship Kubera and why?
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Did Vishnu ever appear as two purnavatharas at same time?

It is evident from scriptures that multiple ansavatharas of Vishnu existed at same time may or may not be along with his purnavathar. But did Vishnu ever appear as two or more purnavatharas at the ...
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What is the relationship between Vishnu and Narayana according to different Vaishnavite sects?

I have seen claims that "narayanaya vidmahe vasudevaya dhimahi | tanno vishnuh pracodayat" makes them identical. Do different sects like Iyengars,Madhwas and Gaudiyas have different views on this?
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What is the first name (Adi Naam) of Lord Vishnu?

Anyone/Anything in the universe/brahmanda get an initial name as soon as it initiates itself and later on it gets multiple names by its environment. Like me and you get a name after our birth, and ...
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What are the legends behind Vaikuntha Chaturdashi?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaikuntha_Chaturdashi never heard of it till I stumbled on the wiki article. So what are the legends behind celebrating Vaikuntha Chaturdashi?
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Are there Pan-Indian Hindu festivals dedicated to Vishnu or Narayana?

Janmashtami and Ram Navami are dedicated to Vishnu's avataras and are Pan-Indian. But are there any such festivals dedicated to Vishnu or Narayna?
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What exactly is meant by Harernamaiva Kevalam

हरेर्नाम हरेर्नाम हरेर्नामैव केवलम्। कलौ नास्त्येव नास्त्येव नास्त्येव गतिरन्यथा॥ meaning Harinama, Harinama, only Harinama ....there is no other way, no other way in the kaliyuga [for ...
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When did Sri Krishna worship Goddess Durga?

In the Argalastotra of Sri Srri Chandi (which is a part of the Markandeya Purana) we get: कृष्णेन संस्तुते देवि शश्वद्भक्त्या सदाम्विके Meaning : O Goddess! Lord Krishna worshipped you ...
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Who are the red complexioned and yellow complexioned avataras mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam?

Gargamuni, while naming Krishna, mentions that there are four types of complexions incarnations have: शुक्लरक्तस्तथा पीत इदानीं कृष्णतां गतः। The while coloured one could be the Hari who was ...
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Did Lord Vishnu spoke in support of birth-based or conduct-based varna?

Are there any instances of Lord Vishnu or any of his avatars speaking in favour of either conduct-based or birth-based varna?
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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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Are there any verses which say Vishnu is source of all avatars?

I read answers about Krishna and Rama as source of all avatars on this site. Are there any verses that support Vishnu as source of all avatars? Since there are different Vishnus and such complexity in ...
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What are the three forms not explicitly mentioned in the Shanti Parva of Mahbharat?

I found this passage in Shanti Parva of Mahabharat: Assuming a form that is manifest, I dwell, at present, in the heavens. At the end of a thousand Yugas I shall once more with-draw the ...
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Who was the asura Bala?

I want to know who was the asura Bala, and the reason why he was killed by an avatar of Vishnu
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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 are the benefits of chanting the names of Lord Vishnu?

If possible please provide quotations.
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Does Vishnu like animal sacrifices?

The Vedas are traditionally divided into two parts: Karma kanda and Jnana kanda. The Karma kanda consists of Yajnas involving animal sacrifice. Ancient Sri Vaishnava commentators and acharyas say that ...
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Does the mere sight or darshan of the deity in a Vishnu temple wash away all sins?

Does just getting darshan of the deity wash away all sins?
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Does Lord Vishnu really look like as shown in images?

Like human form as a blue skinned deity . Having four arms , and very beautiful form. Does Lord vishnu really look like this , or is this metaphor ? metaphor as in 4 arms means omnipotence of Brahman ...
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Why is Lord Shiva identified as Mahadeva?

"Mahadeva", by definition means "The Supreme/Great God". In traditional Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva have an equal standing as Preserver and Destroyer respectively which maintain the ...
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karma vs. Divine Grace [duplicate]

A person may get some suffering due to his past karma. However, if he prays to God for his protection, he may be protected from the same suffering. Does this mean prayer has the power to eradicate ...