Questions tagged [vishnu]

For questions on the god of preservation, among the Trimurti. Also called Narayana. The Supreme God or Brahman in Vaishnavism. In case of questions exclusively on his avataras, the respective tag is preferable like Rama, Krishna.

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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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Kamakshi Ambal having in her hands

Above is an image of Kamakshi Ambal. I've searched many places on the objects that she's holding in her arms. While searching, I found many other deities also having the similar/same objects in their ...
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Krishna as Dwarkanath, scriptural references?

I am searching any scriptural references, even mantras, sutras, stotram etc., regarding Krishna as Dwarkanath.
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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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kabir was lover of lord Ram, and this is established fact why then now this upstart by Rampal call kabir as god

as by popular belief kabir was devoted to lord Ram. what has made into people believe that kabir is god
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What is the story of Krishna as DWARAKANATH?

What is the story behind DWARAKANATH ? Is that a particular form of Krishna or just a different representation?
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What is the form of Ishwara according to Advaita? [duplicate]

NOTE: I'm not asking about Brahman which is attribute less. I'm asking about Saguna Brahman or Ishwara according to the orthodox Advaita Vedanta of Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Here this blog says ...
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Why did Vishnu help Indra to kill the blameless Vritra in the Uttara-ramayana?

https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-ramayana-of-valmiki/d/doc424859.html “It is said in the Puranas that the magnanimous Vasava, sullied by the sin of brahmanicide, was cleansed by performing ...
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Is Arjun incarnation of Shiva ? Is this written anywhere explicitly?

There are too many things that indicates Arjuna is the avtara of shiva. Like - Krishna and Arjun are friends , Vishnu and Shiva are also friends. Arjun marries Subhadra , sister of Krishna . ...
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Where and by who has the Narayana Upanishad been Quoted?

From what I have heard so far, it is said that the Narayana Upanishad (not to be confused with the Mahanarayana Upanishad of Taittiriya Aranyaka) has been quoted by Shripaada Adi Shankaracharya and ...
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Does this alleged extended citation from Paingi Rahasya Brahmana invalidate "Vishnu and Narayana are the same"?

the Mahopanishad citation seems to be authentic Ēkō nārāyaṇa āsīt na brahmā nēśānō ~ Only Narayana existed In the beginning, Not brahma, not Ishana (Shiva) The alleged first line of Paingirahasya ...
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Did each two of the Trimurti stop working while the third works?

Did each two of the Trimurti stop working while the third person of the Trimurti works? I.e: when Brahma creates, Vishnu and Shiva stop working (preservation/destruction), when Vishnu preservates, ...
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Vishnu and the Buddha relationship

What is the relationship of the Buddha realm(s) with Vishnu? This is not asking about the historical Buddha or his previous incarnations, but about the metaphysical space inhabited by five Tathagatas (...
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Mark on Vishnu's chest

Mahabharata Bibek Debroy translation p 4861: Hari, the lord of the universe, spoke to the god Ishana. ‘He who knows you, knows me. He who follows you, follows me. There is no difference between you ...
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Which other manifestations of god Vishnu besides Parshurama, are associated with the 'Akshaya-Tritya'?

The third lunar day of the bright-half fortnight (Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Tritiya), is celebrated as Akshaya Tritiya. This answer, citing Wikipedia, claims that Vishnu took the form of Hayagriva (the ...
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What does Bhakti do in ones life?

Vedas says God gives the side of Dharma and Dharma says only when we complete our cycle of karma (papa and punya) we can attain him, then what is the use of Bhakti? Om Apavitrah Pavitro Vaa Sarva-...
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Does Srivaishnavite theology explain why limited celestial beings like Indra don't perform Sharanagati to Vishnu and get liberated?

As far as I know, Indra,Brahma et al are never depicted as performing Sharanagati to Vishnu and becoming muktatamas - something that is available to ordinary human Visnu-devotees. They are often ...
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Is Vishnu (or his Avataras) ever called "Narayana" while actively wielding a weapon and fighting?

A search of battles fought with Kaumodaki doesn't seem to turn up the name Did Vishnu ever use his mace Kaumodaki?
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Is brahma born from navel of Vishnu?

We all have seen paintings of Vishnu where Brahma is shown to sprout out of the navel of Vishnu. What is the truth behind Brahma emerging from the navel of Vishnu?
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Favourite colour of Vishnu

I am planning to buy a Rose plant, I would love to know Maha Vishnu's favourite colour (Probably Krishna's and Narasimha's, as they are my ishta and kula devas), I would love to buy the rose colour ...
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Regarding a story in Shiva Purana

Shiva Purana mentions a story in shows an argument between Vishnu and Brahma on who is superior, Then Shiva resolves the dispute by taking the form of an infinite light which expands on both sides, ...
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Are there any ugra form of god Vishnu besides Narsimha, declared so in the scriptures?

The depiction of god Narsimha is known to be an ugra (fierce) form of Vishnu generally, specifically in reference to him protecting Prahalada? Do scriptures list or refer to any other manifestations ...
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Why didn't any sin attach to Vishnu when he actively aided Indra in killing Vrtra?

How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra? And Vishnu said, 'I am no doubt bound to do what is for your good. I shall, therefore, tell you of a contrivance whereby he may be annihilated. Do ye with ...
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Are these the most powerful astra of each of the tridevas?

I have come across people who say the most powerful astra of Tridevas are: Lord Shiva- शिवज्ज्वर अथवा माहेश्वरज्जवर(Shivjjwar or Maaheshwarjjwar) Lord Vishnu- विष्णुज्वर(Vishnujwar) Lord Brahmaa- ...
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Are vishnu and all his principal human(male) avataras pitambaradharis (wearers of yellow garments)?

Vishnu Rama,Krishna.Vamana. how about Parashurama? Narasimha is half-human - did he wear a dress and if so what color was it? not including Mohini. the dhyanasloka to vishnusahasranamam says ...
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On the nature of Krishna

I want to know whether Lord Krishna was a realized person but at birth born like us normal creatures (because he says many times that=he was aware of the divine nature of the soul and his previous ...
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Which verses is the Vamana Purana the following quote is from?

Whoever constructs or helps to construct a Vishnu temple will protect eight generations of fathers, grandfathers, and forefathers from falling into hell.
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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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What's the story of previous birth of Prahalāda?

Most of the 'exalted personalities/beings' within Hinduism have some previous-birth story that made them what they're in their present births. For instance: The divine sage - Devaṛṣi Nārada was a son ...
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Which scriptures give details about 'the Vaiṣṇava Ekapāda equivalent form' of Viṣṇu?

There's a very famous form of god Śiva known as 'the Ekapāda or Ajaikapāda', in which Śiva is shown to be standing just on one foot, while Brahmā & Viṣṇu are shown to emerge from his Right and ...
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Who is the Purusha?

Who is the Purusha(in Vedas/Purusha Suktam)? 13:10-13:15 says that Lord Shiva is the Purusha. Are there any contrasting verses?How do Vaishnavas interpret this?
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Do we incur sins for unintentionally killing ants while walking on road? Can we neutralize them by chanting the name of Hari or lord Vishnu?

How to avoid the result of sinful activities such as killing ants on the road unintentionally?
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Did Vaishnava Aachaaryas Prove Vishnu to be the Supreme God using only the Vaidic texts?

I read in an answer, that Shripaada Ramanujacharya and his disciples proved the Supremacy of Shri Vishnu using the Vedas, Upanishads, Smritis, Puraanas and other texts. Also, Shripaada Ramanujacharya ...
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What are symbols for worshipping Goddess Sarasvati, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Brahma of the trinity pantheon?

It is often said that when there was a feud/ struggle for Swarga between deisms (led by Lord Indra) and devils(led by Jalandhar) the deisms were unable to assassinate Jalandhar due to piousness of her ...
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Seeking elucidation on an apparently ambiguous Śloka from the Bṛhaddharma Purāņa

There's a popular Śloka found in the Bṛhaddharma Purāņa. बृहद्धर्म पुराण नास्ति गंगासमं तीर्थं नास्ति विष्णुसमःप्रभु । नास्ति शम्भुसमः पूज्यो नास्ति मातृसमो गुरुः॥ १.२.३४ ॥ There's no tirtha (...
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Why are there contrasting creation stories in Hinduism?

I have so far read two contrasting creation stories in Hindu mythology. One was in the book Shakti Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand, where Sri Brahma, seated on a lotus, grew out of Sri Narayana's ...
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What's the reference for this dhyana shloka?

Shanka chakra dharam devam Chatur bahum kiritinam Sarvayudhair upethancha Garudopari samsthitham Sanakadhi munindraisthu sarva devair upAsitham Shree Bhoomi sahitham devam udaya dhithya sannibam ...
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Is Arjun, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Some people claim that Arjun is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. But is it true?
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Is Vishnu called internally or externally Tamasic in Suta Gita and Shiva Dharmottara Purana?

As you may know Shiv Puran says Vishnu Bhagvan and Laxmi Mata are only externally Saatvik looking but their true nature is Taamsik (Here). Skand Puran also says Vaishnav Purans are Taamsik and should ...
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Story of jaya vijaya and King Pratap bhanu

I was reading through Ramcharitmanas of Goswami Tulsidas Ji. I read the story of Raja Pratap Bhanu and he becoming Ravana in the next birth. I wondered, how is that possible when we know that Jay ...
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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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Historical Origin of Deities

Current Hinduism knows several deities as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, ... , each having a meaning in the same religious/philosophical context. According to source research, have all these deities ...
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Scriptural reference for relation between Uttarayana and Vaikunta Ekadashi and Shivarathri and scriptural reference for their date of celebration [duplicate]

Vaikunta Ekadashi and Shivarathri are very popular Hindu festivals. If you observe carefully both Vaikunta Ekadashi which happens in Dhanu Masa, which is one masa before Makara masa and Shivarathri ...
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Did Kurma and Matsya Avatars kill any demons?

I came across this beautiful image of various avatars of Lord Vishnu and interestingly it shows both Matsya and Kurma killing one demon each. Now we know Matsya is believed to have played a role in ...
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Is there a way to tie India to Bharata that would not work all all large landmasses?

In the responses to this question, examples use features to determine Bharata. The issue is the only landmarks I know that determine it being India are two mountain ranges and an island off to sea. ...
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What race does Vishnu kill the most of? [closed]

What race does Vishnu kill the most of? Which is the race that most frequently causes the need for its individuals to be destroyed.
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Ardhanarishwaras creation

Who created Ardhanarishwara? I have taken the case that Ardhanarishwara created Shiva and Vishnu. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardhanarishvara Refer to this link for information
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Why are Brahma and Shiva called two hands of Lord Vishnu?

Can you provide information from any purana or scripture?
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How come Yajña married His own sister Dakṣiṇā?

In this canto of the Shrimad Bhagavatam Yajña Who is identified as Hari married His uterine sister Dakṣiṇā Who's identified as the partial avatāra of Lakshmi. So They had the same gotra Even if the ...
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