Questions tagged [vishnu]

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

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What form of Vishnu were the scholars referring to while saying he is adorned with four earrings?

Azhwars (or Alwars) are 12 saints who wrote poems in Tamizh on Vishnu. This collection of poems is called as Nālāyira divya prabandham. Out of these 12, Nammzhwar is the first azhwar born in Kaliyuga ...
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Why is Shiva, Hanuman, Gayatri are shown with 5 heads, but not Vishnu or Durga?

Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha and Gayati deities are shown with 5 heads in idols but not Vishnu or Durga? Whats the reason?
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16 Names of Lord Vishnu [duplicate]

In the following verse, 16 names of Vishnu given and mentioned that on which occasion/activity we should chant which name. Aushadhe Chintayét Vishnum Bhojané cha Janardanam Shayane Padmanabham ...
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Avatars of Garuda

Whenever Lord Vishnu descended on earth in human form, all demigods like Indra,Vayu, Surya, Adi Shesha and others also came along with Him. When Lord Vishnu took Ramavatara, Adi Shesha was born as His ...
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Is any name of Vishnu Siva?

Vishnu has several names over scriptures such as Sahasranamam. Is any name of Vishnu is mentioned as Siva?
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Does Valmiki Ramayana or Vyasa Mahabharata or Srimad Baghavatham contain the names of ten incarnations(dashavatharas only)?

Do any one of the following scriptures contain the ten incarnations (dashavathara only) of Vishnu? Valmiki Ramayana Vyasa Mahabharata Srimad Baghavatham
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Garuda Sannidhi in Kanchipuram Varadaraja Temple

In most Vishnu temples, there will be a sannidhi for Garuda facing the Moolavar. In Varadaraja temple in Kanchipuram, there is a Garuda sanndhi for Narasimha shrine, but not for Varadaraja shrine ...
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Why is Shiva and Parvati depicted with their children but not Vishnu and Lakshmi?

We often find pictures of Shiva and Parvati together with their children i.e. Ganesha and Kartikeya/Murugan. However, we never find pictures of Vishnu and Lakshmi with their son Kamadeva. Why is it ...
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When paramatma can control souls why does he need various weapons?

When paramatma can control his own souls why does he fight with weapons ?(https://images.app.goo.gl/gBafiCGSfsaf2MPp8)
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What does three steps of Vamana avataar symbolize?

I very well understand the story of Bali and Vamana but as a common man I would like to understand what exactly does three steps of Vamana (Vishnu avataar) symbolize?
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How is Vishnu remote controlled by Devi Bhagavati?

From Essence of Devi Bhagavata Purana hosted on kamakoti website: http://www.kamakoti.org/kamakoti/details/devibhagvatpurana2.html Maha Vishnu remote-controlled by Devi Bhagavati: In the ...
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What is difference between Trinity Vishnu, Shiva and 12 Aditya Vishnu and 11Rudra Shiva?

We have 12 Adityas of whom one is Vishnu. And 11 Rudras of whom one is Shankara. Are they Vishnu and Shiva counted in Trinity? If not, who are they? Are they related to trinity gods?
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Why are different forms of Vishnu to be remembered while doing different types of work in the Vishnu Shodasanama Stotra?

Please explain the reasons for the different forms of Vishnu needing to be remembered when doing different types of work in the Vishnu Shodashnaam Stotra. For example: Why is the action of taking ...
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Did Lord Rama really worship Lord Ranganatha?

The Sthala Purana (Temple History) of the Sri Rangam Temple in Tamil Nadu states that the divine Vigraha (idol) of Lord Ranganatha originated by itself (Svayamubhu) and was originally worshipped by ...
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How are these contradictory statements of Vishnu Purana harmonized?

The first chapter of 5th Canto of Vishnu Purana makes following statements: VP 5.1.2-4: MAITREYA.— I wish now to hear a more particular description, holy Ṛṣi, of the portion of Viṣṇu that came ...
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Sthala Purana of the Thiruneermalai Temple

In the Divya Desam called Thiruneermalai, Lord Vishnu resides in four different forms: a) Sri Neervanna Perumal (literally meaning, Lord with the complexion of water) b) Sri Ranganatha c) Sri ...
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Do our scriptures talk about life span of Tridev? [duplicate]

Brahma, Vishnu (Vishnu of the Universe, not eternal Maha Vishnu who resides in Paramapadam), Rudra (not the eternal Shiva) are the trimurthis where Brahma's life span is 100 years is defined. ...
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What is the scriptural reference of the 'Dadhivamana' Form of Vishnu?

What is the source of the 'Dadhi-VAmana' Form of Sri Vishnu? Why did He take this particular Form?
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What is the Significance of 'paadaseva' of Sri Vishnu?

'Paada-Sevana' is one of the nine types of Bhakti. It is said that Devi Lakshmi 'got' Sri Vishnu by serving His lotus Feet. ('tad-anghri-bhajane lakshmih'). In images also we see Lakshmi doing 'pada-...
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How does Sri Ramanujacharya explain this part of the Vishnu-Purana?

As per the biographies of Sri Ramanujacharya, He used to have regular conversations with Sri Vishnu. He also accepts the four-armed Form of Sri Vishnu as the Form of the Supreme Godhead. He quoted ...
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What is the position of Lord Vishnu in the different 'Vaishnava' sects?

According to the dictionary meaning, a 'Vaishnava' is necessarily a 'Worshipper of Vishnu'. वैष्णव a. (-वी f.) [विष्णुर्देवतास्य तस्येदं वा अण्] 1 Relating to Viṣṇu; गां गतस्य तव धाम वैष्णवम् R.11....
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What is Adi Shankara referring to when he says “He has Vajra marks on his feet”?

Vishnu Sahasranama stotra are thousand names of Vishnu said by Bhishma to Yudhishtira and other Pandavas. This occurs in Mahabharata while there are other versions of thousand names in Garuda Purana, ...
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Is it possible for someone to perform prapatti or sharanAgati for those who have died?

Inspired by a recent comment, I decided to ask this question: First, prapatti or sharanAgati with srImannArAyaNA attains to Moksha – It is considered the most highly effective methodology towards ...
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What is the scriptural source of the DHYANA SLOKA of Sri Padmanabha Swami?

What is the scriptural source of the dhyana sloka of Padmanabha Swami as shown in the enclosed image? Why is Shiva shown in Linga Form and not in His original form while all other deities are in ...
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What was the reason of birth of chaitanya mahaprabhu? [duplicate]

What was the reason of birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu being an avatar of god he was not able to create huge impact on the world instead almost negligible people in the world today know him whereas ...
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Forms of Paramatma in Sri Vaishnavism

In Gaudiya Vaishnavism, the distinction is made between Kāraṇodakaśāyī Viṣnu (Mahaviṣnu), Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu and Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣnu on a cosmological level as the Paramātmā for the metacosm, the ...
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Shiva and Mohini [duplicate]

I am more interested in knowing why did the incident between Shiva and Mohini happen. Is it merely to accept Homosexuality in Hinduism? He says the seed did not take fruition, but was Lord Ayyappa ...
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Where did sage Bhrigu do penance?

According to this article, Bhrigu Rishi tested the Trimurti of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh(Shiva) for who is the best God and should be worshipped. It is also mentioned in this question about him ...
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What is the name of Yoga Nidra Wakeup Conch?

Wondering, if anybody knows the name of the Conch that Uma blows to wake Vishnu from Yoga Nidra? There is a particular conch for that I have heard.
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Where Padma Purana says that a parrot can learn to chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra?

There is a verse in the Padma Purana which says that a pet parrot can learn to chant Hare Krishna ... Where is that verse located in the Padma Purana?
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A description of technology during Kalki's birth

As humans have evolved over the ages, so has their technology. This signifies that when Kalki is born, the technology will have significantly developed and there will be numerous things which are not ...
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Where does Vedanta Desikan lament not being a priest in the Varadaraja Perumal temple?

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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Why is Nrisimha not a fierce form of God?

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1/2/26 says: Those who want salvation reject the fierce forms like Bhutapati without having any hatred against them and worship the gentle forms of Narayana. But Sri Nrisimha is ...
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Did Lakshmi exist before Kshir Sagar manthan?

Some scriptures state that Vishnu married Lakshmi, who came from churning of ocean of milk. Did Lakshmi exist before that event?
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What is the position of Lord Vishnu as per Shiva Purana?

What is the position of Lord Vishnu as per Shiva Purana? Is he given the status of Supreme anywhere in Shiva Purana?
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Was Shankara a bhakta of Saguna Brahman Narayana or did he consider Nirguna Brahman to be supreme?

If Shankara considered Nirguna Brahman superior, or in other words, if he was a promoter of Nirguna Brahman, then why did he mention the name of Narayana (as his ishta devata) in the introduction of ...
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Why is Vishnu's skin colour mentioned as both white and blue in the Vishnu-sahasranaama?

In the dhyAna-mantRa provided before Vishnu-Sahasranaama, He is referred to as 'Megha-Varna' i.e. 'cloud-colored' (starting with 'shanantaakaaram').But in the starting part ('Suklaamvaradharam Vishnum'...
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Can Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas offer meat to Vishnu and eat it as Prasadam?

Can Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas offer meat to Vishnu and eat it as Prasadam? Is it possible for Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas to eat meat?
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What work on Sharanagati did Thirukannamangai Andan compose?

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. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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Tripurasur was actually Mohammad [duplicate]

According to Shiv Puran here is as it goes: Tripura Tarakasura had three sons named Vidyunmali, Tarakaksha and Viryavana. These three began to perform tapasya. For a hundred years they meditated ...
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Does every Lords including Lord Shiva worship each other in different scriptures? Why? [duplicate]

Does every Form of God worship Other Forms like Shakti worships Vishnu and Vishnu worships Shakti? Is it true for Lord Shiva also? What is the reason?
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Why are Vishnu and Narayana mentioned as separate deities in Tantra?

According to he Paschima-Aamnaya of Tantra, Krishna, Gopala, Narayana, and Vishnu are different deities (Sastramulak Bharatiya Shaktisadhana, Upendrakumar Das, RMIC, page 1049). Can anybody provide ...
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Who killed the demon Hayagriva and when?

Sri Vishnu as Sri Matsya Avatara or Sri Hayagreeva, Who killed the demon Hayagriva and when? The story of Sri Matsya Avataram killing the demon Hayagriva is found in Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 8, ...
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What is the name of Vishnu incarnation who performed the Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Kalyanam?

From the story of Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, we infer that Lord Kallazhagar, a form of Lord Vishnu, did not attend the marriage. But we are told that Lord Vishnu gave away Meenakshi Amman during the ...
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Where in the Mahabharata does Krishna discuss Archa forms of Vishnu?

The Tattva Matrika is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan about the Sri Vaishnava philosophy of Visistadvaita. Among the topics discussed are the five types of manifestations of ...
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How did YogaNarasimha come into being

Am interested to learn about Lord Yoga Narasimha. When this sankalpa came into picture? Was it happened after killing of hiranyakashipu? and why this "Avastha" appear in front of us? and any relation ...
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Why is the holding of Chakra different in different images of Vishnu

In northern parts of India, Sri Vishnu holds Sudarshana Chakra on His forefinger. But in the Southern parts of India, He is seen holding the chakra within two fingers (as seen in the enclosed images). ...
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What are the different hasta (hand-postures) which Sri Vishnu holds in temples?

Sri Maha Vishnu resides as Archa-avatara murti (idol form) in many temples throughout Bharata, especially in 108 Divya Desas, most of which are in Tamil Nadu. There is a sthala purana (story) behind ...
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12 Major battles between the Devas and Danavas

Many Puranas talk about 12 major battles between the Danavas and Devas. As per Brahmanda Purana (3rd Canto, Ch 72), they are as follows: Lord Narasimha fighting the Danavas Lord Vamana binding the ...
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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-...