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

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What is Vishnu's body made of according to Vaishnavism and Advaita?

What is Vishnu's body made up of? What are the bodies made of when he incarnates as Rama, Krishna, Narasimha? Is Vishnu soul or the body? When he incarnates does he enter other avatars bodies? I want ...
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How is kainkarya or concept of divine service in the state of moksha justified?

According to Ramanuja's teachings, the jivatma after attaining moksha performs divine service to God which is known as kainkarya. It is further stated that this kainkarya comes out of the nature or ...
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Does God(specifically Lord Vishnu) grant us whatever we righteously desire and pray for?

This belief causes millions of people to throng to temples throughout the country. The belief is that God(specifically Lord Vishnu) does grant to those who pray to Him whatever they ask for as long as ...
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Is the Jiva completely dependent on Lord Vishnu for his protection?

Is the Jiva completely helpless to protect himself and completely dependent on Lord Vishnu for his protection from any misforture, disaster or undesirable event? If possible, please provide quotes/...
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Difference between Palankarta and Palanhaara

We all are aware of the fact that Lord Vishnu is Palankarta because he takes care of all the lokas like a mother and protects them like a father. He plays Father and Mother role for all lokas. He is ...
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On what basis is Krishna claimed to be source of Vishnu?

It is a well accepted view that Vishnu is source of all avatars including Krishna. This is what we all heard from childhood. I also came across the opposite opinion that Krishna is source of Vishnu. ...
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Is Kalki an avatar of Vishnu?

Is Kalki an avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu or Siva? Is he a purn-avatar (full incarnation) or ansa-avatar (partial incarnation)? I'm in doubt because persons in Mahabharata like Ashwathama, Samba ...
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Does God know about all our actions and also whatever we talk? [duplicate]

Omniscience means He should know everything including all our actions and whatever we talk. Is this correct? Link to the recently deleted question.
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Which all sects accept three forms of Vishnu as described in Satvata Tantra?

As already mentioned in this answer, Satvata Tantra describes three Vishnu forms, namely Karanokadasayi Vishnu, Garbodhakasayi Vishnu and Kshirodakasayi Vishnu. The exact verse talking about three ...
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Are there any Puranas that corresponds to a Kalpa where Lord Brahma creates Vishnu?

According to the thirteenth chapter of the Vayavivasamhita of the Shiva Purana, Lord Brahma has created Vishnu and Rudra in certain Kalpas: Vayu said, I shall narrate how Rudra was born and how ...
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Did Lord Rama Take Birth in Chaturbhuja Form?

When Lord Vishnu took human avataras like Vamana and Krishna, He appeared in chaturbhuja form holding chakra, shankha, gada and padma along with all ornaments and Shrivatsa mark on His chest. This ...
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Did Lord Vishnu build Sri Jagannath Temple situated at Puri?

Is there any story, that tells about who had built the Sri Jagannath temple at Puri? Are these following facts true? Lord Vishnu himself came to Puri to build the Jagannath temple. After 10,000 ...
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During which period Vishnu incarnated as Matsya to save vedas? [duplicate]

Lord Vishnu took matsya avatar during the end of 6th Manu and saved Vaivaswata from pralaya. But there's also a story of Vishnu taking Matsya avatar to save vedas. When did that happen? Is there a ...
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Why did Vishnu incarnate as Buddha after delivering Gita?

Vishnu as Shri Krishna, delivered Gita as the most hidden knowledge where the soul leaves the body & takes rebirth in a new body. On the other hand Buddha said, there is no soul, it's when the ...
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Jaya and Vijaya - why 3 or 7 births?

When Jaya and Vijaya were cursed by the Sanat Kumaras at the gateway of Vaikunthaloka, Shri Vishnu appeared before them and the gatekeepers requested Shri Vishnu to lift the curse of the Kumaras. Shri ...
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What is the precise definition of prayer in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Dictionary defines prayer as a request for help or thanks expressed to God. Does it mean the same in Hinduism?
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Which gods are Vaishnavas allowed to pray to or worship?

Vaishnavas believe that Lord Vishnu is supreme hence they are discouraged from worshipping other gods like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, etc. But what about the associates of Vishnu like Sudarshana chakra, ...
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Are there any references to simple prayers to Lord Vishnu in the scriptures? [closed]

I don't mean recitation of vedas, mantras, japas or even stotrams, or even any rituals. I mean simple prayers in your own words in any language such as english, such as "Please help me with xyz." or "...
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why is 'Klim' beejakshara used in krishna mantra (even though it's goddess Shakti's mantra)?

I found it confusing to use a KLIM beejamantra in Krishna prayers even though it is for goddess Shakti and later after googling found out that Shakti and Krishna(Supreme GOD and source of all) are ...
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What are the salient features and differences between advaita, dvaita, and vishistadvaita philosophies? [closed]

I would like to know what are the key features of each philosophy. What are their similarities and differences.
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On what basis/definition/Minimum Parameters the Sikhism is considered as a separate religion than that of Hinduism?

Many scholars have stated that the Granth contains specific references to Hindu gods such as Rama and Krishna. Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru, declared: “Na koi hindu na koi mussalman" (No one is ...
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If Vyasa is Vishnu's Incarnation, Will Ashvatthama who's the next Vyasa, will he be considered as Vishnu's Incarnation?

As per the respective shloka, from Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram:- व्यासाय विष्णुरूपाय व्यासरूपाय विष्णवे । Which means vyasa is vishnu's form and vice-versa. But If veda-vyasa is a title given ...
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Is Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Mangalagiri one of the eight sacred places of Lord Vishnu in India?

Wikipedia of Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Mangalagiri says it is one of the eight sacred places of Lord Vishnu in India. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is a vaishnavite temple and one of the eight sacred ...
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What is the role of Lord Narayana in our lives? What impact does he have on our lives?

I want to know how does he influence our lives. How does he involve himself?
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Origin of Naam Traya Mantra

What is the origin of Naam Traya Mantra? Or in which scripture this mantra is mentioned? The mantra is Om Achutaya namaha Anantaya namaha Govindaya Namaha. I don't know the correct form but these 3 ...
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Which scriptures mention the Garbhodakshayi and Karanodakshayi forms of Lord Vishnu?

I have heard of different forms of Lord Vishnu such as the Garbhodakshayi, Karanodkashayi and Kshirdakashayi forms. I want to know which all Puranas or Vedic scriptures mention these three? EDIT: ...
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What are some of the important qualities or gunas of Lord Narayana? [duplicate]

I know that there are many, but I would like a list of the important ones.
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While praying to Lord Narayana, is it necessary to pray aloud, or can we pray silently through our thoughts? [duplicate]

I'm referring to simple prayers, for eg. 'I should do well in exams' or 'Please save me from difficulty'.
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Order of Vishnu Avatars [duplicate]

Matsya avatar is known as the first avatar of lord Vishnu and Varaha comes after that but Varaha came in First Manvantar while Matsya came in seventh. Can someone explain.
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What caused Lord Shiva to test Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu?

I have heard that Lord Brahma was cursed that, he will not be worshipped as a God in a test conducted by Lord shiva . So my question is what caused Lord Shiva to test Brahma and Vishnu?
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What's the story of Bhasmasura in which Lord Vishnu came as a Brahmin and Mohini?

I came across two different avatars of Vishnu for killing Bhasmasura while reading about Lord Shiva and lord Vishnu. In one tale Vishnu came as Brahmin to deceive Bhasmasura and in another he came as ...
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Vishnu's avataras

I would like to ask if somebody can help in identifying some of Vishnu’s avataras and two figures belonging to Shiva in the attached image. The image shows Harihara with Vishnu on the right-hand side ...
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What is the significance of seeing Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi and Shiva together in a dream? [closed]

I had dream and saw Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi, and Lord Shiva in my dream. I don't remember few things about that dream(don't know why) but Here is what I saw.. It was dream in which they were giving ...
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What is exact meaning of UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती), STITHI(स्तिथी) AND LAYA(लय)

As we know the works of trimurti. Lord Brahma's work is UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती). Lord Vishnu's work is STITHI(स्तिथी). Lord Shiva's work is LAYA(लय). I want to know what are the exact meanings of those ...
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Does this Rigvedic Hymn hint at Goloka being the most Supreme Abode of Lord Vishnu?

I was reading a commentary on Goloka by Jiva Goswami and it led me to the Rig Veda Book 1, Hymn 154 which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and ends with an exhortation to reach his Supreme abode: 1 I ...
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Harihara literature

Which references exist in the academic literature on the concept of Harihara (= Vishnu + Shiva)? At which time was this concept developed? What is the precise meaning of the Harihara concept? Which ...
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Vedanta and Vishnu correlation

Except for Adi Shankara and Bhaskara, it is seen that all the Vedanta expounders are Vaishnavas viz. Ramanuja, Madhava, Chaitanya, Nimbarka and Vallabha. Is there any correlation of Vedanta and Vishnu?...
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What is the story behind Satya Narayana form of Vishnu? [duplicate]

I have seen in temples Sathya Narayana pooja being performed during every full moon day. What's the story behind it?
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Kshira Samudra- The Milk Ocean

The Supreme Lord, Vishnu is said to recline on an ocean of milk. This is mentioned in Bhagavatam 8.5.24: śrī-śuka uvāca ity ābhāṣya surān vedhāḥ saha devair arindama | ajitasya padaṁ ...
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why is Matsya Vibhava of Vishnu-Narayana also referred to as Ekasrngatanu?

In the Ahirbudhnya samhita of pAncarAtra Agamas, the thirty nine vibhavas of SrIman nArAyaNa are listed. Here we observe that Matsya Vibhava (incarnation) of Vishnu-nArAyaNa being referred to as ...
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Which Vishnu takes 10 avatars? Maha-Vishnu or Garbhodakasayi Vishnu who is among Tridev?

This material world is created, maintained for some time, and again annihilated by the will of the Lord. The ingredients for creation and the subordinate creator, Brahma, are first created by Lord ...
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What is the significance of number 3?

This three is more significant in all religions too. In Vishnu temples - for Brahmans, they give 3 times the tulasi jalam, Shiva has trishool, Nadis - Ida, Pingala, Sushumna, EYES = 3 - Pituitary ...
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Garuda [Big Thiruvadi] and Hanuman [Small Thiruvadi]

Garuda the king of birds is the vahana of Sriman Narayana and his consort Goddess Lakshmi. He carries them on their shoulder and flies from one place to another. He will be on the skies hence known as ...
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How are the River, Vimana and Sthala Vruksha appropriately associated with respective temples?

The divyadesams of Vishnu has a connection comprising River, Vimana and Sthala vruksha. Example God Ranganathaswamy of Srirangam temple has cauvery as river, Vimana is Ranga Vimana and Sthala Vruksha [...
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Did Lord Shiva first teach Tripura rahasya to Lord Vishnu or his avatar Dattatreya?

Tripura Rahasya is considered as one of the important books that expounded advaita vedanta philosophy. As per the introduction given in the book "Tripura Rahasya" by Sri Munagala S. Venkataramaiah ...
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Can I change my sect?

I am from shaiva sect but i like and love Krishna . And my bramhopadesham in madhwa style can I change to madhwa does madhwa community accept me ?
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What is the difference between Thirunadu and Paramapadam in Sri Vaishnavism?

The famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya was once asked by his shishya Vangipuram Nambi what the obstacles to Moksha are. In response, he gave a list of 83 obstacles to Moksha, known as the ...
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Does Vishnu love or not love?

In the ninth discourse of the Gita, 29th verse, Vishnu says: There is no one whom I hate or love and then only a few pages later, in the tenth discourse, 1 st verse, Lord Vishnu states: Listen ...
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Can Vishnu's multiple avatars exist at the same time on earth?

I thought Vishnu takes an avatar to remove adharma from our planet yet two avatars of Vishnu can exist at the same time on earth? Why is there a need for two avatars at the same time? Parashu Rama and ...