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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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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Reference to Varaha avatar in the Purusha Suktam

As per the Puranic lore, at the start of creation, when the earth was inundated with water, Shri Hari in the form of Varaha, appeared from Brahmaji’s nostril to lift her from the nether region of ...
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Are there any methods to ask one's Ishta for a sign or direction when stuck before multiple alternatives with apparently equivalent pros and cons?

Are there any methods enjoined in scripture or the traditional commentaries as to how to ask one's Ishta (chosen personification of god) for a sign or direction when stuck before multiple alternatives ...
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Is an Avatar all-knowing?

e.g., do Shri Ram/ Shri Krishna know everything that is going to happen (even in their material forms) and do their leelas to teach lessons to us?
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Significance/ Allowability and examples of adding the Pranava against deities’ names

So as per the Skanda Purana, Śaṁkara Saṁhitā, Śivarahasya khaṇḍa, Skanda as a teacher describes the meaning of the Pranava to Lord Shiva, as his student as: सुब्रह्मण्यों स्वरस्यार्थस्त्वं चाहं च सदा...
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Age difference between Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu

Varaha incarnation killed Hiranyakshya during beginning of current kalpa as per this section of Bhagavata. Text 17: Brahmā thought: While I have been engaged in the process of creation, the earth has ...
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Brahma's seventh birth

Vaishampayana while narrating Hayagriva story details how Brahma worshipped Narayana. In that Brahma says: As regards myself, I have sprung through thy Grace. From thee have I derived my birth. My ...
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Reason behind fight between Gods in Hinduism [closed]

Why there are many stories where one GOD is fighting with another god, I watch a youtube video where Lord Hanumana is Fighting with Lord SHIVA, also, lord shiva fight with Vishnu. Why a god needs to ...
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Is lord Dattatreya a Chiranjeevi?

I have read somewhere that guru Dattatreya still resides in the Sahyadri mountains. Is this true
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If one chants a Vishnu mantra does he need to chant Lakshmi mantra too to attain grace of mata Lakshmi?

Maa Lakshmi is the wife of Lord Vishnu. If one chants Vishnu mantra, does he receives blessings of mata Lakshmi too? Are things related to this mentioned in Puranas? Is chanting Vishnu mantra bestowes ...
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Is the concept of one Ishwara present in Vedas? Authenticity and Ancientness of Purusha Sukta

The concept of Ishwara being one supreme being, Lord and God is used in Puranic and Modern Hinduism. But was such a concept present in Vedas or authentic Upanishads? This Wikipedia article says no ...
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Why did Indra kill Vritra and why did Bhagwan Vishnu help him?

As far as I know, Indra and Vritra came to an agreement after the war and became friends. Then why did Indra kill Vritra? And why did Bhagwan Vishnu help him? Did Vritra commit any sinful act?
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What is the meaning of contrasting (even conflicting) nature of various avatars of Vishnu? [closed]

You know for instance take the last 4 forms of lord Vishnu. There is Parshuram who is violent and slayer of his enemies meanwhile there is lord Budha who says no to harming others who try to harm us. ...
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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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What are Rules and Hierarchy of Ekadashi Upavasa?

Different websites, different rules are all over internet. Common rules are of fasting. But what are the scripture backed specific rules?? Like should every Ekadashi be Nirjala Ekadashi or only ...
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Is it true that Mother Lakshmi married Lord Vishnu because She thought He was the best? [duplicate]

(I read this long back,so I cannot verify whether this true,even Google searches seem in vain.) Is it true that Mother Lakshmi thought Lord Vishnu was the best among deities,and so wedded Him? I feel ...
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What is meant by the “Yogic Slumber” of Bhagwan Vishnu?

I heard a description of Bhagwan Vishnu which says that the he is in “Yogic Slumber” What exactly happens in this condition?Please explain “yogic slumber” in detail.
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Since the existence of many universes is said to be valid and true, are there different trimurtis for each universe

I have read that there are multiple brahmas; One each for a universe. Also heard that there are multiple vishnus too. So does that mean there are multiple shivas as well? P.s :I know that the concept ...
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Is it inauspicious to cut Amla tree?

We are having Amla tree in our house that is 10 years old. We are worried as it grows old, it could damage the foundation of our house. The tree is just 3-4 feet distance. But I have heard Amla tree ...
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Explain the ‘ many Lord Vishnu’s ‘ [duplicate]

I don’t understand this picture. From what I have heard,this is a depiction of how innumerable Universes are formed and released from His pores,when the central Lord Vishnu exhales,and return back in ...
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Scriptural refrence for this story

When I was a child, I read a story in my book; Once upon a time, there was a brahmin who daily used to pray Lord Vishnu in the temple. One day Lord Vishnu decided to test his devotion. He disguised ...
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Did the demon Hiranyaksha receive Andhaka from Lord Shiva?

If Hiranyaksha received Andhaka from Lord Shiva, does that mean Shiva and Parvati were already married long before Lord Vishnu's Varaha Avatar where Hiranyaksha was killed?
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In which manvantara did Lord Vishnu take Kurma Avatar? If Prahlad's grandson Bali took part in the churning, did Kurma happen after Narasimha Avatar? [duplicate]

What is the correct order of Matsya, Varaha, Kurma and Narasimha avatars?
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Which form is it of Mahavishnu mentioned here?

As per wikipedia article on Vaikhanasas: Vaikhanasas claim to be a surviving school of Vedic ritual, the Taittiriya Shakha of the Krishna Yajurveda. Vaikhanasa tradition says the sage Vikhanasa, who ...
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Why is Vishnu holding a Trishula here?

Found this image on the internet without any description Looks like Keshava but with a Trishul, Shankha, Chakra, Padma What's this particular form called?
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Which Shaiva / Shaivite sect was started by or joined by Vishnu & Brahma?

According to Skanda Purana 1.3b.16 this happened after Shiva commanded his 2 creations - Vishnu & Brahma - to worship him as per the Agamas:- Viṣṇu and Brahmā wore matted hair and applied sacred ...
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Vishnu & Brahma worshiped Shiva in which cremation grounds (Shamshan Ghat) for 16000 years?

Shiva's supremacy was established after the Fiery Linga incident and he commanded Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas. They did so for sixteen thousand years. Skanda Purana 1.3b.16.62 :...
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Who is the twice born Purusha?

This video is the recital of the Narayan Suktam. From 0:25-0:29,the translation reads: O Living One ,comparable to the twice born Universal Truth,Purusha.. Can someone please explain this concept of ...
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Who are eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?

Are women (married and unmarried) eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?
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Any references to Vishnu and his other avatars like Kalki and Vamana being black or dark-skinned? [duplicate]

Most people are aware that Krishna was a blackish-skinned person. Lord Rama is also depicted as blackish-skinned. But I have also heard that black is shri hari Vishnu's skin color, despite his blue ...
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Does Vishnu serve & worship Shiva only using the Agamas?

After Shiva's complete supremacy was established during the Fiery Linga incident shortly after creation, Shiva instructed Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas and they obeyed well. From ...
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Who's invocation is performed in 'Shuklam Varadharam Vishnum'? [duplicate]

The invocation mantra that comes before the Vishnu sahasranamam begins as follows: Shuklam Baradaram Vishnum, Sasi Varnam Chatur Bhujam, Prasanna Vadanan Dyayet, Sarva Vignoba Sandaye Dressed in white ...
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Why didn't Rudra incur any sin for killing Vishnu?

When Shiva's form (Kaal Bhairav) just cut off one of Brahma's heads he incurred the great sin of Brahma-Hatyaa and became a skull-bearer who lived by begging in Brahma's skull. But it looks like no ...
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Is the story of Kapalikas (skull-bearers) killing Krishna, Narasimha etc. found in sacred scripture?

From New World Encyclopedia - A mythological origin for the Kapalikas is given in the Goraksa-siddhanta-samgraha, which tells of an occassion upon which the 24 avatars of Vishnu became intoxicated ...
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Is it possible for a person living in the Kaliyug to perform austerities so as to invoke deities like Lord Brahma or Lord Shiva?

https://www.quora.com/If-I-start-doing-Tapasya-in-this-modern-world-will-lord-Shiva-come-in-front-of-me This is one answer I saw on Quora.
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Which 4 Vishnu / Vaishnava Puranas are called Tamasic and not meant for Brahmins?

Sholkas 45-50 in the 2nd Adhyaya of Sambhav Khand which is part of Shiv Rahasya Khand of Sankara Samhita of Skanda MahaPurana, plainly state that the 10 Shaiva Puranas are Sattavik and 4 Vishnu ...
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Is catur vyuha mentioned in puranas?

Is catur vyuha of Vishnu mentioned in puranas and Mahabharata?
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Can Vedic Deva Prajapati be connected to Vishnu, not to Brahma?

I know that Prajapati will later be connected to Brahma, and in many rig-Vedic passages He is connected with several other devas, such as Indra, Soma, etc. But what caught my attention, is that it is ...
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Is Ganga a wife of Vishnu according to Vishnu Purana?

We all know that Ganga is the wife of Shantanu according to Mahabharata. But I heard somewhere that Ganga is the wife of Vishnu. Is it true? Pls give proof from Vishnu Purana.
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How can one become brahma/vishnu/shiv?

I heard that one can become Indra if he does 1000 rajsuvi/ashwamedha yajna(not sure). But is there anywhere in shastras written how can one become one among tridevs?
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What is the difference between Vishnu and Mahavishnu?

In Vedas, we find the name of the Vedic God, Vishnu. However, in Puranas, the genealogies of Kings and Sages trace back to Mahavishnu. From Mahavishnu, Brahma was created. Then, Brahma created his ...
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Lakshmi and Parvati teasing each other's spouse - is this folklore or scripture?

The Srivaishnavite preacher Velukkudi Krishnan quotes the original Sanskrit and also explains in Tamil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIr8TBNKj04 Is this scripture or folklore? Very rare instance of ...
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Does the Srivaishnavite sect say that Vishnu created Chaturmukha Brahma?

Siva is said to have incurred sin by cutting off Brahma's fifth head. The Srivaishnavite sect accepts this and if I recall correctly, some Vaishnavite temples in the South have sthalapuranams that ...
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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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How has Devī Lakshmī 's understanding developed, starting from the Vedic literature up until the recent times?

Similar to this question, which tries to discuss about the trajectory of Lord Vishnu's theological development and understanding, from the Vedic period to the Paurāṇika period. I'd like to get an ...
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Few questions about Lord Venkateshwara temple [closed]

Priests in venkateshwara temples chant in Tamil like 'palland palland...' In other temples, slokas chanted might chant in sanskrit. Priests allotted in venkateswara temples are mostly tamilians. And, ...
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Which incarnations of Lord Vishnu are mentioned in the Rāmāyaṇa?

Like the Mahābhārata has several explicit references to various incarnations of Lord Vishnu, including that of Shri Rāma, What about the Rāmāyaṇa? Which all incarnations of the Lord, have been ...
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Does Ramayana say that Brahma was born from the belly lotus of Vishnu?

It seems unlikely because he is equated to Parabrahman in some places in the Ramayana.
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Is the notion of Narada going everywhere while chanting "narayana naryana" from scripture?

Narada goes everywhere and meets with Gods and Devas of his choosing with his cymbals while chanting "narayana naryana". Is this in scripture? Im asking because in fact in the TV depiction ...

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