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

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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 position of Lord Vishnu as per Shiva Purana?

What is position of Lord Vishnu as per Shiva Purana? Is he given 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-...
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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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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 ...