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Visnu-Purana (Sanskrit) One of the most celebrated of the 18 principal Puranas, conforming more than any other to the definition of pancha-lakshana (five distinguishing marks) assigned as being the character of a complete Purana by Amara-Simha, an ancient Sanskrit lexicographer.

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How many verses are there in extant Vishnu Purana?

According to tradition, Vishnu Purana has 23,000 verses. How many verses exist in the extant Vishnu Purana?
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In which scriptures that Hindu Number counting system is completely written?

A photo of Hindu Number Counting System is higher than described in 4-5 Shloka, 3rd Chapter of 6th Part of Vishnu Purana same also described in Vayu Purana: Is there any scripture (Vedas/...
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Are the Mahapuranas 18 in number? Cause I found 19 [duplicate]

I found three different sets of 18 Mahapuranas. Common in all are: (Vishnu Purana,Matsya Purana, Kurma Purana, Garuda Purana, Varaha Purana, Agni Purana, Vamana Purana, Bhagavat Purana, Skanda Purana,...
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Is Vishnudharmottara the second part of Vishnu Purana?

Every Mahapurana states that Vishnu Purana has 23 thousand verses but if we count the actual no. of verses there are only around 7000. So about 16 thousand verses are missing. I found another purana, ...
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What scriptures describe the layers of the Earth mentioned by Engalalwan?

This verse in Amsha 1 Adhyaya 4 of the Vishnu Purana describes the aftermath of Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha rescuing the Earth from the water: Uttishtatah tasya jalaardra kuksheh mahaa varaahasya ...
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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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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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Which book do Vaishnavas give more importance of the two Vishnu Purana and Srimad Bhagavatam and why?

Vishnu Purana and Srimad Bhagavatam are two important Vaishnava puranas. Of the two, which is given more importance in Sri, Madhva, Pushti & Gaudiya Vaishnavism? why if any reason?
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Are Shudras and women more fortunate than Brahmanas according to the Vishnu Purana?

Are Shudras and women more fortunate than Brahmanas according to the Vishnu Purana? Or is it better to be a Brahmana?
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How many times was Dwaraka invaded in the absence of Krishna as narrated in the Mahabharata or other puranas?

How many times was Dwaraka invaded in the absence of Krishna as narrated in the Mahabharata or other puranas? One is known to me when king Shalva attacked Dwaraka to avenge the killing of his friend ...
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Why does the Bhagavata Purana say the first Pararddha is already over when it is narrating the events of the Padma Kalpa?

Note: This is a follow-up of this question. According to the Vishnu Purana, the Padma Kalpa terminates with the end of one Pararddha or the first half of Brahma's life and the commencement of ...
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How do Vishishtadvaitins interpret this passage from the Vishnu Purana?

Having thus spoken to Nidāgha, the Brāhmaṇa Ṛbhu went away, leaving his disciple profoundly impressed, by his instructions, with belief in unity. He beheld all beings thenceforth as the same ...
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Why does Vishnu Purana refer to Vrishasena as King of Anga?

As I know, in the Vishnu Purana the royal line of Anga is narrated, but it refers to Vrishasena (eldest son of Karna) as King of Anga. Why does Vishnu Purana mean so although there is no reference ...
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Are any Vishnu Purana commentaries available? [duplicate]

I like to read Vishnu Purana. I found an English translation online. Is there any commentary available for it either online or offline in English/Hindi?
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What scriptures describe Parashara asking for Moksha for everyone?

In 7 minute mark of this lecture, the Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. A.S. Rajagopalan Swami explains the importance of Sharanagati, or complete surrender to Vishnu as a means of getting Moksha, using ...
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What happens to the Syamantaka Jewel(श्यामन्तक मणि) after Krishna leaves the material world? [duplicate]

The story about Syamantaka mani is well discribed in the Vishnu Purana and the Bhagavata. Is there anything mentioned in Puranas about what happens to the gem after Krishna leaves the material world ?...
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Does srimad bhagvatam and Vishnu puranas mention shaligram worship or tulasi-jalandhar myth?

The story of tulsi cursing Lord vishnu? Also is the story of shaligram only found in non vaishnava puranas?
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According to srimad bhagvatam and Vishnu purana is saguna brahman superior to nirguna brahman?

How is the relation of of parmatma-brahman- bhagvan shown in sattvic puranas, is saguna brahman the basis of nirguna brahman as found in some verse of bhagvad geeta? I'm asking this as bhagvatam ...
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Why were the Mandehas cursed to try to eat the Sun every day?

Sandhyavandhanam is a ritual that all Brahmanas (in fact all Dvijas) are required to perform three times a day. This chapter of the Vishnu Purana describes one reason why Sandhyavandhanam is done, ...
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How many commentaries have there been of the Vishnu Purana?

I would like to have the list of commentators of the Vishnu Purana. How many of these commentaries have being translated to English? Are any of the commentaries available online?
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Where can I get the Vishnu Purana with Ramanujacharya's commentary in English online?

I would like to read Ramanujacharya's commentary on the Vishnu Purana in English online. Can anyone provide me the relevant link?
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Is Guru Nanak's advent present in any scripture?

According to this website, the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism religion, is said to have been foretold in the scriptures. Though most of the verses they quoted were feeble attempts to ...
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What are the arguments given by some scholars that the Vishnu Puranas are Tamasic?

Some scholars think that the Vishnu Puranas are actually tamasic, but what are their arguments for this?
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Does Narasimha Avatara occur in Vishnu Purana?

I read in Google groups that it doesn't. Can anyone with access to Vishnu Purana verify this?
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How can one believe one won't be born again having attained Vaikuntha?

Jai-Vijay were dwelling in Vaikuntha with Lord Vishnu who happened to be born again due to curse by KumAras. Vaikuntha is said to be the final destination by many philosophies. But if that is the ...
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Is Vaikuntha or Brahman the supreme abode of Vishnu per Vishnu Purana?

Vishnu Purana is one of the primary texts of Vaishnavism. It's the authority over Vaishnavism. Does it talk about Vaikutha? If not what it says regarding the highest abode of Vishnu? Does it uphold ...
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Can anyone provide me the English transliteration of the famous hymn sung by Lord Indra to Mother Lakshmi in the Vishnu Purana? [closed]

There is a famous hymn sung by Lord Indra to Mother Lakshmi in the Vishnu Purana (Book 1, Chapter 9) after the Devas had regained immortality. Could anyone provide me the English translation ...
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Is it true Lord Shiva had incarnations too? [duplicate]

Unlike Vishnu Lord Shiva had no incarnations ? If he did then apart from the Rudra in the form of Hanuman what other forms did Lord Shiva incarnate as ?
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Is each of the 18 Mahapurans related to a different Kalpa?

While researching for an answer I came across the reference of Padma Puran having been revealed in the Padma Kalpa which was the last day of the 50th year of Brahma. Currently we are in the Varah ...
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Vedic age of earth

I have read the time concept of Hinduism in Vishnu Purana, assembling all that data I have calculated the current age of earth, the calculations are as follow: Currently we have passed 6 manavantaras ...
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Why should i read any Purana which is not Sattva, like the Bhavishya Parva/Purana? [duplicate]

It is said that sattva is the highest mode so why should one read a purana of a lower mode? Am I confusing things?
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When exactly were the puranas were written?

Many western scholars agree that Puranas were written during 2nd century and so on.but some scholars give date before 200 BC. Like some scholars agree Vishnu Purana to be written in 3rd century, while ...
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How did sanatkumars reach Lord Vishnu's abode?

How did sanatkumars reach Lord Vishnu's abode? Sanatkumars were also incarnation of Vishnu, but they were only children, how did they reach there in such a small age? This is a difficult task. What ...
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Puranic reference for “Krishna is a tiny part of Lord Vishnu”

Some consider Krishna to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu but others worship him as the supreme godhead. I read once in Vishnu Purana that Krishna is 'a very tiny part of Lord Vishnu.' Does anyone know ...
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What do Scriptures say about doing Puja/Archanas in “Mleccha Deshas”?

First of all, i need to know which countries are referred to as "Mleccha Deshas" in Hindu Shastras. The Vishnu Purana supposedly prohibits performance of Pitru Shraddhas in "mleccha deshas". Na ...
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Definition of Bhagavan as per Vishnu Purana

Bhagavan is a term which is commonly used,by several traditions. What is the definition of Bhagavan as per Vishnu Purana?
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Is Shangri-La, Tibet will be called as Shambhala, Birth place of Lord Kalki? [closed]

1) Where exactly Shambhala village is located? Is Shangri-La, Tibet will be called as Shambhala, Birth place of Lord Kalki? 2) Why Lord Kalki, Son of VishnuYashyas will be born out of India in ...
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Everything is Yajna

What verse of Vishnu purana compares every incident and activity happening in this universe as a yajna-karma? and how does the bad incidents like appereance of kali and birth of kali(people getting ...
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What is the story of Jadbharat?

What is the story of Jadbharat and his rebirth as deer? How he get salvation even in form of deer? This question came in my mind while reading this blog.
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How is Rukmi's killing by Balarama justified?

The slaying of Rukmi by Lord Balarama is described in Srimad Bhagavatam, Harivamsa and Vishnu Purana. This page gives a comparative study of all three texts as to how they differ in the details of ...
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Varaha Avatar story versions

Though I don't know much about hindu Mythology , I know that Bhagavan Vishnu takes avatars to destroy evils. When I was reading Lord Vishnu's stories. I came to know that varaha avatara was taken by ...
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Why Bharata Varsha (India) alone is called Karma Bhoomi?

According to Vishnu Purana, In Jambu-dwípa, Vishnu, consisting of sacrifice, is worshipped, as the male of sacrificial rites, with sacrificial ceremonies: he is adored under other forms ...
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What scriptures mention the all-consuming eternal fire burning North of the Himalayas?

If you've read the Vishnu Purana, then you're probably familiar with the story of how Vyasa's father Parashara, upon learning that his father Shakti had been killed by the Rakshasa Kalmashapada, ...
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Why and how Vishwamitra plotted to kill sage Vashistha's son?

I recently read an incident in Vishnu Purana which says that once sage Vishwamitra plotted and got sage Vashista's son killed by some asur. Due to this sage Parashar, who is grandson of sage Vashistha ...
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What is the story of Rishi Durvasa and King Ambarish?

I want to know the story of Rishi Durvasa and King Ambarish. Please somebody answer my question!
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Are Buddhists really a type of Hindus? [duplicate]

Gautama Buddha was the 9th avatar of Lord Vishnu. Buddha himself was a Kshatriya and he was the founder of Buddhism. But he was a Hindu and he had created his own religion. So, does this mean ...
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Which sage will learn the Vishnu Purana at the end of the Kali Yuga?

The sage Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa (or Vyasa for short) is generally viewed as the author of the 18 Puranas. But actually the sage Parashara, Vyasa's father, authored two of them, the Vishnu ...
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According to Vishnu Puran, Vishnu created Shiva and according to Shiva Purana it's vice versa. What's the truth?

According to Vishnu Puran, Lord Vishnu created Lord Shiva and according to Shiva Purana it's vice versa. In Devi Bhagavata Purana, Adi Shakti created both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. So, what is the ...
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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

I see that many people (including me) remain confused about who is the Supreme God. The main reason for confusion is that in different Puranas, different Gods are shown as Supreme God, e.g., in Shiva ...