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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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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 ...
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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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How do Dvaitins interpret the Advaita-sounding prayer of Prahlada?

In this chapter of the Vishnu Purana, Prahlada is thrown off a cliff and into the sea by Hiranyakashipu's men. Unfazed by this, he prays to Vishnu: I glorify the supreme deity Vishńu, the ...
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When was Shiva a disciple of sage Angiras?

One of the most famous wars between the gods and the Asuras (demons) was the Tarakamaya war. The war was started when Chandra the moon god kidnapped Tara, wife of Brihaspati guru of the gods. (...
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What is the story of the "Sudarśana Chakra"?

How did Lord Mahavishnu get the Sudarśana Chakra? Why is it called the ultimate weapon among other weapons?
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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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Why didn't Lord Vishnu drink the poison that came out from the churning of ocean?

As I was looking at this question, I got another question in my mind that why didn't Lord Vishnu drink the poison that came out from the churning of ocean? Lord Vishnu is also powerful to consume the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the story of Parashurama's wife Dharani?

In this passage of the Vishnu Purana, the various incarnations of Vishnu's wife Lakshmi are described: For in like manner as the lord of the world, the god of gods, Janárddana, descends amongst ...
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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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What is the story of Hiranyakashipu's son Mandara?

In the Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata, in the course of recounting to Krishna the boons that Shiva has bestowed upon various people, the sage Upamanyu describes a certain son of the demon ...
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Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?

A Hindu basher online presented lines from the Vishnu Puranas, that make it acceptable for child marriage to occur. In fact, this entire paragraph seems so weird. If he marry, he must select a maiden ...
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How can deity plants like Tulsi and Rice be reconciled with the destined progression of the soul?

The Viṣṇu Purāṇa states souls are destined to proceed through successive births, but deity plants like Tulsi and Rice are surely the zenith already. The gods in heaven are beheld by the inhabitants ...
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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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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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What is the Mahapurusha Vidya recommended in the Uddhava Gita?

Most people are only familiar with the Bhagavad Gita, the conversation Krishna had with Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. But this is not the only conversation that Krishna had concerning the ...
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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 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 ...