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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When did Lord Shiva slash Lord Vishnu's head off.?

In Lord Shiva's thousand names according to Shiva Maha Purana there is a name which is number (755) Vishnukandharapatana which translates to "the one who slashes Vishnu's head." Here in ...
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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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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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Why aren't Shiva Purana and Vishnu Purana updated?

The Shiva Purana and Vishnu Purana contains some deeds of the Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively which had happened. Both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu exist even today, now they might be doing some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 can Shiva puranam and Vishnu puranam be interpreted?

I would like to know how have those things happened as stated in the puranas. For example, In Shiva Puranam, we talk about mother Parvathi's kalyanam (marriage). How did it take place? Did both Shiva ...
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Does Varaha have only one tusk(ekashringa)?

I read somewhere that Varaha has one tusk instead of two. Is that true?
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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 down ...
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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 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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Where in the Garuda Purana is it said that only three Vaishnava Puranas are authoritative in Kali yuga?

I read somewhere that Garuda Purana declares that only three Vaishnava Puranas should be considered authoritative in Kali Yuga. By priority they are:- Bhagavata Purana Vishnu Purana Garuda Purana ...
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Is dhruvaloka temporary region?

I am wondering , whether the dhruvaloka which was bestowed to Prince Dhruva by Vishnu is eternal or it will be there only for a kalpa. Here are the quotes from Vishnu purana A station shall be ...
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Is the Hinduism we follow today baseless from a Vedic Perspective?

The Vedic (Rgvedic primarily) texts are quite different from the Puranic stories we know (and love) today. Does this mean the Puranic deities* we worship and stories we read are false from a Vedic ...
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What is the connection between Soma (Vasu) and Soma (Chandra)? [duplicate]

As per Vishnu Purana: Part1: Chapter 15, in Vaivasvata manwantara, Brahma's son Daksha incarnated as Prachetas' son. As Daksha's mother Márishá was daughter of Soma (Chandra, the Moon god) and ...
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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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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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Where is this verse found in Vishnu Purana?

Kindly provide chapter and verse number for the Shloka. Is this shloka found somewhere else other than Vishnu Purana? त्रयस्त्रिंशत्सहस्त्रनी त्रयस्त्रिंश्च्चतानी च। त्रयस्त्रिंशत्त्था देवा पिबंती ...
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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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When did Kamsa defeat the Devas?

I was going through the Vishnu Puran and came across the following description in Book V, Chapter IV: KANSA, much troubled in mind, summoned all his principal Asuras, Pralamba, Keśin, and the rest, ...
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Is Parashara the original author of Vishnu Purana?

https://www.quora.com/It-is-believed-that-Veda-Vyasa-was-the-author-of-all-the-Puranas-However-is-this-actually-true-As-there-were-most-likely-lots-of-sages-who-authored-these-teachings/answer/Rami-...
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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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Where is Kalápagrama associated with king Maru and Devapi?

Vishnu Purana: Book IV: Chapter IV: The son of this saintly king was Pushya; his son was Dhruvasandhi; his son was Sudarśana; his son was Agnivarńa; his son was Śíghra; his son was Maru, who through ...
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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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English translation (and source) of the Sanskrit shloka from Prabhupada's commentary on SB 3.20.18

Srila Prabhupada quotes the following shloka(s) from Viṣṇu Purāṇa in his commentary on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.20.18, but he did not give us the English translation. So I'd like to know the precise ...
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