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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Adi Buddha and Gautama buddha, Which one is the real avatar of Lord vishnu?

Many sites claim that there were Two buddhas and both were different. It is said that Adi buddha was the real avatar of lord vishnu. Gautama buddha was only a enlightened one but not an avatar of ...
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What Tilak or Namam does Lord Brahma have on His forehead?

Tripundra or "three horizontals lines" is the Tilak worn by Lord Shiva and His devotees. Urdhva Pundra is tilak worn by Lord Vishnu and His devotees. But there are images of Brahma with both tilaks. ...
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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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Is worshipping Vishnu and Rama as Ishta allowed in ISKCON?

As we know,ISKCON is a Gaudiya Vaishnava organization. Gaudiya is a Krishna centric Vaishnava sect. So their Ishta is Krishna. For those who don't know, ishta is one's preferred form of God. Though ...
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Do animals know God exists?

I remember a scene from the Telugu movie Sri Ramadasu in which animals such as elephants, deer and peacocks are filled with ecstasy when Lord Vishnu descends to earth as Lord Rama, and welcomed Him. ...
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Who is the sage Pundarika who saw Vishnu coming out of a Shiva Linga?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just passed by a Vishnu temple in the town of Thiruparkadal in Tamil Nadu. Thiruparkadal is Tamil for "ocean of milk" (Kshirsagara in Sanskrit), referring to the ...
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Where does the Rig Veda describe realizing supreme truth through Vishnu's name?

In N Raghunathan's forward to a translation of the Vishnu Sahasranamam, he gives a purported quote from the Rig Veda: The Rigveda ... affirms the potency of the Divine-Name in such verses as the ...
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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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Is there any connection between Vishnu and Rudra in Rigveda?

Does the two deities ever interact or ever mentioned together anywhere in Rigveda?
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Sri Vishnu Gita is present in which Puranas or ancient texts or scriptures.?

I have came accross some questions in other public forums saying there is a vishnu gita claiming there lord vishnu gave his gita gyan to lord shiva. After searching a lot thankfully I came across this ...
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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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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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What scriptures describe Sadashiva carrying Vishnu in Vishnu's abode of Paramapadam?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I am a member) places great importance on the Divya Desams, the 108 sacred places of Vishnu which are mentioned in the poems of the ...
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What are the 30 avatars of Vishnu? [duplicate]

I have an assignment that I need help finding the answer to. I cannot find the answer anywhere on the internet. I don't have the book for my class to help me.
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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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What is the story of Sharaba?

I found most of our religious books speak about Lord Vishnu's avatars and there are much fewer books that I know of about Lord Shiva. If Lord Vishnu has 10 avatars then how many avatars do Lord Shiva ...
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Is there any mention of Lord Krishna in the Rāmāyaṇa?

In the Canto CXIX.: Glory To Vishnu of the Yuddha Kāṇḍa of the Valmikí Rāmāyaṇa, after Rāvaṇa has been defeated, all deities appear in the sky and eulogize Shri Rāma, as Lord Vishnu himself ...
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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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According to Smarta, all of three of the “Trimurti” are equal. But why isn't Brahma given the same significance as Vishnu and Shiva?

Even Puri Shankaracharya said that chanting the name of Narayana and Shiva would have the same benefits. However, why don't anyone give such importance to Brahma?
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Is devi lakshmi called wife of Lord vishnu in Rig Veda khillani sukta?

Goddess lakshmi is considered wife of Lord vishnu and I have also checked verse in Sri suktam calling devi lakshmi wife of Lord vishnu but that could be later addition.so I want to know is goddess ...
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Tara was born out of sati to eliminate which of the demon(s)?

I have heard about Sati's 10 forms known as mahavidhyas. The second one, known as Tara is one of the most prominent forms of Goddess Sati, and I had read somewhere had incarnated to slay demon ...
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How were the Trimurthi born?

In Hinduism, there are three supreme gods, Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh (Shiva). Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the protector, and Shiva is the destroyer. But how were these gods born? Did the ...
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Who is the avatar of whom in between both Vishnu-Krishna and Lakshmi-Rukmani-Radha.?

It's gonna be a long question so please bear with me and read this question till the end. Its kind of common (though unnecessary and absurd) to have arguments between different sects like Shaivas, ...
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Did Lord Vishnu give Lord Shiva his trident? Isn’t this the opposite way around?

Why is it said that Lord Vishnu has given Lord Shiva his trident when there seem to be only 2 tales in this regard?: 1st as per Shiva Purana, the opposite happened, i.e. Shiva gave Vishnu his ...
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Keeping two conch shells ( shankha) at home not allowed?

I have heard people saying that the shankh - conch, which is used for blowing shouldn't be used for worshipping any deities via Abhishekam (especially God Vishnu) or, in any other way, and vice-versa. ...
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Why do only the mounts of Shiva and Vishnu have actual names (Nandi and Garuda)?

Do the VAhanas of Durga (lion), Ganesha (mouse), and Skanda (peacock) have names of their own, just like Shiva's mount is named "Nandi"?
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Why is Lord Krishna called the complete Vishnu as compared to his other incarnations upon earth?

I have read somewhere that Shree Krishna is called the complete version of Vishnu compared to other of his 9 incarnations. Well it's understandable that Shree Krishna is different from Buddha, ...
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There are different mantras for worshipping Lord Vishnu for different yugas. What are the meanings of them?

There are different mantras to chant Lord Vishnu's name in different Yugas. This names are known as tārakabrahma names. The mantra for Satya Yuga is- nārāya়ṇa parābedā nārāya়ṇa parākṣarāḥ। ...
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Did Devi Parvati ever worship Sri Vishnu?

I have read that Sri Vishnu worships Devi Parvati and Lord Shiva. Nama Shivaabhyam sarasothsavabhyam, Namaskruthabheeshta vara prathabhyam, Narayanenarchitha padukabhyam, Namo Nama Sankara ...
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Are the four Kumars incarnations of Lord Vishnu or Shiva?

According to the Bhagvat Purana the four Sanat Kumars are described as the incarnations of Lord Vishnu but I cam across this remark in the comment section of Vishnu Puran: Linga P. describes the ...
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Would Narayana listen if someone were to chant his name without going to a temple?

This probably sounds like a dumb question, but I am unable to visit any temples as I don't live in India. That being said, any effort is probably better than none at all. Would Nama jap of Narayana (...
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Why are all the avatars of Vishnu born in North India?

Ayodhya, Indraprastha, Kailasha parvatha, all these religious birth places are mostly in the North. Why weren't none of the the avatars born in other parts of Bharathavarsh?
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When did Lord Shiva slash Lord Vishnu's head?

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 did Krishna get Vishnu's Sharanga Bow?

As I discuss in this answer, the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishwakarma) created two powerful bows, the Pinaka bow for Shiva and the Sharanga bow for Vishnu. Brahma once got Vishnu and Shiva to ...
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Is Chanakya vishnu amsa?

I have heard that Chanakya's mother strived for children for almost 14 years and later, Chanakya was born. He was a great contributor for indian economics and much more. I knew very little about him. ...
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Is Lord Shiva First Vaishnava (Devotee of Lord Vishnu)?

My question is that Lord Shiva is also Vaishnava (Devotee of Lord Vishnu). Because I read this fact before from one scripture, so anybody can attach that scripture which claimed that Siva is greatest ...
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Does Lord Vishnu really look like as shown in images?

Like human form as a blue skinned deity . Having four arms , and very beautiful form. Does Lord vishnu really look like this , or is this metaphor ? metaphor as in 4 arms means omnipotence of Brahman ...
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Are there any verses in the scriptures which proclaim Vishnu and Shiva to be one and same?

As we know, Vaishnavism and Shaivism are two largest sects within Hinduism.While Vaishnavas believe Vishnu as Supreme,Shaivas believe in Shiva as Supreme. My question is, if there is any reference in ...
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Complete theology of Vaitaraṇî River?

In my local community area, the recitation and listening of the Garuda Purana from the 8th to the 11th day ( within the 12 day period of after-death rituals for the deceased) by the family priest and ...
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Does Kali Purusha get Moksha in the end?

I know that Time is cyclical in Hindu mythology. So, does Kali-Purusha (कलि-पुरुष) (the personification of the demon after whom Kali Yuga is named) get Moksha after the end of Kaliyuga? And if so, who ...
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If Goddess Sita is the daughter of Bhumi Devi, then how can we say Lord Ram is an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu?

Lord Vishnu has 2 wives: one is Shree Mahalakshmi and the other is Bhumi Devi, as mentioned in the following shlok which many people say in the morning: ॥ विष्णुपत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पादस्पर्शं क्षमस्वमे ॥...
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Nyasam and the appearance of deity

While reading the Preface of Sharda-tilak tantra, the writer explained some general facts. He while stating the way to do the Nyasam writes: (I am translating) One has to use the Ring finger, middle ...
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Mṛta Sanjeevani Mantra

Despite having the knowledge of Mrit Sanjeevani Mantra (मृत संजीवनी मंत्र) - which could bring back anyone dead back to life again, Why didn't (or not able to maybe) Shukracharya revive Hiranyakasha, ...
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What is the position of Mahavishnu in Hinduism as per vedic scriptures?

What is the actual position of Lord Maha-Vishnu ??? at present no one can explain the answer satisfyingly. so please help me with scriptural references .
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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

There is a difference between Bhagwata Purana and Shiva Purana: Bhagwata Purana states that Vishnu is more supreme than Shiva, and from Vishnu, Brahma and by Brahma, Shiva was born. But if that is so,...
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How Are Azhwaars Vishishtadvaitins?

I have heard that Azhvaars are Sriman Narayana Bhakthas.They sung in praise of him.They are not Vishishtadvaitins. Later Srivaishnava Acharyas(Ramanuja and his disciples) wrote commentaries to Azhvaar ...
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Can we sleep while fasting on Ekadashi?

According to various Vaishnava web sites and various texts, during Ekadashi, one cannot sleep in the night, one cannot sleep during the wee morning hours, and one cannot sleep during the day or else ...
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Where is it mentioned that Lord Krishna is 16 kalas but Lord Ram is 12 kalas, when both are same? [duplicate]

It is being popularized by ISKCON I think, that Krishna is purna avatar with 16 kalas but Rama is 12 kalas and is inferior to Krishna, when both are same. Is this even mentioned anywhere by any of the ...

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