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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Age difference between Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu

Varaha incarnation killed Hiranyakshya during beginning of current kalpa as per this section of Bhagavata. Text 17: Brahmā thought: While I have been engaged in the process of creation, the earth has ...
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Brahma's seventh birth

Vaishampayana while narrating Hayagriva story details how Brahma worshipped Narayana. In that Brahma says: As regards myself, I have sprung through thy Grace. From thee have I derived my birth. My ...
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Reason behind fight between Gods in Hinduism [closed]

Why there are many stories where one GOD is fighting with another god, I watch a youtube video where Lord Hanumana is Fighting with Lord SHIVA, also, lord shiva fight with Vishnu. Why a god needs to ...
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Who gives Moksha?

Lord Krishna is the supreme Being according to the Bhagavad Gita and is the giver of moksha. Also, can all the avatars of Vishnu give moksha? Like Lord Govinda, Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, Lord ...
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Is lord Dattatreya a Chiranjeevi?

I have read somewhere that guru Dattatreya still resides in the Sahyadri mountains. Is this true
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What are Rules and Hierarchy of Ekadashi Upavasa?

Different websites, different rules are all over internet. Common rules are of fasting. But what are the scripture backed specific rules?? Like should every Ekadashi be Nirjala Ekadashi or only ...
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Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation?

Is there any Vedic verse that explicitly says Brahma and Shiva did not exist before creation? Many verses say only Brahman existed before creation. But what about Brahma and Shiva?
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If one chants a Vishnu mantra does he need to chant Lakshmi mantra too to attain grace of mata Lakshmi?

Maa Lakshmi is the wife of Lord Vishnu. If one chants Vishnu mantra, does he receives blessings of mata Lakshmi too? Are things related to this mentioned in Puranas? Is chanting Vishnu mantra bestowes ...
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Is Vrindavan Krishna different from Dvaraka Krishna?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe that there is a so-called Vrindavan Krishna and that the Krishna in Dwaraka is different from Vrindavan Krishna. Is there any scriptural evidence to that claim? They also ...
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Is the concept of one Ishwara present in Vedas? Authenticity and Ancientness of Purusha Sukta

The concept of Ishwara being one supreme being, Lord and God is used in Puranic and Modern Hinduism. But was such a concept present in Vedas or authentic Upanishads? This Wikipedia article says no ...
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Why is Thiruman Sacred?

What is purpose/reason of using Thiruman katti for making Urdhwapundra or Namam, What is relation of Thiruman to Shriman Narayana? How is it holy clay?
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Why did Indra kill Vritra and why did Bhagwan Vishnu help him?

As far as I know, Indra and Vritra came to an agreement after the war and became friends. Then why did Indra kill Vritra? And why did Bhagwan Vishnu help him? Did Vritra commit any sinful act?
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What is the meaning of contrasting (even conflicting) nature of various avatars of Vishnu? [closed]

You know for instance take the last 4 forms of lord Vishnu. There is Parshuram who is violent and slayer of his enemies meanwhile there is lord Budha who says no to harming others who try to harm us. ...
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Proof of Vedic or Indic origin of Vaishnavism (Monotheistic Supremacy of Vishnu)?

Edit: This question is not a duplicate as it is asking about the specific verses mentioned and not a generic question about Vedic Vasihnavism. Please know the difference. I was watching a Christian ...
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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 it true that Mother Lakshmi married Lord Vishnu because She thought He was the best? [duplicate]

(I read this long back,so I cannot verify whether this true,even Google searches seem in vain.) Is it true that Mother Lakshmi thought Lord Vishnu was the best among deities,and so wedded Him? I feel ...
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Since the existence of many universes is said to be valid and true, are there different trimurtis for each universe

I have read that there are multiple brahmas; One each for a universe. Also heard that there are multiple vishnus too. So does that mean there are multiple shivas as well? P.s :I know that the concept ...
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What is meant by the “Yogic Slumber” of Bhagwan Vishnu?

I heard a description of Bhagwan Vishnu which says that the he is in “Yogic Slumber” What exactly happens in this condition?Please explain “yogic slumber” in detail.
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How has Lord Vishnu's understanding developed and what was his role initially?

I've recently come by an excellent research on how the understanding of Shiva has been evolving through the ages and I wonder whether such a research has been made with respect to Vishnu. The book I ...
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Is it inauspicious to cut Amla tree?

We are having Amla tree in our house that is 10 years old. We are worried as it grows old, it could damage the foundation of our house. The tree is just 3-4 feet distance. But I have heard Amla tree ...
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Explain the ‘ many Lord Vishnu’s ‘ [duplicate]

I don’t understand this picture. From what I have heard,this is a depiction of how innumerable Universes are formed and released from His pores,when the central Lord Vishnu exhales,and return back in ...
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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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Scriptural refrence for this story

When I was a child, I read a story in my book; Once upon a time, there was a brahmin who daily used to pray Lord Vishnu in the temple. One day Lord Vishnu decided to test his devotion. He disguised ...
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Did the demon Hiranyaksha receive Andhaka from Lord Shiva?

If Hiranyaksha received Andhaka from Lord Shiva, does that mean Shiva and Parvati were already married long before Lord Vishnu's Varaha Avatar where Hiranyaksha was killed?
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Why does Vishnu's thousand-armed Aniruddha form carry the equipment of a student?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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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What is chronological timeline (in Manvantara and Mahayuga) of Lord Vishnu incarnations?

Please tell me chronological timeline (in Manvantara and Mahayuga) of Lord Vishnu's various incarnations.
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Which 4 Vishnu / Vaishnava Puranas are called Tamasic and not meant for Brahmins?

Sholkas 45-50 in the 2nd Adhyaya of Sambhav Khand which is part of Shiv Rahasya Khand of Sankara Samhita of Skanda MahaPurana, plainly state that the 10 Shaiva Puranas are Sattavik and 4 Vishnu ...
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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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Which form is it of Mahavishnu mentioned here?

As per wikipedia article on Vaikhanasas: Vaikhanasas claim to be a surviving school of Vedic ritual, the Taittiriya Shakha of the Krishna Yajurveda. Vaikhanasa tradition says the sage Vikhanasa, who ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya really believe in Hari-Hara abheda?

Smarthas i.e. followers of Adi Shankaracharya believe that Sriman Narayana and Shiva are one and the same. They claim that this is what Shankara had taught. The Vishnu Sahasranama mentions the name "...
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Was Subhadra also an avatar?

Subhadra is worshiped along with her brothers Krishna (the avatar of Vishnu) and Balarama (the avatar of Shesha-naga). As such Was she also an avatar of any Goddess? If so, Which Goddess and what is ...
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What is the name of third-gender avatar of Hari?

Garuda Purana tells that Vishnu will born to kill an asura. Vishnu takes the form of an eunuch The gods would be divided into different clans such as the Svadharmans, Sutapasas, Haritas, Rohitas, etc....
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Was Guru Nanak's son a follower of the Hindu philosopher Nimbarka?

I live in America, and a few days ago I visited a Vishnu temple near my house. It's called Ved Mandir, and it's run by followers of Gangeshwar Maharaj, whom I had never heard of. So I did a little ...
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Why is Vishnu holding a Trishula here?

Found this image on the internet without any description Looks like Keshava but with a Trishul, Shankha, Chakra, Padma What's this particular form called?
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Which Shaiva / Shaivite sect was started by or joined by Vishnu & Brahma?

According to Skanda Purana 1.3b.16 this happened after Shiva commanded his 2 creations - Vishnu & Brahma - to worship him as per the Agamas:- Viṣṇu and Brahmā wore matted hair and applied sacred ...
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Vishnu & Brahma worshiped Shiva in which cremation grounds (Shamshan Ghat) for 16000 years?

Shiva's supremacy was established after the Fiery Linga incident and he commanded Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas. They did so for sixteen thousand years. Skanda Purana 1.3b.16.62 :...
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Which Alwars mention the gods whom they're incarnations of?

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 collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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What is the story of Dhanvantari, the incarnation of Vishnu?

Dhanvantari, one of Vishnu's avataras, appears when the churning of the ocean is complete and the amrta surfaces. he is the one who brings forth the amrta for the devas and asuras/ He is also ...
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Who is the twice born Purusha?

This video is the recital of the Narayan Suktam. From 0:25-0:29,the translation reads: O Living One ,comparable to the twice born Universal Truth,Purusha.. Can someone please explain this concept of ...
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Who are eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?

Are women (married and unmarried) eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?
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What are hymns chanted for abhishekam?

If Rudram, Namakam & chamakam are related to Shiva, why they are chanted for abhishekam of other gods? Are there any other prominent alternative hymns for abhishekam? Are they chanted only in ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's general, Vishvaksena?

It is well-known that Shiva's son Ganesha is the general of Shiva's army of Ganas. What's not as well-known, however, is that Vishnu also has an army, led by the god Vishvaksena. Vishvaksena plays ...
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Any references to Vishnu and his other avatars like Kalki and Vamana being black or dark-skinned? [duplicate]

Most people are aware that Krishna was a blackish-skinned person. Lord Rama is also depicted as blackish-skinned. But I have also heard that black is shri hari Vishnu's skin color, despite his blue ...
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Why Lord venkateshwara has a white spot on the chin?

Lord venkateshwara is adorned with white camphor (that looks like a white spot) on his chin. What is the story behind this application of camphor at his chin & what's the significance of this?
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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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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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Does Vishnu serve & worship Shiva only using the Agamas?

After Shiva's complete supremacy was established during the Fiery Linga incident shortly after creation, Shiva instructed Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas and they obeyed well. From ...

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