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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Guru diksha for lord vishnu [closed]

I am a lord vishnu devotee but i have heard no mantra chanting works without spiritual initiation from a guru. Can anyone recomend me where can i take initiation and get lord vishnu ashtakshar mantra ...
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Any references to Vishnu and his other avatars like Kalki and Vamana being black or dark-skinned?

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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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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Who's invocation is performed in 'Shuklam Varadharam Vishnum'? [duplicate]

The invocation mantra that comes before the Vishnu sahasranamam begins as follows: Shuklam Baradaram Vishnum, Sasi Varnam Chatur Bhujam, Prasanna Vadanan Dyayet, Sarva Vignoba Sandaye Dressed in white ...
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How did an Asura like Tara beat up and scare off Vishnu?

The following story is from Linga Purana, Chapter 101, verses 10 to 13 - By means of his penance as also by the grace of lord Brahma, he had acquired great power. Tara of great splendour conquered ...
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Why didn't Rudra incur any sin for killing Vishnu?

When Shiva's form (Kaal Bhairav) just cut off one of Brahma's heads he incurred the great sin of Brahma-Hatyaa and became a skull-bearer who lived by begging in Brahma's skull. But it looks like no ...
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How did Vishnu lose to sage Dadhicha in battle?

Linga Purana (99.20 - 100.2) tells the story of Vishnu losing a fight and getting cursed: The son of Cyavana was the well-known and intelligent Dadhica... the leading sage conquered Visnu in battle ...
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Is the story of Kapalikas (skull-bearers) killing Krishna, Narasimha etc. found in sacred scripture?

From New World Encyclopedia - A mythological origin for the Kapalikas is given in the Goraksa-siddhanta-samgraha, which tells of an occassion upon which the 24 avatars of Vishnu became intoxicated ...
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Is it possible for a person living in the Kaliyug to perform austerities so as to invoke deities like Lord Brahma or Lord Shiva?

https://www.quora.com/If-I-start-doing-Tapasya-in-this-modern-world-will-lord-Shiva-come-in-front-of-me This is one answer I saw on Quora.
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About the Devi Bhagavat Purana

So basically, what is the Devi Bhagavat Purana discussing? Whom does it consider as God and why? How is the preaching for leading our lives differently mentioned in the Devi Bhagavat Puran compared to ...
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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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Is catur vyuha mentioned in puranas?

Is catur vyuha of Vishnu mentioned in puranas and Mahabharata?
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Can Vedic Deva Prajapati be connected to Vishnu, not to Brahma?

I know that Prajapati will later be connected to Brahma, and in many rig-Vedic passages He is connected with several other devas, such as Indra, Soma, etc. But what caught my attention, is that it is ...
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Is Ganga a wife of Vishnu according to Vishnu Purana?

We all know that Ganga is the wife of Shantanu according to Mahabharata. But I heard somewhere that Ganga is the wife of Vishnu. Is it true? Pls give proof from Vishnu Purana.
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How can one become brahma/vishnu/shiv?

I heard that one can become Indra if he does 1000 rajsuvi/ashwamedha yajna(not sure). But is there anywhere in shastras written how can one become one among tridevs?
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What is the difference between Vishnu and Mahavishnu?

In Vedas, we find the name of the Vedic God, Vishnu. However, in Puranas, the genealogies of Kings and Sages trace back to Mahavishnu. From Mahavishnu, Brahma was created. Then, Brahma created his ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Who is the avatar of whom in between both Narayan-Krishna-Hari-Nar 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When did Lord Vishnu perform Vaishnava Yajna?

From Mahabharata's Vana Prava The name of that sacrifice worthy of virtuous persons, is Vaishnava. No person save the ancient Vishnu hath performed it before. This mighty sacrifice vies with that ...
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Who is lord Janardana?? why is he called the prime cause of the material universe and param brahma? is there any scriptural proof for that?

in many places and even in some shaivaite puranas , he is called prabrahma and the cause of the trimurtis. but in internet or google there are a very less information about this. please provide me ...
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Why did Lord Shiva never take birth in human form as Lord Vishnu has? [duplicate]

Over the 3 yugas that have passed, we have seen Lord Vishnu take birth in human form (as Ram, Krishna etc.). We all know how Kalyug is going to end - with the bad being wiped out from this world by ...
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Did the worship of Adi Parashakti come in the later Yugas?

I have heard that in the Satya Yuga only Narayana was worshipped although there were devatas. Here I'm talking about the supreme God. Is it Narayana or Adi Parashakti? It can't be both I'm sure.
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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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Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance?

I know that Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar are representations of creation, protection, and destruction cycles. Do they really exist as entities with a specific appearance?
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Can anyone with Rajo or Tamo Guna predominant be devotee of Sri Vishnu?

I have read about how we should develop Sattvic guna to be devotee of Sri Vishnu or His Avatars. But can anyone with rajasic or tamasic guna predominant be devotee of Sri Vishnu? If yes, I would love ...
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Are there any associations between Dus (Dasha) Mahavidyas and Shreman Narayana and or Shree Vishnu?

In the many manifestations of Maa Shakti as Adi ParaShakti, we encounter the Dus Mahavidyas which some practicioners in tantra sadhana consider also to perform the bhakti and the sadhana towards Maa ...
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Is this story true? How can a Rishi curse a God?

https://vedicfeed.com/shukracharya-the-guru-of-asuras/ Rishi Bhrigu, the father of Shukracharya and the husband of Kavyamata, curses Vishnu saying,“ Hey Vishnu! By killing a woman, you have breached ...
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is this mentioned in scriptures that lord kridhna's son shamva ji sailed eastwards and reached japan and lived there?

Some historians say that the Japanese people were a group of Indians following the story that the Shamva, the son of Lord Krishna sailed eastwards thousands of years ago from India to settle in the ...

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