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The god of preservation, also called Narayana. Brahman in Vaishnavism

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Who is the Samaveda-singing Brahmin incarnation of Vishnu prophesied in the Skanda Purana?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Do any Deities, other than the Pancha Mahadevatas, have Swayambhu representations?

The Pancha Mahadevatas are Ganapaty,Shiva,Vishnu,Devi(Ambika) & Surya. There is a Smarta tradition of worshiping them together in the Panchayatana Puja..In this Puja instead of idols or images of ...
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What are the various forms of Vishnu according to Pancharatra?

Recently while reading Prasthana Bheda of Madhusudan Sarasvati, I found he mentioned four forms of Vishnu according to Pancharatra: Quoting from sanskritdocuments.org: एवं वैष्णवं नारदादिभिः कृतं ...
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What bodies (Koshas or layers) do Devas, Trimurthis and their Shaktis (consorts) have?

The two questions What are Five Layers (Pancha Kosha) of Human? and Where does a Soul attached to the Body? explain various koshas (Sheaths) of human body. Trimurthi and their respective Shaktis are ...
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What is the story of Brahma forgetting his knowledge after teaching Indra?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). (One of ...
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What scriptures describe Vishnu marrying a rebirth of the golden Sita statue?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to my Mom's Kula Devata, the Veeraraghava Perumal Vishnu Temple in Thiruvallore. Many things have happened in this location over the ages, including ...
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What is the story of Vamana's wife Kirti and son Brihatshloka?

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, there's a description of the spouses and descendants of the Adityas, a group of 12 gods who are the sons of Aditi and the sage Kashyapa. The Adityas include Surya, Indra, ...
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What are the different Vaishnava interpretations on the nature of Lord Vishnu's physical form?

I understand that Lord Vishnu's body is aprakrita, composed of sat-chit-ananda, but is it understood to have a physical reality? i.e. four arms, two legs, one head, two eyes, five fingered hands, ie, ...
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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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12 Major battles between the Devas and Danavas

Many Puranas talk about 12 major battles between the Danavas and Devas. As per Brahmanda Purana (3rd Canto, Ch 72), they are as follows: Lord Narasimha fighting the Danavas Lord Vamana binding the ...
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When did Vishnu destroy trident of Shiva?

Vishnu Sahasranama stotram consist of thousand names of Lord Vishnu. The most popular one is from Anushasana parva of Mahabharata which was said by Bhishma to Yudhishtira. But there are other versions ...
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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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What is the story of Vishnu incarnating as a mango tree in the Dandaka forest?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Who compiled Pandava Gita and what is the earliest reference to it?

Pandava Gita is a stotra or a hymn dedicated to Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu. There are 76 verses sung by many including Lord Brahma, sages, Indra, Vaishampayana, Pandavas, Draupadi and also Duryodhana,...
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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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What is the story of Indra being turned into an elephant by Saraswati?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Varadaraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram. It's such an important temple that Sri Vaishnavas refer to it simply as "Perumal Koil" or "the ...
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What is the story of Prahlada being held hostage by the gods?

Most people only know the childhood of Prahlada, who was rescued from his from Hiranyakashipu by Vishnu's incarnation. What is less well-known, however, Prahlada's adulthood. As king of the Asuras, ...
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Why is Bhagwan incarnating as Kalki in this(particular) Kaliyuga?

Many people know about The Cycle of 4 Yugas and DashaAvatars of Shriman Narayana ,but very few know that the Dashaavatars are not bound to the cycle of 4 Yugas. The Avatars of Bhagwan are infinite in ...
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What scriptures describe Shwetadvipa being underground with gates at Tirupati and other places?

In Hindu cosmology, the Earth is said to have seven Dvipas or islands. Many people (myself included) believe that the seven Dvipas refer to the seven continents, which is why Hindu rituals in India ...
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Why is the family deity of Venkateshwara the Sami tree?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" is a translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple, and this temple scripture consists of ...
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Do any scriptures apart fom Sabarimala Sthala Purana foretell the birth of Ayyappa?

One of the most popular religious destinations in the world is the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala; it gets far more visitors per year than Tirupati and the Vatican combined! The story of the temple ...
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What scriptures describe Lakshmi’s serpent Kalyana?

The Sharanagati Gadyam is a prose hymn by the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to the lotus feet of Sriman Narayana as a means to attain ...
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What is the name of Vishnu incarnation who performed the Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Kalyanam?

From the story of Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, we infer that Lord Kallazhagar, a form of Lord Vishnu, did not attend the marriage. But we are told that Lord Vishnu gave away Meenakshi Amman during the ...
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Does Vachaspati Mishra's depiction of Vishnu's marriage have a scriptural basis?

The Vivada Chintamani is a work by the Advaita philosopher Vachaspati Mishra on the teachings of Dharma Shastras concerning law. Vachaspati Mishra begins the Vivada Chintamani with an invocation to ...
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What are the four forms of Vishnu mentioned by Krishna in the Drona Parva?

On the 12th day of the Mahabharata war, Narakasura's son Bhagadatta, who was fighting on the Kaurava side, launched the Vaishnavastra or weapon of Vishnu at Arjuna, but Krishna covered Arjuna and ...
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What is the story of Kapila son of Prahlada?

It is well-known that there are four Ashramas or stages of life in Hinduism: Brahmacharis or celibates, Grihastis or householder, Vanaprasthis or forest-dwellers, and Sanyasis or ascetics. What is ...
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What surviving works of the Rudra Sampradayam are there before Vallabhacharya?

As I discuss in my question here, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And in turn they started the four main ...
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Which verse of Padma purana and Narasimha purana claims Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna/Vishnu Himself?

This website provides many evidences to prove the divinity of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Verse from Padma purana: yatrayogesvarah saksad yogi-cintyo janardanah caitanya vapur aste vai ...
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What scriptures describe Vishnu's Mukta-damodara-bandana?

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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Are all incarnations of Vishnu born at moonrise?

In Vedic astrology, the sidereal zodaic, the band of stars surrounding the Sun's apparent path in the sky, is divided into 12 equal Rashis or zodiac signs. A person's Janma Rashi is the zodiac sign ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna teaching Narada about Maya?

During Krishna's time on earth, one of his greatest devotees was the sage Narada, who was also an incarnation of Vishnu as I discuss here. As I discuss in this answer, Narada was one of the sages who ...
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Who is the seer of the Nila Sukta, the Vedic hymn to Vishnu's wife Nila Devi?

Most people know about Radha, who is said to be Krishna's lover and his favorite among the Gopis, whom Krishna spent time with during his childhood in Vrindavan and Gokulam. Yet the Sri Vaishnava sect ...
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What is the story of Shiva becoming the Lord of Silver after worshipping Lakshmi?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consist of detailed procedures to ...
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Why is the rishi of the Gayatri Panjara hymn listed as “So 'ham” - “I am That”?

The Gayatri Panjara, AKA the Savitri Panjara, is a hymn to Gayatri, five-headed wife of Brahma and goddess of the Vedas. Here is the preamble to the hymn given in this excerpt from the Narada Purana: ...
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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 Arjuna's previous birth sage Nara fighting with the Gandiva bow?

In the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Shiva disguises himself as a hunter and fights with Arjuna. Finally Shiva reveals himself, and tells Arjuna about Arjuna's past birth as the sage Nara: Thou ...
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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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What is the earliest reference to the Asura Mahabali?

In modern times, Vishnu's most popular incarnations are Rama and Krishna. But that was not always the case; in ancient times Vishnu was most popularly associated with his incarnation as Vamana the ...
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Why is Vishnu described as holding a vessel and a mirror?

When a mantra is given in the Puranas, it's usually preceded by a Dhyanam, which describes the appearance of the god whom you're supposed to meditate upon before reciting the mantra. For instance, in ...
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Who did Vishnu appear before in Thiruvahindrapuram, Bhumidevi or Bhumadevi?

I'm currently visiting India, and I went to the town of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. It contains a place called Thiruvahindram, one of the 108 Divya Desams. As I discuss in this question, the Alwars (...
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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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Where does Vedanta Desikan lament not being a priest in the Varadaraja Perumal temple?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Which Puranas say Kalki will be born in Tamil Nadu?

Among the Dasavataram or ten prominent incarnations of Vishnu, the last one, Kalki, has not happened yet. Hindu scripture provides many details about him, e.g. he'll be born in the end of the Kali ...
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Why did Krishna give Garuda's brother legs in Thiruthangal?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Nindra Narayana Perumal Vishnu temple in Thiruthankal.  The story of the temple is that Vishnu's three wives Sri Devi, Bhu Devi, and Nila Devi once ...
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Why did Lakshmi become Bhrigu's daughter Vedavalli?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Parthasarathi Vishnu temple in Chennai. The main deity of the temple is a statue installed by the sage Vyasa depicting Krishna as the charioteer ...
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What is the story of Dattatreya defending the Vedas?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is an allegorical play composed by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. In this excerpt from the Sankalpa Suryodaya, a character representing Vedanta Desikan tells a ...
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Do any scripture tell us of Lord Vishnu giving boon to asuras?

In puranas, we frequently see Lord Shiva or Lord Brahma giving boon to some danava or daitya for their austerities which usually causes some problem in future which needs to be solved in some ...
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What is story of Ati Varadar Swamy?

The main deity (moolavar) of Ati Vardar Swamy of Swamy Varadaraja Perumal is immersed in nearby pushkarini . It is taken out for public worship every 40 years, next time this is going to happen in ...
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What did Vishnu's incarnation Prithu say about being one with the Universe?

Generally, Vaishnavas follow the Pancharatra Agamas, Shaivites follow the Shaiva Agamas, and Shaktas follow the Shaiva Agamas. But long ago, there was a group of people in Kashmir who followed the ...
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Is Vedic Vishnu the same as Puranic Vishnu?

Are there any references in the Vedas which suggest that the Vishnu, as described by the Puranas is the same as that of the Vedic? Because in some places Vishnu is referred as one among the Adityas (...

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