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What is the story of Shankchood? Was he an incarnation of Lord Vishnu?

Some people are spreading stories (online) about Shankhchud being an icnarnation of Visnu. Quote 1: There was a demon named Dambh. He prayed to Lord Vishnu because he wanted Vishnu as his son. A ...
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How was the succession sequence of the Sudarshana Chakra among the avatars of Vishnu?

I know that the Sudarshana Chakra is one of the most powerful weapons in Hinduism, just as I know that it is associated with Vishnu along with being the weapon that he used the most. But I want to ...
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What is the origin of Chandrashekhara Ashtakam?

Chandrashekhara Ashtakam is believed to be created by Sage Marakandeya. It is believed that when Yama is trying to take life of Sage Marakandeya, then he had sung this Stotram and thus Lord Shiva has ...
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How can we know that God has told us something?

Sometimes we say that God has said this to me. Sometimes we see brilliant escapes from the situations of adversity (some people call it inner-voice). How can we identify it? For example, one day I ...
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Is Surdarshan Chakra mentioned In Vedic literature?

The Surdarshan Chakra is Lord vishnu's weapon mentioned in many puranas and in Itihasas. But is there any reference of Surdarshana Chakra in Vedic literature (that is Vedas,Upanishads,Brahmans).the ...
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How Lord Brahma get back Vedas Which was Stolen by the Demons? [duplicate]

As, I heard this incidence one of my vaisnav friend, Once the demons stole the four vedas from the lord brahma and by the help of Lord Vishnu, lord brahma got back the Vedas. I am not sure about this ...
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Harihara literature

Which references exist in the academic literature on the concept of Harihara (= Vishnu + Shiva)? At which time was this concept developed? What is the precise meaning of the Harihara concept? Which ...
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How Sattva Guna Lord Vishnu killed Demons or evil people in his incarnations?

Lord Vishnu is associated with Sattva Guna. Sattva Guna means purity and good. How sattva guna dominated Vishnu were able to Kill Rakshasa such as Ravana and Kamsa? Does Only Vishnu have Sattva Guna ...
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Are Narada and Vyasa incarnations of Lord Vishnu?

It is said that Vyasa is the Jnana Avatar of Vishnu Bhagawan. Narada is said to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu. How far is this true?
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Do we get the nature of those gods whom we worship?

I would like to know whether we get the nature of those gods we worship. Lord Bramha is said to have Sattva guna, Lord Vishnu Raja guna and Lord Shiva Tama guna. What is the nature of the devotees of ...
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Who saved Brahma from demons by singing the Sama Veda?

The Jaiminiya Upanishad Brahmana, aka the Talavakara Upanishad Brahmana, is a confusingly named text which is actually an Aranyaka of the Sama Veda, not a Brahmana or Upanishad. It does contain ...
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Is Vishnu's Vaikuntha Sea located on Earth or not?

I don't know where is Lord Vishnu's Vaikuntha sea. Is it on Earth or not?
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Is the Padmanabhaswamy idol at Trivandrum represented as worshipping Siva linga?

This book at page 212 says: the lord in yoga nidra pose is offering bilva leaves to Lord Siva So, is the Padmanabhaswamy idol at Trivandrum represented as worshipping Siva linga?
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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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What is complete authentic story of demon Tripurasura?

According to this wikipedia page of Tripurasura, Tripurasura was killed by Lord Shiva because he followed a Adharmic Religion which was created by Lord Vishnu to lure him to the path of Adharma. After ...
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Why Revantha the youngest Son of Sun god went to Vishnu's abode?

Why "Revantha" the youngest son of Sun god went to Vishnu's abode?
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was Vishnu beheaded in Shatapatha Brahmana?

I remember reading he went to sleep next to his bow and the other gods sent ants to gnaw the bow-string. When the string broke the bow straightened out and took Vishnu's head off (in some versions ...
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Trilok is “three worlds” but what is Go Lok

In Shri Krishna serial, Lord Krishna and Radha are in Go Lok, while Lord Krishna's avatar is on Earth. What is translation of Go Lok? I know Trilok is "three worlds" Please clarify.
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Which Purana mentions about Sati's death?

The story of Prajapati Daksha's daughter, Sati, married Lord Shiva is well known. And also that, Daksha organized a great yajna, in which Sati jumped into the sacrificial fire and committed suicide. ...
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What was the surname of Lord Krishna?

I want to know the surname of Lord Krishna. Is there any reference from scriptures which points to Krishna's surname?
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Under what circumstances god take an incarnation?

Under what circumstances god take an incarnation? How does GOD decide that this the time for his incarnation? Like if we consider Sai Baba: people consider him incarnation of Lord Shiva or Lord ...
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Navagraham in Vishnu temples

In many Vishnu or Vaishnavism temples, the Navagraham deities are not installed. You may find them in some temples, but in at least 70% of Vishnu temples, you would not. Is there a specific reason ...
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What is the Significance of 'paadaseva' of Sri Vishnu?

'Paada-Sevana' is one of the nine types of Bhakti. It is said that Devi Lakshmi 'got' Sri Vishnu by serving His lotus Feet. ('tad-anghri-bhajane lakshmih'). In images also we see Lakshmi doing 'pada-...
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Who are the red complexioned and yellow complexioned avataras mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam?

Gargamuni, while naming Krishna, mentions that there are four types of complexions incarnations have: शुक्लरक्तस्तथा पीत इदानीं कृष्णतां गतः। The while coloured one could be the Hari who was related ...
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Why Iskcon believe krishna is supreme and also follow Brahma-samhita without evidence? [closed]

As I know Isckon devotes make the convince to the people through the help of the Brahma-samhita. And per my research (all vedas/purans/upnisad) I didn't find any valid proof of Brahma-samhita.It's ...
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Why is the “Dasa Avataram” concept considered a debatable topic on this site while Scriptures make clear mention of them?

Since the concept of Dasavataram doesn't even exist in Hindu scripture, this is sort of a moot question This was posted by Keshav Srinivasan as a comment under this question.Comments with the same ...
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How did Vishnu become Shaligrama Stone?

Shaligrama is the most sacred stone for Vaishnavas. There is a story thus of Tulasi cursing Vishnu to become a stone when He polluted Her Chastity to kill Her husband. What is the story of ...
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Is Lord Vishnu a Brahmin?

I once saw an image of Lord Vishnu wearing a sacred thread which Brahmin's wear on their body. Does this mean that Lord Vishnu is a Brahmin?
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Is Krishna the source of Vishnu or other way round? [closed]

What Bhagavata Purana text mentions apropos this question? Is Bhagavan Krishna the source of all incarnations or Bhagavan Vishnu as traditionally believed?
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Can anyone provide me all the verses of Buddha and their translations in the puranas?

From wikipedia, I found Lord Buddha who is said to be the ninth avatara of Vishnu to be mentioned in the following texts: Harivamsa (1.41) Vishnu Purana (3.18) Bhagavata Purana (1.3.24, 2.7.37, 11.4....
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Which is the earliest scripture to depict Brahma as the navel-lotus-born offspring of Vishnu?

In the earliest scriptures Brahma/Prajapati/Hiranyagarbha is depicted as having no genealogy and sometimes equated with Parabrahmam. for example: lord-brahma-be-regarded-as-a-supreme-self: but in ...
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Did a devotee curse Lord Vishnu to turn into a stone?

Lord Vishnu received a curse from one of His most loyal devotees. The curse turned Him into a stone. Who is he/she? What is the reason for Cursing God? Do any Scriptures mention this Curse?
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Why is Panguni Revati considered the “birthday” of Vishnu's Ranganatha form?

As I discuss in this answer, the oldest Vishnu statue in the world, and probably the oldest Hindu statue in the world period, is the famous Ranganatha statue in Sri Rangam. The story of Ranganatha ...
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Kalki — Birth or Destruction

It is easy to understand why Lord Vishnu, descended on Earth taking avatars. To finish evil. But why is it necessary for him to descend on earth? If he comes to earth to save us, that means he is the ...
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What is meant by Lord Vishnu as protector?

I would like a more detailed meaning of this. Whom does he protect? From what does he protect?
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Acharya Sambandham in Sri-Vaishnavam

Acharyas are the doyens of Sri-Vaishnava Sampradaya and fulfil a most important role in authoritatively vouchsafing jivAtmas trying to overcome the ocean of Saṃsāra. What is the correct way to ...
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Does Lord Narayana take incarnation to change era?

From the story of Ramayana and Mahabharata, I have come to know that Lord Narayana takes incarnation at the end of every era (yuga). And when Lord's incarnation dies then era changes (and new era ...
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Which varna are 'Hindu' Buddhists part of?

There are a lot of our scriptures mentioning Gautam Buddha as one of Vishnu's avatars. You can see this Wikipedia post for the list https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha_in_Hinduism If it is ...
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What is the Mahapurusha Vidya recommended in the Uddhava Gita?

Most people are only familiar with the Bhagavad Gita, the conversation Krishna had with Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. But this is not the only conversation that Krishna had concerning the ...
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Are there any Shaiva or Shakta refutations that “Narayana” is a proper noun?

According to Panini, Sanskrit grammar says that the "Na" in "Narayana" turns it into a proper noun. A proper noun applies to that specific being unlike a common noun, like Shiva, which can apply to ...
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Will Bali become the King of heaven? [duplicate]

On Vahmana incarnation of Lord Vishnu, He went to King Bali to get all lokas from him. After taking all lokas and Bali himsef from him He got pleased by Bali's comitment (vachan palana) and grant him ...
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Do Lord Vishnu,Ganesha and Saraswati have multiple consorts? If so who are they?

When I was browsing through some questions here,I came across this: Now in contrast to Sita, who was an incarnation of Vishnu's wife Lakshmi, Vedavati was an incarnation of Vishnu's other wife ...
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Where did radha go? [duplicate]

As far I have read we have been only associated with radha only during the young years of Shree Krishna so my question say is what happened to her during later years?
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Why does an avatar of God need to go to Gurukul (school)?

Lord Vishnu has taken many avatars as a human being. During his avatars like Ram and Krishna, he went to Gurukul (school) like a normal human goes. Now being an avatar, he already has all the ...
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Is Shangri-La, Tibet will be called as Shambhala, Birth place of Lord Kalki? [closed]

1) Where exactly Shambhala village is located? Is Shangri-La, Tibet will be called as Shambhala, Birth place of Lord Kalki? 2) Why Lord Kalki, Son of VishnuYashyas will be born out of India in ...
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Is Padma Purana a bad Purana?

I have heard that Padma Purana gives wrong descriptions of God such as Vishnu creating Shiva. Does Padma Purana tell us real or duplicate stories?
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Do we get benefit to not take rice during the Gyaras day? [duplicate]

During the Gyaras , it is said that we do not take rice because it prohibited during this day. Why rice is prohibited on this day even who has not taken fast? What should we do or do not do during the ...
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Are not Shri and Lakshmi name of one goddess?

I've read that in Shukla Yajurveda Shri and Laxmi are two consort of Aditya (sun god) I'm pretty sure the Aditya here is Vishnu. But aren't Shri and Laxmi name of just one goddess? Google book
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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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Did Lord Vishnu trick Tulasi into having sex with him in her previous birth?

Swami Balendu in this blog post narrates a story of how Lord Vishnu defeats an asura named Jalandhara by impersonating him to have sex with his wife (who's later reborn as Tulasi) and taking away all ...

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