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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Why Lord Vishnu incarnates only in Bharata Varsha (India)?

One question raised in my mind, why lord Vishnu incarnates only in Bhartha Varsha (India)? It is little bit confusing for me, because I can't find any valid resources. Please provide some evidence ...
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What does the meaning of “Vishnu” have to do with the word “Prabhu”?

As I discuss in this answer, the Pancharatra Agamas are the foundational texts of Vaishnavism. Similarly, the foundational texts of Shaivism are known as the Shaiva Agamas, aka the Shaiva Tantras. My ...
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In the Ramayan, Did Lord Parsuram Knew that Lord rama is Visnu avatar? [duplicate]

As, I know that, when Lord Rama broke the Shiva-Bow,and for that reason Lord Parsuram came to the hall and challenge to the Lord Rama to war with him?Did they don't know each-other before that ...
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Leftover Kshatriyas after Lord Parashurama's genocide

Lord Parashu Rama sanitized earth by killing kshatirya generations for 21 times. From what Dharma calls that the one who is humble and does not raise a weapon he should be granted sharanagati, & ...
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What is known about the Kaustubh Mani that came out of the Samudra Manthana?

What is known about the Kaustubh Mani that came out of the Samudra Manthana? This wiki article says that the gem is worn by Vishnu. Are there any texts which go into more details?
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“Hari's desire will be better” - A Tale

In Gujarat as well as other states like Maharashtra there is a tale " Hari ichcha bhali hashe" or "Hari's will shall be for good." What is the reason/myth/story behind that?
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Is it respectful to praise/refer gods by the name 'Urdhwareta"?

Urdhwareta is one of the 1000 names given to Lord Shriman Narayana in Vishnu Sahastranaam, which literally means ithyphallic. Same name is given to the Last 24th Avatar of Lord Rudra named Lakulish. ...
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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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Who is swaminarayana? [duplicate]

What is the story behind Swaminarayana ? There are many temples known as Akshardham in delhi and gujarat. They worship mainly Swaminarayana. What is the story behind them?
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What exactly are Pancharatra texts?

One of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts or Agamas consisted of detailed procedures to worship the sage ...
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What is the story of the cowherd who died of shock after Shrinivasa's Darshan?

In story of Srinivasa/Venkateswara,a Cowherd loses prana by the shocking Darshan of Shriman Narayana. The cowherd must be very lucky man to have died after having darshan of Shriman Narayana and he ...
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What is the difference between Prajapati and Parameshthin Prajapatya, and which one is Brahma?

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 contains within it ...
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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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Worship of one god and worship of Shri Ram

In Bhagvad Gita , Lord Vishnu says, Worship me alone :- http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-09-23.html Even those who, being devoted to other gods and endowed with faith, worship (them), ...
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What is the story of Mahishi?

You may be familiar with God Ayyappa. He is also known as Manikanta. He is the main deity of Sabarimala temple. He took the incarnation to kill the demon Mahishi who is the sister of Mahishasura. She ...
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Like Vish and Shiv have reverse spelling and opposite effects, does Sita and Sati have some reason behind their names?

As per our Vedic literature, Vish (Vishnu) means creator and Shiv (Shiva) means evil destroyer. I was wondering similar word-meaning similarity between Sati and Sita. Is there any historical evidence ...
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What is the mystery of Hari Sankara Stotra composed by Adi Shankara?

Shankara Digvijaya states that when Adi Shankara reached temple of Hari Shankara then he composed such verses with ambiguous meaning which could praise for both Shiva and Vishnu at the same time. It ...
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Did the Churning of the Ocean happen again in the Vaivasvata Manvantara?

One of the most famous incarnations of Vishnu is Kurma the tortoise, who helped the gods during the Churning of the Ocean. Now I had always assumed that the story of the churning of the ocean only ...
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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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What is the Asana is that Bhagawan Vishnu is laying down in?

Many images depict Bhagawan Vishnu laying on his side with a hand supporting his head. What is this Asana called? Also, what does it signify?
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Tirupathi Laddu Prasadam

Why laddus are offered as prasadam to Lord Vishnu(i.e Lord Venkateswara) in Tirumala? Is there any reason or story behind this tradition.
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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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What scriptures describe Vishnu's body being blackened by Vasuki?

As I discuss in this answer, the Pancharatra Agamas are the foundational texts of Vaishnavism. Similarly, the foundational texts of Shaivism are known as the Shaiva Agamas, aka the Shaiva Tantras. One ...
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Why did Lord Vishnu murder King Bali? [duplicate]

We know that King Bali wanted to become more powerful than Indradev . But he was very famous in public for his kindness . Then 1.Why Lord Vishnu murdered King Bali in his Vaman Avatar? ...
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Are Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma the same? [duplicate]

According to Vedas the God is One. Can I know who is the "real" God ?.Are Vishnu , Shiva and Brahma all the manifestation of the supreme Paramatman ?? If Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma are the manifestation ...
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Was Ravana not able to lift the Earrings of Hiranyakashipu?

This website says that Ravana was not able to lift the earrings of Hiranyakashipu. It says it was when Ravana went to Patala to take help of Maharaja Bali that this event happened. It says: So ...
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When a God takes Avatar, what happens to the God in the original form?

When a God takes avatar, what happens to the original God form. Does He remain as it is or is depleted or altered?
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Why India is only country favouring Hinduism? [closed]

Why India is only country favouring Hinduism? If our god has created all universe and world, they must be recognise across the world and shows his supernatural power at very corner of other part ...
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Why is Lord Surya also called Suryanarayana?

Narayana (Nara+Aayna) is the one who rests on water. But why is this Narayana, epithet of Lord Vishnu, used as suffix for Lord Surya, the Sun God? Is there any story behind this name?
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Is Vishnu's incarnation Dattatreya quoted in the Brahma Sutras?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Who are the Asuras/Rakshasas Malyavan says Vishnu has slain?

The Sixth Chapter of the Uttarakanda tells about how the devas, unable to withstand the torture of Malyavan, Mali and Sumali, the three sons of Sukesha, rushed to Lord Shiva and then to Lord Vishnu ...
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Why is Lord Vishnu called Aravamudhan?

Lord Vishnu is called Aravamudhan in Kumbakonam and parts of Tamil Nadu.What does the name mean and signify?
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What is the procedure for performing Vishnu panchayatanam?

For shiva panchayatanam, usually Rudra namaka Chamaka and purushasukta will be recited and abhishekam is performed during shiva panchayatana puja. Similarly for Vishnu panchayatana puja, what is the ...
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Nyasam for lord vishnu or narayana

Is there nyasam or nyasa prayoga for lord vishnu or narayana similar to mahanyasam for lord Rudra/Shiva ?
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What is the relation between Krishna's cowherd wife Nappinnai and his queen Satya?

Most people know about Radha, who is said to have been Krishna's lover and his favorite among the Gopis, whom Krishna spent time with during his childhood in Vrindavan and Gokulam. Yet the Sri ...
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How can we do Fasting on Shiva Rathri After Ekadasi Fasting?

We require to do parana(consume food) on dwadasi i.e. next day after ekadasi fasting, I want to know how people fast for maha shivaratri if it is falling on dwadasi? As it requires us to do parana for ...
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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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Who is ayappa swamy? Who are ayappa swamy's parents?

I have always wondered about who ayappa swamy is.
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What is the year when Lord Rama was born? [duplicate]

This is my wish that I want to know that year when Shri Rama was born.
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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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Why is the Sloka “Suklambaradharam Vishnum…” used as Ganapaty Dhyanam when it is clearly a Dhyana Sloka for Lord Vishnu?

As is well known, before starting any ritual Lord Ganapaty (also known as Vighneswaram,or the Lord of obstacles) is invoked first. Usually, almost everywhere, the following Sloka(in bold) is used ...
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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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Is Lord Venkateswara an “avatara purush”?

Is Lord Venkateswara an avatar of Lord Vishnu? If so, what is its number (first, second, etc.)? Also, in total, how many avatars of Lord Vishnu are there? I read somewhere that there would be only ...
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Who is Vishnu's wife Nila?

Can somebody give me some information on the Goddess Nila? I read about Her in this question: What scriptures describe Krishna's lover Nappinnai? Vishnu's other wives, Lakshmi and BhumiDevi are ...
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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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How did Sita marry Ram and Varuni marry Varuna?

Bhumidevi is the wife of Lord Vishnu. Her daughter is Sita. If this is so, how did Lord Vishnu/Rama marry his wife's daughter? Lakshmi,who comes out of the ocean of milk,is considered the daughter of ...
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Why and how did Lord Shiva fall in love with Mohini?

When Vishnu transformed into Mohini, the celestial enchantress, Shiva was so overwhelmed with desire that he abandoned his consort Parvati and ran after Mohini until he had shed his seed. link: https:...
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Who is the Goddess Vimala's husband?

I found about this new Goddess called Vimala, who is worshiped with Jagganath at Puri. She is said to be a "Tantric" goddess. However,there is a confusion between who her husband is, Shiva or Vishnu/...
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Why did Lord Vishnu stop King Bali from becoming Indra (King of Devtas)?

As we know, King Bali held a Yagna to become the King of Lords. But by taking Vamana Avatar, Lord Vishnu asked him for three steps worth of land. By his original divine avatar, Lord Vishnu covered ...
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When did Vishnu's bird Garuda try to kill Vishnu's serpent Adiseshan?

As I discuss in this answer, the Pancharatra Agamas are the foundational texts of Vaishnavism. Similarly, the foundational texts of Shaivism are known as the Shaiva Agamas, aka the Shaiva Tantras. ...

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