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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Tarkasura's fight with Ganesha, Kartikeya and Vishnu

Tarkasura got a boon from Brahma that only Shiva's son could kill him. It is said that Tarkasura defeated Vishnu in that fight. How can Vishnu get defeated? He is the Supreme Being and everything ...
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After lives of Lord Narasimha and Lord Varaha

Lord Narasimha and Lord Varaha are incarnations of Lord Vishnu but unlike other incarnations eg, Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Nara-Narayana, Lord Vamana, etc, I do not see them to be having a full life ...
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Who is superior? Shiva or Vishnu or Brahma? [closed]

Vaishnavism people claim that Lord Vishnu is Superior where as Saivism people claim that Lord Shiva is. These people have proof of their puranas which backs-up their claims. Is there any strong ...
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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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During his lifetime, did Rama know that he was a God?

Was Rama aware that he is an avatar of Vishnu (during his lifetime) and acted as normal or he just tried to be good human being?
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What is the purpose of Balarama's avatara?

Lord Vishnu, through his avatars, teaches us how to live. I was wondering what is the purpose of Krishna's elder brother Balarama. Also, it seems very odd from the other avatars of Vishnu, because ...
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How did Varaha's son Narakasura become evil?

One of Krishna's most famous deeds is his killing of the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration of the holiday Deepavali. Narakasura was tormenting the gods and had even stolen the earrings of ...
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When was Mahabali (Asura King Bali) booned about being the next Indra?

I read in a question about the fact that the Asura King Bali will be the next Indra and that he is still alive. Untill now, I have only heard of the story of the Vamana incarnation of Lord Vishnu ...
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Yogic liberation like raising kundalini vs Bhakti path

I read that by raising kundalini the serpent power to crown chakra , one can attain state of samadhi , which leads to liberation. My question is , how exactly this liberation compares with 6 type of ...
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Why Lord Vishnu is called “Kamala Nayanam”?

Shanta Karam Bhujaga Shayanam, Padmanabham Suresham. Vishvadharam Gagana Sadrusham, Megha Varnam Shubhangam. Lakshmi Kantam Kamala Nayanam, Yogibhir Dhyana Gamyam. Vande ...
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Most important lesson [closed]

Even though Hinduism teaches us about a lot of aspects of life I was curious to know which ones of them are the most influential in our daily life ?
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Are Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh seperate or just different forms of Brahman? [duplicate]

Are Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh present or these are just different forms taken by Brahman as per the action that needed to be performed?
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Does the Vishnu Sahasranamam call Vishnu Amaritasha or Amritamsha?

In the ISKCON commentary on the Srimad Bhagavatam, various scriptural quotes are given in support of Gaudiya Vaishnava beliefs about the forms of Vishnu and his incarnations. In particular, this ...
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Was Shatrughna an avatar of Vishnu's Sudarshan Chakra?

My friend told me that Lord Rama's brother Shatrughna was an avatar of Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan Chakra. Is this real?
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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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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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Was one of Yamunacharya's verses to Vishnu inspired by a verse of Thirumangai Alwar?

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 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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How was Krishna's wife Satyabhama related to Indra's mother Aditi?

One of Krishna's most famous deeds is the killing of the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration of the festival Deepavali. Narakasura was tormenting the gods and had even stolen the earrings of ...
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Ancetode behind the incarnation of Nara and Narayana vis a vis Arjuna and Krishna [closed]

Adiseshu wipes out all others except Nara and Narayana who become as incarnations of Arjuna and Krishna. As the story unfolds only Krishna and Arjuna match wave lengths. Can any one give more clarity ...
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false swearing on Bhagavadgita [closed]

False swearing on Bhagavadgita. I know its the at most sin. I lied my date of birth in the court. I am feeling worst guiltness for that. is there no way of getting closer to lord Krishna?
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Who is the deity who escorts you to Brahmaloka?

As I discuss in the 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 ...
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Where does the Linga Purana declare Vishnu to be the supreme soul?

As I discuss in this answer, 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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Where are the statements by sages praising Vishnu quoted by Yamunacharya?

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 consisted of detailed procedures ...
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How did sages Ekata, Dwita, and Trita help the gods in a calamity in the Treta Yuga?

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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What is the importance of Ekadashi?

In Hindu mythology it is said Ekadashi is said to be most auspicious day among the fifteen days of of krishna paksha or shukla paksha and it is very good to perform any fasting or any ritual or pooja ...
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Is it possible that new events are going on and will be added in next scriptures

Pardon me if this question does not comply with the forum rules. Some stories/events like Ramayana and Mahabharata took place on earth but others related to non-worldly deities like Shiva, Karthikeya,...
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Why this kind of Akashvani for Kamsa?

I am looking for a right answer, why did the Akashvani said that Kamsa was going to be killed by the 8th son of Devaki and Vasudev. He loved his sister so deeply that he himself drove the chariot. He ...
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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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What are the Pratishthasara and Vijnanalalita Agamas of Vaishnavism?

As I discuss in this answer, Hindu scripture is made up of two categories, Shruti or that which is heard from the gods, and Smriti or that which is composed by humans authors and passed down from ...
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Are Rama and Krishna incarnations of Vishnu or Brahman?

Brahman , the all prevailing , the endless , the formless , the all-loving and merciful the seed soul of us all . And Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesh are just the names given by us to HIM performing his ...
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Doubts regarding Nara-Narayana & previous lives of Pandavs

This link talks about Karna's past life and the story of Dambodbhava who has a fight with Narayana rishi - Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature? ...
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What does it mean to say that Vishnu worships those who worship him?

In this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, Shiva extols the great qualities of Vishnu. In particular, he says this: The illustrious Hari, the puissant Narayana, is verily, the ...
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Why didn't Lord Vishnu drink the poison that came out from the churning of ocean?

As I was looking at this question, I got another question in my mind that why didn't Lord Vishnu drink the poison that came out from the churning of ocean? Lord Vishnu is also powerful to consume the ...
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What is the story regarding birth of Surya

I want to know the Puranic inscriptions regarding birth of Surya. How sun planet was created? When it was created? Why he is sometimes considered as direct expansion of Vishnu?
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Why Nãrãyana (Vishnu) had to pray Rudra (Shiva) to obtain supreme powers? (excerpt from Mahãbhãrata)

Lots of questions can be spawned from this 'never before read' Mahãbhãrata story, but above is the major one. Until now my perception was that, Nãrãyana was an equivalent God to Shiva and does not ...
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Depiction of Rama and Krishna

I have recently taken some particular interest in how avatars are depicted. I see Rama is almost always depicted in Gouravarna or in any humane color with bright aura behind. But Krishna almost ...
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Did Prahalad attack Devaloka in his lifetime?

I can recall that I read in a question that Prahalad once attacked Devaloka and maybe won over Indra. I wanted to know if it is true or not and if true, then what is the story behind this and why did ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Rama visiting Vishnu in Vaikuntha?

Most people only know of occasions in which two different incarnations of Vishnu met, for instance the encounter between Rama and Parashurama in the Ramayana. What is not as well known, however, is ...
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Perceived Areas of Hindu God's Position [closed]

Lord Shiva - Kailash Parvat, Himalayas, Snow Lord Vishnu - Resting on Sheshnaag above Ocean Water Lord Brahma - Resting on Lotus Flower, Air (It may be correct or not) Any ideas? Any connection to ...
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What is the complete shloka for Vishnu with meaning?

Can you please tell what is complete shloka of Vishnu with meaning that is below Shaantaakaaram bhujagashayanam padmanaabham suresham Vishwaa dharam Gagana Sadrusham Megha Varnam Subhangam ...
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What was the purpose of Vishnu's incarnation as Rama's ancestor Mandhata?

Most people only know about Vishnu's incarnation Rama, who was a king of the solar dynasty. But many generations before Rama, Vishnu incarnated as another solar dynasty king, known as Mandhata (AKA ...
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Did Vishnu have three Vamana incarnations as Rupa Goswami says?

One of Vishnu's most famous incarnations is that of Vamana the dwarf. The story is told throughout Hindu scripture, as I discuss in this question. Just to refresh people's memories, the story goes ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Dharma who “propagated Yagna”?

As I discuss in my question here, the Matsya Purana describes various incarnations that Vishnu has taken in the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). In particular, here is what it ...
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Why does each incarnation of Vishnu need an “officiating priest”?

This chapter of the Matsya Purana enumerates various incarnations that Vishnu has taken during the course of the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). But along with each incarnation, ...
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Was the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Nathamuni an incarnation of Ganesha?

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 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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What is the Loka higher than Brahmaloka, where the Rathantara hymn is sung?

In the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, just like in the Shanti Parva, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a ...
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Varaha Deity and Muslim

I came to know Varaha deity in Srimushnam temple taken in procession during festival times. Can anyone confirm this and explain the reason behind this act. Another important temple is the ...
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The incarnations of Lord Vamana and Lord Parushurama

Here's the plot, according to Hindu mythology and the dashavatharas, chronologically, Lord Vamana incarnated before Lord Parushurama. According to the popular folklore and existing beliefs in Kerala, ...
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Where is Narayana's verse about the duties of householders?

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and the Pandavas concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a bed of arrows after the ...
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Seven doors or seven hills of Lord Vishnu (Venkateshwara)

What do the seven doors of Vaikuntam symbolize for us? I couldn't find any answer. I heard it in a movie that humans should cross the seven doors to finally reach the Lord. I also read in an article ...

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