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

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Who is the supreme God in Swaminarayan Sampradaya?

Swaminarayan Sampradaya claims itself to be a Vaishnava association. But unlike other Vaishnavas it prefers a rather Smartha way of worshipping all deities equally. So my question is who is the ...
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Is destroying an idol of a god equivalent to killing an avatar of that god?

In Sri Vaishnavism, Brahman makes himself accessible to humans in 5 forms: Para, Vyuha, Vibhava, Archa, and Antaryami. Para refers to the form of Vishnu that exists in Vaikuntha. Vyuha and Vibhava ...
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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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What scriptures describe Hiranyaksha mining the Earth?

Most people only know the story of the demon Hiranyaksha putting the Earth in the Garbhodska ocean, after which Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha the boar killed Hiranyaksha and rescued the Earth. But page ...
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Are there any verses in the scriptures which proclaim Vishnu and Shiva to be one and same?

As we know, Vaishnavism and Shaivism are two largest sects within Hinduism.While Vaishnavas believe Vishnu as Supreme,Shaivas believe in Shiva as Supreme. My question is, if there is any reference in ...
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What is the earliest reference to identifying/differentiating Siddhartha Gautama and the Buddha Avatara?

Hindu scripture describes two Buddha Avataras of Vishnu born to deceive people. One Buddha Avatara took place during the Tripura incident. Another Buddha Avatara took place in the present Kali Yuga. ...
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What gods or forms are worshipped/revered in Sri Vaishnavam?

I would like a comprehensive list of who is worshipped in Sri Vaishnavam. It would be really nice if it included many of Sri Vishnu's form.
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Hindu New Year ( Chaitra Month ) [duplicate]

As we know that there are 2 types of Hindu calendar. 1.Purnimanta 2. Amanta According to Purnimanta Holi is New Year i.e. Chaitra Krishna Pratipada but according to Amanta Chaitra Shukla ...
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Why should the absolute Brahman of Shaiva be Shiva and of Vaishnava be Vishnu?

Absolute Brahman resembles One possibility of Perfection, not all possible Perfections, i.e: He is surely Perfect, but resembles One mode (model) of Perfection. Absolute Brahman is One. The ...
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Any statements in Vedas and the principal Upanishads that deny Vishnu as God?

Any statements in the Vedas and in the upanishads limited to only principal upanishads that deny Vishnu being God. I am looking for specific statements for eg: like this one for Indra: Out of His ...
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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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Why Saligram is considered symbol of Vishnu?

We can understand that Shiva linga/lingum depicts entire universe or to say existence. But, Saligram is a fossile of a creature of a type Ammonite. What could be the possible reason behind considering ...
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Which Incarnation of Vishnu faced a lot of difficulties?

Which Incarnation(probably among Dashavatar) of Vishnu had thoughest life, had to face a strong opponent, had to face a lot of challenges.
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Did Krishna or Rama ever worship Narayana/Vishnu?

It seems that incarnations of Lord vishnu always worship Lord shiva. Is it because it is embarrassing to worship themselves?Or because shiva being their kula Daivam? Or Is it because shiva is the same ...
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Is Krishna the Lord of this universe only?

Krishna shows this whole universe inside his mouth to mother Yashoda and sage markandeya. What about other innumerable universes? Do they have their own krishnas?
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Why is Krishna/Vishnu's viswarUpa so fierce?

I have a very straightforward question. This is pertaining to the ViswarUpa displayed by Krishna to Arjuna in the course of the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna/Vishnu is a shAnta and soumya roopa, a very ...
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Was Rama Avatar of Vishnu or Brahm?

I always read and listened that Rama was avatar of Vishnu, But I was listening to RamCharitManas katha by Shri Prembhushan Maharaj.During the katha he said , according to Puranas Rama was avatar of ...
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What are the references from Puranas regarding the life span of Lord Rama?

Lord Rama is said to be of Treta of 24th chaturyuga while current is 28th. Some references to support this are: Treta yuge chaturvinshe ravane tapseh shakshyat | Ram dashrtathi prapiye sagane ...
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Where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu used to originally reside?

Lord Shiva is a resident of mountain Kailaasa which is in the Himalaya i.e. in-laws place. Lord Vishnu is resident of Kshirsagar i.e. also a in-laws place. So my question is - Where did Lord Shiva and ...
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Why all gods are blessed or born only in India? Why USA/UK is superior than India (Bharatha khandam) presently in 21st century? [duplicate]

How was the America/USA/UK during previous yuga before Kali yuga? Who were ruling those places? why god never born in USA/UK/Aus/NZ/china geographic region (non-India) during Satya, Thretra yuga,...
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Why God doesn't show any minor sakshatkaram as a ray or lightning in present 21st century? [duplicate]

Unless God shows some sort of his/her power when devotee prays atleast by a ray or lightning mode of sakshatkaram in present 21st century belief will gets diminished? Are there any Maha Guru's ...
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Kalki Avatar ( Kali Yuga ) [closed]

will in near future Democracy end in India and will Kshatriya's again rule Our country coz in Kalki Puran they have told that Shri Kalki will have 2 wives and both wives father will be king King ...
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Are there any flowers that are not supposed to be offered to Lord Vishnu?

There are certain flowers that should not be offered to a specific deity. For example, Tulasi is not offered to Ganesha and Ketaki or Champa is not offered to Lord Shiva. Are there any flowers, ...
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Who is Soma in this mantra from Rigveda?

Somah pavate janita matinam janita divo janita prthivyah Janitaghnerjanita suryasya janitendrasya janitota vishnoh (Rigveda 9.96.5). Who was Soma in this shloka? Is it Rudra or someone else?
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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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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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Will Shaivism and Vaishnavism merge, if some one proves Vishnu and Siva to be the same? [closed]

I do not know much about whether there are any other fundamental differences between these two sects. The only difference I know is that the Vaishnavites believe Vishnu alone as their primary deity (...
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If one worships Lord Vishnu and smells pleasant out of nowhere during worship, what does it mean, a good sign or bad? [closed]

Hi this question might seem personal but it is important for just any devotee of Lord Vishnu... I worship him and some times out of nowhere I start smelling Divine smells.... Not only me but people ...
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Is Gayatri and Yogic practice compatible with Pure Bhakti practice or not [closed]

This is my doubt, and now again... Is Gayatri and Yogic practice compatible with Pure Bhakti practice or not?! Explanation: I have practiced many things and sādhanas, I'm not the first day, BUT... ...
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What do Sri Vaishnava commentaries say about Dasharatha's use of “śrīmān”?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Dasharatha decides to make Rama the Yuvaraja or crown prince, he makes the following announcement to the people of Ayodhya: caitraḥ śrīmān ayaṃ māsaḥ ...
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How Grahas were made and assigned their task

I see Chandra(lord moon) is the son of Atri and Anusuya, how he was made as graha and to rotate around earth Lord surya is the sun of kashyapa, how was this earth before surya was born
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Why didn't Mohini recognise Rahu while distributing Amrita?

During Samudra Manthana, Amrita was distributed to Devas by Mohini, who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. However, the demon Rahu gets to drink Amrita by deceit. Surya and Chandra recognise Rahu and alert ...
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How long did Vamana take for his second step? Any Scriptural references

So, how long did Vishnu in Vamana avatar take for his first and second step to scale the universe and Earth? For him to grow big and encompass visible universe, the space and heavens...and finally ...
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Avatars of past manvantara [duplicate]

Is there any mention on Vishnu Avatars that took birth on earth in the past Manvantara?
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Did Lord Vishnu have any avatar in other parts of world as well?

People believe Krishna was God. And it's not a fiction, it was reality. So when it's reality, we must admit he saw whole world by same eyes. And he is/was Dharma. He is/was everything. Personally I ...
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Can anyone help me find this verse in the Atharva Veda?

I have found this verse quoted many places, but so far have not been able to verify that it is from the Atharva Veda. If anyone can help me I will be very grateful! "A brahmana's house without a ...
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Urdhva pundra on utsavar of Lord Vishnu

In Vishnu temples in South India, Urdhva pundra on utsavar of Lord Vishnu is like an inverted triangle whereas that on moolavar is the standard urdhva pundra i.e. two white vertical lines and red or ...
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Who will be target of Kalki?

By seeing today's world scenario, who do you think, will be target of Kalki. Because even today, we can see the different people having different paths. Is there, any reference, who will be actually ...
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Why does Lord Vishnu also wear Yajnopaveeta in temples?

Yajnopaveeta should be worn for doing vedic rituals. Why is it that Lord Vishnu is also adorned with yajnopaveeta in temples?
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What is the story of Lord Vishnu hiding himself in roots of plants?

I recently came across a story of Lord Vishnu, where he hidden himself from gods in root of the plants. So my questions are: What is the story of Lord Vishnu hiding himself in root of plants, why he ...
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Where is it mentioned that Lord Krishna is 16 kalas but Lord Ram is 12 kalas, when both are same? [duplicate]

It is being popularized by ISKCON I think, that Krishna is purna avatar with 16 kalas but Rama is 12 kalas and is inferior to Krishna, when both are same. Is this even mentioned anywhere by any of the ...
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What form of Vishnu were the scholars referring to while saying he is adorned with four earrings?

Azhwars (or Alwars) are 12 saints who wrote poems in Tamizh on Vishnu. This collection of poems is called as Nālāyira divya prabandham. Out of these 12, Nammzhwar is the first azhwar born in Kaliyuga ...
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Why is Shiva, Hanuman, Gayatri are shown with 5 heads, but not Vishnu or Durga?

Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha and Gayatri deities are shown with 5 heads in idols but not Vishnu or Durga? What's the reason for this?
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16 Names of Lord Vishnu [duplicate]

In the following verse, 16 names of Vishnu given and mentioned that on which occasion/activity we should chant which name. Aushadhe Chintayét Vishnum Bhojané cha Janardanam Shayane Padmanabham ...
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Avatars of Garuda

Whenever Lord Vishnu descended on earth in human form, all demigods like Indra,Vayu, Surya, Adi Shesha and others also came along with Him. When Lord Vishnu took Ramavatara, Adi Shesha was born as His ...
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Is any name of Vishnu Siva?

Vishnu has several names over scriptures such as Sahasranamam. Is any name of Vishnu is mentioned as Siva?
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Does Valmiki Ramayana or Vyasa Mahabharata or Srimad Baghavatham contain the names of ten incarnations(dashavatharas only)?

Do any one of the following scriptures contain the ten incarnations (dashavathara only) of Vishnu? Valmiki Ramayana Vyasa Mahabharata Srimad Baghavatham
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Garuda Sannidhi in Kanchipuram Varadaraja Temple

In most Vishnu temples, there will be a sannidhi for Garuda facing the Moolavar. In Varadaraja temple in Kanchipuram, there is a Garuda sanndhi for Narasimha shrine, but not for Varadaraja shrine ...
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Why is Shiva and Parvati depicted with their children but not Vishnu and Lakshmi?

We often find pictures of Shiva and Parvati together with their children i.e. Ganesha and Kartikeya/Murugan. However, we never find pictures of Vishnu and Lakshmi with their son Kamadeva. Why is it ...
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When paramatma can control souls why does he need various weapons?

When paramatma can control his own souls why does he fight with weapons ?

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