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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Does God work on the basis of Laws?

I would like to know whether God works on the basis of certain Laws. For example, consider the chanting of mantras. People chant them in order to invoke certain deities. However, some people can read ...
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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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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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Does controlling one sense ease controlling other senses?

According to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, senses drive towards the objects and the asuras will incarnate the sensual desires like wanting to eat something tasty, wanted to see something beautiful etc. ...
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Why should rules be followed while worshipping?

We are given some ways to worship like burning camphor, doing abhishekam etc. It is said that when we doesn't follow all these God will not be impressed. It is also said that when one prays with ...
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Does karma have anything to do with the Lord we worship?

Different people worship different forms of Lord. One worships Krishna while the other worships Lord Shiva. Does their previous karma related with the god they worship? If so, how For example, Arjuna ...
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What is the difference between Narayana Maya and Asuras?

According to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, chapter 1, Third Brahmana, it is said that Asuras win against gods when one follows his natural inclinations such as wanting to eat something that tastes good ...
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Why does the Yajur Veda call Vishnu the Nikhuryapa and the Nibhuyapa?

The Seventh Kanda of third Prapathaka of the Taittiriya Samhita of the Yajur Veda explains various Yagnas (Vedic fire-rituals), and in particular the third Prapathaka of this Khanda provides some of ...
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What is the significance of “Onathappan” during Onam?

During the festival of Onam, we worship onathappan. Could someone explain what this onathappan signifies? If it is Mahabali, then why are there three, along with one for Thrikkakarappan?
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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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Can a devotee do love marriage?

I would like to know whether a devotee (be a Lord Krishna's or Lord Siva's) can do love marriage? Because love can be a material desire and a devotee must not have such desires. But marriage is ...
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When does God respond?

To attain god people do a lot of meditation, some worship god by doing rituals with discipline, some do vedic sacrifices. Consider the case of seeing him (not a material desire). Some people have to ...
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Why do most saints put Shiva Namam on their forehead?

Most of the saints I have seen like Vishwamitra, Gautama Maharshi, Sri Madvirat Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamy, Shirdi Sai Baba, Adi Sankaracharya etc put Shiva Namam on their forehead. Is it ...
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Which forms of God are considered Supreme? [closed]

What forms of God are considered to be the Supreme Being? Lord Krishna says about demigods that who worship demigods will get material desires, but to get moksha one must worship me only. Are Ganesha,...
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Who does the Mahabharata call the “best of men”, Nara or Narayana?

The Mahabharata opens with this famous verse: nārāyaṇaṃ namaskṛtya naraṃ caiva narottamam | devīṃ sarasvatīṃ caiva tato jayamudīrayet || Om! Having bowed down to Narayana and Nara, the most exalted ...
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What is the reason behind the existence of those many God representations? [duplicate]

God is represented in many ways with many names and symbols. Like Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Sun, Moon etc. However, the Supreme Being is still only one because the energy is inseparable. Is the reason ...
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Can I put my own name and symbol for the Supreme Being?

God is one, the Supreme being (Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama and so on). All are the names of the supreme being who is not a human, but energy. Now, can I put my own name for that ...
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Is Goddess Lakshmi goddess of happiness or wealth?

What does goddess Lakshmi symbolize. Does she represent happiness or wealth. Most of the people say that she is wealth but I refute it because, Lord Vishnu, the ruler of the life, her husband is the ...
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What is the earliest reference to Vishnu's incarnation Kapila?

As I discuss in this question, in the Bala Kanda of Ramayana, Vishwamitra tells Rama and Lakshmana the famous story of the descent of the Ganga river to the Earth. As described in this chapter of the ...
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Why do these many religions exist?

Some people say that Jesus came to India and got the powers by meditating. I ask a general question, MOST of those saints meditate upon the Supreme being (Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva) and get the ...
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Who is Ruchi, father of Vishnu's incarnation Yagna?

As I discuss in this answer, the Universe lasts for one Kalpa or day of Brahma. Each Kalpa is divided into fourteen Manvantaras, periods where a given Manu governs the race of humans. Now we are ...
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How did Krishna get Vishnu's Sharanga Bow?

As I discuss in this answer, the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishwakarma) created two powerful bows, the Pinaka bow for Shiva and the Sharanga bow for Vishnu. Brahma once got Vishnu and Shiva to ...
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Who is oldest form of God to be worshipped?

Who is the oldest form of god to be worshipped? Is it Lord Siva or Lord Vishnu or Goddess Shakthi?
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Origins of God names - Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu

Who gave the names to the God like Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, etc.? Are they the writers of the Vedas? Did they ask the god to name them like this so that people can worship them by that name or the god ...
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Why did some Hindu gods behave helpless just like human beings?

No offence, but; Why did Shiva have an extra-marital affair with Mohini and beheaded his own son Ganesh by mistake like a human, being a supreme god? When Rama, the incarnation of the god Vishnu, ...
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Who gives Moksha?

Lord Krishna is the supreme Being according to the Bhagavad Gita and is the giver of moksha. Also, can all the avatars of Vishnu give moksha? Like Lord Govinda, Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, Lord ...
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When did Krishna first meet Vishnu's bird Garuda?

The Srimad Bhagavatam describes how Krishna flew on the back of Garuda to kill the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration for the holiday Deepavali: After Bhauma [Narakasura] had stolen the ...
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How is the existence of Krishna's 8 Chief Wives reconciled with the idea of Vishnu/Lakshmi?

Krishna's 16100 junior wives come with an explanation of rescue from a life of indignity. Rukmini and Radha are both supposed to be avatars of Lakshmi. But then, how is Krishna's marriage to his ...
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Was Subhadra also an avatar?

Subhadra is worshiped along with her brothers Krishna (the avatar of Vishnu) and Balarama (the avatar of Shesha-naga). As such Was she also an avatar of any Goddess? If so, Which Goddess and what is ...
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Why does the Rig Veda call Vishnu a mountain-roaming bull?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani I provided in my answer here, Book 1 Hymn 154 of the Rig Veda is addressed to Vishnu. Here is one of the verses from that hymn: Let the hymn lift itself as ...
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Why Jesus Isu Christ, Guru Nanak, Buddha and Muhammad should not be considered as Lord Vishnu's avatars? [closed]

As usual in general weekends I was reading Shrimad Bhagawat Gita yesterday night, in which verses were, Chapter 9 Verse 29 Smoham Sarvabhuteshu Means I am equally disposed to all living entities ...
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What is the story of Vishnu killing sage Bhrighu's wife Kavyamata?

In the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama is hesistant to kill the Rakshasi (demoness) Thataka because she's a woman, but the sage Vishwamitra tells him that even the gods have fought women when they ...
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Hayagriva : The Rakshasa and The Lord [duplicate]

In context to this question about Lord Hayagriva, considered as the avatara of Lord Vishnu, I have some clarification to do. Hayagriva, I think is not a Lord Vishnu's Avatar, but a Vishnu Himself but ...
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Who is God? or What is God? or What is ॐ? [duplicate]

Watched an episode (broadcast on 25/09/2014 on Life Ok) of "Devo Ke Dev Mahadev", an epic serial on Lord Shiva. From this episode i came to know that ॐ (Om/Aum) is the everything in which all universe ...
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What is Param Brahma?

Who is Param Brahma or Parampita Parmeshwar? What is the relation of lord Vishnu, lord Shankara with Param Bhrahma ?
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Why do Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva always meditate on each other?

I watched a TV serial named "Devo ke Dev Mahadev" on channel "Life Ok". In that, they mentioned several stories of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu always meditating upon each other and connected to each ...
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What is the earliest reference to Vāsudeva as a name of Vishnu?

In the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana, the sage Vishwamitra tells Rama and Lakshmana the famous story of the descent of the Ganga river to Earth. As described in this chapter of the Bala Kanda, Rama's ...
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Why is Venkateshwara called a descendant of sage Vasishta?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V. Chalapathi Rao is an English translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple and this ...
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What scripture does the original Achamanam mantra come from?

If you're a Brahmin, you're probably familiar with the practice of Achamanam, the practice of sipping water while reciting mantras in order to purify oneself at the start of Sandhyavandanam and other ...
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Why is Shravana Nakshatram considered the “birth star” of Vishnu?

The Venkatachala Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana describes the story of Venkateshwara (the Vishnu deity in Tirupati, AKA Balaji or Srinivasa). This excerpt describes how Brihaspati, guru of the gods, ...
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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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Does Vishnu participate in Shiva Tandava and how is Sandya Tandava is different from Pralaya Tandava?

It is said Shiva dances twice a day at dawn and dusk but concept of day for humans is much different from god's, so how to correlate Shiva's dawn-dusk with that of humans? It is believed that all ...
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What is the temple for a “family goddess” in Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself?

I think there's a temple to some goddess in the vicinity of Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself. Let me explain. As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V....
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Is there any worshipping of water in Hinduism?

I get confused often when I read Hindu scripture translations because it always seem like there is no straight answer to anything. I read that Narayana is water that Vishnu came from, but then some ...
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Sloka attributed to Lord Ganesha [duplicate]

This is in reference to the Slokha below (sloka link) Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vissnnum Shashi-Varnnam Catur-Bhujam | Prasanna-Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva-Vighno[a-U]pashaantaye || Meaning: 1: (We Meditate) ...
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What is the story of the 90 horses of Vishnu?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani I provided in this answer, verses 4-6 of Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 155 are addressed to Vishnu. Here they are: We laud this manly power of him the Mighty ...
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How many of the Divya Desams are the sites of Sri Vaishnava Temples?

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 Alwars are crucially important figures in ...
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Why Godess Parvati was not aware of Raam as Vishnu's avatar?

In Treta yuga, when Lord Vishnu took avatar as Raam, Lord Shiva was aware about this and he took avatar as Lord Hanuman. In the Ramayana there is a part mentioned that when Raam was in forest ( for ...
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Who was Lord Hayagriva?

I don't have much knowledge about Lord Hayagriva, just known that he was the one who provided vedic knowledge to Lord Brahma,he has horse head, was an avatar of Lord Vishnu, white in color, and symbol ...
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Is Balarama an Avatar of Vishnu or Adiseshan (or both)?

Balarama is traditionally considered to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu by those who do not consider Buddha to be one. However, I have also frequently heard that He is an avatar of Adiseshan, the multi-...