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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What are the different hasta (hand-postures) which Sri Vishnu holds in temples?

Sri Maha Vishnu resides as Archa-avatara murti (idol form) in many temples throughout Bharata, especially in 108 Divya Desas, most of which are in Tamil Nadu. There is a sthala purana (story) behind ...
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Where did Thirumangai Alwar meet Narasimha?

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. One of the Alwars was Thirumangai Alwar, aka ...
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How do the Sanskrit epics mark a turning point to Hinduism?

How do events in the epics relate to a gradual change in Hinduism, eg the game of dice, Yalsha's riddles, the war etc? Does it mark the introduction of buddhism at all?
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How are the River, Vimana and Sthala Vruksha appropriately associated with respective temples?

The divyadesams of Vishnu has a connection comprising River, Vimana and Sthala vruksha. Example God Ranganathaswamy of Srirangam temple has cauvery as river, Vimana is Ranga Vimana and Sthala Vruksha [...
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Where did Ramanujacharya's statue of Varadaraja come from?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the temples I visited was the famous Ranganatha temple in Sri Rangam. The temple has a shrine called the Udaiyavar Sannidhi, which contains the ...
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Why would Lord Vishnu try to kill himself in the Narada Purana?

Narada Purana III.79.220-5 “The garland of hellish things is your ornament for the chest. The poisonous serpents viz. Vasuki and Sesa are your bangles. Your garments are the quarters (i.e. you are ...
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Which scriptures apart from the Pancharatra Agamas mention the Pancha Samskara ritual?

The Pancha-Samskara, also known as the Samasrayana, is a ritual practiced in almost all Vaishnava sects, especially in the Sri Vaishnava tradition where devotees declare their surrender to Shriman ...
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Did Madhwas squat on an ancient Siva temple at Kudupu?

From a user review from here As per historical inscription dated 1679 this is one of the Shiva Temple dedicated to lord shiva. The inscription captures that Chouta Queen Rani Chennamma during her ...
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Why some hindu gods don't have facial hair?

As far as the trimurti is concerned, Brahma is almost always depicted as an aged man with white flowing hair and white flowing beard from all 4 heads . Perhaps the white flowing beard depicts his ...
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Who is Vijayavalli, wife of the Sudarshana Chakra?

I just performed a Griha Pravesam, the Hindu house warming ceremony, and I noticed an interesting Mantra that the priest chanted. The Mantra, which I assume was from the Pancharatra Agamas, was ...
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How can one believe one won't be born again having attained Vaikuntha?

Jai-Vijay were dwelling in Vaikuntha with Lord Vishnu who happened to be born again due to curse by KumAras. Vaikuntha is said to be the final destination by many philosophies. But if that is the ...
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One who attains Vishnu, for him Siva is everything - What does this mean?

In unique commentary of Bhagwat Geeta by AchArya Abhinavgupta, he ends his commentary with the following verse. What does this possibly mean? Does any scripture explain this relation? Or talk about ...
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Why Lord Ram is called Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna Purna Purshottam?

I have heard many people saying Lord Ram is Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna is Purna Purshottam. Could any one please tell me why is it so. and what is the difference between Maryada Purshottam ...
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How could Bharata and Shatrughna be incarnations of inanimate objects?

From this answer, we find Continuing with the tale of Sri Ram, Lord Mahadeva told Parvati–Dasharath requested Vashishth to perform the Jaatkarm Sanskar of Sri Ram. In course of time Kaikeyi gave ...
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Sri Hayavadana Kavacham (alternately, Sri Hayagreeva Kavacham)

Sri Hayavadana Perumaal is the Horse headed Avatara of Sriman Narayana. Kavacha Stotram or Kavacham are hymns of Exhortation and/or Reassurance with an usual intended effect of bestowing protection to ...
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What scriptures describe Vishnu riding a tortoise?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here), ...
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What is Sri Vaishnavism? What is the Vishishtadvaita?

I'm a liberal Vaishnava ... I was formerly practising Gaudiya Vaishnavism but recently got dissatisfied with it as their doctrines about Goloka and Krishna's supremacy based on Rasa concept wasn't ...
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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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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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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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Did Sukracharya invite Lord Srinivasa for marriage with Goddess Padmavathi?

When I went to Tirupati a week ago, I read the story of Venkateswara on the walls of the main temple. It says Sukracharya invited Lord Srinivasa for marriage with Padmavathi on behalf of Gods. I could ...
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What scriptures describe Parashurama's mother's head being attached to a low-caste woman's body?

I'm currently visiting India, and as I was leaving my native village of Poondi (which I discuss in my questions here and here), I passed by a temple which was built at a location visited by the ...
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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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Do Sri Vaishnavas believe Vishnu is the direct or indirect sustainer of the body?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I am a member). (One of ...
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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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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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Was Vishnu's incarnation sage Narayana married?

As I discuss in this question, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, twin brother of the sage Nara and son of Yama god of death. Nara and Narayana ...
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Where is the story of Upilliappan in the Brahmanda Purana?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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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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Does the phrase "Sri Mahavishnu Paramatma Sriman Narayana" occur outside the Vishnu Sahasranamam?

In the preamble to the Vishnu Sahasranama, the following verse occurs (see page 3): asya sri vishNOr divya sahasranAma stotra mahA mantrasya| sri vedavyAso bhagavAn RshiH| anushTup chandaH| sri ...
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Is it inauspicious to cut Amla tree?

We are having Amla tree in our house that is 10 years old. We are worried as it grows old, it could damage the foundation of our house. The tree is just 3-4 feet distance. But I have heard Amla tree ...
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Does Vishnu serve & worship Shiva only using the Agamas?

After Shiva's complete supremacy was established during the Fiery Linga incident shortly after creation, Shiva instructed Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas and they obeyed well. From ...
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Why are all the avatars of Vishnu born in North India?

Ayodhya, Indraprastha, Kailasha parvatha, all these religious birth places are mostly in the North. Why weren't none of the the avatars born in other parts of Bharathavarsh?
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Is Chanakya vishnu amsa?

I have heard that Chanakya's mother strived for children for almost 14 years and later, Chanakya was born. He was a great contributor for indian economics and much more. I knew very little about him. ...
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Nyasam and the appearance of deity

While reading the Preface of Sharda-tilak tantra, the writer explained some general facts. He while stating the way to do the Nyasam writes: (I am translating) One has to use the Ring finger, middle ...
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When did Lord Vishnu perform Vaishnava Yajna?

From Mahabharata's Vana Prava The name of that sacrifice worthy of virtuous persons, is Vaishnava. No person save the ancient Vishnu hath performed it before. This mighty sacrifice vies with that ...
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Meaning of various Shree Vishnu chinha

I read the definitions of the Chinha of Shree Vishnu all over the print media by various scholars but no one has ever given a answer which is already not in print or discussion. Can someone explain ...
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Difference between Vaishnava agamas and tantra

There are two main agamas according to which Vishnu temple puja is performed, namely, Vaikhanasa agama and Pancharatra agama. In addition to these modes of worship, Vishnu temples in the West coast, ...
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Who is Shukla Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

The Satvata Tantra Part 2 Verse 8 mentions: Seeing Kardama Muni's austerities aimed at attaining mystic powers, the Lord appeared as Sukla in a pure and transcendental form. After giving him the ...
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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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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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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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How is Vishnu remote controlled by Devi Bhagavati?

From Essence of Devi Bhagavata Purana hosted on kamakoti website: http://www.kamakoti.org/kamakoti/details/devibhagvatpurana2.html Maha Vishnu remote-controlled by Devi Bhagavati: In the ...
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Sthala Purana of the Thiruneermalai Temple

In the Divya Desam called Thiruneermalai, Lord Vishnu resides in four different forms: a) Sri Neervanna Perumal (literally meaning, Lord with the complexion of water) b) Sri Ranganatha c) Sri ...
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What work on Sharanagati did Thirukannamangai Andan compose?

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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Why is the holding of Chakra different in different images of Vishnu

In northern parts of India, Sri Vishnu holds Sudarshana Chakra on His forefinger. But in the Southern parts of India, He is seen holding the chakra within two fingers (as seen in the enclosed images). ...
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Difference between Palankarta and Palanhaara

We all are aware of the fact that Lord Vishnu is Palankarta because he takes care of all the lokas like a mother and protects them like a father. He plays Father and Mother role for all lokas. He is ...
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What is exact meaning of UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती), STITHI(स्तिथी) AND LAYA(लय)

As we know the works of trimurti. Lord Brahma's work is UTPATTI(उत्पत्ती). Lord Vishnu's work is STITHI(स्तिथी). Lord Shiva's work is LAYA(लय). I want to know what are the exact meanings of those ...
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Does vaishnavism accept that Hari and Hara are the selves of each other?

Sri Sridhara Swamin at the beginning of his commentary to the Srimadbhagavatam writes an invocation: माधवोमाधवावीशौ सर्वसिद्धिविधायिनौ। वन्दे परस्परात्मानौ परस्परनुतिप्रियौ॥ I bow to Mādhava and ...