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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How will the Kalki avatar look like?

How will the Kalki avatar look like, appearance-wise? I have heard he'll have a sword and ride atop a horse. Is it true?
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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 is lord Vishnu taking many avatars while Parashurama is presnt?

I have heard that lord parashurama is living as chiranjeevi in the hills of mahendra then what is a need of another avatars? why lord parashurama can't destroy adharma throughout the yugas?
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Incarnations of Vishnu after Kalki

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalki At the end of Kaliyug, the 10th and last incarnation of Vishnu is said to come as Kalki. Are there incarnations after Kalki, at the end of Dwapara yuga after this ...
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What are the various attributes or qualities of Lord Narayana as per the scriptures?

What are the various attributes or qualities of Lord Narayana as per the scriptures, for eg. omniscience, omnipotence, etc.?
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In which text Om mangalam Bhagavan vishnu mantra is found?

The famous mantra is मङ्गलम् भगवान विष्णुः, मङ्गलम् गरुणध्वजः। मङ्गलम् पुण्डरी काक्षः, मङ्गलाय तनो हरिः॥ This is famous mantra Of Lord vishnu composed in weddings,so I want to know in which ...
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Who is Narayana among the Sadhyas?

Most people only know about the Vishnu Sahasranamam, the famous hymn of the thousand names of Vishnu. But the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, the same Parva which contains the Vishnu ...
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Why is Vishnu's skin colour mentioned as both white and blue in the Vishnu-sahasranaama?

In the dhyAna-mantRa provided before Vishnu-Sahasranaama, He is referred to as 'Megha-Varna' i.e. 'cloud-colored' (starting with 'shanantaakaaram').But in the starting part ('Suklaamvaradharam Vishnum'...
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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions that Kamsa was a rebirth of the demon Kalanemi: "There was also born on earth a mighty Asura known amongst the Danavas by the name of Kalanemi, endued with ...
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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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Hare Krishna Hare Ram mantra for Vishnu or Supreme God?

The holy verses: hare kṛiṣhṇa hare kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa hare hare hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare Lord Krishna and Lord Ram were incarnations of Lord Vishnu? So these maha-mantras are ...
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Did Lord Rama show Vishwaroopa Darshan to Sati Devi?

I know Krishna showed his Vishwaroopa Darshna during Mahabharatha War. But Shiva Puranam by DSR Anjaneyulu, which was translated to English from Telugu by RM Chella says, Rama had shown Vishwaroopa ...
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Why does only Uppiliappan have "Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja" written on his hand?

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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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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Which Acharyas believe in the two-Kapilas theory and which don't?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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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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What is the story and purpose of Lord Vishnu's Vaikuntha avatara?

The 24 avataras of Lord Vishnu are described in Skandha one chapter three of Shreemad Bhagvat Purana . It also mentioned that the incarnations of the Lord are innumerable. Apart from these 24 , ...
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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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Story of Lord Vishnu's sword Nandaka?

According to Annamayya Telugu Movie, Lord Venkateswara sends his sword NANDAKA to take birth as Tallapaka Annamacharya to compose Telugu songs for Him, at request of Padmavathi Devi. I know Sudarshana ...
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Why did Vishnu's Sudarshana Chakra incarnate as Parashurama's enemy Kartavirya Arjuna?

Most people only know about Kartavirya Arjuna as the thousand-armed king who was the villain of the story of Vishnu's incarnation Parashurama. Kartavirya Arjuna stole the divine cow Kamadhenu from ...
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Does the Taittiriya Upanishad quote a hymn of the Sama Veda?

The Taittiriya Upanishad constitutes the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Vallis (sections) of the Taittiriya Aranyaka of the Yajur Veda. The last of these is known as the Bhrigu Valli, and here is how it ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Prishnigarbha?

When Vishnu appeared before Vasudeva and Devaki in their prison cell in order to incarnate as Krishna, he told them about how he was born to them in previous births as well, as described in the Srimad ...
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What is the dharma behind Lord Vishnu in killing of sage Bhrigu's wife?

Explanation : 1. In Ramayan serial Sage Bhrigu's wife gave shelter to Asuras and refused to hand over them to Lord Vishnu and devas. 2. In end Lord Vishnu killed sage Bhrigu's wife with his ...
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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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What are the various 'kalas' of Lord Vishnu?

I have read many times that Lord Rama was born with 14 kalas of Lord Vishnu while Lord Krishna had 16 of the same. I want to ask the following: What exactly are kalas? Are these numbers correct? How ...
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Did Lord Rama really worship Lord Ranganatha?

The Sthala Purana (Temple History) of the Sri Rangam Temple in Tamil Nadu states that the divine Vigraha (idol) of Lord Ranganatha originated by itself (Svayamubhu) and was originally worshipped by ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna hiding from Yashoda in Dadhipandan's yogurt pot?

As I discuss in this question, the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya once visited the town of Thirukkolur in order to see the Vaithamanidhi Perumal Vishnu temple, when he saw a little girl ...
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Who is the sage Pundarika who saw Vishnu coming out of a Shiva Linga?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just passed by a Vishnu temple in the town of Thiruparkadal in Tamil Nadu. Thiruparkadal is Tamil for "ocean of milk" (Kshirsagara in Sanskrit), referring to the ...
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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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Who compiled Pandava Gita and what is the earliest reference to it?

Pandava Gita is a stotra or a hymn dedicated to Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu. There are 76 verses sung by many including Lord Brahma, sages, Indra, Vaishampayana, Pandavas, Draupadi and also Duryodhana,...
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Why is Bhagwan incarnating as Kalki in this(particular) Kaliyuga?

Many people know about The Cycle of 4 Yugas and DashaAvatars of Shriman Narayana ,but very few know that the Dashaavatars are not bound to the cycle of 4 Yugas. The Avatars of Bhagwan are infinite in ...
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What scriptures describe Shwetadvipa being underground with gates at Tirupati and other places?

In Hindu cosmology, the Earth is said to have seven Dvipas or islands. Many people (myself included) believe that the seven Dvipas refer to the seven continents, which is why Hindu rituals in India ...
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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 story of Shiva becoming the Lord of Silver after worshipping Lakshmi?

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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Why is the rishi of the Gayatri Panjara hymn listed as "So 'ham" - "I am That"?

The Gayatri Panjara, AKA the Savitri Panjara, is a hymn to Gayatri, five-headed wife of Brahma and goddess of the Vedas. Here is the preamble to the hymn given in this excerpt from the Narada Purana: ...
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Why is the family deity of Venkateshwara the Sami tree?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" is a translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple, and this temple scripture consists of ...
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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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What scriptures describe Krishna granting Moksha to Ghantakarna, a Pishacha who killed a rishi?

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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Puranic reference for "Krishna is a tiny part of Lord Vishnu"

Some consider Krishna to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu but others worship him as the supreme godhead. I read once in Vishnu Purana that Krishna is 'a very tiny part of Lord Vishnu.' Does anyone know ...
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Since the existence of many universes is said to be valid and true, are there different trimurtis for each universe

I have read that there are multiple brahmas; One each for a universe. Also heard that there are multiple vishnus too. So does that mean there are multiple shivas as well? P.s :I know that the concept ...
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Why take different avatar each time?

Each time Lord take avatar it is in different form. Why not take avatar of same animal or same human each time? Is there any significance of incarnating as different form?
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What are hymns chanted for abhishekam?

If Rudram, Namakam & chamakam are related to Shiva, why they are chanted for abhishekam of other gods? Are there any other prominent alternative hymns for abhishekam? Are they chanted only in ...
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What is the source of mantra: Om Shreem Shree Dharaya Trailokya Mohanaya namaha?

What is the source and all the information of this mantra: Om Shreem Shree Dharaya Trailokya Mohanaya namaha?
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What are the purposes of Vishnu's Vyuha avatars?

The purposes of Shiva's Pancha Bramha Avatars are stated here. However, what are the purposes of Vishnu's Vyuha avatars
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Which scripture describes six kalyana gunas (auspicious attributes) of Vishnu?

Vaishnav(ism) consider Vishnu as the supreme. I found that Vaishnav believes that Vishnu/Supreme has following six kalyana gunas (auspicious attributes): [According to Vedanta Brahman has sat-chit-...
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Which 4 Vishnu / Vaishnava Puranas are called Tamasic and not meant for Brahmins?

Sholkas 45-50 in the 2nd Adhyaya of Sambhav Khand which is part of Shiv Rahasya Khand of Sankara Samhita of Skanda MahaPurana, plainly state that the 10 Shaiva Puranas are Sattavik and 4 Vishnu ...
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What boon did Lord Vishnu give to Dhruva?

I heard he got boon that after this life he will live in dhruv loka as king. But I have doubt on next point. As per my partial knowledge, Lord Vishnu said "You will live in dhruv loka and on time of ...
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Did Shri Rama and Shri Krishna kill all the adversaries

In case of Shri Rama I have heard about Vali and Ravana he killed both of them at the end of the battle. Similarly Shri Krishna killed Narakarasura, Bakasura, Putana, etc. Is there any story/evidence ...
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What does other sects & acharyas believe in Bhagavad Gita 7.19 Sloka except Vasinava Acharayas or Sects?

Most of every acharyas accepted Bhagavad Gita is best medium to attain Moksha and gave their commentary on it. And Bhagavad Gita is also accepted as authenticate holy book in Most of every Vedanta ...
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Who is the swan avatar of Vishnu who taught the Vedas to Bramha?

In the Kamba Ramayana, a Gandharva praises Rama as such: 2575.Oh Rama who is a boar unearthed the earth by your horn, Taking the shape of a swan , you taught Vedas to Lord Brahma, Who ...

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