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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

Puranas are sectarian literature. You will find them disagreeing about the supreme Deity. You should instead read a non-sectarian scripture like Mahabharata. Mahabharata Vana Parva Section CCLXX ...
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Was Ravana actually a villain? Or was he a devotee of Lord Vishnu?

Was Ravana actually a villain? Yes, he was. If by villain we mean someone who trades the path of unrighteousness then Ravana was nothing less than a villain: जप जोग बिरागा तप मख भागा श्रवन सुनइ ...
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Do Yajurveda 40.9, Yajurveda 32.3 and Bhagavadgita 7.20 reject idol worship?

Don't believe blindly what you see on internet. Hinduism or सनातन धर्म (Sanātana Dharma) can't be false as name itself says it is eternal and has "Dharma" in it. Hinduism is confusing for some people ...
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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

Though the god is one, when we see in terms of Generation, Operation, Destruction these are taken care by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. Since Vishnu is responsible for execution, it is He who ...
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Why did Lord Krishna kidnap Rukmini to get married?

As per vedas getting married to a girl after kidnapping is considered devil/daemon (दानव) Vivaha (marriage) which isn't righteous (धर्मानुकूलन). You have perfectly stated the correct thing. Shri ...
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Why did Rukmini stop Lord Krishna from eating beaten rice given by Sudama a second time?

The story is described in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam: Being the direct witness in the hearts of all living beings, Lord Kṛṣṇa fully understood why Sudāmā had come to see Him. Thus He ...
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Is each of the 18 Mahapurans related to a different Kalpa?

As mentioned in this answer, different Puranas were revealed during onset of different Kalpas. Chapter 53 of Matsya Purana mentions Kalpas of all Puranas except Brahma and Markandeya Puranas. Padma ...
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Why did Krishna have to be the eighth son?

Because the 6 dead sons of Devaki are reincarnation of Marichi's sons. They got cursed by Sage Devala for laughing on him or by Brahma ( because they have seen Brahma trying to copulate with his own ...
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What is the Navavidha Bhakti?

Navavidha Bhakti Shrimad Bhagavatam 7.5:23-24 sri-prahrada uvaca sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam iti pumsarpita visnau ...
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The Oracle said that the eighth son of Devaki would kill Kansa, then why did he kill seven sons?

The reason was the fear and insecurity created in Kamsa's mind after meeting with sage Narada. After hearing a prophecy by an unembodied voice (Akash vani. It was not by a sage) that eighth son of ...
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Was Ravana actually a villain? Or was he a devotee of Lord Vishnu?

As far as Ravana was concerned, he had a genuine enmity with Rama. But Ravana and Kumbhakarna were actually incarnations of two great devotees of Vishnu, Jaya and Vijaya. The story is told in this ...
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Contradictory statements in the Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita?

There is death in Satyaloka. Let's examine the verse in context: The duration of life in Satyaloka is calculated to be 15,480,000,000,000 years. In ... Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor ...
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Is killing infidels allowed in Hindu Scriptures?

No , killing of Infidels are not fully allowed in Vedas. There are some mantras in Atharva-Veda which asks god agni about destroying evil minds of foes , pardoning / Sheltering then , Welcoming those ...
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Does SB 4.25.41 give a hint to the thing that women like men who are expert in rape?

No it doesn't say so. Translation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.25.41 is as follows: O my dear hero, who in this world will not accept a husband like you? You are so famous, so magnanimous, so beautiful and ...
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What was Prahlada's age when his father was killed?

Prahlada was five years old. Here is what Hiranyakashipu says to his servants in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam: O demons, take this boy away from me! He deserves to be killed. Kill him as ...
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Why does Canto 4, Chapter 2 of Bhagavata Purana insult Shiva devotees?

Bhagavata Purana has nothing to do here. It was Brigu who spoke those words. Even Daksha cursed Shiva out of arrogance and ignorance. First Daksha cursed Shiva, as Shiva didn't stand when he came to ...
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Why doesn't Shiva worship anybody where as Vishnu worships him in all his incarnations?

Vishnu or Krishna is the Supreme Being and He is worshiped and followed by Shiva's incarnations. For example Hanuman was an incarnation of Shiva and Rama was an incarnation of Vishnu, as Wikipedia ...
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Why did Ramanujacharya & Adi Shankaracharya never refer to the Srimad Bhagavatam in their works?

There is a discussion about the date of the Bagavata Purana in the Introduction to the English translation by Swami Tapasyananda. There was a view that attributed the authorship of the Bhagavata to ...
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What scriptures describe Vyasa's son Shuka creating a duplicate of himself?

Chapter 334, Shanti Parva of Mahabharata and 19th Chapter, book 1 of Devi Bhagavatam say Lord Shiva created "Chaya Shuka" on seeing grief of Vyasa Maharshi. Shanti Parva says As Vyasa was ...
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Why did Lord Krishna ask girls to raise their hands when they came out nude from the pond to get back their costumes stolen by Krishna?

The complete story of Kṛṣṇa Steals the Garments of the Unmarried Gopīs is given in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 10.22. Few important verses are as follows: Gopis' prayer: kātyāyani mahā-...
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Does Vaishnavism ordain one to cut the tongue of a blasphemer?

The passage you quoted in your question is from Shreemad Bhagavata Maha Purana 4.4.17 and it says that "one should by force cut out the blasphemer's tongue and kill the offender". And your ...
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Partial and full incarnations: When divine beings incarnate on earth, do they continue to exist in their original abode?

Rigveda 1.22: (17) Through all this world strode Viṣṇu; thrice his foot he planted, and the whole Was gathered in his footstep's dust. (18) Viṣṇu, the Guardian, he whom none deceiveth, made ...
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Is Vrindavan Krishna different from Dvaraka Krishna?

No, Vrindavana Krishna and Dwaraka Krishna are both one and the same. In Bhagavatam it is mentioned that Lord Krishna is the son of Devaki and Vasudeva. And Yoga Maya has taken birth as a daughter of ...
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Apart from the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, is Goloka Vrindavana mentioned anywhere?

Yes, apart from Shrimada Bhagavatam 10.27.1, Goloka is mentioned in many scriptures. While Bhagavatam describes Goloka as a place where the celestial cow Surabhi resides, but some other scriptures ...
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What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita?

What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita? Srimad Bhagavatam or the Bhagavat Puran, is the 5th major purana amongst 18 different puranas. It contains 12 different parts (...
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Why did Lord Krishna kidnap Rukmini to get married?

Lord Krishna did not forcefully kidnap Rukmani. It was a planned affair with the consent of the girl eloped. Thus, the word kidnap itself may not appropriately describe the event. It is true that the ...
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Why did Shiva not swallow the poison arising from Samudra Manthan?

Adi Shankara in Shivananda Lahiri states that Lord Shiva kept poison in neck and didn't swallow because stomach of Lord Shiva also contains worlds and it was to protect those worlds: नालं वा ...
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Why Bhagavata purana is considered the foremost of all puranas?

There are several reasons why Srimad Bhagavatam is considered the foremost of all Puranas. Firstly what must be understand is the that Puranas mirror Sruti. They are called Puranas because they ...
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