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What can be more ridiculous as saying reading Purans will lead you towards Hell. It can be refuted just by using common sense, common logic and simple intellect. Padma Purana itself is sufficient in refuting this statement. The verse you are talking comes in Padma Purana Uttar Khanda chapter 236 मात्सयं कौर्मं तथा लैङ्गम् शैवं स्कान्दं तथैव च । आग्नेयं ...


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I've so far found two legal sources that have certain volumes of the Motilal-Banarsidass translation of the Padma Purana: DSpace, the digital repository of the West Bengal Public Library Network, which has books in PDF format, but breaks each book into 80-page chunks. The Digital Library of India (DLI), which currently has lots of books only in TIFF format ...


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The only way to cleanse one of sins permanently is to bathe in the Atman. What does bathing in a Tirtha mean? Tirtha Tuladhara said, ‘ All rivers are as sacred as the Saraswati, and all mountains are sacred. O Jajali, the Soul is itself a Tirtha. Do not wander about on the Earth for visiting sacred places. A person, by observing these duties ( that ...


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Padma Purana declares Sada Shiva to be originator of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwor in Patala Khanda chapter 108 while describing origin of Sacred ash: Sri Rama said: 1. O illustrious one, tell about the origin of the sacred ash, the greatness of the sacred ash, and the religious merit (earned) through the application of the sacred ash. Sambhu ...


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The Padma Puran talks about Sahashrakavacham, the previous birth of Karna. During a fight between Shiva and Brahma, Shiva chopped off Brahma's head and some drops of sweat appeared on the forehead of Brahma out of anger. When he wiped out those drops of sweat out of it was born Sahasrakavacha (the person with thousand armors): svedataḥ kunḍalī jajñe sa ...


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This story is mentioned in Padma Purana Patala Khanda Chapter 105: 10-14a. Having heard these words spoken, the sages got angry and said: "Why have you told us these very auspicious words now? Due to your attachment to your beloved you made an unmeaning talk. You did not do our words (i.e. what we had asked you)." Then from the face of ...


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Puranas don't contradict with it. One must also have internal Purity while taking dip in holy waters. The significance of taking dip in Ganga is mentioned in many scriptures. Not only Ganga, taking dip in any holy-water body (be it Pushkaram or Kumbha Mela or some other occasion) with internal purity will wash our bad karma. Skanda Purana describes many such ...


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Yes , in Shiva-Mahapurana we also find the similar description in Mahatmyam or Glory part. Chapter 1 Shloka 12 - The glory of the purana. एतच्छीपुराणं हि परमं शास्त्रमुत्तमम्। शिवरुपं क्षितौ ज्ञेयं सेवनीयं च सर्वथा॥१२॥ The Shiva-Purana is admittedly the best of the Shastras and is also true form of Shiva on earth.Therefor it should be read ...


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Like Bhagavatams, Shiva Purana also says itself as best among all the Puranas and best remedy in age of Kali. Chapter 1 Glory of Shiva Purana says कालव्यालमहात्रासविध्वंसकरमुत्तमम्। शैवं पुराणं परमं शिवेनोक्तं पुरा मुने॥८॥ This Purana is the best remedy for the biggest danger like the death, which bites like the snake and is the biggest danger. The Šiva ...


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Shankara said Svadharma is necessary for purity of mind: One who is passionately devoted to the authority of the Śrutis acquires steadiness in his Svadharma, which alone conduces to the purity of his mind. The man of pure mind realises the Supreme Self, and by this alone Samsara with its root is destroyed. (Vivekachudamani 148) And according to ...


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Etymology of the word "purāṇa" is mentioned Part 1 Prakriya Pada Chapter 1 of Vayu Purana. यस्मात्पुरा ह्यनतीदं1 पुराणं तेन तत्स्मृतम्। निरुक्तमस्य यो वेद सर्वपापैः प्रमुच्यते।।२०३।। This is called Purana because it breathes (exists) from earliest times. The etymology of this one (i.e. Purána) who knows, he gets rid of all the sins. ...


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As you mentioned in your post, there is no reference to the incidence of Lord Rama met with Sabari and she offering him tasted berries, either in the Sanskrit Valmiki Ramayana or Awadhi Tulsidas Ramacharitmanas. However, there is one more version. Odia Ramayana is written by Balaram Das. Around the same time as Tulsidas wrote his Ramayana, Balaram ...


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I wasn't aware that Vishnu Sahasranama has many versions until I read this question. So, I am unable to verify and compare them to answer. However, I remember a view point of one of the upanyasakar (person who delivers religious discourses) that this sahasranama is great because: It is asked by Dharmaputra who was a great person following dharma to the ...


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The story of Narada asking the above-mentioned boon from Lord Rama is described in Chapter 126 (pg 723) of the Aranya-Kanda of Ramacharitmanas. Sanskrit text taken from here. Narada goes to meet Lord Rama because he feels that he may not get the chance to meet him again. मोर साप करि अंगीकारा। सहत राम नाना दुख भारा ॥ ऐसे प्रभुहि बिलोकउँ जाई। पुनि न बनि...


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I don't know which version or edition of Padma Purana has this composition of Shiva Gita. It also looks like none of the acharyas before 15th century have written any commentary on this text. The only reference to any kind of a timeline I have seen is only here. Sri Abhinava Nrisimha Bharati (1600 – 1623) of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, seems to have written ...


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A dip in Ganga river does remove all the sins when it is done with śraddhā and bhakti. To do so, the words śraddhā and bhakti should be understood. Bhakti is well known to everyone. Narada Bhakti Sūtras talks about nine forms of Bhakti. Ādi Śaṅkarācārya says mokṣa sādhana sāmagryāṃ bhaktireva garīyasi meaning Bhakti is the main tool among all in the practice ...


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The ChaAdrAyana vrata is one of the most difficult vratas to perform. Usually, the doer gets rid of almost all the possible sins he has committed. There are many difficult rules to be followed during this vrata hence very few people are actually take up this vrata. It is considered of great merit to perform this vrata. During the krShNa-pakSha, the one ...


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The verse is to be found in the Padma Purana Motilal Vol. 3 through Vol. 10, Uttarakhanda chapter 253, verses 175-179 (precisely it's verse 176 actually), page 3322. However it seems that the Motilal translation is slightly different. EDIT: The verse, slightly different than the question, from Padma Purana in Sanskrit: śrīpadma purāṇam ...


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Verses 128b - 133b of Chapter 43, Sristi Khanda, Padma Purana describes conversation of Narada with Himavat, Mena and Goddess Parvati and Indra was also present with them. When Narada was talking to Himavata, Mena and Parvati enters the room. (translated by Dr. N.A Deshpande and Sanskrit manuscript is Venkateswara Edition). 126-128a. When the divine sage ...


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It seems that this is taken from the Garuda Purana: Brahma (Moksa) Khanda: Chapter 1: The wise declare knowledge to be manifold, consisting of various grades — high, low and middling. All that knowledge is found in the Bhagavata Purana. Hence, Bhagavata is the highest of all Puranas. The Visnu Purana comes next then comes Garuda. The three are principal ...


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The English version cited, consists of the second half of verse 335 and first half of verse 336 of Chapter 19 of the Padma Purana Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa. The verses go as follows: श्रूयतां धर्मसर्वस्वं श्रुत्वा चैतत्प्रधार्यताम् ॥- 19.335 second half आत्मनः प्रतिकूलानि परेषां न समाचरेत्। - 19.336 first half Listen to the all-in-all of righteousness; retain it after ...


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Yes, the Purāṇas do contradict each other and they also contradict itihāsas like Rāmāyana and Mahābhāratha on this topic. The same Padma Purāṇa at a different place for example says: CHAPTER THIRTEEN - The Greatness of Narmadā            (Vol. III) Yudhisthira said: 1-3. O Nārada, I desire to ...


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I don't think any Puran is BAD.. There are multiple stories about the origins of the Lord vishnu and Lord Shiva. Shrimad Bhagvatam states that Lord Shiva appeared from between the eyebrows of Lord Brahma. Shiva Purana states that Lord Vishnu orignated when Lord Shiva rubbed some nectar on his ankle. Vishnu Purana says that Lord Shiva originated from the ...


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While writing another answer, I searched if this story (Shabari feeding Rama 'tasted' berries) is mentioned in Sri Ranganatha Ramayanam, but it's not there. It just says that Shabari offered various fruits to Rama and then he just ate them: However, while comparing the above to Valmiki Ramayana at valmikiramayan.net, I found the following note by the ...


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The following verses are from Garuda Purana, Brahma kanda, 16th Adyaya: maNimAnnAma daityastu shaN^karAkhyo bhaviShyati | sarveShAM saN^karaM yastu kariShyati na saMshayaH || 3:16:70 tena shaN^karanAmA.asau bhaviShyati khageshvara | dharmAn.h bhAgavatAn.h sarvAn.h vinashyati sarvathA || 3:16:71 A Demon by name maNimAn will come into being ...


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A partial answer and Giving source for the following verse. śva-pākam iva nekṣeta loke vipram avaiṣṇavam vaiṣṇavo varṇo-bāhyo ’pi punāti bhuvana-trayam In the world one should not look at a brāhmaṇa who is not a devotee of Viṣṇu as (one does not look at) a candala. Viṣṇu's devotee, even if he is outside the castes, purifies the three worlds. [...


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The verse quoted from Padma Purana's Vishnu Sahasranama most probably refers to the battle between Narayana and Rudra described in this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata. The Sanskrit verses for the same can be referred here. It is the 343rd chapter of Shanti Parva as per KMG's source recension, and the 352nd Chapter as per the Kumbhakonam ...


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