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What is the purpose of tamasic purana if it leads to hell?

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 ...
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Does taking a dip in the Ganges River actually wash away your sins?

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 ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Rama visiting Vishnu in Vaikuntha?

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? ...
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Where does the Padma Purana declares SadaShiva to be the originator of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara?

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 ...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

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 ...
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Where exactly is Shiva Gita found?

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 ...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

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 ...
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Does taking a dip in the Ganges River actually wash away your sins?

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 ...
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Which Purāṇas define the word "purāṇa" within their text?

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 ...
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In which scripture, does Sage Narada ask for the boon that Lord Rama's name be the superior of all names?

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 ...
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What is the source of "ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param" (of all methods of worship, Viṣṇu worship is the topmost)?

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 ...
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Does Shankara teach to renounce one's own duties?

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 ...
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What is the purpose of tamasic purana if it leads to hell?

Actually Shaivas consider Vaishnava puranas as Tamasic. This is based on what Brahmaji said in Rudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana itself which claims to be the greatest of all Puranas. Vishnu is stated ...
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Does taking a dip in the Ganges River actually wash away your sins?

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 ...
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How to perform the Candrayana Vrata?

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 ...
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Where exactly is Shiva Gita found?

Even though the Shiva Gita is not to be found in the various extant editions of the Padma Purana, this chapter of the Narada Puranam summarizes the content of the Padma Puranam and says the Shiva Gita ...
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Puranas besides Bhagavata & Devi-Bhagavata stating themselves as the foremost or best

Just like Bhagavatams and Shiva Purana, even Agni Purana considers itself as the greatest of all Puranas. Chapter 383 - The Glorification of the Agnipurana, verses 44b-51 say: Suta said: 44b-...
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Does taking a dip in the Ganges River actually wash away your sins?

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 ...
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What are the 84 lakh (8.4 million) species?

The number of species and their further division is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. The number (of species) is eight million and four hundred thousand (84,00,000). They are divided into four types of ...
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Apart from the Padma Purana, does any other Purana say that Adi Shankaracharya will teach mayavadi philosophy?

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 ...
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Where in the Padma Purana are these verses located?

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 ...
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What does Padma Purana I.43.128b-133b say?

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 ...
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When did Vishnu destroy trident of Shiva?

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 ...
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Where in the Garuda Purana is it said that only three Vaishnava Puranas are authoritative in Kali yuga?

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 ...
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Does the vow of prostitutes involve sex with a Brāhmaṇa?

Yes, it does. The same story narrated in Matsya Purāṇa is more explicit: CHAPTER LXX ... Henceforth, any Brāhmaṇa coming to them for the sake of sexual enjoyment on a Sunday, should be respected and ...
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Sanskrit shloka of Padma Purana Srsti-khanda 19.336

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...
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Where is it mentioned that Shabari offered to Lord Rama the fruits that she has already tasted?

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 ...
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Why are there different classes of पुराणs (Puranas)?

And the answer is "no" because if you go and check epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana there is nothing like even the Vayu Purana which is mentioned in Mahabharata itself means it exists in the times ...
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What is the correct source of this verse?

Yes, the verse is from Padma Purāṇa (Uttara-kāṇḍa, Ch. 252-253: Modes of Viṣṇu's Worship) You can find the Sanskrit verse in this PDF (p. 1079): आराधनानांसर्वेषांविष्णोराराधनंपरम् तस्मा...
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