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Was Rama a god?

Yes, Sri Rama, the son of Dasharatha is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. So, he himself is the Lord. It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana, Baala Kanda that all world had become sad because of Ravana. ...
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Was Rama a god?

Valmiki Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda provides answer to this question. See Here तेषामपि महातेजा रामो रतिकरः पितुः | स्वयम्भूरिव भूतानां बभूव गुणवत्तरः || २-१-६ RaamaH = Rama; svayambhuuriva = ...
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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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Where does the Linga Purana declare Vishnu to be the supreme soul?

Uttara Bhaga of Linga Purana consists a section called Vishnu Mahatmya which talks about greatness Vishnu. 1st chapter to 8th chapter of UttaraBhaga describes the greatness of Lord Vishnu: The first ...
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When did Vaishnavites start wearing Urdhva Pundram?

The Urdhvapundra has been worn from ancient times (pre-Ramanuja). The Pancharatra, Puranas and Smritis glorify the Urdhvapundra worn with white clay and gopi-chandana. In the Sri Vaishnava Guru ...
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Was the Vedic commentator Sayana a Vaishnava?

Sayana was an Advaitin and brother of Madhava (generally believed to be pre-ascetic name of Sri Vidyaranya). Sri Vidyaranya played a crucial role in formation of Vijayanagara Empire. Three brothers ...
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Why did Sri Ramanuja refuse to hail Shiva? What was the need to prove that Vishnu is the one true God?

Ramanujacharya was not being asked to worship Shiva. Now if he had been asked to do that, he might well have refused; as discussed in this answer Sri Vaishnavas who have performed Sharanagati often ...
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Which scripture describes six kalyana gunas (auspicious attributes) of Vishnu?

Vishnu Purana in 6.5.74 states: "ऐश्वर्यस्य समग्रस्य धर्मस्य यशसरिश्रयः। ज्ञानवैराग्ययोश्चैव षण्णां भग इतीरणा ।।" Complete splendor, virtue, glory, opulence, knowledge, dispassion - these ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna granting Moksha to Ghantakarna, a Pishacha who killed a rishi?

Ghantarkarna hasn't received moksha yet. However his moksha is granted due to boon by Lord Krishna. He will attain Sayujya with Vishnu after the period of present Indra is over. It is described in ...
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What was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's opinion on Madhvacharya?

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu belonged to the disciplic succession from Madhvacharya. The followers of the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu formed a separate sect called Gaudiya Vaaishnavas. As you have said in the ...
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Can somebody be a Vaishnava and believe in Hari-Hara-abheda?

The Harivaṃśa has a stotra extolling both the similarity and unified form of Viṣṇu and Śiva. There are even several epithets dedicated to them: Hariharātmaka and Agniṣomātmaka.The following is an ...
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Can somebody be a Vaishnava and believe in Hari-Hara-abheda?

Yes, a true Vaishnava do not differentiate between Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. It has been described by Lord Vishnu himself to Lord Brahma in Padma Purana, Part 10, Section 7 (...
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Where does Periyavachan Pillai discuss Mleccha devotees of Vishnu?

The verse quoted by Vedanta Desika in the Rahasyatrayasara is Garuda Purana 1.227.9 भक्तिरष्टविधा ह्येषा यस्मिन् म्लेच्छो ऽपि वर्तते स विप्रेन्द्रो मुनिः श्रीमान् स याति परमां गतिम् ...
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What are the qualities of a true Vaishnava?

Qualities of a Vaishnava is described by Lord Vishnu himself in Padma Purana, Part 10, Section 7 (KRIYAYOGASARAKHANDA), Chapter 2 as below: 83-103. Those who are without lust and anger, who are ...
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Can Vaishnavas join the Natha Sampradaya?

Actually for a Vaishnava it's better to go for a Vaishnava Guru. And, the same for others. Quoting Lord Shiva's words from the KulAchudAmani Tantram: UdAsino hyudAsinAm vanastha vanavAsinah | ...
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Does Tirupati Balaji's idol have real hair?

No, Tirupati Venkateshwara doesn't have real hair. These are only rumours spreading over the internet. Former chief priest of Tirumala, Ramana Deekshitulu confirmed that there is no real hair. Lord ...
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Proof of Vedic or Indic origin of Vaishnavism (Monotheistic Supremacy of Vishnu)?

I have access to a Ramakrishna mission Bengali translation of Rig Veda Book 1. I have given my free translation of Rig Veda 1.22.16-21. These mantras treat Vishnu as Vaishnavas do. The idea that ...
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Proof of Vedic or Indic origin of Vaishnavism (Monotheistic Supremacy of Vishnu)?

Summary : The Vedas DO NOT declare Vishnu as a minor deity. He occupies very much the same lofty position as he always has. The verses are not accurately represented, but despite that is to be ...
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What is the position and role of Lord Vishnu in Kasmiri Shaivism?

Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Ishwara, and SadaShiva are called Panchabrahmans. Kashmiri Shaivism too with the addition of Anashirta Shiva in the above five deities list calls them Karana Devas. Sri ...
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What exactly are Pancharatra texts?

What is Pancharatra Pancharatra texts are Vaishnava Agama Shastras, the name pancharatra literally means 'five nights', since these scriptures were revealed by Sage Narayana in 5 Nights to all ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna granting Moksha to Ghantakarna, a Pishacha who killed a rishi?

As said by @surya, the story of Ghantakarna is mentioned in the Bhavishya Parva of Harivamsa. I didn't found any version of it in English but I have read the story in Hindi version by Geeta Press ...
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Where does Srimad Bhagavatam book 10 describe Krishna's son Upashloka and Pancharatra initiation?

Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the most widely recognised Puranas among the 18 Puranas, for its one-pointed focus on Bhakti. Thus it has been commented upon by many scholars from various schools of ...
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Why are there no more Alwars?

The āḻvārs, also spelt as alwars or azhwars are 12 devotional saints born in the region of south India. These saints wrote devotional poems in Tamil in the praise of Vishnu directly or his ...
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Requirements for wearing Tilak

The following describes how Srivaishnavas wear the Urdhvapundra. Other Vaishnava Sampradayas may have different practices. Srivaishnavas who have not undergone basic diksha/initiation called ...
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