The Sudarshana Chakra was created by the divine architect Vishwakarma. As I discuss in this answer, Vishwakarma's daughter Sanjana married Surya the sun god. But she couldn't withstand his brilliance, so she ran away to the Earth. Eventually Surya found her, and he told Vishwakarma to reduce his brilliance so that Sanjana would be able to be around him. ...
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 Purana - Padma Kalpa (hence the name)
Vishnu Purana - Varaha Kalpa (current Kalpa)
Vayu Purana (includes Shiva ...
The Vishnu Purana defines Bhagavān as follows,
उत्पत्तिं प्रलयं चैव भूतानामागतिं गतिम् |
वेत्तिं विद्यामविद्यां च स वाच्यो भगवानिति ||
He who understands the creation and dissolution, the appearance and disappearance of beings, the wisdom and ignorance, should be called Bhagavān. — Vishnu Purana, VI.5.78
The same text defines Bhaga and provides ...
Shiva Purana says that Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra (Trimurti) rivaled one another and they propitiated the Supreme Lord (their father) and they got a boon of creating others at outset of various Kalpas. So, in one Kalpa, Vishnu creates Rudra and Brahma and in another Kalpa Rudra creates Brahma and Vishnu and this cycle continues.
Similarly Matsya purana says ...
Viswamitra was the son of king Gadhi and hence was a Kshatriya. After his father he becomes the king. Once when he was wandering in the forest for hunting, and had become very weak, due to thirst and hunger, he reached at the hermitage of Sage Vasishtha.
As described in Mahabharata Adi Parva SECTION CLXXVII, sage Vasishtha has welcomed him and his army ...
One has to read Vyasa's entire teachings to get an answer to this question.
Hari and Isana are equivalent
Well-adored by the Rishis, by Brahma, and by all the deities, that
great God, the Lord of the universe, otherwise called by the name of
Hari, then addressed the illustrious Isana and said these words:-He
that knows thee, knows me. He that ...
I think you are referring to the first few verses of Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Book 5, Ch. 1 where both sages Maitreya and Parāśara refer to Kṛṣṇa as aṃśāṃśasaṃbhūti (incarnation of a part of a portion) of Viṣṇu:
nṛpāṇāṃ kathitaḥsarvo bhavatā vaṃśavistaraḥ |
vaṃśānucaritaṃ caiva yathāvadanuvarṇitam |
aṃśāvatāro brahmarṣe yo 'yaṃ yadukulodbhavaḥ |
You are asking how Sanat-Kumaras reached the abode of Lord vishu – what technology they used?
The answer is given in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana Skandha 3 Chapter 15
These verses tell us how Sanat-Kumaras used to travel in celestial regions
ब्राह्मो उवाच मानसा मे सुता युष्मत्पुर्वजा: सनकादय : |
चेरुर्विहायसा लोकानलोकेषु विगतस्पृहा: ||१२||
These type of questions can't be answered in absolute perspective:
One can generate infinite number of questions regarding why some xyz deity did only a particular role in particular abc story ?
Even though let's try to answer this question relatively.
Shaivites may say that even Lord Vishnu wasn't able to consume poison so it was necessary ...
In my opinion, I don't think scriptures talks about the exact location of Mleccha Desha. Different people talks about it differently. Like in Kishkindha Kanda, Ramayana:
तत्र म्लेच्छान् पुलिन्दान् च शूरसेनान् तथैव च |
प्रस्थालान् भरतान् चैव कुरूम् च सह मद्रकैः || || ४-४३-११
कांबोज यवनान् चैव शकान् पत्तनानि च |
अन्वीक्ष्य दरदान् चैव हिमवन्तम् विचिन्वथ || ४-...
Narasimha Avatara is mentioned in Vishnu Purana but it is not described in detail. You can see index of Vishnu Purana here.
Sage Parashara said Lord Vishnu would appear as Narasimha and would kill Prahlada's father. Lord Vishnu manifested before Prahlada and granted him that he would get Moksha. Thereafter Parashara said Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu.
The story from Vishnu Puran (विष्णू पुराण) is-:
Long ago there was a king named Bharata (भरत). His father was Rishabha (ऋषभ) and were living in a place called Shalagrama (शाळग्राम). He was great devotee of Lord Vishnu (श्री विष्णू) .
One time Bharata had gone to bath in a river. A deer was also their drinking water . While the deer was drinking water, ...
Lord Vishnu has taken Varaha Avatar infinite times, if we consider cyclic nature of time, as many events repeat at regular intervals (may vary slightly sometimes). So, both stories are correct.
Lord Vishnu took Sweta Varaha (White Boar) incarnation at beginning of this Kalpa (hence the name Sweta Varaha Kalpa) to recover earth hidden in water and also to ...
We find in the Sri Bhashya introduction the explanation of how to interpret such passages from the Vishnu Purana.
Acharya Ramanuja writes here in George Thibaut's translation
Also the sloka beginning 'Owing to the difference of the holes of the flute' (Vi. Pu. II, 14, 32) only declares that the inequality of the different Selfs is owing not to their ...
The Srimad Bhagavatam has the greatest number of commentaries of any Purana. Still, I know of two commentaries on the Vishnu Purana:
Sridharan Swami's Atma Prakasha, written from the viewpoint of Shuddhadvaita. You can read it in Sanskrit here.
Engalalwan's Vishnuchittiyam, written from the viewpoint of Vishistadvaita. You can read it in Sanskrit here.
In the Vishnu Purana. It turns out that this is the very last line of the entire Vishnu Purana:
I adore him, that first of gods, Purushottama, who is without end and without beginning, without growth, without decay, without death; who is substance that knows not change. I adore that ever inexhaustible spirit; who assumed sensible qualities; who, though ...
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 ...
Ramanujacharya didn't write any commentaries on the Puranas. Ramanujacharya only composed nine works: the Sri Bhashya, the Vedanta Dipa, and the Vedanta Sara, three commentaries on the Brahma Sutras; the Bhagavad Gita Bhashya, a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita; the Vedartha Sangraha, an independent exposition of Visistadvaita; the Sharanagati Gadyam, the Sri ...
Are Shudras and women fortunate than Brahmanas?
Yes, Shudras and women are more fortunate than Brahmanas.
From the Vishnu Purana:
As my son plunged down into the water, and again rose up from it, the Munis heard him exclaim, "Excellent, excellent, is the Kali age!" Again he dived, and again rising, said in their hearing, "Well done, well ...
Sri Vaishnavas, who are worshippers of Lakshmi-Narayana considers the Vishnu Purana as the best of all Puranas due to its primary focus on the supremacy of Sri Vishnu. This is what Sripad Ramanujacharya says about the importance of Vishnu Purana in His "Vedartha Sangraha":
The Vishnu-Purana has been unanimously adopted by all the great ...
Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?
Not just the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharata, but all Dharma Shastras promote child marriage:
Manu 9.94 - A man thirty years old shall marry a charming girl twelve years old; or one twenty four years old, a girl eight years old; in the event of his duties suffering, he may do it sooner.
The Bhagavata Purana also gives the same timescale as the Vishnu Purana. Michael Cremo of ISKCON has calculated according to the Bhagavatam and got the result of approximately 2 billion years old.
You can read about it here.
As to why the age difference is about half the estimate of modern science, this could be for any reason.
Simply put, science is ...
This is a matter of interpretation:
Since, we have direct statement in Bhagavata which separates Krishna from amsas (According to Amara-kośa, a noun followed by tu has no relation to anything that precedes it.(tv-antāthādi na pūrva-bhāk).)
ete cāṁśa-kalāḥ puṁsaḥ kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam
All these incarnations are either plenary ...
The Puranas are Smriti they are not Sruti. The Puranas are first meant to teach us lessons, whether you accept them as historically true is unimportant. If they conflict with Sruti they should be rejected. Smriti was written by man, Sruti by God. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said: "The one thing you need to do is realize God. Why do you bother so much about the ...
Why not? There are many incidents only mentioned in Puranas and not in Mahabharata. It is the characteristic of Puranas to detail about lineage of great kings.
O brāhmaṇa, authorities on the matter understand a Purāṇa to contain ten characteristic topics: the creation of this universe, the subsequent creation of worlds and beings, the maintenance of all ...