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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 Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

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. ...
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Why didn't Lord Vishnu drink the poison that came out from the churning of ocean?

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 ? ...
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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

One has to read Vyasa's teachings on the gods 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 ...
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Definition of Bhagavan as per Vishnu Purana

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 ...
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Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?

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 ...
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Puranic reference for "Krishna is a tiny part of Lord Vishnu"

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: ...
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Why and how Vishwamitra plotted to kill sage Vashistha's son?

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 ...
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How did sanatkumars reach Lord Vishnu's abode?

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-...
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What do Scriptures say about doing Puja/Archanas in "Mleccha Deshas"?

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 ...
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Varaha Avatar story versions

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 ...
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Does Narasimha Avatara occur in Vishnu Purana?

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 ...
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What is the story of Jadbharat?

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 ...
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How many commentaries have there been of the Vishnu Purana?

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 ...
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How do Vishishtadvaitins interpret this passage from the Vishnu Purana?

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 ...
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Where can I get the Vishnu Purana with Ramanujacharya's commentary in English online?

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; ...
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What scriptures describe Parashara asking for Moksha for everyone?

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 ...
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Are the Mahapuranas 18 in number? Cause I found 19

Short answer: As per this shloka (which you quoted in question), 18 Mahaapuraanas are: Madwayam: 1. Maarkendya, 2. Matsya Bhadwayam: 3. Bhavishya, 4. Bhaagavat Bratrayam: 5. Brahma, ...
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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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Are Shudras and women more fortunate than Brahmanas according to the Vishnu Purana?

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, ...
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How many verses are there in extant Vishnu Purana?

According to this Critical Edition available on the GRETIL website: Visnu-Purana Based on: The Critical Edition of the Viṣṇupurāṇam, Critically Edited by M. M. Pathak, Vadodara, Oriental ...
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When did Lord Shiva slash Lord Vishnu's head off.?

As No one was giving me any answers I had to search for myself and thankfully I think I got the answer but not the verses and so I am posting it in here.: The description of the daksha yagna story ...
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Why did Devaki keep having children even though she knew they'd all be killed except for the last one?

Who were the 6 infants that were killed by Kaṁsa ? According to the Devībhāgavatapurāṇa & Harivaṁśa, these 6 infants were known as the Ṣaṛagarbha. They were initially born as the mind-born sons ...
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Vedic age of earth

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. ...
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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

Let me explain with an analogy : To a chaste (pativrata) wife, her husband is the supreme. She doesn't look up to any other man. Subjectively, there is no god greater than her husband. She doesn't go ...
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