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According to Bhavishya Purana, Jesus is reincarnation of one of the greatest Bhaktas of lord Vishnu known as Dhruva Rishi. That's why he was born out of kumari garbha (virgin's womb) under Pole star (Dhruva Tara in Hindi). Bhavishya purana addresses Jesus reincarnation of Dhruva Rishi as Kumarigarbhasambhavaam(born from a virgin Kumari). Bhavishya purana ...


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Basically by asking "How were Trimurthis born?" This question is asking "Who is the originator of whom?" Or "Who is the Ishwara?" Several answers are given here, but most of them are only from their perspective. Here I present all perspectives of all Trimurty. Brahma: Yajurveda Shatapatha Brahmana 6.1.3.1 Verily, Prajâpati [...


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Yes, there are temples for all three. Matsya Most temples to Matsya are in South India. First of all, there is the Vedanarayana Swami Temple in Nagalapuram, a village in Andhra Pradesh. Matsya is called Vedanarayana because he rescued the Vedas after the demon Hayagrivasura stole them from Brahma. You can see Matsya on the exterior of the temple (taken ...


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Puranas are sectarian literature. You will find them disagreeing about the supreme Deity. You should instead read a non-sectarian scripture like Mahabharata. Mahabharata Vana Parva Section CCLXX says: The Supreme Spirit has three conditions. In the form of Brahma, he is the Creator, and in the form of Vishnu he is the Preserver, and in his form as ...


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Jesus is not an avatar of Vishnu. Avatar is not same as prophet. An avatar is significantly different from a prophet in that every human can attain the consciousness of an avatar while a prophet is a "chosen" special person whose consciousness cannot be attained by humans. One cannot consider Jesus to be an avatar because he solves a different problem than ...


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Was Ravana actually a villain? Yes, he was. If by villain we mean someone who trades the path of unrighteousness then Ravana was nothing less than a villain: जप जोग बिरागा तप मख भागा श्रवन सुनइ दससीसा। आपुनु उठि धावइ रहै न पावइ धरि सब घालइ खीसा।। अस भ्रष्ट अचारा भा संसारा धर्म सुनिअ नहि काना। तेहि बहुबिधि त्रासइ देस निकासइ जो कह बेद पुराना।। [RCM -...


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Vishnu has no beginning or end. As Vishnu's incarnation Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "Neither the hosts of gods nor the great sages know My origin or opulences, for, in every respect, I am the source of the gods and sages. He who knows Me as the unborn, as the beginningless, as the Supreme Lord of all the worlds – he only, undeluded among men, ...


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Putting aside what people say and believe if you go through the scriptures then you will find that Buddha was an incarnation of Vishnu. The two prominent scriptures about Vishnu portray Buddha as His incarnation. Shrimad Bhagavatam says, to delude the people who are envious to the gods, at the beginning of Kali Yuga Buddha will appear as the son of Anjani ...


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First of all, to answer your side question, yes, there is something that is more particular to Vishnu that both Vaishnavite and Shaivites would acknowledge about him, and that is that he is the god of preservation. That is to say, Vaishnavites would say that Vishnu is the preserver but he is also ultimately responsible for the origination and destruction of ...


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Lord Shiva being Supreme Lord of Vishnu and Lord Vishnu being Supreme Lord of Shiva is stated in Harivamsa Parva of Mahabharata in 2.125.41 रुद्रस्य परमो विष्णुर्विष्णोश्च परम: शिवः । एक एव द्विधा भूतो लोके चरति नित्यसः ॥ rudrasya paramo viShNurviShNoshcha paramaH shivaH |eka eva dvidhA bhUto loke charati nityashaH ||2.125.41 The supreme lord of ...


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First of all, yes, there is a notion of a greater Vishnu and a lesser Vishnu. This concept is expressed in simplest terms in this chapter of the Vishnu Purana: Affecting then the quality of activity, Hari, the lord of all, himself becoming Brahmá, engaged in the creation of the universe. Vishńu with the quality of goodness, and of immeasurable power, ...


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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. ...


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There are multiple incidents you could be referring to:. The story depicted in the TV serial you linked to is (loosely) based on a story told in this excerpt from the Shatarudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana, about a battle between Vishnu and Shiva's incarnation Vrishabha the bull, AKA Vrishesha. Most accounts of Churning of the Ocean end with Vishnu ...


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Though the god is one, when we see in terms of Generation, Operation, Destruction these are taken care by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. Since Vishnu is responsible for execution, it is He who descends to take care of the creation. This may be killing the demons or establishing dharma or to spread knowledge or to fulfill desire of a devotee. No one ...


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As far as I know, the only time that children of Lakshmi are mentioned in Hindu scriptures is in verses 11 - 12 of the Sri Suktam, a hymn from the Khilani (apocrypha or later portions) of the Rig Veda: We are the progeny of our forefather, Sage Kardama, who is one of the sons of Goddess Lakshmi. We invoke that Sage Kardama to install in his family the ...


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Whether Lord Shiva is greatest Vaishnava or greatest Shaivite or greatest Shakta or greatest any other, depends on scripture which you read. As per Shiva Purana: In Koti Rudra Samhita Shiva Purana chapter 42, Suta states: सर्वे रुद्रं भजन्त्येव रुद्रः कंचिद् भजेन्न हि । स्वात्मना भक्तवात्सल्याद् भजत्येव कदाचन ।। All worship Rudra but Rudra ...


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Shankaras Advaita is called Kevala Advaita ie. Only Advaita; there is no duality at all and any duality that is perceived is just due to ignorance. Here are some features of Shankara's philosophy: 1) Omniscience, omnipotence etc.. attribute in Lord is seen due to Avidya. This point is made by Adi Shankara in Brahma Sutra Bhasyam 2.1.14. This point clearly ...


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Lord Vishnu's incarnations are innumerable, as time is cyclic. However, we know some incarnations such as 24 incarnations mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam or famous Dasavatara. Chapter 47 of Matsya Purana, Chapter 36 Part 2 of Vayu Purana, Chapter 19 of Prabhasa Khanda of Skanda Purana and Chapter 73 Upodgatapada of Brahmanda Purana mention timeline of Lord'...


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Yes, there are a few. Temples of historical significance The very famous Prambanan temple at Java, Indonesia. This very old temple (and UNESCO world heritage site) from 9th century is dedicated to the trimurti. There are three temples, one for each Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, there. Also, there are separate temples for their vahanas as well. The main ...


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There is one temple of Trimurties i.e. Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, in Uthamarkoil, a village in the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The temple is called Uthamar Kovil  The temple is one of the few historical temples in India where the Hindu trimurti, Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma are housed in the same ...


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The reason that Vishnu went through all that rigmarole is described in the Srimad Bhagavatam. To avenge the death of his brother Hiranyaksha at the hands of Vishnu in his Varaha (boar) incarnation, Hiranyakshupu undertook long and arduous Tapasya (deep meditation), until Brahma appeared before him. He asked Brahma for the following boon: O my lord, O ...


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Bhishma recounts the story in the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, but first some background. Bhishma was the son of Shantanu, king of Hastinapura, and the goddess Ganga. But Ganga abandoned Shantanu, and Shantanu later fell in love with a woman named Satyavati. But Satyavati's (adopted) father Matsyagandha, the chief of a fisherman tribe, wouldn't ...


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The reason that Balarama is called an incarnation (avatara) of Vishnu is that the serpent Adiseshan is himself a form of Vishnu. Here is how Balarama's birth is described in the Srimad Bhagavatam: When Kamsa had killed six of the children born from Devakî, the seventh one, a plenary expansion of Vishnu who was celebrated with the name Ananta, therefore [...


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You have realised the correct thing. But the reason they should not be considered as avatars of Vishnu is because it has not been explicitly mentioned in the scriptures. It is the scriptures which tell us in the first place who Vishnu is and what are His incarnations. So without the scriptures explicitly mentioning any of the prophets it will always remain a ...


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The story is described in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Most people only know about how Vishnu's incarnation Vamana the dwarf took two steps, and then told Mahabali that there was no room for the third step, whereupon Mahabali offered his own head for the third step. What is not as well-known, however, is that Vishnu was so pleased at Mahabali's ...


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Wikipedia quotes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalki South Indian astrologers have analyzed Puranas extensively to try and foretell the time of birth of Kalki. The signs described in the Kalki Purana are as follows: The moon will be in Dhanishtha nakshatra, Aquarius, suggesting he will be wealthy, acclaimed and swift in action and thought. The sun will be ...


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I am giving the answer based on Mahabharata Udyog Parva, Bhagvat Yan Parva, chapter CLIX. According to this, Krishna got Sharang bow after killing Narakasur/Bhaumasur. Baffling the nooses of Mura and slaying by his might that Asura, and vanquishing Naraka, the son of earth, Hrishikesa, while recovering the begemmed ear-rings of Aditi, with sixteen ...


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This is a recurring theme throughout the scriptures. Krishna says in the Uddhava Gita (Chapter 9): Neither Brahma, nor Shiva, nor Balarama, nor Lakshmi, nor My own form is so dear to Me as you. [addressing Uddhava, who Krishna says is the supreme devotee of the Lord] With a view to purifying Myself by the dust of his feet, I always follow the sage ...


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