Purana

What is Skanda Purana ?

Skanda Purana (स्कन्दपुराण) is the largest Mahapurana, among eighteen Hindu religious texts. The text contains over 81,000 verses, named after Skanda, son...

Who was Pururava (पुरुरवा), the first Chandravanshi King ?

Birth of Budha  Once Chandra (चन्द्रमा) visited the house of Brihaspati (बृहस्पति) the Guru...

How was Mahishasura born ?

How was Mahishasura (महिषासुर) born ? Regarding the birth of Mahishasura (महिषासुर) there seems two different versions.

Story of Vasusena and Importance of donating food and water

This story is mentioned in Skanda Purana, Nagar Khand, chapter 141 ( स्कन्दपुराणम्, नागरखण्डः, अध्यायः 141) In Ancient times, there...

What was the previous birth of Mata Sita ?

What was the previous birth of Mata Sita (सीता) ? It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana, Uttara kanda, Sarga...

Shiva Mahapurana & its classification

Shiva Mahapurana (शिव पुराण) & its classification The Puranas are divided into two classes—the Mahapurana and the Upapurana....

What is the meaning of word ‘Apsara’? What are names of...

What is the meaning of the word 'Apsara'? "अप्सराः" is derived from अप्सरस्  formed using अप् + सृ (dhatu) +...

Why Shiva is called Pashupati ?

Why Shiva is called Pashupati (पशुपतिः) ? As mentioned in Mahabharata, Drona Parva chapter 202 verse 123 , this...

What was previous birth of Vritrasura (वृत्रासुर)?

What was previous birth of Vritrasura (वृत्रासुर)? It is mentioned in Bhagavata Purana- Sixth Skanda- chapter 14-17, when King Parikshit...

Why did Lord Vishnu need Rishi Dadhichi’s bones to kill Vritrasura?

Why did Lord Vishnu need Rishi Dadhichi's bones to kill Vritrasura? When Vritrasura (वृत्रासुर ) was not defeated by the...

What are twelve Jyotirlinga and which scripture are they mentioned?

The twelve Jyotirlinga (ज्योतिर्लिंग) are mentioned in Shiva Purana - Shatarudra Samhita, chapter 42  (शिव पुराण -शतरुद्र संहिता, अध्याय 42)

Difference between Devi Bhagavatam and Devi Mahatmyam ?

Devi Bhagavatam (देवी भागवत) is also called as Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana (देवी भागवतपुराण) is a Sanskrit text that is a Upa-Purana (...

Satyanarayan Katha – Origin & Significance

Satyanarayan Puja is a religious worship of the Hindu god Vishnu. Satya means “truth” and narayana means, “The highest being” so Satyanarayan means “The...

What are the different avatars of Lord Vishnu ?

Dashavatara (दशावतार) Dashavatara refers to the ten primary avatars of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Vishnu is...

What is the relation between Brahma & Saraswati? How is Brahma...

There is a conversation between Rishi Maitreya & Vidura in Srimad Bhagavata Purana 3.12.28   हृदि कामो भ्रुव: क्रोधो लोभश्चाधरदच्छदात् । आस्याद्वाक्सिन्धवो मेढ्रान्निऋर्ति: पायोरघाश्रय: ॥ - Srimad Bhagavata...

Who were Jaya & Vijaya ?

Jaya & Vijaya were two gatekeepers at Vishnu Loka, who were born in earth after being cursed by four kumaras rishi's ( sanaka,...

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