I am doing a research on this topic and searching for references for it. I am especially looking for references to Ashaucha related to menses, any specific guideline regarding what actions are prohibited during menses due to ashaucha like doing puja, visiting temples etc. And any elaboration on the ashaucha related to menses, the reasons behind the prohibition.

I am looking for references from scriptures, it may be Dharma shastras, Puranas, Tantras, or any other Hindu text.

Thank you

  • The Sabarimala issue is completely separate, so you should take it out of your question. Sabarimala doesn't just prohibit women who are currently menstruating, it prohibits all women who are capable of menstruating, i.e. between puberty and menopause. The reason for that is Ayyapa's vow of Brahmacharya. Jan 12, 2016 at 19:31
  • Yes. I am looking for references from any Stala purana as well for this practice in Sabarimala and that Ayyappa was Brahmachari and hence the case. I would be glad if you could give any reference, any points to all the questions I have asked. Thanks. Jan 13, 2016 at 0:37
  • Well, a question has already been posted about the Sabarimala practice: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/10116/36 So you should remove that part from your question. Jan 13, 2016 at 0:41
  • Okay. Removed that portion. Jan 13, 2016 at 1:09
  • @NithinSridhar You can go through my this answer.
    – Rickross
    Jan 11, 2017 at 5:47


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