Is there any method to clear Bramhahatya(Killing a Bramhana) Sin other than Ashwamedha Yagna?. Since Ashwamedha Involves being king and sacrificing horse which is violent method, and must be avoided if we can.

  • There are so many ways to get rid of the sin of Brahmahatya. There are so many scriptures which say things like "If you do this then you'll get rid of the sin of Brahmahatya." or "If you do this then you'll get rid of the sin of intercourse with your guru's wife", etc. Apr 10, 2016 at 20:16
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    @Keshav The simplest method is to say 'Rama'. There cannot be an easier method ever. :D
    – Surya
    Apr 11, 2016 at 5:35
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    @Yogi You are highly underestimating the power of Rama Nama. It is enough to absolve the sins of a crore janmas and the sins of all your ancestor. Rama didn't use it because it was his own name, plus he wanted to set an example to all the Kings. Also since it was Treta Yuga, Yajna was the main duty of people. In Kaliyuga chanting names is the main form of worship. The only thing is you can't use Rama nama as an escape route to commit sins.
    – Surya
    Apr 11, 2016 at 6:32
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    Love of God removes all sins. Chant the name of the Lord. The Lord's name removes all sins. Apr 11, 2016 at 8:12
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    I agree with Surya about the power of Rama's name. Especially in the Kali Yugs, where chanting of Sriman Narayana's names gives the result that could only be achieved by harder methods like Yagnas and Tapasya in earlier age. Concerning your statement "I am asking this because I have infinite births, and karma from them.", Sharanagati can take care of that. Apr 11, 2016 at 10:01

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There are many methods to remove Brahmahatya Sin and visiting Kasi (Varanasi) is one among them. This is described in Chapter 182 - Mahatmya of Kasi Tirtha of Matsya Purana.

आदेहपतनाद्यावत् क्षेत्रं यो न विमुंचति।
न केवलं ब्रह्महत्या प्राकृता च निवर्त्तते।। १६ ।।
प्राप्य विश्वेश्वरं देवं न सा भूयोऽभिजायते।
अनन्यमानसो भूत्वा योऽविमुक्तं न मुंचति।। १७॥
तस्य देव: सदा तुष्टः सर्वान् कामान् प्रयच्छति।
द्वारं यत्सांख्ययोगानां स तत्र वसति प्रभुः।। १८ ।।

One who goes there anytime is purified of the sin of even killing a Brähmana. One who continually resides there, for all his life, unmoved in mind, is not only purified of his sin committed in this life, but also of his Brahmahatyā sin in his previous birth, and attains Visveswara (Siva) and does not get any other births. He gets the favour of Siva and all his desire are fulfilled, and he gets the same end as the knower of Sāmkhya does. He remains there all his lives and never quits it.

  • If visiting kashi would've removed this sin then why didn't any of the courtsmen or the wise men with Shri rama and Dharmaraja Yudhishtir tell them about this they could've easily avoided Ashwamedha Yagna. I think it must be Mahatmya of Kashi Tirtha instead of Mahatya.
    – Yogi
    May 5, 2016 at 15:03
  • @Yogi Well, there are many ways to remove this sin but i think Aswamedha Yagna would give still some more benefits with removing Brahma hatya Dosha. So, Kings would choose this rather than visiting Kasi though visiting Kasi too remove many sins. I think Varna also plays a major role here.
    – The Destroyer
    May 5, 2016 at 15:10
  • Lets disscuss it here chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/39339/…
    – Yogi
    May 5, 2016 at 15:11

In Mahabharata, Anushashan Parva, SECTION XXV, Yudhishthira has asked to Bhishma about the greatness of sacred waters. In this context Bhishma told the story in which Sage Angiras has described the greatness of sacred waters to Gautama. According to Sage Angiras bathing in some sacred waters one can be freed from the sin of Brahmanicide.

By bathing, after a fast of three days and purifying the mind of all evil passions, in the large lake of Bhrigu Kunda, one becomes cleansed of even the sin of Brahmanicide.

Bathing in Asmaprishtha and Niravinda mountains and Kraunchapadi,--all three in Gaya--one becomes cleansed of the sin of Brahmanicide. A bath in the first place cleanses one of a single Brahmanicide; a bath in the second cleanses one of two offences of that character; and a bath in the third cleanses one of three such offences.

Repairing to Indratoya in the vicinity of the mountains of Gandhamadana and next to Karatoya in the country called Kuranga, one should observe a fast for three days and then bathe in those sacred waters with a concentrated heart and pure body. By doing this, one is sure to acquire the merit of a Horse-sacrifice.

Bathing in Ganga hrada and the tirtha known by the name of Utpalavana and daily offering oblations of water there for a full month to the Pitris, one acquires the merit of a Horse-sacrifice.

Bathing in the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna as also at the tirtha in the Kalanjara mountains and offering every day oblations of water to the Pitris for a full month, one acquires the merit that attaches to ten Horse-sacrifices.

Bathing in Utpataka and then in Ashtavakra and offering oblations of water to the Pitris every day for twelve days in succession, abstaining the while from food, one acquires the merits of a Horse-sacrifice.

Observing a fast for three days and bathing in the tirtha known as Kulya and reciting the sacred mantras that go by the name of Aghamarshana, one attains the merit of a horse-sacrifice.

  • Well I know that horse Sacrifice clears Bramhahatya sin but, in cases like Bathing in Ganga It is not clear if we can clear Bramhahatya Sin(i don't know if inderict merit of Ashwamedha clears bramhahatya sin), why is more importance given to the lakes rather than ganga?
    – Yogi
    Jul 27, 2016 at 16:25
  • @Yogi Yes it is not clearly declared that bathing in Ganges, Brahma hatya sin will be removed but it clearly indicates that that Brahma hatya sin will be removed because bathing in Ganges is equal to Ashvamedh and Ashvamedh is way to remove this sin. Jul 27, 2016 at 16:32
  • You cannot say that indirect merit would clear a sin. That is a possibility we need to confirm it.Also why do you think more importance to some lake rather than Ganges?
    – Yogi
    Jul 27, 2016 at 16:34
  • @Yogi well I will give more details about Bhrigu kund. I need some more time. Still I believe we should grab indirect notions of our scriptures because there are lot of such indications are available in scriptures. Jul 27, 2016 at 16:42
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    @Yogi I have unable to find any references so I have asked a question about it here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/14465/… Aug 12, 2016 at 6:45

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