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This question may seem silly. I want to know the reason why using a left hand during our daily life and in rituals. I have even seen some people who say not to accept anything with left hand. Some also say while you are wearing something new like a shirt or shoe, insert your right limb first. There are some parents who force their left handed children to change to right. Lord Hanuman enters Lanka with his left foot first as an enemy. I'm aware of that story. Arjuna was an ambidextrous person (see this question for more) . But no one prevented him being a left handed and none punished him. More over many of us admire him due to this quality.

Can anyone say why people prevent their children to be left-handed?

Please post answers with valid reason but not with generalized reasons. There is a similar question with accepted answer but it does not cite scriptural references.

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    90% of the population is right handed. The left hand is reserved for cleaning yourself. As such it became associated with things unclean. Apr 14 '16 at 14:47
  • @SwamiVishwananda Namaskram Swamiji. But during performing vandanam to the Bhagawan, our both hands unite. Then why is it only limited to cleaning purposes? Apr 14 '16 at 16:06
  • @SreeCharan if you look into the Baphomet it also seems to demonstrate that the left hand path is associated with females and therefore not as holy. Females are not as common to be priest and other things. Not a great argument but valid.
    – William
    Dec 4 '16 at 1:41
  • Bad Englsih I just wanna keep it short because of my Shortage of knowledge. Left hand is Seen as bad luck and right is as good luck.Not only in Hindu culture's this is same in a lot of cultures. Ex:Shake hand is given with Right and many others.
    – G-Ox7cd
    Dec 6 '16 at 15:15
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Regarding any possible restriction due to role of left-hand in cleaning, as per my understanding there are no restrictions regarding the handedness of cleaning activities:

He shall eat facing the east, void fæces facing, the south, discharge urine facing the north, and wash his feet turned towards the west. [Apastamba Dharmasutra 1.11.31.1]

"He who desires to be pure must clean the penis by one application of earth and then water, the anus by applying earth and then water three times, the left hand alone by applying it ten times, and both hands by applying it seven times." [Manusmriti, 5.132-138]

I do not know if there are restrictions when it comes to āgamas or purāṇas, especially when it comes to devotion (given the stigma vāmacāra carries)

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    No .. scriptures prohibit eating/drinking using left hand. Also worship is prohibited using the left hand.
    – Rickross
    Oct 16 at 16:45
  • @Rickross Please give citations. It's not like I don't follow those restrictions myself, in spite of being a left hander.
    – Leafy
    Oct 16 at 16:48
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    Added direct sources, adjusted tone of answer. But I don't see where in guidelines hindu exceptionalism has to upheld.
    – Leafy
    Oct 16 at 17:34
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    You completely misunderstand what I'm talking about. First, both my quotations go AGAINST the left-handedness taboo. Second, I was focussed in particular about the toilet hygiene as a rationale for inauspicious left-handedness, which to my knowledge has no basis in early dharmic scriptures. But that's not what the user is asking per se, hence I adjusted my answer. However, if there's a scriptural injunction banning the use of left hand for auspicious events, why would you discourage it from being shared?
    – Leafy
    Oct 16 at 18:02
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    Lastly, even if you can share a hindu text dated after islamic invasions contains the left-right handed restriction, I'd be glad to withdraw my answer. But until further notice, I see it as a non-hindu taboo with practical advantages.
    – Leafy
    Oct 16 at 18:04

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