Is it compulsory for a person studying the Vedas to remove all facial hair and just have a Shikha/shendi?

  • @user1981528 you might be correct, but there also might be a vedic approach towards doing rituals Sep 3 '19 at 5:31

It is recommended not to have facial hairs at least while one is reciting the Vedas. We have the following reference from the Dharma Sutras of Baudhayana 4.5.1-3:

Now I will proclaim the rites of the Rg-, Yajur-, and Atharva-vedas by which a man will quickly obtain his heart’s desires.

2 He should perform the rites only after purifying his body by the soft recitation of prayers, burnt offerings, oblations, and restraints. He will not attain success otherwise.

When he is about to engage in the soft recitation of prayers, make burnt offerings and oblations, and practise restraints, a Brahmin should first get his head and beard shaved and his nails clipped on an auspicious day and under an auspicious lunar mansion during the fortnight

  • I think the bold text is only for someone who starts studying the vedas for the first time. In personal experience I have seen that people who start studying the vedas begin to get a stubble since they can shave on only particular days and not daily like the others. And I believe a shika is needed on the head and it shouldn't be completely shaven (not sure if this is sect specific). Sep 4 '19 at 21:39
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    Shikha should not be shaved generally speaking. That is mentioned in the same scriptures. Because otherwise the person will be considered as "naked from the top" @user1952500
    – Rickross
    Sep 5 '19 at 5:19

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