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A widow is required to be chaste after the death of her husband to attain heaven.

  1. Is a woman required to be chaste even before being married? Or can a woman have affairs with other men and then get married to some other man (it is common phenomena now-a-days). Do such women go to heaven?
  2. Is she required to be chaste while being married? Can a woman who cheats on her husband or a woman who indulges in adultery with the consent of her husband go to heaven?
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    Leveve alone women. Men those who do adultery go to hell for sure. If priest does he losses right to perform Pooja to idol because sanctity of idol is lost the priest losses his caste according to manusmiriti
    – Prasanna R
    Jan 31 at 11:27
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    According bannaje women have less punishment because they already suffering by different natural happenings as soon as one cycle is passed she is pure she should be treated according as pure but one gets pregnant and kill the unborn will be punished either in this birth or later birth
    – Prasanna R
    Jan 31 at 11:35
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    For men it's tantamount to cheating
    – Prasanna R
    Jan 31 at 11:36
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    @PrasannaR Then why are widows punished ? Because widows too should get purified.
    – river
    Jan 31 at 11:42
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    Female mostly are not punished like men in hell because they cannot be instigator only thing here is their Chitta becomes corrupted lead to numerous birth to reach current state it's snake and ladder game
    – Prasanna R
    Jan 31 at 12:10

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Manu Smriti says that the religious ceremony of marriage is never meant for ladies who have lost their virginity:

8.226. The nuptial texts are applied solely to virgins, (and) nowhere among men to females who have lost their virginity, for such (females) are excluded from religious ceremonies.

If the father knowingly does Kanyadana of such a daughter who has already lost her virginity then that father is eligible for a punishment. But not so when he declares that blemish beforehand.

8.205. He who gives (a damsel in marriage), having first openly declared her blemishes, whether she be insane, or afflicted with leprosy, or have lost her virginity, is not liable to punishment.


So, yes women are required to be chaste before marriage.

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