Is it true that widows who don't practice celibacy after death of husbands go to hell ?


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Not necessarily. A widow has three options after the death of her husband. Either she can follow celibacy (Vidhwavrata), can marry an other person or perform sati.

Naradha Smriti 12.97 “When her husband is lost or dead, when he has become a religious ascetic, when he is impotent, when he has been expelled from caste, in these cases a woman may be Justified in another husband.

Garuda Purana 1.107.28 “In case of disappearance or death or renunciation or impotent or lost caste status of her husband, in these five cases a woman is allowed to take another husband.”

Agni Purana 154.4-7 “Women are allowed to have another husband in the following five adversaries;- (the first husband) is lost, dead, has become an ascetic, impotent or fallen morally. If the husband is dead, she should be given to the brother of the deceased. In the absence of brother, she should be given to anyone as one wished”

  • i don't think the english translation can be accepted on such an important matter. the word 'Pati' means protector. Raghu-Pati is name of sri rama, does it mean he is husband of raghu ? There is Manu Smriti verse that says 'only 1 time kanya daan is done'.
    – ram
    Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 17:52
  • @mar I am ready for a debate in this matter. I have checked all the translations. And even Parashara Smriti 4.28 says that a women can be remarried. Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 1:41
  • @mar you can read my blog too vedicanubhav.blogspot.com/2021/02/… Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 1:42
  • can u post original Sanskrit verse ?
    – ram
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 15:01

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