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Is the following thing true? [duplicate]

I have seen long before in one of Dhruv Rathe's video that there was one ritual before in which hindus were to kill buffalo just like in the movie bahubali. I guess the ritual was thread ceremony or I ...
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Is castrating animals a sin as per Hinduism?

Several governmental bodies these days have been castrating dogs and monkeys, and other animals these days. What is the general take of Hinduism on animal castration? I think it's a form of violence ...
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Antyesti for dogs

Jai Sri Ramakrsna! Why do we Hindus not perform cremation for dogs (& other animals)? If we are to move past this body into the next, are not all creatures subject to this? If anyone does know how ...
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Is the story of Gajendra-Mokṣa mentioned in other texts besides the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Purāṇa?

We find the complete story of the Elephant named - Gajendra getting Mokṣa through god Viṣṇu's grace, (and hence the reason for calling it the 'Gajendra Mokṣa'), in Chapter 2, 3 & 4 of the Canto 8 ...
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Dogs with Dattatreya

As mentioned in this question and answers, Dattatreya is depicted with dogs. At the same time dogs are considered not allowed at places of worship; example is quoted in this question. When dogs are ...
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Where do souls of animals go after their death?

Does the scriptures say where they go after death? Do animals go to heaven like humans?
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Is there any scriptural opposition to humane animal slaughter?

Note that I'm not talking about general ethics - I mean only from a religious scriptural perspective. To give you full context on why I have this question: Because cow slaughter is banned in many ...
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What is the view of Vedanta on attaining Realization in other than human form; as plant, animal, fish etc.? [duplicate]

Gita Upanishads Hindu texts on philosophy
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Why do Ganesha temples house doves/pigeons?

Many temples in South India dedicated to Ganapati maintain dovecotes. For instance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35ocltmUtEw https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g304556-d3268808-r151055818-...
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Does Sanatana Dharma Endorse Animal Sacrifice? [duplicate]

I've heard in Vedic yajna, the sacrifice of animals was a must. Nevertheless, Vedic texts are riddled with contradictions. I've also heard of SrimadBhagavad Gita and Puranas which endorse animal ...
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Is it True that Vivekananda admitted in a letter to Ms. Christina Greenstidel to sacrificing a goat? [closed]

The letter at issue was written by Swami Vivekananda to Ms. Christina Greenstidel on Nov. 12, 1901, and it contained these words: 'Day before yesterday, however, came the Puja of Kali. We had an ...
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How can killing a Human being and killing an Animal be on the same level?

Why does Manu Smriti say that by killing certain Animals one should perform the same penance that must be done for killing a Sudra? Manu 11.131 - Having killed a cat, an ichneumon, a blue jay, a frog,...
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How did Gods select their animal vehicles?

For example, Ganesh --> Mouse Durga --> Lion Shiva -–> Bull, and the list is endless.... So, how are these assigned or rather selected by all the Gods as their vehicles? OR Is it just that ...
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Hindu Gods associated with ravens

Many Hindu Gods and Goddesses are often associated with animals : Shiva with the bull, Durga with the lion, Vishnu with the eagle etc. Which of them is associated with the raven?
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Sighting of Garuda (Grudha or vulture) when a person is ill. What does it signify?

What is the significance of seeing Garuda/Grudha (Vulture) on a tree in front of house ( never appeared in past, not in the neighborhood too ) and it flew the moment a person looked at it. It appeared ...
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Why do many Gods and Goddesses bear a serpent? [duplicate]

I've observed that many Gods in one form or the other bear a serpent. For example, Devi Durga holds a serpent in one hand. Is there a spiritual significance to this?
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Why are buffaloes sacrificed during Maa Kali's Puja?

First of all, this isn't meant to hurt anyone's sentiment. In which scripture, is the ritual mentioned? Secondly, is it allowed to take the meat in the form of prasad? Why or why not? [1] Edit (4/...
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Why do Hindus worship rats and Monkeys? [closed]

Why do Hindus Animal Worship ?
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Do animals dream?

Human beings can experience atleast three states: Jagart (waking state), swapna (dream state) and sushupti (deep sleep). How many states, among the three, can an animal experience? Are there any ...
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Who are not included in Paap or Punya system? [duplicate]

The Paap and Puniya system is applicable to human beings because we have the power of reasoning. So does that mean that who doesn't have power of reasoning are not judged in this system? For example -...
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How Can An Animal Accumulate Karma?

If we take into consideration the behavior of certain animals whose intelligence and perception are radically different from our human perspective (e.g. a flatworm , a jellyfish or even an Amoeba) ...
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Did Rantideva kill cows and cook in his kitchen to feed the hungry?

I was listening to Mahabharata audio podcasts. My doubt was when Rishi Kaushika met the butcher in Mithila nagara, did the butcher mention that king Rantideva also killed many animals including cows ...
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Was/is there a caste/subcaste designated to actually kill the animal at animal sacrifices?

An example of a specialized occupation in Tamil Nadu is the inherited, highly stigmatized office of funeral drummer and graveyard attendant, called vettiyan (drawn from the Paraiyar subcaste). Is the ...
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Did any sect reject animal sacrifice from the time of its founding?

I believe Sankara, Ramanuja et al condoned the idea of animal sacrifice. I think Ramanuja says the sacrificed animal may feel some pain but it would reach a higher state after being sacrificed. If ...
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Is Kṛṣṇasāra mentioned in Manusmṛti 2.23 the spotted deer (Axis axis) or the blackbuck (Indian antelope)?

Ganganath Jha translates 'kṛṣṇasāra' as 'spotted deer': kṛṣṇasārastu carati mṛgo yatra svabhāvataḥ | sa jñeyo yajñiyo deśo mlecchadeśastvataḥ paraḥ || 23 || But the region where the spotted ...
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Which group of currently active Hindus (not necessarily a sect) reject the least from the totality of Hindu scripture?

Most modern Hindus would probably reject animal sacrifice - although it is actively practiced by many Hindus today. Many sects are currently active today and many of them are defined more by what ...
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Whose translation of AV 7.5.5 is this?

A couple of answers on this site (e.g., this one) cite this translation of AV 7.5.5: Atharvaved 7:5:5:- All those are foolish who use cow, dog or any other animal in yajnas. From another answer: ...
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Why Cow is considered as GOD in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I want to know the reason why Cow is considered as GOD in Hinduism?
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The number of legs of creatures/animals

Yayati in his conversation with Ashtaka mentioned about two-legged, four-legged and six-legged animals. "Yayati answered, 'After falling from heaven, the being becometh a subtile substance ...
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Is it okay to dispose a dog's dead body in the river?

My dog passed away last night and as far as the rituals in my family are concerned, we have to dispose the dead body into the river. But most of my relatives and friends are now saying we should have ...
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Way of beheading before consuming meat

In north part of India, I have observed, Hindus only eat meat of goat/chicken beheaded at once. They say it "jhatakA"; literal meaning "at once". Is this concept backed up by scriptures ? If not then ...
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What scriptures describe the Rishi Shalihotra cutting the wings off of horses?

The Ashva Shastra is a work of unknown authorship about the nature and proper care of horses. Now this chapter of the Ashva Shastra says that there used to be winged horses, but then Indra asked the ...
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Is killing of a scorpion or snake not himsa according to the scriptures?

In Srimad-Bhagavatam (7.9.14), we get modeta sādhur api vṛścika-sarpa-hatyā (..Even saintly persons take pleasure in the killing of a scorpion or a snake..) Gita on the other hand clearly says that ...
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Are the birds called chatakas and chakoras mentioned in our scriptures?

In 'Pravodha -sudhaakara' by Sankaracharya, we read as the empty sky fulfills the desires of the chaataka and chakora birds in the form of rain-water and moonlight, Sri Hari inspite of being beyond ...
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Where in the hindu sacred texts does it say animals do not create new karma?

Where in the hindu texts does it say that animals and the gods do not create new karma but only pay off karma?
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What scriptures describe these four types of living beings?

The Paratvadi Panchakam is a five-verse poem by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Nadadur Ammal In praise of the five types of manifestations of Vishnu described in the Pancharatra Agamas: Para, Vyuha, ...
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What is the source of this sloka which is prohibiting keeping pets at home?

I got the following sloka in Sri Sri Sitarama-Kathamrita, a collection of gospels of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath, by Kinkar Brahmanda (page 27): kukkuta-swana-marjaran poshayanti dinatrayam/ iha ...
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Are there any animal sacrifices specifically for Vishnu?

There are animal sacrifices for Indra, Vayu, Agni, Prajapati and Shiva, etc in the Vedas. For example, in the Ashvalayana Grihya Sutras: 1 1. Now the spit-ox (sacrificed to Rudra). In ...
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Does Tantrik, avaidik, or agamic animal sacrifice have any scriptural authority?

No one has done a Vedic animal sacrifice for hundreds of years, but the Shakta, Shaiva, and Vamachara traditions, especially in East India, are known to perform lots of avaidik animal sacrifices for ...
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Does Vishnu like animal sacrifices?

The Vedas are traditionally divided into two parts: Karma kanda and Jnana kanda. The Karma kanda consists of Yajnas involving animal sacrifice. Ancient Sri Vaishnava commentators and acharyas say that ...
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Do the Devas and Pitrs like eating meat?

The body of animals killed in Yajnas and Sraddhas go to the world of the Devas as well as the world of Pitrs. The Devas and Pitrs eat the flesh of the animals killed in the yajnas offered by humans. ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

Manusmriti verses 5.41-42 say this: madhuparke ca yajñe ca pitṛdaivatakarmaṇi | atraiva paśavo hiṃsyā nānyatraityabravīn manuḥ || 41 || eṣvartheṣu paśūn hiṃsan vedatattvārthavid dvijaḥ | ...
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How are animals killed in the Soma Yajna?

In the Soma yajna, a few animals are killed (I think 3 different animals are killed). My question is, how are they killed? Through beheading, strangulation, etc? This answer says that the horse is ...
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Why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata?

To kill an animal is said to be a sin in the Sanatana Dharma. So, why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata? What is the justification for this action?
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Are dogs allowed in Lokas like Kailasha and Vaikuntha?

It is probably a well-known fact that dogs are not allowed in the heaven (Swarga). For e.g. the dog which accompanied Yudhishthira on his way to the heavens was denied entry in there. The Smritis ...
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What is the explanation given for souls who are currently living in animal bodies?

Do the animals have these bodies because of their past Karma? Or will they eventually progress into human and then higher forms and eventually seek liberation?
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Who is Vena, the possible inspiration for Phoenix?

While researching about the phoenix I came across this interesting website that says: The Phoenix is a unique bird, there may only exist one at a time, which ... legend of Phoenix, the same bird is ...
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Are any stories available for the sons of Sarama that serve Yama?

Sarama is the female dog that is mentioned in many Vedic verses as the helper of the gods and is especially associated with Indra. Her children are also mentioned in some verses as being assistants of ...
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Who is the divine horse Dadhikras mentioned in the Rigveda?

Rig Veda Book 4 has certain hymns dedicated to a Dadhikri/Dadhikras that talk about the great speed and agility of this divine horse: 1 FROM you two came the gifts in days aforetime which Trasadasyu ...
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What is the moral stance towards milking of animals/cows?

The chief function of lactation is to provide nutrition and immune protection to the young after birth. Consuming milk of the mother (e.g., cow), meant for her offspring strikes to be a heinous deed. ...
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