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What's the difference between Mangalika (मांगलिक) and Ashta-Mangalika (अष्ट-मांगलिक) afflictions in the Jyotiṣa?

Before a marriage between two families is agreed upon, it's essential in Hinduism to match the horoscopes of the to-be bride and groom. One of the most popular afflictions which, I have personally ...
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What scriptures mention the story of goddess Durga stopping war between Vishnu & Shiva?

As per this official website on goddess Durga (known specifically as Shanta-Durga), it says - About Devasthan Shree Shantadurga is one of the forms of Goddess Adimaya Durga. It is believed that once ...
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Are people born under an eclipse considered inauspicious or ill-fated?

I have heard, that children born under eclipse (Surya-Grahan, & Chandra-Grahan) are considered ill-fated as per the Jyotish-shastras? Is it true as per scriptures, specifically the astrological ...
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Do the scriptures recommend not leaving one's home empty stomach in the morning?

I have heard Elders say that we mustn't leave the home in the morning on an empty stomach for that results in ill-fortunes and bad-omens for the upcoming day. The common reasoning given by them is it ...
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Is having more than one Ishta-devta, a defined concept in the scriptures?

Sometimes back, I was having a discussion with my friends on the concept of 'Ishta' (one's personal favorite tutelary deity). In the course of the discussion, one of my friend told me that since their ...
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Is the notion of goddess Sarasvati sitting atleast once per day on every beings tongue found in scriptures?

It is generally said, at least so have I heard in my area, from elders, that goddess Sarasvati sits on every humans tongue, atleast once a day. Therefore we should always try to speak about good ...
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Do scriptures say one mustn't lie their age to be less?

Generally people tend to lie about their age, mostly telling the wrong numbers in smaller figures than the actual age. Recently, I heard an elder saying that lying about age with smaller figure ...
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Why do we offer to 3 generation during Sraddha ceremony?

Why do we offer pinda, tarpanam, food etc to only to 3 generation of ancestors during Sraddha ceremony? Why not for 4 generations or 2 generations? I know before sapindikarna we offer food only to ...
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Will Divorced Wifes go to heaven if they die before Husband passes away?

Usually, wives do Tulasi pooja and to be Muthaidhe and they pray for it to attain heaven by dying before their Husbands. These practices now drastically come down but still, traditional people follow. ...
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What happens to those who keep lying using God/Mother promises?

I have witnessed many people who try to escape always by keeping God Swear, Mother swear in tough situations. This is not just once, it is their habit of keeping it and has no value/worth on it. They ...
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What is the purpose of Hindu girls attire?

Why Hindu girls or women should wear Bangles, Nosepin, earrings, Gezze, and even flowers behind head? Also, toe ring after marriage? Thaali is something we all know it shows that they are married and ...
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Growing animals and killing for food is not a sin?

I have heard a lot about the killing of animals as a sin. Some say it's a food cycle that can be justified. But why one should grow to kill that in unconditional ways? A normal chicken growth takes ...
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Does any scripture say that chanting the name of a god exactly three times at the time of death yields Moksha?

In one of the comments in an answer on this site, I read this assertion that if the name of God is chanted three times exactly at the time of death, the jivātman will attain Moksha. Here Yes. It is ...
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What is the 'Māsī Māgama (मासी मागम)', and it's significance?

I recently heard about this festival - 'Māsī Māgama (मासी मागम)' and its currently ongoing celebration. Mostly celebrated in the Tamil Nadu. Some details maybe found here and here As per the details ...
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Are Vrata (व्रत), and Upavāsa (उपवास) the same thing, or some difference exists? Is there any esoteric explanation?

Generally we use both these terms interchangeably: Vrata (व्रत) Upvasa (उपवास) But, sometimes I feel there must be a difference, even if a minute one. Like we famously refer Pitāmaha Bhīṣma as ...
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Is dying while asleep considered bad as per any scripture?

If someone dies in their sleep, generally people say - "what a peaceful (and painless) way to pass away". However, recently I heard a priest say that as per Hinduism this kind of death is ...
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What is Panchamahayajna? Why is it important to follow the sacrifices/rituals in day to day life?

What are the five Yajnas which every person should follow in daily life? Why were Yajnas or sacrifices performed? How the yajnas were performed? What is the purpose of Yajna?
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Is there any book devoted to better decision making? [closed]

Is there any book written by the sages devoted to better decision making in life ?
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What should be our attitude/behaviour in life according to Hinduism?

I mean should we just be ourselves or should we copy successful people's behaviour? I am really confused should we be real us or should we copy successful people? Should we be cool minded or impulsive ...
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Adharniya Vega and Brahmacharya

According to Charaka Samhita(Lesson 1- Chapter 7) Sorry about not being able to paste in text format but as you see, While Brahmcharya prohibits all sexual desires, Charaka Samhita seems to ...
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Did our Rishis mention any of our future events in Puranas?

I saw some social media posts that covid was mentioned in Puranas. Is this true? If yes, did our ancestors visualise our future? My point of view to this question is, there is 10th incarnation of lord ...
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Direction of facing while doing Sashtang Namaskar?

Which direction should a prostrated body face while doing sashtanga pranam to a diety/guru? My understanding was that the deity is in front of a devotee and while doing sashtanga pranam, the ...
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Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a bhokta at annual Shraddha?

My maatulah (maama, mother's brother) is performing annual Shraddha of my maternal grand father and he invited me to take part in the Shraddha as a bhokta. Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a ...
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Scriptural reference for the "5 Super-Sacred Banyan Trees"?

Although all Banyan trees are considered Sacred. However, there is a popular belief for 5 Special Types of Banyan Trees that are considered to be of even a higher "religious-theological" ...
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Scriptural Reference that say - "a Banyan tree represents Shiva"?

The Vaṭ, Bargad, or the Indian Banyan tree ( Ficus benghalensis ) is one of the most venerated trees within Hinduism. Several times, it's told by people that the tree is a combined representation of ...
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Is the notion of Chudail (चुड़ैल) and Daayan (डायन) based on any scripture?

Both - Chudail/Chuṛail (चुड़ैल), and Daayan/Ḍāin (डायन) are mass popular terms across the Indian subcontinent. Both of them are believed to be supernatural entities having the appearance of a Women, ...
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Does a Jeevatman have any gender?

As discussed in this question - Does a soul have any gender? : No. All souls that enter the human body are not male because the soul (or the Self) doesn't have any gender. However, most people ...
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Why are vedic chants used to propitiate puranic deities?

Sama Veda for instance mostly has hymns to Indra, Agni, and Varuna, and yet we use these very hymns nowadays to worship Ganesha, Skanda, Shiva, and others. Where is the scriptural basis for doing so?
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Is the "Mahayuga (i.e., 4 Yugas) lasting for only 5000 years" theology of Brahma-Kumaris found in any scriptures?

The Brahma Kumaris believe that: The universe follows an eternal, naturally occurring 5,000-year cycle, composed of four ages (yugas): the Golden Age (Satya Yuga), the Silver Age (Treta Yuga), the ...
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Are the rules of eclipses (grahaṇa) still valid if the eclipse is not visible from the observers' place?

There was a recent Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahaṇa) - the first for the year 2021. The full eclipse began at 11.11 am UTC, which was around 4.41 pm IST. But the total lunar eclipse was not visible in ...
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Why is Buddha Pūrṇimā named so?

Is Buddha Pūrṇimā named so because of Gautama Buddha? If yes, then how to reconcile its significance with our hindu theology because clearly, Gautama Buddha was not a Hindu as per Vedic Standards. Or ...
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Fastest and easiest way in KALIYUGA to attain LIBERATION

What are the fastest and easiest ways in KALIYUGA to get rid of LUST, ANGER, GREED,FALSE PRIDE and ENVY of ONE's SELF?
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Isn't keeping the idol-murtis of non canonical hindu deities in temples specifically dedicated to hindu deities a sin?

Isn't keeping the idol-murtis or pictures, etc., of non canonical deities (like Saî Bâbâ, Santoșhî Mâtâ) in the temples dedicated to scripture defined canonical deities, a sin or a forbidden act? ...
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Does Śhāstras say that a Vedic Brāhmiṇa is worse than a Śhruti knowing chāṇḍāla?

As per a comment in this question, A Vedic Brāhmiṇa is worse than a chāṇḍāla/achût, who knows "real Śhruti". Here's a screenshot of the comment, just in case: So, which scriptures ...
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Are the human sacrifice based practises by "tantrika babas" a part of any tantra system, as popularly shown in the tv shows?

Several Indian tv shows have portrayed the popular trope of a "tântrik guy" performing some rituals and ultimately sacrificing a human, especially a Child. In fact, occasionally one can read ...
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Do all Hindu sects believe that planets and eclipses affect day-to-day lives of humans and other lifeforms on Earth?

A user of this site recently made this sweeping remark: Statement 1: Ancient Indians imagined some design patterns in sky which purportedly affect people on Earth. Statement 1 can't be supported ...
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What is the purpose of Yogi and Aghoris life?

Heard that they are supreme saints who are meditating to save the earth. But border clashes always persist. Covid could not be controlled nor avoided to enter India. 12 years of Kumba mela has lead ...
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What is the scripture verificiton of the sine-wave based seven vedic gods concept?

some of These picture everyone can see flying around the net, tellings about 7 modes of the supreme bhrahman realities. i thinks , There is some of the peculiar answers in several platforms regarding ...
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Why should we not hang the photos of the living people on the south side wall?

MY Parents refuse to allow photos hangings on the south direction of the room. Why is it so? does hindu scriptures forbids it? Thanks.
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What should be the minimum quantity of food that can be offered to God?

What is the minimum quantity of food, recommended scripturally, that can be offered to God? Does the quantity varies : Both in normal daily pújã and the occasional big pújã? Does the kind and quantity ...
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Why is the Madhurya Bhakti Bhāva (Kaanta Bhakti) considered the topmost or the best bhāva (sentiment), that a devotee can practice?

As per this QnA , the different kinds of Bhakti-Bhāva / Rasa (i.e., Mode/Types of Devotion), which includes: Mādhurya, Vātsalya, Sākhya, Santa, Dāsya., aren't to be found in any of the ...
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What's the connection between the Red Sandalwood and the Deví (Shakti)?

I have heard at several places the intrinsic link between the Deví (Durga/Uma/Shakti) and the Red Sandalwood (Rakta-Chandan - रक्त चंदन ). Several "pandits" or astrologers advice doing the ...
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What are the differences between Gopi Chandan and normal chandan (sandalwood)?

I have generally known the Gaudiya Vaishnavism (Krishna rooted) based sects specifically applying the Gopi Chandan based tilaks on their body. The other Vaishnavism sects might or might not limit with ...
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Is the famous sanskrit phrase - Vasudhaiva Kuṭumbakam, found in the RigVeda and Maha Upanishad?

The famous Sanskrit phrase is almost used by many people as an an aphorism-maxim proverb, to signify the presence of global acceptability as an Indian value. Commonly translated as: Vasudhaiva ...
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Is it possible that we had been born as humans before this very life?

Is it that Human births for each soul take place after long periods of time?
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What gives the "spiritual - theological authenticity" to modern compositions like Chālīsās & ārtís?

Hanumāna Chālīsā is by far, one of the most popular devotional hymn to a God. It's authorship is credited to Tulsídāsa, although few other sources might also call it as a later interpolated addition ...
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Even the Moksha achieved after getting slayed by the Supreme Lord is Impermanent?

As per this QnA, anyone killed by the Supreme Lord achieves Moksha. Then why is it that the cursed Jīvātman of Jaya & Vijaya (the door keepers of God Vishnu's Vaikuntha) had to be re-born not ...
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Touching water after daily puja - sãdhanã bad?

I have heard that one must not touch water after having finished their daily pújã/upãsanã - पूजा/उपासना. This is because, that due to mantra-uccharaña - मंत्रोच्चारण while doing sãdhanã - साधना, a ...
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Two or more Idols of the same deity at home forbidden?

Several elders say, that as per vaastu-shastra or some other treatises: it's forbidden to keep two idols of Lord Ganesha at home. Further, keeping three idols of Bhagwati Durga or any other Deví is ...
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Keeping two conch shells ( shankha) at home not allowed?

I have heard people saying that the shankh - conch, which is used for blowing shouldn't be used for worshipping any deities via Abhishekam (especially God Vishnu) or, in any other way, and vice-versa. ...
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