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Every day mantra [duplicate]

I have been using a mantra for a long time. the effect of mantra seems to be decreasing at the course of time. Can you tell me how to increase the power back?
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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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What portion of Hindus believe that deities are mere fiction?

I see varying degrees of deity "devotion" in Hinduism within the structure of the Vedas. The samhitas and brahmanas provide rituals and a mythos to illustrate use of the principles behind them. The ...
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Where are imperishable personalities from Mahabharata?

The characters listed below are Chiranjeevi's or imperishable personalities from Dwaaparayuga that means they are immortal. So where do they exist in Kaliyug? Is there any evidence or documents ...
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What defines a “hero,” from a Hindu perspective?

For some context, see this question, which I will also summarize: I plan to run a Dungeons & Dragons game soon for some people who follow Hindu faith. For those unfamiliar, it's like a cooperative ...
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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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Was it anywhere mentioned in Hndu scriptures about Budhi Karmaanu saarena?

I heard a sentence "Budhi Karmaanu saarena", sometimes your mind makes the choices without your consciousness that drives you towards your destiny. Is it true? Was it mentioned anywhere in hindu ...
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Krishna's Kaalinga Nardhana better than Mohini's dance for Basmasura?

I can't stop to wonder, If Krishna's Kaalinga Nardhana better than Mohini's dance for Bhasmasura? Or more generally/philosphically, Say according to Dharma Shastra or other Puranas Is taming better ...
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Is there any festival in hindu religion celebrating girl child and why girls have to fast most of the time?

A person raised a question that why in Hindu religion we have "boy" centered festivals but none for girls. For example in north India we have bhai-duj and jhat puja festival in which family worship to ...
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Why do only some Brahmins have a tuft of hair? Is it mandatory to cut the tuft of hair before leaving India?

Why is it that some Brahmins have a tuft of hair and some don't? Is it optional? Furthermore, the great Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan before leaving to Cambridge University cut his tuft ...
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What is Ganesh Chaturthi/ Ganesh Utsav idol worship size according to shastra and Dharma

In my Marathi state we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi as a Ganesh utsav for ten days and bring clay idol from market on the first day and make visarjan on 10th day. My question is, what is the right size ...
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Is marriage preferred between the people having mars in 1st house and 2nd houses?

Is marriage preferred between the people having mars in 1st house and 2nd houses (lagna and moon kuja dosha) or persons should find the horoscope having mars in the same houses? Is marriage suggested ...
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I have intrusive thoughts about God [closed]

So I have a psychological problem where I get intrusive thoughts. These intrusive thoughts are usually about God/Devi's. These thoughts are really bad. They consist of sexual thoughts about the Devi's ...
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Is good or bad absolute or relative? does it change over time?

It is always a question to the humanity which is bad which is good. But are "good" "bad" absolute or does those change with time?
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What does the Vedic literature speak about pre-marital sex and sexual abstinence? [duplicate]

I understand that unlike Abrahamic religions, sex is primarily not a taboo in our Sanatana Dharma. However, I would like to know what is laid out in the scriptures regarding 'pre-marital sex' and ...
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Scriptural mentions of the ability of other people to influence your life trajectory by being envious of you, what is the remedy? [duplicate]

My mother would always say, 'Don't show off too much, other people being envious will ensure you don't prosper'. I know rishis in Treta Yuga have gotten into spats with other individuals and cursed ...
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Bringing metals into home on Saturday

There is a popular belief that one should not bring metals (iron afaik) into the home on Saturday. Is this belief a valid one according to scriptures? If yes, what are the metals mentioned and is ...
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Why do we worship Lord Hanuman on these weekdays?

We generally associate a day for the worship of different gods, like Monday for Lord Shiva, Tuesday for Lord Hanuman. What is the reason that we worship Lord Hanuman on Tuesdays and Saturdays? What is ...
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Belief In God or Knowledge Of God. Which is better?

A lot of people in the society believe in God, but barely have knowledge of God. Does God help them? Belief is better or knowledge of God? Or belief after knowledge of God? The question arises: ...
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What's the proof that God exists? [duplicate]

I haven't seen or experienced him. So how do I say God exists? If you are giving example of oxygen or air, I would say I can at least feel it. How can you say God exists even thought you can't of feel ...
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Why do Indians(Hindus) follow God though most of them haven't read holy books like Geeta? [closed]

Why do Indians(Hindus) follow God though most of them haven't read holy books like Geeta? I have seen them blindly following the god just because of religious reasons. Why so?
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Is growing bamboo at home considered inauspicious?

Are there any scriptures or traditional systems around growing bamboo plants in a pot in the house? I heard from one of my elders but the elder was not certain, and hence would like to know more about ...
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What are the characteristics of a bona-fide Sampradaya?

It is believed that one needs to be initiated by a bona-fide spiritual master in the bona-fide disciplic succession, otherwise the mantra he learnt from any other sources is useless. The proper way to ...
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What is Ayyavazhi religion and what are their beliefs?

what is Ayyavazhi religion? What are their mainstream beliefs? How does this religion differ from mainstream Hinduism?
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Does Hinduism give preference to scriptural injunctions over own logical thought in day to day activities?

We face many situations in our daily life. Starting from morning to night. We also face situations where we have to make decisions to get out of those situations. Should we follow what the ...
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Is it true that Hanuman stays while preaching Ramayana?

It is a popular belief that Hanuman comes to the place where Ramayana is getting preach and stays till the end. Is that belief true?
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Is bathing at night a good custom (sadhachara)?

Consider the following statement by Bhishma in SECTION CIV of Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata One should bathe at night, if one desires one's own advancement. As per my knowledge, bathing in ...
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Is there a Hindu equivalent of the Buddhist Dukkha?

I really like the Buddhist teaching on suffering-unsatisfactoriness (Dukkha), a characteristic of existence and how to get rid of it. I was wondering if there was a Hindu equivalent? A similar ...
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Situating a Figure of the Goddess Uma in a Bedroom [duplicate]

Would it be considered culturally appropriate, from either a Hindu or Nepalese perspective, to situate a figure of the Goddess Uma in a bedroom or would this be considered taboo?
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In a family, does the birth of a son vs daughter, signify anything with respect to Pitru-s (ancestors)?

Scriptures suggest that, a person himself gets reborn as his own children, whether boy or girl. Bhishma said, 'The son is even as one's own self, and the daughter is like unto the son. How, ...
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Visiting other temples after visiting Sri Kalahasti Temple

Is it true that you are not supposed to visit other temples after visiting Sri Kalahasti Temple in India?
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Why Black clothes are not permissible while going to worship our Kulaswamini Ashapuri Devi?

Since our childhood, my parents were not purchasing any black coloured cloths for us. When asked why it is so? They said, Black colour clothes should be avoided because wearing them is not ...
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What are the basis behind the concept of communication with God?

Most devotees believe they can talk to God, either orally or mentally through their thoughts. They believe he will listen to them, and even grant them what they ask for. What are the foundations ...
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Is it a sin to allow reforms to Hinduism? [closed]

In the name of societal sense, we removed so many things in Hinduism: Child Marriages, Sati (practice) etc. Right now, cultural activist fights for Women entry to Sabarimala. which is another reform ...
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What is the significance of Gomutra? [duplicate]

I watch 2 videos on YouTube: One video showing lots of the benefits of drinking Gomutra (Link 1), In the second video, Showing Gomutra should not be drinking (Link 2). My Question: Should the ...
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Does Mimasa philosophy believe in Ithihasa and Puranas?

Though various devatas and gods are mentioned in Karma Kanda of Vedas, Mimasa doubts their existence. But there are many Puranic characters mentioned in Samhitas. Even Brahmanas of Vedas contain ...
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Does BIBI Nanchari has any scriptural evidence? [duplicate]

Many people in South India believes that Bibi Nanchari is a female goddess married to Venkateswara and belongs to the Muslim religion. Is there any scriptural evidence for her or just created in ...
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Why Lord Ayyappa Vratam or Mandalam is done only in few months?

Why Lord Ayyappa vratam or mandalam done only during Karthika masa or generally from September - January? I know even temple is generally opened during this period. Is there any reason or shastra ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about the shape of the Earth? [duplicate]

Religious scriptures of other religions like Christianity say that the Earth is flat, however debunked by Science. But as it is a general belief of Hindu scriptures being more sceintific, what do they ...
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Is there a chance for divine forces to get into common man's body and make do things? [duplicate]

Is there a chance for divine forces to get into common man's body and make do extraordinary things?
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Definition of love in Hinduism [closed]

What is described about love in Hinduism? Love between a man and a woman?
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What is the significance of tying a string of lemon and chillies?

We will see Chilli and lemon hanging on a string over doorways everywhere. This is called "Nimbu Mirchi Totka" in Hindi. Image Credits : Google Images What do our Hinduism say about this belief? ...
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Is sneezing before commencing work considered a good or bad omen?

It is popularly believed that sneezing immediately before commencing any kind of work is a bad omen or it brings unfavorable results, is it really a bad omen or it's actually considered good?
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Flowers offered to God

In our house, they say Marigold flower should not be offered to God, Is there any such belief?? What is the significance of particular flower being offered to God?
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Keeping Andal picture or Photo

It is commonly said that Bhoodevi Andal's independent picture or photo should not be kept and worshipped in the house. It is not a opinion based. Are there any puranical evidences pertaining to this?
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Are there any instances where Putra Kameshti Yajna really worked? [closed]

It is believed that if a couple remained childless or doesn't have a male child, performing Putra Kameshti Yajna will result in producing offspring, especially a male offspring. Now, my question is, ...
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Is there a concept of demonic possession in Hinduism? [duplicate]

In Hinduism, is there a concept of demonic spirits being able to take over the thoughts and actions of a person? If so, what are these demons and what scriptures mention them? I know that the ...
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Why in Aashadamaasa and Dhanurmaas no auspicious things happens?

Why in Aashadamaasa and Dhanurmaas no auspicious things happens? People follow some rituals during these time by not doing any auspicious functions. All business, marriages, home construction stops or ...
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Which scriptures say that Tulsi leaves should not be chewed?

It is a belief amongst many that Tulsi should not be chewed. Some say that Tulsi is associated with Vishnu so one must not chew it. So where does it say Tulsi should not be chewed? Does it have ...
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Dana(Donation) to beggars at temples

I heard that giving Dana after darshan will make the recipient(beggar) beneficial of getting punya of darshan but not the giver(devotee). Is there any purana which has guidelines on Dana. Is it ok to ...

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