Questions tagged [belief]

For questions about particular beliefs held by Hindus, e.g. what happens after death, or why people burn incense during prayer.

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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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What is the difference between — “Hypnotism” and “Divya Drushti” granted to Arjuna by Krishna?

Currently, not much information is available about Hypnotism in Hinduism .SE. Let's draw parallels between Krishna granting Divya Drushti to Arjuna [BG 11.8] and the typical Hypnotism (Vashikarana) ...
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Vidya without a Physical Guru? [duplicate]

I heard from many teachings that 'Guruvu leni vidya ranimchadhu' (telugu) which means the skill or knowledge gained without guru doesn't shines. Which text says the above phrase and who says to whom?...
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What is Hinduism's view on porn?

What is Hinduism's view on porn? Please include verses to back it up. If there are no verses than what are the opinions of general public or people known in the research area? https://en.wikipedia....
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What is Pitra Dosh?

I've heard about Pitra Dosh. There is a disbelief regarding the actual meaning of Pitra Dosh that it arises as our forefathers are not happy with us and they have feelings of hatred for us. But that ...
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What is the reason behind considering number 12 as special?

Purna Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years. It is also believed that spiritual progress happens in practitioners in the cycle of 12 years i.e., it takes 12 years of disciplined practice to change ...
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Do Hindus have specific dress code guidelines in their dharma shastras (scriptures)?

Are there any specific teachings related to how Hindus should dress in the public? In Islam, for instance, it has been outlined that women must wear a hijab or nikab. Islam has very clear instructions ...
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Why are owls considered inauspicious?

I remember in my childhood many elders advised me to avoid seeing owls. That bird is considered inauspicious by many in the Hindu community. The most common reason cited for owls being inauspicious ...
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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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If Radha and Krishna aren't married, why do we worship Them together, like Sita-Rama?

We all know that Lord Krishna didn't marry his lover Radha, but we still consider her as the consort of Lord Krishna. My question is why do we worship them together?
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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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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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What is the role of dogs in Hinduism?

In Hinduism dogs have a great importance lord Kalabhairva's mount is a dog.can one features exactly the Importance of dogs in Hinduism and How are they even related to gods
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Punishment in garuda-purana

a) If someone is really depressed and want to commit suicide, are there any punishments for this also in garuda-purana? b) Doesn't it means that they have more pain than they could bear so it's not ...
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Can we become God?

Can we become God? Most people believe that the Gods that we are worshipping are fixed and no human can reach the state of God. Is this true? If a person is born and lives as the purest one and ...
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Relevance of “Dhol Ganwar Shudra Pashu Nari, Sakal Taadana Ke Adhikari”

प्रभु भल कीन्ह मोहि सिख दीन्हीं। मरजादा पुनि तुम्हरी कीन्हीं॥ ढोल गवाँर शूद्र पशु नारी। सकल ताड़ना के अधिकारी॥ Drums, the illiterate, lower caste, animals and women deserve a beating to ...
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What does Hinduism say about Suicide?

What does Hinduism say in regards to suicide? Or maybe even assisted suicide? Not just out of depression or anger, but what if your just tired and want to retire?
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Is there any significace of twitching of eyes?

Is it true that twitching of eyes indicates something? Does it give us signal of something good or bad that is going to happen in the future? What is the significance of left eye twitching and ...
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Physical appearance of various Gods for worship

This is question about pictorial representation of various gods, especially their facial hair. Brahma has a full beard & moustache. But Vishnu (including RAma, Krishna incarnations) and Shankara ...
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Should we not pluck leaves of Tulsi after sundown?

My aunt refused to pluck a leaf from the Tulsi plant after sundown and when I asked her for a reason, she gave an answer with which I was not satisfied at all. So can anybody tell me if we should not ...
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Why are there religious restrictions on women?

From what i have seen women are more religious than men.But there are many prohibitions on them when it comes to participating in religious acts.Restrictions that are imposed upon men are far less in ...
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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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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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Why do Hindu women put Sindoor on her forehead? [duplicate]

Hindu women put Sindoor and take veil on their forehead ,what is the reason?
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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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Why Hinduism won't encourage inter-caste marriages?

What could be the religious reasons for avoiding inter-caste marriages? I read in a newspaper that even though the person was handsome, no one came forward to marry him as his parents are from two ...
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Why children born in Moola, Ashlesya, Jyeshta and Maga Nakshtras (stars) are considered inauspicious?

There is a saying that a child born in Moola, Ashlesya, Jyeshta, Maga is inauspicious. Is this properly explained in any religious books? This question is pursuant to astrology.
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Who records Karma of all living beings?

There are three types of Karma namely Agami Karma, Sanchita Karma and Prarabdha karma. Among these, Agami Karma means our current actions; Sanchita Karma means our actions in the past lives which are ...
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Reason behind applying Vibuthi

Why do we apply Vibuthi ( 3 horizontal lines) and What does it signify? Does it deal with more than religious beliefs?
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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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Rules for chanting Oṃ namo bhagavate Vāsudevāya

Is there any rule for chanting Mahamantra :- Oṃ namo bhagavate Vāsudevāya Or can any one chant this anywhere at anytime (while travelling, eating, sleeping, resting on bed) as we can do nama ...
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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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In which month of pregnancy a soul enters in to a new body(foetus)?

When I was going through this question and this question came across that, after the death of a body, the soul has three choices that is heaven, hell and moksha. It is said that if soul/atma left the ...
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What do Hindu texts say about sleep paralysis?

What do Hindu texts say about sleep paralysis? Are there any stories related to sleep paralysis in Hindu texts? Is it like an omen?
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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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Vedas and Vedic dharma on homosexuality

This link describes that the Vedas have no problem with homosexuality: In contemporary India LGBT people face discrimination and marginalization. This results from cultural attitudes imposed by the ...
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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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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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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 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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Why are festivals not celebrated for one year after a person's death?

Why are festivals not celebrated after the death of a family member for a full year? What is the reason?
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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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How Horoscopes (Jataka) are written?

How do astrologers writes a Horoscope of new born child? Can they be accurate in determining one's life partner or destiny?
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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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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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Why do Sabarimala devotees wear Black clothes ?

Black cloth is usual considered inauspicious and not used especially when visiting a temple. But devotee of Ayyappa wears black clothes when they visit Sabarimala. Is there any reason for this ...
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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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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 ...