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How does artificial confluence of rivers differ from natural confluence of rivers?

The AP Government linked rivers Krishna and Godavari by artificial means. Given that; What does this artificial confluence mean according to Hinduism? Does it signify anything in religious or ...
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Why using left hand is forbidden?

This question may seem silly. I want to know the reason why using a left hand during our daily life and in rituals. I have even seen some people who say not to accept anything with left hand. Some ...
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What are the basic requirements to be a Hindu or to be identified as a part of Sanathana Dharma?

Can I still be a Hindu, if I do not believe in any form of rituals or prayers to god? Can I still be a Hindu if I have no knowledge of Vedic scriptures and Sanskrit? So , basically my point is did I ...
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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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Is it true that Lao-Tzu is actually Siddha Bhoganāthar?

Marshall Govindan wrote the book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition. Here is the summary of Chapter 8. Siddha Boganathar: An Oceanic Life Story. A mission to China and ...
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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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Rituals at Rameswaram before going to Varanasi

What rituals to be done at Rameswaram before going to Varanasi ? And What rituals to be done at Rameswaram after returning from Varanasi ?
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Benefits of lighting a lamp using different oils

Deeparadhana (worshiping God by lighting a lamp) is an ancient practice in our country. We start any pooja by lighting a lamp. It is said that a lamp lit using cow ghee is the best. Sesam oil is used ...
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How to get rid of Pitru Dosha?

What do Hindu scriptures say about breaking out of Pitru Dosha? What are the practical ways to get rid of Pitru Dosha? Can chanting Gayatri Mantra 108 times per day or Vippassana meditation remove ...
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tīrtha and sins cleaning

I was reading this question and I found interesting comments about tīrtha as follows: you can get rid of sins simply by dipping in a Tirtha. Numerous scriptures including the Mahabharata mention ...
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What are the names of 56 Bhog offered to Lord Krishna?

This page says As per Hindu beliefs, Lord Krishna used to have 8 meals per day. Once to save his village from the fury of Lord Indra, he lifted the Govardhan Parvat (Mountain) under which everyone ...
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Is it sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants after evening?

there is popular belief particular in Gujarat that it is sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants or tree after evening. My Question really Is it sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants or tree ...
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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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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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What are Abūjh Muhūrtas?

Several times, in the newspapers, TV, magazines, etc., the term - Abūjh Muhūrta ( अबूझ मुहूर्त ) is commonly encountered, especially in reference to performing some new auspicious works, like ...
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The case of Infertility and Dharma

As per the Baudhayana Dharmasutra (BD)  A man who ejaculates his semen in any place other than the vagina becomes equal to a thief and to a murderer of a Brahmin. [BD 3.7] AND also The Gautama ...
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Why is the month of Aadi considered auspicious for the Goddess Parvati (Ambaal)?

The month of Aadi in the Tamil calendar is considered particularly auspicious for the Goddess Parvati, i.e. Ambaal. Why is this so? (In case it matters, my perspective comes from that of a Tamil ...
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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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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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Is "Democracy" naturally in accordance of "Dharma" (righteousness)?

"Democracy" was not famous until last few centuries. Famous political system till then was "Dynastic". i.e. the dynasty was not only prevalent among the ruler clan (i.e. Kshatriya), but also ...
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In Hinduism, is it commanded to change clothes everyday?

If we wear the same clothes for more than a day, is it unclean according to the culture? I know in general, that one should change his clothes everyday if possible, but what does our culture say ...
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Why are we named 12 days after birth?

Including myself, many of my family members got their names 12 days after their birth, a day called Namakarana. This is done via a ritual, for example in Nepalese tradition (My ethnicity) we have an ...
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How our body parts are classified as Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha in Ayurveda?

I am interested in knowing the science behind the classification because Ayurveda is based upon this foundation. Even Astrology is also based upon these doshas.
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Correct way of receiving Aarti

Aarti(आरती) is one of the popular Hindu religious ritual of worship in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aarti also refer to the ...
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Punnya from donation / charity for married person in Hinduism

In Hinduism is it the case that :- If married person does any charity from "His own earned income" (not from income of wife or forefathers) , then half of his Punnya is given to his wife and half to ...
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Significance of giving Rs. 51 or 101 as donation

What is the significance of giving cash as donation, gifts or dakshina in numbers such as 51, 101, and 501?
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Can I visit other gods' temple after have visited Saneeshwara temple (Thirunallar, Karaikkal)?

I have plan to visit Saneeshwara temple which is in Karaikkal , Pondicherry. Also in the next day, I thought to attend Maha Magam festival. Is it OK to visit another God's temples after visiting ...
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Measles according to the customs & beliefs

I was a bit surprised to realize that there was no post relating to measles. Anything about it would help me, like: How it is viewed and what is its significance? Do the scriptures mention it as ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Can snakes suck venom from our body?

In many local temples it is claimed that snakes can suck venom from our body. In one Mahabharata episode too it was shown that Bhima was given poisoned food and was thrown into a lake and a snake ...
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Why Everyone should leave hometown before the lamp off?

During Pedha Karma, Why Everyone should leave hometown before the lamp off? For example: There is a family, Mother died, After few days family conducted Pedha Karma. The Sons & Daughters, who ...
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Why religious activities aren't suggested during absence of Venus?

In most of places where Hindu religion is believed, Most of the religious activities are not suggested during period of absence of Venus. Can anyone describe reason behind this ?
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Why are educational objects classified as being holy?

Whenever I have accidentally stepped on a book of any sort, or even a school bag; my parents have always said that I must ask forgiveness from god by placing my hand on the object first, then my ...
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Niṣedha padārthas (items prohibited from eating)

Can some one explain me about Niṣedha padārthas i.e., items prohibited from eating? I have heard about few vegetables which were grown by Vishwamitra out of anger, therefore, they're not to be ...
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Does Hinduism support the concept of "continued charity"?

Concept of charity does exist in Hinduism and is termed a Daana. But does Hinduism support the concept of continued charity?? Continued charity :- Effect of charity which remains till its demolition. ...
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13 core times namasmarana

Is it true that if one does the namasmarana 13 crore times then he gets the darshana of supreme lord? While doing namasmarana with mouth if another wordly thoughts comes in our mind then does that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Origin of Vikram-Beetal stories?

The Vikram-Betaal stories are derived from the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति) or famously called,  Baital Pachisi ("Twenty-five (tales) of Baital"). Do these stories find any kind of ...