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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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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 was Nepal never colonized? [migrated]

Out of all the Hindu majority countries in South Asia (apprx 100-200 yrs ago), why was Nepal not colonized by the British or any other European country?
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What to do when a vow has been broken by a person?

What to do when vow has been broken by a person? Can any prayaschit is there What are the Prayaschitta measures for breaking a vow??? Here Here the vow maker taken aperson(who took the vow) took it ...
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Vow fulfillment in advance

A person went to a temple and made a wish to God and in return he made a vow that if his wish gets granted he will do something (can't disclose). Can he fulfill his vow before his wish gets granted? ...
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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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Do Hindus believe in Adam and Eve? If not, who is the first person (man or woman) in this world?

Does any Hindu scripture mention anything about Adam and Eve? According to Hinduism, who is the first person (man or woman) in this world?
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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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Does Hinduism allow Guru-Shishya Marriage?

I have seen in a Vikram and Betal story that the prince is not allowed to marry the princess since prince has secretly learnt Archery from the princess in that way the princess is his Guru and Guru-...
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What is a Naga Bandham?

In Hindu Tantric traditions, what causes someone to use a Naga Bandham (snake binding spell) to protect sacred doors? Recently it was in popular culture because the final door at Padmanabhaswamy ...
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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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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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what does being maanglik means. Is it bad or good?

I want to know if a person is maanglik(a person with kuja doṣa), is it a good sign or bad. If bad, what problems one will face in life?
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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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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 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?