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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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Nama Japa & the 12 Bhavas of astrology

Is the following theory is true ? :- Astrology has 12 Bhavas viz : Lagna, Dvitiya, Tritiya ..to the Dwadasha Bhava. If a person does 13 crores of Rama nama japa . For each 1 crore, his 1 Bhava will ...
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Why should we not face our backs towards god? [duplicate]

At a temple, I usually see the pujari often reminding people that they should face towards god. He also said that facing our backs towards god is classified as a sin. I would think that facing our ...
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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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Why people play cards during Ugadhi?

Is there any significance of doing gambling on this Ugadhi day? I am seeing from my childhood days, people keep playing cards all over the city without any fear of cops during these day. Any myth ...
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Does any Scripture say women who are suffering period are untouchable by men or they cant go temple [duplicate]

Could anyone tell me about why womens are kept untouchable when they are in period.In which scripture it is mentioned.And any scientific explanation of it? Because nowadays girls are becoming extra ...
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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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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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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 Parjanya japa really bring rain?

There is a modern business going on now a days in the homa, japa in all temples nearby our places. There was a traditional belief that by doing Parijanya Japa will lead to rainfall in barren lands. ...
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Is there any significance of not having haircuts on Tuesdays and Fullmoon day? [duplicate]

It is enforced at my place and many of Brahmins community to not have haircuts on Tuesday, Full Moon Day, Birth days May i know the reason for the same if there is any significant aspect behind these ...
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What do scriptures say about Irāvān (son of Arjuna) who married Mohini avatar?

In common folk manner it is told that a Warrior named Irāvān or Aravan (Reference from Wikipedia is because it is at folk manner) who was a great warrior and son of arjuna. It is told that he was ...
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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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Nose piercing in Hinduism

I have read that Hindus usually pierce nose on the left side. Why is it so? Is there any bad omen related to right side nose piercing?
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Is the Rama Setu pilgrimage “equally effective” for all pilgrims irrespective of their dwelling places?

The Skanda Purana,Brahma Khanda,describes the greatness of Rama Setu as follows: In the Brahma Khanda of Skanda Purana, Suta Maha Muni addressed a Conclave of Rishis and narrated the significance ...
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Why shave hair after parents die?

Recently, a cousin of mine lost his father. Before conducting a ritual for the well being of his father's soul, he had to shave all his hair except for a bit at the back (choti). Why did he have to do ...
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What happens to one in afterlife who doesn't believe in God?

What happens to the human in afterlife if he does not believe in any God or any theory related to god? Do any Vedas mention anything regarding this?
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Is taking interest from bank a sin?

In Hinduism, is regularly depositing some money in a PPF account with the intention of getting handsome interest when we retire, a sin? I came across this blog post that says: A Brâhmana and a ...
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What is the view of Hinduism on “speaking lie” or “hiding things” among spouses? [duplicate]

Relationship between husband & wife relies on trust. Does Hinduism permit anyone of them (husband or wife), to hide things in any situation? (e.g. if speaking "truth" is detrimental/damaging)
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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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When a lizard makes noise whatever we think may happen --Is it a myth or true?

Generally when we are in house thinking some good things or bad things, if a lizard makes noise, there is a saying that whatever we thought at that time will happen. Good things or bad things may ...
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Why auspicious things not performed in Aadi and Margashirsha?

Auspicious things like marriage, upanayanam, grihapravesh etc are not performed in the months of Aadi & Margashirsha. Both the months are prescribed for bhajans and visiting temples as per Hindu ...
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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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Can we plant Peepal tree at home as a bonsai [closed]

Can we plant Peepal Tree at home as a Bonsai, as every one know that Peepal Tree gives oxygen 24 hrs, So is it good to plant it at home or balcony. If no, then why?
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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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What is the current status of the four varnas created by God?

We all know that four varnas — Brahmana, Vysya, Kshatriya and Sudra — were created by God, and each varna’s people would mutually help each other, through the jobs assigned to them. But as of now in ...
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Does Hinduism prohibit talking while eating?

For Hindus eating is a serious business because food is essentially God(Brahman) for them. There are many rules related to the act of eating.For example,one should not eat with footwears on,while ...
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Do generational curses exist in Hinduism?

The Bible talks about generational curses. Does Hinduism have generational curses? If so, please include some verses describing them.
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Can I apply tilak to coconut with first finger is that badluck?

Which finger to use, when applying tilak to coconut at an engagement ceremony?
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Do Scriptures confirm about the “Swayambhu” nature of Shalagramas and Banalingas?

One can refer to this related question to know which are the 5 "Swayambhu Silas" or what is meant by a "Swayambhu Sila". Hindus believe that Gods are present(naturally,without any human interventions)...
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Number 13 and Number 8 really unlucky according to hinduism?

I came across many websites and some myths saying that Number 13 and Number 8 are unlucky numbers for everyone. Numbers 13 and 8 are considered an unlucky in some countries. People try to avoid bad ...
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Tulsi plant and watering it on sundays?

What's the deal with no watering the plant on Sundays? And why tulsi is sacred? Are there other plants which are considered as sacred ones?
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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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Does shambala village exists? [closed]

Shambala village. Does this village has existed at any point of time in history or any yuga ? Or it is a mythical kingdom which is going to be show up in future? We all have heard that, when evil ...
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What's the importance of Turmeric in Indian Marriage and Husband in context?

It is said that when a wife applies Turmeric to her feet then the husband is influenced to be on the rightful path (dharma maarg). Most of my elders, grand parents and ancestors have been talking ...
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Presence of children at the time of death of parents?

What does Shastras/ Vedas prescribe in the matter of son/daughter being present near father/mother at the time of their death? I read somewhere it is required that a son be present with parent at the ...
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According to Hinduism, what do we carry into afterlife and next birth?

In our life we accumulate many things like memories, beliefs, knowledge, etc. But after death what do we actually carry from current life into afterlife, and what things will fill the next body after ...
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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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How our body parts are classified as Vata,Pitta and Kapha Dosha in Aurveda?

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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Individual Anjaneya photo

Many people say that we should not keep individual Anjaneya photo in our house for worship. He should always be with Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. Any evidence from age old puranas or scriptures ...
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Giving Dhana and virushasanna benefits

When a person is alive what sort of dhana he has to give and to whom? What are the virushasana benefits he will attain?
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What do Hindu scriptures say about river worship?

I wish to know about river worship in Hinduism. What do Hindu scriptures really say about river worship?
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Do Hindus believe in reincarnation? [duplicate]

I'm newest in Hinduism. I have a question about Hindus. Do Hindus believe in reincarnation?
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Can I please have a scriptural reference for Pitru Runa?

I heard that in Hinduism, we must beget offspring after marriage as part of Hindu belief (Pitru Runa). In other words is there scripture about the importance of carrying on a blood line? Is it ...
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Atma's state after death [duplicate]

It is said that once a person is dead the atma exits from the body. Will this atma be given to same person born in different form as per karma like animal or bird or it will be given to some other. ...
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Applying Chandan on God statues

Some elders say that chandan should not be applied on God statues. If the statue is in stone form chandan is applied on the forehead,at the two end of the eyes, ears nowadays. Any scriptural evidence ...
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Can prarabdha be diluted by 1. Ram Nam Japam 2. Good Kriyaman Karma?

Can Prarabdha be diluted with these two factors :- Ram Nam Japam :- With Ram Nam Japam can bad consequences in the future be avoided ? I have heared , If person is going to have bad accident and ...
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Two different names of same gothras

I somewhere heard that same gothras cannot get married. I have a friend who belongs to the gothras Srivatsa loved a boy of gothra Bhargavasa. Is there any possibility that both gothras are same but ...
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Is it possible for one to have animal birth after human birth?

If a person i.e., a human form dies, then is it possible for him to have his next birth as an animal per his pāpa or puṇya? The reason I'm asking this question is, I came across the theory below. If ...
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God's photo kept in temple [closed]

Is it correct to take the God's photos kept in temple by some others under the tree? We should not take the broken ones, I know. Recently I found a new plastic laminated srirangapatna ranganatha swamy ...