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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 ...
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Theertha Prasad and Sadari

In the Vishnu temples theertha Prasad is offered and thereafter sadari is kept. Some archakas say do not apply the theertha after consuming because sadari is kept on the head which is Nammalwar [...
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Significance of House-warming (Griha pravesham) ceremony

In Indian tradition,before a newly constructed house or rented house is occupied Griha pravesham(house warming ceremony) is performed.What are the real significances of this ritual? What is the ...
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Is breaking of glass and fire going off from lamps a bad omen?

We often see in Movies and Television series that shows few incidents in which something bad/negative happens if the glass breaks or fire goes off from the lamps which are lightened in temples or ...
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Can we blow Conch?

Susumna Naadi gets activated when a conch is blown. As per Hindu tradition during aarthi a conch is being blown and during death it is used. Generally if we blow a conch the respiratory tract will be ...
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Pouring of Milk on Naga

In some Brahmin Sects there exists practice of pouring milk on Naga statues on Thai and Aadi Fridays. Has it been mentioned in any puranas?What is the significance ? Why it is not applicable to all ...
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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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Materials to be avoided during Chatur Masa Vrata?

What are the materials should be discarded each month in this 4 month vrata period? Like dal,cumins,milk, curd etc, Vegetable, fruits.
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What is significance of Shashtanga Namaskaram near Kodimaram/Dwajastambha/flagpole?

Why do we do Shashtanga Namaskara near Kodimaram/Flag Pole/Dwajastamaba ? I often watched people also doing Namaskaram near Garbha Gruha (inner sanctorum)? Please clarify me which one is the right way ...
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Why Lord Narasimha is worshipped during pradosha timings

During Pradosha timings 4:30 to 6 PM on Trayodasi thithi, in case of vaishnavites why Lord Narasimha is worshipped and what is the significance of this?
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Bramhahatya / Brahma Hathi Dosham [duplicate]

In temples we can find in pillars a monkey type animal in sitting posture. When we go round the pillar there is a saying that dhosham will catch. How to get rid of this dhosham? Another instance when ...
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Does Shani Sade Sati really affects?

Does Shani's Sade Sati really affects our luck. I have heard from many people that Shani's Sade Sati have ill effects on our luck and career. What is it and What's its origin? Also what are the ...
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Devshayani or Harishayani or Toli Ekadashi : Is there a Scriptural references?

Today 15-July-2016, As per Hindu calendar, the day is being celebrated as Dev-Shayani Ekadashi or देवशयनी एकादशी. Note that this is different from the usual Ekadashi which is discussed in this post ...
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Ancient sages or Rishis (ऋषी) and Locations of their hermitages (आश्रम)

Since ancient times India is known as the land of sages and their valuable teachings. The great sages of India devoted their lives towards the enlightenment of mankind. They have occupied special ...
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Why Sanyasi (संन्यासी) shouldn't stay at a place for Long?

I was going through the below lines from a very famous गुरूचरित्र (Guru Charitra) श्रीगुरु म्हणती शिष्यांसी । तुम्ही आश्रमी संन्यासी । राहूं नये पांच दिवशीं । एके ठायीं वास करीत ॥१६॥ In above ...
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Rubbing Vibuthi or Tilak off the forehead

Is it okay to rub Vibuthi or Tilak off one's forehead? Does it amount to insulting god?
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Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi?

Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi? It is practiced in some parts of India (I am not sure about this practice in all parts of India). Is there any story or scriptural basis for this belief ...
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The story and Principle of adding “shree” “श्री” before our sacred religious books?

What is the story and principle behind adding the word "shree" श्री. Before our sacred religious books like "Shreemad Bhagvat श्रीमद भागवत " , Shreemad Bhagvad Gita श्रीमद भगवदगीता" etc. When was this ...
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What are the qualities or attributes that differentiate Sanathana Dharma from other religious faiths?

I would like to know whether there are any ideals or principles in Sanathana Dharma that make it distinctly different from other religious faiths of the world? What qualities or principles does ...
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Selfishness in Bhakthi

Nowadays people evolved more and more. These people when they perform punya karya like dhaana they gain punya,but people who don't have bhakthi on god ,too perform punya karya for gaining punya for ...
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Law of karma applies to monkeys also? [duplicate]

Since we all know that man is evaluation from monkeys. Previously all our anscestors were monkey. So law of karma today, do gets applied to Monkeys also?
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How does Hinduism explain about Aliens or Dinosaurs? [duplicate]

I know we have Vedas and other sacred writings which explained many things even before scientific discoveries were made like distance of sun, rotation and revolution of earth etc. But what and how ...
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Is there any verse to have nice wife?

Many of my friends married recently and all of them were either unhappy or divorced. I was wondering if there is any mantra or verse that ask god to provide very nice wife. Is there any verse to have ...
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Are Gods different for different religions? Whom to believe? [closed]

Hinduism says after death again birth has to be taken to enjoy the good deeds or to get punishment for bad deeds. In Islam , it is believed that god sends us to Heaven if number of bad deeds are less ...
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Democracy in Hinduism

Most of the kings and rulers in Ancient Hinduisms almost always are dynastic. They got the kingdom just because they are born to king. Ramayana is the classic example: Lord Rama is born as the ...
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Why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe in Brahma samhita?

Can anyone tell me why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe in Brahma Samhita?
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Does Donation (Daan) give Punnya if person is already having Loan on her/him?

If a Person regularly donates (financial donation at good place for good reason) some percentage of her/his monthly income, she/he accumulates Good Karma. But If that person is already having some ...
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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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Does Hindu culture allow eating Hotel food?

Does Hindu culture allow eating hotel food? I have heard that Swaminarayan and Brahma Kumaris say not to eat food at a hotel or restaurant. Why?
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Sin and holiness

Can any god among 330 million Hindu gods save a sinner and make him/her holy? Please give references from Hindu Scriptures. (Not your own version as a Hindu but quotation from an authentic ...
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Has anyone on this website seen God or talked with any form of Brahman? [closed]

Has anyone on this website seen God or talked with any form or aspect of Brahman? Did anybody ever meet God? Please write your experiences.
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Birth after enjoying all good deeds in Heaven

If a person does many good deeds in his life. There are very few say 25% bad deeds in his life. If he enjoys all the fruits of his 75% good deeds in heaven. Then which kind of family he gets born? ...
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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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Worship of one god and worship of Shri Ram

In Bhagvad Gita , Lord Vishnu says, Worship me alone :- http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-09-23.html Even those who, being devoted to other gods and endowed with faith, worship (them), ...
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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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Which is considered as the highest form of generosity according to Hinduism?

A person can donate his time, money etc etc. Which of these Daana is considered the highest according to Hindu beliefs?
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Is it the feeling of insecurity that induces the feeling of getting god on to one's body?

I have seen people who get poonakam also called convulsion in medical terminology. This is usually seen during festivals of Grama Devatas in villages where the Devata manifests in ordinary people. ...
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Beliefs on the chronology of Mahabharata

Many scientific studies have been done on the chronology of the Mahabharata. This research paper uses astronomical data mentioned in the Mahabharata to establish that the events of the Mahabharata ...
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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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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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Why are women advised to tie their hair in temples?

Once when I visited a Durga temple, a man who was giving out flowers to all devotees told me to tie my hair and not leave it open in the temple. I genuinely want to know the reason.
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What are the examples of demigod? [duplicate]

Lord Krishna has talked about demigod in Bhagavad Gita. Can you give me some example of Demigod. Are Hanuman, Ganesha and Kartikeya demigod ??
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What are the remedies as per Hindu religion to reduce parents curse?

Parents give curse to their children when they are very angry and actually the child also did some work which is beyond the boundary of their society culture, but the child is not wrong. The curse is ...
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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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Can a Dalit caste person be a priest?

If a person belonging to the Dalit caste is chosen to be a priest, is that allowed? I do understand that Gita says varna is by actions and not by birth. Although, in practice, we see a lot of ...
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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 is the reason behind fasting on Amavasya?

I have seen my dad doing fasting on every Amavasya in remembrance of my late grandfather i.e., dad's father. He usually will not have breakfast and lunch on that day and directly will have dinner with ...
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Do souls (jeevas) meet or associate even before their first physical encounter?

As said by one of the famous writers the important encounters in our present life have been planed by souls even before the bodies (in control of these souls) have met each other. Is it true that our ...
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Cats mourn considered to be bad?

Why is cat's mourn considered as a bad omen? Does it indicate the death or something not so good?