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Why are women restricted from entering temples during menstruation? [duplicate]

Women are restricted from entering temples or any other holy places during their menstruation. Why so? This is the normal biological function of every female of every mammalian species. If talking ...
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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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Third Eye Activation

Third eye activation is just so hair-raising to me. How is it related to Hinduism? How long does it take for third eye activation and does it cause any harm in any case? Has anyone personally ...
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Why Rama is not depicted as Ajanubahu(आजानुबाहु) in idol/pictures?

In the famous Ram Raksha Stotra(श्रीरामरक्षास्तोत्रम्), in of the place while describing the charecteristics of Lord Rama, it is mentioned as follows: ध्यायेदाजानुबाहुं धृतशरधनुषं बद्धपद्‌मासनस्थं ...
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Why Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) was practised in ancient times?

Recently, I read an article which describes rituals like Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) known as पुरुष-मेध (Purusha Medha). That article also claims that this practice is defined in the Vedas. Why ...
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Is it necessary to wash our feet after Navagraha Pradakshina?

There is a belief among some people that we have to wash our feet or take bath after visiting Saneeswara Temple or circumambulating Navagraha idols. I read that one should wash their feet after ...
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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 people are named after Shantanu?

Before anyone flag this post as duplicate of why-gods-name-to-people let me clarify that this question is specific to name Shantanu and I am not asking why people name their kids with Hindu God's ...
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Can devotees drink “Abhishekam water” of Shiva Lingam?

There are many theories on Internet that Shiva Lingam (the material by which Lingam is made) is radioactive and continuously water must be poured on it. By citing this, they opine that water is not ...
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What is equivalent of Santhara(Sallekhanā) in Hinduism?

There is a concept of Santhara(Sallekhanā or Sanyasana-marana) in Jain community. It is the last vow prescribed by the Jain ethical code of conduct.The vow of sallekhanā is observed by the Jain ...
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Which scriptures say that eating rice mixed with milk at night increases one's life span while eating curd at night decreases it?

This page makes the following claims: The following five things reduce the span of our life viz morning sun light falling on our body, the smoke from corpse touching us, love making with older ...
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What will happen if I break a vow to God [duplicate]

I made a vow to God & I broke it. What can be done ❔
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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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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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Engagement (Nitchayathartham) after death of grandmother [duplicate]

I have a question about how Hindus (especially Tamil) deal with the engagement after the death of a family member. If an engagement was planned for in 6 month but tragically the grandmother (father's ...
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Why Tulsi not offered to lord Ganesha [duplicate]

Why Tulsi is not offered while performing puja to lord Ganesha? Also, I want to know the reason behind that why we don't offer tulsi to Ganesha except for Ganesha Chaturthi day during patri puja?
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Religious symbol Om on an anklet

I have seen few friends of mine wearing anklets with symbol Om on them these days! Heard somewhere that an Om pendant can't be worn with an anklet. Is that true? If yes, why?
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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 is the significance of odd numbers in Hinduism?

There seems to be a special preference given to odd numbers in Hinduism. For instance: The ahutis in yagnas are always odd. Tradition of feeding 11 Brahamins. Tradition of feeding 9 young girls in ...
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It says in the Puranas that 'Brahman is One' then why do Hindus worship more than one god? [duplicate]

Why do Hindus worship more than one god even though in the Puranas it says brahman is one? Also, it says in the Puranas you shouldn't worship any idols, and yet I see Hindus worshipping idols.
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Why is it said that we shouldn't keep a copy of Mahabharata at home?

It is widely believed that keeping a copy of Mahabharata at home is not good. Can anyone tell me the reason behind this?
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Consequence of women chanting mantras

What are the consequences of women chanting mantras? Do scriptures say anything about this?
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Why Sarasvati is considered as goddess of knowledge?

In Hinduism, Saraswati Devi is often considered as the goddess of knowledge. Also, it is very common practice to celebrate Vasant Panchami festival (the fifth day of spring) in her honour. Some ...
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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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Why do Indian women wear bangles?

Why do Indian women, especially married women, wear bangles?
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Why are there restrictions for women in Hindu temples (in general)? [duplicate]

I am here talking in general & not related to a specific temple or place. Why are women not allowed to touch an idol of God or come near it? Is it related to their menstrual cycle? If so, why is ...
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What exactly is a loka? Is it a place that be physically reached?

How to visualize the Hindu lokas, Satya-loka or Brahma-loka, Pātāla-loka etc.? What exactly are they? Are they like planets or galaxies made up of atoms and chemical elements? I am not asking why ...
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Did our ancestors calculate the distance between Prithvi (Earth) and Surya (Sun) correctly?

In Hanuman Chalisa, it is said: जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानू। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू॥ १८ ॥ meaning: The Sun is at thousand yojanas(a unit of measurement of distance), and thought of it as a sweet ...
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Why are Hindu beliefs and facts called mythological? [duplicate]

Why does every time anybody referring to a Hindu cultural thing says it's Hindu mythology? Because "mythology" means: Mythology is a collection of myths, especially one belonging to a particular ...
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Is Jesus really one of the disputes of Sidhas in Himalayas? [duplicate]

I came to know that Jesus in his childhood, in spite of giving respect to his father Joseph's words, came to India to learn magical talents and spirituality from Sidhas in Himalayas. After learning ...
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What are Subha muhurtam/Durmuhurtham?

We all have been seeing Hindu calendar since childhood. There we can see Subhamuhurtham and Durmuhurtham. These are the categories typically we may have (I'm not sure). Subhamuhurtham: Amrutha-kalam ...
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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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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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Who is Tulasidas? What is the story of him?

Who is Tulasidas? What is the story of him? What did he create except ramcharitmanas and hanuman chalisa?
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What are love and marriage according to Hinduism?

What is love according to Hinduism? What is marriage according to Hinduism? What do scriptures say about them?
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Why are women not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple?

What is the story/concept behind denial of fertile women (aged between 12 and 50) from entering the Sabarimala temple? Isn't this a discrimination against women? Is it a sin to allow women into the ...
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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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Do Vedas suggest multiple rebirths?

In Geetha there are many slokhas that clearly say that rebirth exists. Does it mean multiple rebirths? But I listened to some speeches that say that there is no mention of multiple rebirths in the ...
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Could i be still a 'source energy' specimen without having to follow ANY religion or any of it's religious based rules?

This stroke me many-a-times. I am not ready to accept any religion, nor any rules. I just wanted to be able to differentiate between right or wrong without any rules (which judges on the body or out ...
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Why women were not allowed to offer prayers at Shingnapur Shani Temple?

As question says, why women were not allowed to offer prayers at Shingnapur Shani Temple, which is in Maharashtra? Was there any reason for this tradition or was this just a superstition?
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What is Kaarthika masam? who should follow it?

Most Hindu people follow Kaarthika masam in which the women keep fasts whole masam (month) and eat at nights. This happens in my home as well. Whole month nobody should eat non-veg in home (can eat ...
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Can we pluck Tulasi leaf on Ekadashi [duplicate]

Some people say it is not advisable to pluck Tulasi leaf on Ekadashi. Is there any specific reason for this?
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What is an overview of Hinduism's arguments against the “unconscious violinist” analogy used to support abortion in the case of rape?

I am looking for the response of any denomination that is against abortion in the case of rape that has also responded to the scenario below or something similar to it. "A Defense of Abortion" (...
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Questions about Origins and the Apocalypse [duplicate]

I have a school assignment on Origins and Apocalyptic tales. I would like to understand your beliefs on how the world was created and how it will end and have created the following questions to help ...
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How to convince ourself of the presence of Lord?

This is an era of science in which humans are everything. All the stuff we heard about god is only in the books and there is no proof of god (if there is, then I don't know about it). At a time like ...
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Harm/Infliction/Pain/Negativity in Hinduism?

I was just reading about Hinduism online and I'm fascinated my it. I do have a question though. From what I understand, one of the principles of Hinduism is to not inflict suffering on another being. ...
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Sannyasis, their habits and dharma - any message to be taken from it?

Why do some Swamis, Gurus, Sannyasis etc. have long, untrimmed beards and hair, and yet some of their disciples tend to have a more semi-professional look. Is it just a personal preference or is there ...
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Why are women not allowed to chant the Gayatri mantra?

Many say that girls/women are not supposed to chant the Gayatri mantra. Is there any specific reason for this? Since it is one of the most powerful mantras, would it be good if women also chant the ...
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What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism?

What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism? Why are temple decorated with flowers and why are Gods pleased with flowers?
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What is the Hindu theory of creation? [duplicate]

Can someone please describe some of the theories of creation as per the Hindu ancient texts? How about the origin of matter ? I seem to remember a reference to something akin to the Big Bang; when ...