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Caste in Hinduism [duplicate]

Is Caste system, particularly untouchability as practised by the Hindus, was it sanctioned (e.g. Sharia Law in Islam) by the ancient sacred religious texts or is it imposed by modern Aristocrats to ...
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Who is the founder of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma? [duplicate]

Who is the founder of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma like Jesus for Christianity, Prophet Muhammad for Islam and Gautama Buddha for Buddhism? Also which religious book is similar to Bible for ...
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The differences between “Nirvana” in Buddhism and “Moksha” in Hinduism

Few days ago I came across an article related to Buddhism, mostly related to a topic, "Nirvana" . I wonder after reading this, because it is almost similar to "Moksha" in Hinduism. Does anyone know ...
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What happens after death?

Does a human being have a soul after his/her death? What will happen after a man's death according to Hinduism?
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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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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

Well, I think the Indian society is very orthodox and can't generally accept things like an unmarried girl walking with or talking to a boy. So is an unmarried girl or boy having sexual intercourse ...
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Can one be a Hindu that worships through Christ?

I see strong connections between Hinduism and Christianity. Would I be wrong to be a Hindu who has a Hindu approach to spirituality but I hail Christ as the supreme personality of the Godhead and ...
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Is there an astronomical representation for the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras?

Here is an extract from Wikipedia : Samvatsara is a Sanskrit term for "year". In Hindu tradition, there are 60 Samvatsaras, each of which has a name. Once all 60 samvatsaras are over, the cycle ...
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How many types of idols are there in temples? [closed]

We can see a lot of type of idols in different temples. Can we categorized it ? Also how many types of idols are there? Explanation with pictures will be perfect.
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Why Hindus write Shubh and Labh with a Swastika?

I've seen this written at various places say shop entrances, home entrances and other places. These terms are generally written besides Lord Ganesha's image. Not only this, it is also written on ...
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What is the significance of nãrikel (coconut) in pooja?

In almost all Poojas (worship) nãrikel (coconut) is used. Image source: picdif.com What is the significance of using nãrikel in pooja?
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Why can't we do tasks like cutting nails on three alternate weekdays?

We have a lot of things that we can't do on certain week days. (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). They include cutting nails, getting a hair cut, shampooing hair etc. Why is it so?
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What is the story of Dhruva Tara (North Star)?

The Dhruva Tara (North Star) is believed to be a holy star in Hinduism. What is the story behind it?
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What is the significance of viewing Shiv Ling from in between the ears of Nandi?

I have seen in many temples of Lord Shiva where people do pradakshinas and then while entering/leaving the Sanctrum, they see Shiva Linga from in between the ears of the Nandi statue which is exactly ...
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Why don't Hindus enter temples after certain occasions?

We know that if our nearest relatives have passed away, we can't enter temple for 16 days and also if there were any children born, family members and close relative's don't visit temples for 11 days. ...
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How does the practice of self-defense fit into the concept of Ahimsa?

We know Ahimsa is the core concept of Hinduism. It is not just non-violence or not resorting to arms, but it is also the feeling that tries to reduce harm to all living creatures. Sometimes, force ...
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Why do Hindu temples have Bells?

It is often seen that people who worship gods at temple rung bells when they enter the temple. These bells are hung generally near the idols or at the entrance of the temples. They are also rung ...
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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 does Hinduism say about masturbation?

Semitic religions such as Islam and Christianity consider masturbation to be a sin. What about Hinduism? Please give some authentic quotes for the answers.
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Why is it necessary to burn incense stick while praying?

If you do not light a lamp while doing a prayer and reciting any mantras. But it is necessary to burn an incense stick. This is practised by Buddhist too. Why do we need to do so?
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What is the significance of “Akhanda Deepak” while doing puja?

It is considered very good to have the lamp that we light be lit through out the prayer. During Navratra, the lamp if lit till the end of the 9th day is considered to bring lot of luck, happiness, ...
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Why is it best if we light ghee lamp in the house while praying?

Before starting any prayer it is required that we light a lamp which is made up of oil and cotton wick. But it is considered uttam (best) if ghee (Clarified butter) is used instead of oil. Why is ghee ...
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Where does Atithi Devo Bhava (Guests are equal to Gods) come from?

According to Indian culture, Guests (Atithis) are treated as equal to the God. Did this originate from Hinduism? If so in which text/scripts is this quote mentioned?
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Did lord Brahma commit incest with his daughter?

According to Shiva purana, "Brahma desired Sarasvati and went to her, asking her to stay with him. She, being his daughter, was furious at this and said, 'Your mouth speaks inauspiciously and so ...
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What is Mangal Dosh (Mangalik)

Meaning of the words used : Kundali - Horoscope Mangal - Planet Mars Peepal Tree - Ficus religiosa or Sacred Fig Dosh - Blame Indian people often match Kundalis before they allow the boy and the ...
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Why Hindus worship Peepal Trees? (Ficus religiosa)

I've often seen people, women especially, worship Peepal Trees (Ficus religiosa) Why they do so? Is there any reason from Hindu scriptures behind doing that? As far as I know, people say that our ...
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What is the significance of Sashtang Namaskar?

In Hinduism, we do Namaskar to the God statues in the temples as a symbol of belief, respect, and worship. In addition, we also do Sashtang Namaskar. What exactly is Sashtang Namaskar, and why must ...
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What are the beliefs related to lunar and solar eclipses?

What are the beliefs related to Lunar and Solar eclipses according to Hindu culture? I have heard that they are the result of trouble making by Rahu and Ketu by devouring the sun/moon for a while.
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Why is the deity and devotee called by the same name 'Swami Ayyappa' in Sabarimala?

Sabarimala temple is a famous temple in South India which is located in the state Kerala. See the website1. Many people visit the temple every year during the pilgrim season. Swami Ayyappa is the ...
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Why did Lord Ganesha curse the Moon?

When there's Ganesha Chaturthi going on, people say that we shouldn't look at the moon on the day of immersion (visarjan) as its counted as a bad omen. So why did he cursed the moon and why is that, ...
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Why Shiva (an asectic god) has family while most other Gods don't?

Shiva or Mahadev is generally considered a deity of Sanyasi/yogis. Shiva himself is the greatest yogi and lives in Smashan. But unlike most other Hindu gods, he has a proper family. Parvati is his ...
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Why is the ring finger or thumb used for tilak?

For doing tilak, I have been always instructed to use my ring fingers. But my Panditji always used his thumb. When I asked about it he instructed me that Pandits and brahmins can also use their thumb ...
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What is the significance of the right hand?

It is said that you should take prasadam with your right hand only. If you take it with your left hand, it is considered bad. Is there any reasoning for the significance of right hand in the Hindu ...
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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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What is the significance of Murthi pooja (idol worship)?

Hindus believe in Murthi pooja or idol worship. What is the reason behind this? Since my childhood, I believed that God does exist in an idol but I don't have the exact clarification or history ...
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What does Hinduism say about third-gendered people?

Recently, gay rights have been a very hot topic, and some politicians say that they are un-natural and against Hindutva. But how? I mean I don't remember any Veda or religious book saying anything ...
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Why do brides wear a mangal sutra?

After marriage, women have to wear a mangal sutra. Why is that? Is it obligatory?
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Are there any core invariants to Hinduism?

From what I've seen, Hinduism isn't a religion like most of the other modern ones with many "rules" that you have to follow, it's more of a "pick-your-own-rules" way of doing it. (See: Is there an ...
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What do Hindus believe about extra-terrestrials?

Many religions believe in aliens and all those extra-terrestrial creatures. What is the Hindu conception of aliens like?
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Why do Hindus believe in cremation instead of burial?

The other two major religions, Christianity and Islam both practice burial after death. What factors influence the Hindus to practice cremation instead?
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How has the rise of literacy changed Hindu practice?

In the past, Hindu practice and belief were transmitted largely through oral tradition and localized cultural practices. What are examples of changes in Hindu practice or belief as a result of the ...
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Do Hindus intermarry with other religions?

Are Hindus allowed to marry people of other religions? If yes, how should they marry someone belonging to a different religion? Are the rules different for a man and a woman?
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How should Hindus treat people of other religions?

What are the teachings of Hinduism for dealing with other religions and their followers? To be more precise, what does Hinduism teach its followers about how to treat other people like Muslims and ...
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Are there angels in Hinduism?

Gods and Goddesses have been mentioned in many areas in India as well as many articles written by scholar of hinduism. But does Hinduism have a concept similar to angels - not the Gods but lesser ...
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Are drugs allowed in Hinduism?

In India, people do drugs and drink alcohol. This can be interpreted as there being no law in India to stop them from drinking and doing drugs. Many Indian people are also Hindu. What does Hinduism ...