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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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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 ...
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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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How is betting against one's wife and selling one's life partner justifed in Hinduism?

How is it justified that Harishchandra sold his wife, or that Pandu's sons bet against Draupadi in the Mahabharata? FYI - They were never charged (at least I don't find any reference) for this - for ...
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Why are 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 of Kerala. See the website1. Many people visit the temple every year during the pilgrim season. Swami Ayyappa is the ...
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Where in scriptures it is written that those who die in Varanasi will never return to this material world?

There is a common notion that those who die in Varanasi will get Mukthi. As a result, hundreds of Hindus are settling in Varanasi during their old ages. Where it is written in scriptures that those ...
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Why do we need to do Three time praying(trikal sandhya)

As per Hindu culture, we believe in God and worship to them. We should need to remember on time(Like during Morning when we wake up, Then when we eating and last when we sleep) in a day. So what is ...
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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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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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Why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe in Brahma samhita?

Can anyone tell me why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe in Brahma Samhita?
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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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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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Are these claims about Puri Jagannath Temple really true?

Now I am interested to visit Lord Jagannath temple in Puri after reading following facts about it (source). Are these claims true? The flag always flaps in a direction opposite to the ...
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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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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 is Shikha Bandhan needed at the time of pooja?

Why Shikha Bandhan is needed at the time of pooja? Is it related to God or due to any other reason and what would happen if we do not do shikha bandhan? What is the benefit? What to be done for those ...
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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 do some Hindus say “ram ram” twice?

Why do some Hindus say "ram ram" twice?, why not only once like "ram" or thrice like "ram ram ram"? What is the actual reason behind that?
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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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Why do people throw coins in the river?

When I was travelling in train, I saw some people throwing coins in the river, so why do people throw them in the river? Is there any reason behind doing this?
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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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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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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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How does artificial confluence of rivers differ from natural confluence of rivers?

The AP Government linked rivers Krishna and Godavari by artificial means. Given that; What does this artificial confluence mean according to Hinduism? Does it signify anything in religious or ...
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What is significance of a samadhi place?

What is the significance of a Samadhi place of a Saint? Is there any special power or energy around that place?
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Clarification regarding adultery, extra-marital relations

Apologies if this seems a very sensitive issue but can you please help me understand what is considered an adultery? If married male and female partners have mutually agreed and happy to have extra-...
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is there any mention of gem stones in puranas?

In puranas or vedas, is there any information about gem stones? Do people of that time used to wear these kinds of stones for the betterment of their life?
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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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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 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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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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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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In what scenarios, is adultery not punishable?

According to below post, Hindu (& even other religious) texts condemn Adultery: Clarification regarding adultery, extra-marital relations From wiki article, however Hinduism has diverse views: ...
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Do any scriptures say that women must worship God instead of their husbands and become self-dependent?

Usually Hindu scriptures have stressed at woman being subservient to their husbands and they can never be independent et cetera. The reason behind this must be because (especially in that ...
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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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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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Is Sai Baba of Shirdi really a God? [closed]

There are so many conflicts in this. Some peoples are say that Sai Baba of Shirdi is a God while on the other end one the most respected Peeth's (पीठ) head Sankracharya told he is just a normal man. ...
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Is there any worshipping of water in Hinduism?

I get confused often when I read Hindu scripture translations because it always seem like there is no straight answer to anything. I read that Narayana is water that Vishnu came from, but then some ...
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Are there any references to Halley's Comet in the Hindu scriptures?

Are there any references to Halley's Comet in the Hindu scriptures? If there are, then in what perspective is the comet depicted as?
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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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What do hindu gods hand gestures and standing pose represent?

In every hindu temple, gods statue will show similar hand gestures. Mainly one is upward facing towards sky and the other facing earth. What gods statue tell us through hand gestures ? In lot of ...
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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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Can we meditate on Lord Shiva during Sutak period?

Sutak is the period of abstention observed by the Hindus after birth or a death of a family member. Can we mediate on Lord Shiva with Panchakshari Mantra during Sutak period?
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Do The Hindu Scriptures Say If There Is Anything Special About Human Beings Compared To Other Unworldly Beings Such As Demi-Gods, Demons, Etc

Is there anything special about human beings compared to other beings? Especially our strengths and weaknesses? Or are we just weak, or is our strengths & weaknesses determined only by our ...
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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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What do the sculptures on hindu temples represent?

No offence, What do the sculptures of khajuraho and konark temples represent as they are too erotic(hope you understand,refer those pics once if not, westernized)? Not just sculptures of khajuraho and ...
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Evil eyesight or buri nazar

Firstly, is it true that somebody bad intentions can cause trouble and hindrance into others life? How can lemon/chilli/salt/red brown or black beads worn in wrist keep us away from the evil ...
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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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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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Is Brahmakumaris Hindu organization? Why Brahmakumaris say 2036 is end or the judgement day ? is it true?

Is Brahmakumaris Hindu organization? Why do they claim that 2036 will be end of world? They claim that flood will take place and then ice age will come. Recently Scientists said that around 2030 to ...

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