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What are the purification rites for mixed castes mentioned by Manu?

Consider the following question and answer from the Mahabharata "The serpent said, 'O king, if thou recognise him as a Brahmana by characteristics, then, O long-lived one, the distinction of ...
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Does Medhatithi contradict Manu Smriti while writing Bhasya? Does this verse of Manu allow a Bramhana to commit all bad acts and escape punishment?

Manu Smriti verse 9.319 says : Similarly even though they betake themselves to all sorts of undesirable acts, yet Brāhmaṇas should be honoured in every way; for they are the greatest divinity. But ...
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Switching caste was possible in ancient India. However, Dharmashastras do not have such provisions. Why?

In ancient times, switching between castes was possible. There are many Kshatriyas who became Brahmin. For example, the elder brother of King Shantanu of Mahabharata became a brahmin. In fact, he ...
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Intercaste marriage was not uncommon in ancient India. However, Smriti shastras criticize it. How to reconcile?

Smriti Shastras unequivocally criticize intercaste marriage. However, there are many instances of intercaste marriage in Hindu Epics, where we get a sneak peek of ancient Hindu society. I can give ...
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What was Krishna's opinion on inter-caste marriage?

This is a specific question. Please do not quote Smriti Shastras. I want to know what Krishna said about inter-caste marriage in Bhagavad Gita. Was he in favour of it? Or did he criticize it?
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Varna of Krshn Veda Vyas?

Do scriptures mention Vyasa as a Brahmin? What are those specific verses in which he has been described as a Brahmin?
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Which scriptures ordain honor killing as the punishment for marrying someone from a different Varna?

Is honor killing a Dharmic punishment for those who perform intercaste marriages?
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What are the names of kulas mentioned in Mahabharata

Mahabharata is the important Itihasa. Since it is itihasa related to Dvapara yuga, it contains Ramayana also. Mahabharata may contains the names of many kulas like suta. I am not asking about varna, ...
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Varna of the Jatt people acc to Hindu scriptures?

It is said that Jatts are originally from central Asia and hence either pure Aryans or mixture of Aryan fathers and native Indian Rajanya women Have they been mentioned in the scriptures? Do they fall ...
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What happens when a Brahmin maiden marries a Kshatriya man?

This question is about a man I know, who is the son of a Kashmiri Pandit mother and a Haryanvi Jatt father and he himself married a Kashmiri brahmin woman What kind of marriage is this and what ...
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Question about Last Names

If a Marati lastname ends with -war, what is the corresponding caste based on the present varna system? PS: I am not trying to offend anyone; I am just genuinely curious.
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Is it true that anyone who is born, is a Shudra by default? [duplicate]

I have heard that any one who is born is shudra by default. How true is it?
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Do the Vedas mention mixed-castes (Varṇa Saṅkara-s)?

The famous Purūṣa Sukta doesn't mention Varṇa Saṅkara-s. Kṛiṣṇa also didn't talk about Varṇa Saṅkara-s despite of concerned raised by Arjuna, adharmābhibhavāt kṛiṣhṇa praduṣhyanti kula-striyaḥ ...
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Why do some people confuse Shudras with untouchables? [closed]

In various questions in this platform, I have seen people classifying Shudras as untouchables whereas in reality, Shudras are a caste within the pale of the Varnâshrama system but untouchables(...
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Which parts of Virāṭ Purūṣa are constituted by Varṇa Saṃkara-s & Mlechcha-s?

The famous Purūṣa Sukta mentions how all Varṇa-s are constituted by the Purūṣa, The Brahmana (spiritual wisdom and splendour) was His mouth; the Kshatriya (administrative and military prowess) His ...
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What Advaita tells about Mlechha, Caste system, Varna Sanskara?

What Advaita tells about Mleccha can change religion to Hinduism? (Yes means which varna they will come. No means explanation of why they should not change religion) Please answer this question ...
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How can a European born converted Hindu become a Brahmana? [duplicate]

Converting to Hinduism and Caste Very interesting Q&A My question is: Because I am white Hindu, how can I become one day a Brahmana? Also: in astrology Indian websites, my jyotish kundli states ...
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Do jambavanta is dalit? [duplicate]

Many south people tell that Jambavanta is dalit it is true what Ramayana and other scriptures are telling about jambavanta varna .
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What is the varna of Jambavan? [duplicate]

Many people in South India say that Jambavan is a dalit. Is it true? What do Ramayana and other scriptures say?
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Who is Matanga rushi?

What are the names of Matanga rushi's father and mother? Were children of Matanga rushi Brahmins? how did Matanga rushi change his caste? Was Jambavanta a Chandala?
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Who are chandalas?

When chandalas are mixed caste then they worship Hindu gods, what is chandalas relation with Hinduism. Are chandalas foreigners.
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What is shudra-brahmin?

What is shudra-brahmin / shudra-kshatriya ? Which is mentioned in Shiva purana
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Which is right varna based on birth or varna based on Guna and karma?

Which is right varna is based on birth or varna is based On guna and karma ? In view of advaita followers The kamakoti peetham tell that varNa is by guNa but guNa is by birth But vaishanvas tells that ...
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Caste System in Vedas

Why do Vedas, which are authorless and eternal, contains something like caste system which divides people on the basis of birth and even if they divide people on the basis of guna or karma why there ...
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What are the roots of the Caste System in India?

As per what I have read and learnt, In the Purusha Suktam of the Yajur Veda the following lines appear: brAhmano asya mukhamAseet | bAhoo rAjanya: krta: | ooru tadasya yad vaishya | padbhyAm shoodro ...
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Does the Aitareya Brahmana ask sudras to serve the other three castes?

I'm sorry, I don't know the exact verse however I'm attaching a verse from (Aitareya Brahmana of the Rigveda, Published 1922, The Panini Office, Allahabad)
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Does Shankaracharya of Puri consider that Varna is based on birth? Is this consistent with teachings of Adi Shankara?

I found this YouTube video (with English subtitles) of Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, the current Shankaracharya of Puri, but don't quite understand what he's trying to convey. Can someone summarize ...
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Do Shudras have samsakaras according to smritis?

Do Shudras have samskaras prescribed for them? If yes, how many samskaras can they undergo according smriti and which are they? Can a shudra go to Gurukula?
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Which scripture mentions the verse “Chandalohpi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah…”?

Chandalohapi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah | Haribhaktivihinashcha dviijohapi shvapachadhamah || English Translation: Chandalas with Hari Bhakti are superior to Munis. But if a Dvija is devoid of ...
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Who are saryuparin brahmins?

Some say that saryuparin is a sub-caste of kanyekubja while some say both are very different. Is there any origin story? And how are the saryuparins identified?
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How can Garuda eating Nishadas be justified?

I am currently reading Bibek Debroy's translation of the Mahabharata. In Volume 1, Section 5; Garuda asks his mother what he should eat, and his mother replies, The nishadas have their excellent home ...
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Did Vivekananda consider varṇasaṃkara (intermixture of castes) problematic or instead welcome it?

Arjuna in Bhagavad-gītā thought varṇasaṃkara would wreak havoc on the society: adharmābhibhavāt kṛṣṇa praduṣyanti kulastriyaḥ strīṣu duṣṭāsu vārṣṇeya jāyate varṇasaṃkaraḥ saṃkaro narakāyaiva ...
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Was Vivekananda a proponent of birth-based caste-system or the guṇa-based? [closed]

What type of caste-system did Swami Vivekananda advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If he believed one's varṇa is determined by their guṇa: Did he reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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Any examples of non-brahmin or non-kshatriya incarnations of gods?

Almost all incarnations from popular stories I know are either Brahmins or Kshatriyas. Are there any documented examples in any of the texts which refer to a non-Brahmin or non-Kshatriyas incarnation ...
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Where do the Gowdas and Shettys belong in the Chaturvarna System?

Gowdas and Shettys are prominent and also dominant communities in the state of Karnataka. Where do these communities belong in the Chaturvarna System?
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Are Varna and Caste same or different?

Varnas are mentioned in Vedas. There are four varnas. On the other hand, there are many castes and sub-castes. Many posts on this forum use varna and caste as interchangeable word. Many resources on ...
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Does scripture explain how the castes became different after birth from Purusha?

The authoritative Rig Veda says in the Purusha Sukta ब्राह्मणो''ऽस्य मुख'मासीत् | बाहू रा'जन्यः' कृतः | ऊरू तद'स्य यद्वैश्यः' | पद्भ्याग्^म् शूद्रो अ'जायतः || The ‘brāhmaṇa’ was his mouth, ...
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Do Srivaishnavites have the equivalent of “ghataka shrutis” to resolve the birth vs guna caste question?

It is claimed by Srivaishnavites that although scripture has statements supporting Nirguna Brahman and also statements supporting Saguna Brahman - Ramanuja allegedly found yet another category of ...
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Do the words of Krishna in the Gita support birth-based caste? [duplicate]

this is not a duplicate of Does the Bhagavad Gita declare that caste is based on birth? in answer to which the words of Arjuna are cited: 1.41 - When unrighteousness prevails, O Krishna the ...
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Where exactly does a person's caste reside?

Which of the following have caste? The physical body including the brain After allowing for environmental factors like discriminaton, do castes have distinguishable bodily characteristics and brain ...
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Was/is there a caste/subcaste designated to actually kill the animal at animal sacrifices?

An example of a specialized occupation in Tamil Nadu is the inherited, highly stigmatized office of funeral drummer and graveyard attendant, called vettiyan (drawn from the Paraiyar subcaste). Is the ...
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Does scripture uniformly agree with this citation from Parashara smriti?

Parashara Smriti 8.25 says: 25. Even a Brahmin of a bad character deserves respect; but not so a Shudra, even though his passions may have been subdued by him. Who would quit a wicked cow, ...
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How to find your varna from your caste?

I have two questions on this: How can one find out his/her varna? For example, my caste is Kasar - what varna do I belong to? Is there actually any strong link between caste and varna at birth i.e. a ...
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Can the lower borns enter varna system?

Ambaṣṭha, Niṣāda, Pārośora, Ugra, Sūta, Māgadha, Vaideha, Āyogava, Kṣattṛ, Caṇḍāla, Āvṛta, Ābhīra, Dhigvaṇa, Pukkasa, Kukkaṭaka, Śvapāka, Veṇa Manusmriti (10.5) onwards gives names of mixed varna ...
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Does the Manusmriti have verses discriminating against Brahmins?

Why does the Manusmriti have verses discriminating against Brahmins? For example: A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, shall drink wine red-hot; he becomes freed from his ...
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Is this verse really there in the Bhagavat Gita? Please answer with reference

It would be great if someone could post the reference to this verse from the Bhagavat Gita as I couldn't find it when searched on Google. This is how the verse comes: Birth is not the cause, my ...
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Does the Kamma caste existing today fall into Sudra Varna?

There was no strict varna system in South India outside Kerala. They had only three classes namely Brahmin, non-Brahmin and Dalit. So their divisions are different from varna system. Since the Brahmin ...
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Why are there so few countries at present where Hinduism is alive?

If Sri Ram and Dharam Raj Yudhishthir were Chakravarti Samrats and whole world followed Sanatan Dharma, does that mean people all over earth people followed caste system? How come we have Hinduism ...
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Are persons from lower castes allowed inside temples according to agama shastras?

In the pre partitioned era some temples placed ban on lower castes entering temples. Is there any basis for this prohibition in the agama shastras?
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What does the Bhagavad Gita mean when it says caste is based on Gunas? Does it mean trained, external behavior, or genetic predisposition?

What does the Bhagavad Gita mean when it says caste is based on Gunas? Does it mean trained, external behavior, or genetic predisposition? For reference, this verse says, 4.13 - The [social] ...

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