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Does illegitimate child carries the caste of the parents ? What does scriptures say about caste of the illegitimate child?

What does hinduism say about illegitimate child ? If the illegitimate father is of the same caste as the husband ,does the caste of the family in which he is born ?
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Stories and shlokas that glorify adult children and speak against toxic parenting

I have seen that Hindu stories, shlokas and myths are full of praises for parents. It makes sense that most rules were made by elder people, their rituals were designed to discipline those who are ...
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Did any king perform tapasya for a female child?

Did any king perform tapasya for a female child? For example - like King Dasaratha performed the putrakamesthi yajña.
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How to appoint Putrika? What is the process of appointing Putrika?

It is being said that if someone doesn't have a son , he can appoint one of his daughter as Putrika and find a man who is willing to marry his daughter and put condition on him that son born from this ...
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Who is devi Jyoti/jwalamukhi?

According to this YouTube Video, There are 8 children of Shiva. While 7 are known ones, but the last one is devi Jyoti, also known as Jwalamukhi and Rayaki. Can somebody share scriptural reference of ...
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Can an unmarried man/woman become father/mother from adoption?

Adoption is valid in Hinduism as far as I know (Kuntibhoja adopted Kunti as his daughter). But can an unmarried man (or woman) adopt a son and become a father from it? Which gender can an unmarried ...
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Cursing young children in scriptures

We come across many curses in scriptures. But, all the curses I do remember are for adults or old people. Are there any instances in scriptures where someone cursed young children? Do curses act for ...
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When are you born a Hindu?

Well so my question is, when are you born a Hindu? So must a parent be Hindu or both? (Like in Judaism where the mother must be jew in order the child to be too) does this exist in Hinduism? If no, ...
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Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?

A Hindu basher online presented lines from the Vishnu Puranas, that make it acceptable for child marriage to occur. In fact, this entire paragraph seems so weird. If he marry, he must select a maiden ...
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How do we start reading the vedas and puranas along with our kids? [closed]

What are few guide lines for start studying scripture along with our Kids? Vedas/Puranas are to be learnt under the guidance of a guru. They are not bed-time stories to read with children. So what is ...
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How many children should parents give birth to?

Post independence of India there was a focus to reduce the population in order to curtail poverty. However I am interested to know what scriptures say about number of children one should have, and ...
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What is the age at which a child can be cremated instead of being buried or attend a funeral?

I have 2 questions regarding age limit for funeral: 1.) Children are not allowed in a funeral ceremony. What is the earliest age at which a person can attend a funeral? 2.) Children are buried and ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say regarding people with genetic disorders marrying and reproducing?

People with genetic disorders are often at the risk of passing on their own mutated genes to their offsprings. There has been a fierce debate and controversy over this for decades especially in the ...
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Ramayana for Children

I am planning to read a book for my child and wanted to read Ramayana. Can you please recommend a good, preferably pictorial book for reading to children. I have seen a few by Arshia Sattar , Bulbul ...
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Priority of sons told by Pandu

Consider the following words by Pandu to Kunti The religious institutes mention six kinds of sons that are heirs and kinsmen, and six other kinds that are not heirs but kinsmen. I shall speak of them ...
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What text/scripture does this commonly propagated verse appear in - 'aaputrasya gatir nasti svargo naivaca naivaca'?

It is commonly quoted during discourses on vAlmIki rAmAyana, but I cannot find any verse in vAlmIki rAmAyana that contains this often quoted verse, which means 'without a son you have no chance of ...
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Do these rituals in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad to bear children give fruition in this lifetime?

These rituals in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad are for getting certain types of children to be born: In case one wishes, 'That a white son be born to me! that he be able to repeat a Veda! that he ...
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What is this verse in Garbha Upanishad trying to say?

Garbha Upanishad mentions following: If the father’s seed is more potent, it becomes male; if the mother’s seed is stronger, it becomes female. If the seeds are equal, it becomes an intersexual....
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Who is the goddess Ahoi worshipped on Ahoi Ashtami?

Today is Ahoi Ashtami in northern India in which women keep fasts for their children's well-being just like they do for their husbands on Karva-chauth. While they break the fast on Karva-chauth after ...
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What is shastras recommended way of raising a child?

Hindu shastras have provided knowledge on code of duties (Manusmriti), medicinal practices (Ayurveda), archery science (dhanurveda), kamasutra, secrets of cosmic creation and likewise many more ...
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Are there famous deities/gods or spiritual supremo, who had a daughter?

In India, culturally boys are preferred over girls as a child by many orthodox families. Such attitude creates kind of deep rooted gender bias and certain wrongful activities like abortion or ...
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What are the guidelines on child adoption?

A neighborhood couple adopted a child a while back. The main criteria they saw, was if the skin colour & general appearance of that child is matching with them, so that it looks natural to others. ...
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What are the recommended remedies for childless couples who are eager?

I am very sure and believe that the previous birth sins will follow a person in the next birth. Hence, due to sins committed in the previous births, some of the couples don't have children in this ...
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Do children get contaminated by touching menstruating women?

Do children get contaminated by touching mother while she is in menstruation? If a mother is in isolation but the child comes and touches her, again goes and touch other persons, will it contaminate ...
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How does Karma theory explain premature deliveries and the death of infants?

Sometimes, infants are born prematurely and die shortly thereafter. Is it possible to explain such tragedies using the karma theory? Has it got to do with the karma of the parents or the infant ...
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What are the order & duties of the children born from intermixing/hybridisation of 4 classes?

There are 4 classes in descending order: BrAhmaNa Kshatriya Vaishya Shudra If a man of class X mates with a woman of class X, then definitely the child will inherit the class X. How the ...
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Why Mata given more importance than Pita?

We all know that in order to bring a child into this world we need need both a female and a male (not taking into consideration current scientific methodologies), agree that a woman nurtures the baby ...
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Is it not obligatory for a householder to try begetting children? [duplicate]

I know that a similar topic has been discussed in the link below, but my position is different. Is it necessary for one to have children? I know that this can be a very subjective topic, and ...
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Are Hindu children meant to serve their parents forever whether they like them or not?

Do children need parents' permission to live away from them? What if parents are just bad apples, should children continue to serve their needs? What do the shastras say? After marriage, did ...
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Do children accumulate karma? At what age are you responsible for your karma?

If I do a bad karma without knowing or realizing properly will I receive fruits for that or not? What about children? Do they accumulate karma too? Don't they make lot of mistakes unknowingly? At ...
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Which deity should be worshipped to have marriage or son early in life?

What should one do to have marriage or son early in life? Which deity should be worshipped for this purpose?
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Does Karma of parents affect their children?

I would like to know if the Karma of parents has any effect on their children? Or are they independent and have to realize their own Karma (prārabdha/sañcita)?
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What do Hindu scriptures or Gurus say on How to Introduce Hinduism to Children?

I am aware that this question is more a parenting question. The reason I ask the question is, to me and many young children around me, it was just told that idol worship in a temple is holy and wish-...
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