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Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.

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What defines a “hero,” from a Hindu perspective?

For some context, see this question, which I will also summarize: I plan to run a Dungeons & Dragons game soon for some people who follow Hindu faith. For those unfamiliar, it's like a cooperative ...
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What is the significance of Dhoti in life of a Hindu male? [duplicate]

Does Dhoti have any Hindu religious association or is it simply ancient Indian dress for males? Is there any reference in shastras or elsewhere that a hindu male when doing puja or other religious ...
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Rangoli (Kolam) according to shastra and tradition

What powder is the ideal to put rangoli? Is current rangoli colors are tradition? If not what is natural and tradition substitute for colors? Which location is the ideal to put rangoli? In front of ...
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Are Hennas Tattoos and how do they fit into Hinduism?

Are Hennas tattoos and how do they fit into the equation? Often, they start on the hand and the design goes up and down both arms. It's important to note that henna tattoos aren't really "tattoos." ...
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Why do only some Brahmins have a tuft of hair? Is it mandatory to cut the tuft of hair before leaving India?

Why is it that some Brahmins have a tuft of hair and some don't? Is it optional? Furthermore, the great Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan before leaving to Cambridge University cut his tuft ...
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What is Ganesh Chaturthi/ Ganesh Utsav idol worship size according to shastra and Dharma

In my Marathi state we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi as a Ganesh utsav for ten days and bring clay idol from market on the first day and make visarjan on 10th day. My question is, what is the right size ...
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Why do we put water around plate before eating in the process Chitrahuti (चित्राहुति) Or “Chitravati”?

I have checked the following Q&A which addressed about this ritul in the past. Which Scriptures mention "Chitrahuti" (चित्राहुति) or "Chitravati" procedure which we carry out ...
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What does the Vedic literature speak about pre-marital sex and sexual abstinence? [duplicate]

I understand that unlike Abrahamic religions, sex is primarily not a taboo in our Sanatana Dharma. However, I would like to know what is laid out in the scriptures regarding 'pre-marital sex' and ...
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What makes a person a Hindu? [duplicate]

In Hinduism we have monotheists as well as polytheists. We do not have same deities and same customs. Does one become Hindu by accepting supremacy of Vedas? We don't have a single book like other ...
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Why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great?

I am always curious to know why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great ? Example Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerburg etc.. the list is long.
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Do RV 8.33.19 and 10.85.30 suggest women should wear a veil in the presence of men?

Some answers to What do Hindu scriptures say about women headscarf (hijab)? on Quora.com cite these verses from the Rigveda that seem to suggest Hindu women should wear a head veil: God made you ...
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Why does the Gayatri Mantra NOT end with OM except in Bengal?

In Bengal, the Gayatri (Savitri) Mantra always starts with OM and ends with OM. The mantra is thus printed in the very famous book 'Ahnik-Krittya' by Shyamacharan Kaviratna Vidyavaridhi. But so far ...
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Is there any Dharmic idea of unity on the basis of religion? Did the Aryans themselves treat Sanatana Dharma as a religion?

I am curious to know if Hindu Scripture mentions the idea of unity among people who are able to associate on the basis of a common belief, i.e., whether the texts anywhere proclaim the idea of ...
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What could be preventing Krishna to advance to the Middle West states? [closed]

The below map comes from this webpage and shows North American ISKCON temples, centers, gatherings, and home programs. I was wondering what could be the reasons why there are no centres for Krishna, ...
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Why is the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata is read during the srAddha ceremony?

In Bengal, I heard that the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata is read aloud during the srAddha ceremony. I am not aware of whether this is followed in other parts of India though. What is the ...
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Do Bali Hindus eat beef and pork?

I heard that Balinese Hindus always include non-vegetarian in their diet including pork and beef. Is this true?
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Are different ways of salutation (pranaam) just cultural or prescribed in scripture?

In the North, the young just bend down and touch the feet of elders. In the South, they lie down flat on the ground while doing namaskaram (women would keep the midriff off the ground). There are ...
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What is my religion? [duplicate]

I was watching Satguru (Jaggi Vasudev) video on YouTube where he said that Hindu is not a religion, its a geographical identity and that's why all part of India follows different practices and have ...
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Requirements for wearing Tilak

What are the rules / requirements of applying a Vaishnava tilaka? Is diksha required?
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Didn't the Sati practice exist in India? [duplicate]

There's a YouTube channel called FMF, which makes videos on Indian culture and Hinduism. Recently one of its videos focused on the Sati practice. here's the link to that video. It will also be ...
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Guidance about visiting temples after a 13th day of death of any family member

I am a Hindu and Maratha Kshatriya from Goa. I just wanted to ask few questions which I believe to have different answers from different brahmans I consulted so far. It's been a month, I lost my ...
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Who is the goddess depicted as “Bharat Mata” & why is she having Indian tricolor flag?

What is the story of Bharat Mata? What's her connection with the Indian national flag?
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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 does Hinduism say about organ donation? [duplicate]

Does the religion say anything good/bad about organ donation ? Is one not circumventing some sort of karmic rules by giving and receiving organs ? Say, if someone is blind, he is paying for his karma....
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Have any acharyas commented on taking a dip in sacred but infected rivers?

Background According to this article, an Australian woman became very ill after she took a dip in the sacred Ganges river at Varanasi. My love affair with Varanasi continued and I studied yoga at ...
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How can one save Sanatana Dharma?

It is said on multiple occasions that we need to protect our sanskriti, our dharma, etc. But is there any reference in our shastras on what should we do to save dharma?
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Why should a girl leave her home after marriage?

After the marriage, the wife has to live at her husband's home. What do our scriptures say about this custom?
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Is there any Hindu spiritual principle that causes many Hindus to oppose the Aryan Migration Theory?

Recently a question was asked about the reasons why many Hindus are opposed to the Aryan Migration Theory (AMT)? The question was asked in a manner that does not fit with the requirements of this site....
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How regional is Hinduism? [closed]

I know that different Gods, or different manifestations of Ultimate Reality, are worshiped in different regions. Furthermore, there is a lot of linguistic diversity across Bhārat. So, I'm wondering: ...
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Are Hindu scriptures pro- or anti-dowry?

Do Hindu scriptures discuss the topic of dowry (which Google defines as "property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage")? Do they take pro or anti stance on this practice? ...
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Is the North Indian custom of the bride kicking over a pot of rice on first entering the in-laws' house based on scripture?

I believe the rice getting scattered over the house represents the bride filling her new home with prosperity. Does any scripture prescribe/describe this custom?
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Is Akshata used in North India?

It is ubiquitous in the South on religious occasions - is it also used in North India? For example refer this The rice doesn't seem to have been covered in turmeric.
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Menstruation myth in Hindu culture [duplicate]

Why are Hindu women not allowed to enter prayer areas like temples while they are menstruating? I want to know that why are they not allowed to worship not asked to be separate from family for three ...
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Sub-castes within lingayatism?

Are the sub-castes within lingayatism similar to the hindu caste system like the Sharana/Ainor(priests), Shettar(merchants/vaishyas), holeya(shudra) etc ? NOTE: What will be the accepted references ...
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what is the religious significance of the nine yards saree?

Brahmin ladies in the South wear it on religious occasions. It goes as far north as Maharashtra as far as I know.
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What is the benefit of attending Kumbh Mela?

I learned at university that the Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of people ever and that it occurs once every 12 years. I know it rotates between four cities meaning there is a Kumbh Mela ...
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Other than ISKCON, who are Vaishnavites?

It seems that Vaishnavism isn't as popular as I had initially expected it to be. What groups venerate Vishnu other than ISKCon? Is there a particular region of India were Vaishnavism is the majority? ...
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Are there finer classifications than the 4-varna/guna classification in scripture?

Priests, Warriors, Traders, Labourers is fine and dandy but where do scientists, journalists and artists, to name a few temperaments/occupations, fit into this? I remember reading that a Soviet ...
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Is there a scriptural basis for Out-of-India hypothesis? [duplicate]

I heard that Hindus believe that all Vedic-era people originated in Bhārat. Is this a cultural belief or is it from scripture?
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Are there any influences of other religion on Hinduism?

In ancient time, Hindu tradition and culture had been ruled many regions in the world. But, when time passed other religion had come. So, they were taken and debt some traditions. So, Which influences ...
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Marrying people born on new moon day (amāvāsyā)? [duplicate]

I was told marrying people that are born on amāvāsyā (new moon day) will bring harm to your life; you can even die because of their grahan (sin attached to them?) – is this claim true?
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How does the Karnataka's Lingayat community worship differently compared to other Shiva Linga devotees? [duplicate]

The community name is derived from the "Linga", & hence it should be part of Hinduism. However, recently Karnataka government proposed special religious status to the Lingayat community. Is the ...
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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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How has Hinduism spread & existing in Russia?

Russia & nearby countries were part of communist USSR for a while, which was typically anti-religion. Yet there are several Hindu Russians (0.1% of population). How did it spread in such remote ...
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Why is sage Krishna DvaipAyana known as Veda VyAsa & what is his relation with Beas river?

In Mahabharata the name "Krishna DvaipAyana" (Dark skinned, Island born) is used quite a lot. Yet the other usage of "Veda VyAsa" is more famous. What's the origin of this second name? Is the Punjab ...
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While praying, who are allowed to touch/caress “Shiva Linga”, the sacred phallus?

As per this thread, there are various opinions of whether the idol at the temple should be touched or not: Is it allowed to hug/touch the main idol at a temple? Now there is a special case of Shiva, ...
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Why did they hit coconut on dead Jayendra Saraswathi's head?

Jayendra Saraswathi passed away recently. During his funeral at Kanchi, one of his followers, hit coconut on the head of Jayendra Saraswathi's body. Why did they do so?
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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

A soldier killing an enemy is not violence because it's done as a part of the war (Yuddha Dharma), or police killing criminals is not violence to reduce the burden on society. Similarly, in what ...
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Why is Holi not much known in Southern India?

Why is Holi not much known in Southern India? Did the festival come into being relatively late in North India?
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What is the difference: Tapas (तपस्) vs Yajna (यज्ञ)? [duplicate]

What's the terminology difference between Tapas-austerities and Yajna-sacrifice/perseverance? Also when to choose one over the other?