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Questions tagged [culture]

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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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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In Tantric tradition is menstruation not seen as a taboo?

Devdutt Pattanaik in this video says that unlike the Vedic traditions, menstruation is not seen as a taboo in Tantric traditions. In fact, it was worshipped and celebrated. Is this claim true? ...
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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?
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What are the differences among Hath Yoga vs Kriya Yoga vs Raja Yoga?

Often these terms are used in same context & create confusion. May be 2 of them are synonymous. What are the difference among them? Extra Qn: PrANAyAma of today's time, made famous by modern day ...
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for gods that are worshiped in both north and south india are their faces depicted similarly in the two areas?

do scriptures like agamas prescribe how different deities should look? to me except siva,durga/kali and ganesa all other gods look quite dissimilar in north and south india.
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Why are Tantras used in fierce ways? To whom they are unaffected?

I have read rickross answers which are stated from tantras and angmas but almost i found nothing scarey in what he writed so how they are used in such a fierce manner? Is there are some type ...
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Is Brahma Kumaris considered as a part of Hinduism? [duplicate]

I was wondering whether they are part of Hinduism or work as a separate organisation.
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Why is Bhagavad Gita the only the Granth whose jayanti (birthday) being celebrated?

Other granthas are also there like the Vedas, The Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Manusmruti and many others. Why those are not celebrated for their jayanti, but only Gita?
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Should we study or not study on Saraswati Puja?

Saraswati Puja is soon coming and my parents have told me to not study on the auspicious day. In fact, in most Bengali households, studying is forbidden on Saraswati Puja. However, at the same time, I ...
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Why Hindu Gods never appeared anywhere else on this Earth like America, Japan, China, African continents, Middle east before christ B. C. era? [duplicate]

Why Hindu gods like Vishnu, siva, and Brahma appeared for people of India in the past before christ. Why they never appeared to anyone anywhere else on this Earth like America, Japan, China, ...
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Which Gita verses did Rajinikanth refer, while announcing his entry into politics?

Famous actor Rajinikanth did a grand announcement of his entry into politics on 31st December, 2017. During his speech, he referred Gita in following context: "Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu ...
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Is only Bhagvad Gita being used in the Indian courts for taking oath? Why? [closed]

I have seen in many movies, people keep their hands on a book of Bhagavad Gita and assure that they will tell the truth. Is Bhagvat Gita used in court? Why are Ramayana, Vedas, Mahabharata & ...
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Are shudras allowed to wander near sacrifices?

This question is asked by the curiosity created by my previous question. Are shudras allowed to wander near sacrifices? Are they allowed to put a sight on a sacrifice? Are they allowed to touch ...
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Is it true that positive energy resides at the main entrance [door] of a house?

I heard that the positive energy resides in the main entrance door of the house and obviously I am doing the Pooja and showing Agarbathi (incense) lights to the door entrance. (I saw my parents doing ...
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How does Hinduism believe they should treat those inside and outside of their cultural frame?

This is a question I have about Hinduism. How does Hinduism believe they should treat those inside and outside of their cultural frame?
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Which verses in the Vedas describe humans as the same as Pashus?

I remember seeing some Vedic verses related to this (either in Rig or Atharva Veda) and they were either talking about all animals and in that humans were too there or like that only but thinking (...
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If multiple marriage is inappropriate as per Hinduism, then why did Dasharath had married 3 women? [duplicate]

If multiple marriage is inappropriate as per Hinduism, then why did Dasharath, the father of lord Rama, marry three women?
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What is Arya really?

In vedas the word arya appears may be it is addressed to indra too but i have listened that "ARYAS belong to no race" those are aryas who read vedas and those who not are called shudra. So do ...
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What do Vedas say about non-sacrificial killing of animals?

Do Vedas or any scripture say anything about any restrictions on non-sacrificial killing of animals? We all know about animal sacrifices which was later explained by scholars. But what about normal (...
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In what ways vedas give equal respect to women?

Hindu texts present diverse and conflicting views on the position of women, ranging from feminine leadership as the highest goddess, to limiting her role to an obedient daughter, housewife and mother. ...