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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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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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Is organ donation allowed? Have any Hindu acharyas commented on this practice?

According to some religions, donating the human organs (especially after one's death) is considered a good practice. So is it a good thing to do according to Hindu scripture? Have any Hindu acharyas ...
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Vedas and Vedic dharma on homosexuality

This link describes that the Vedas have no problem with homosexuality: In contemporary India LGBT people face discrimination and marginalization. This results from cultural attitudes imposed by the ...
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Is there any religious significance of saffron flag as per our scriptures?

Modern Hindu organisations usually use saffron triangular flag as a unanimously accepted symbol of Hinduism. However, does the flag or colour have any significance as per authentic Hindu scriptures?
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How do Hindus celebrate birthday?

I have not heard about birthday celebrations in our puranas or texts. But is there any account of Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) celebration in any of the puranas or other texts? When did it ...
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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? The below non-Answers are "arguments against the mainstream theory" ...
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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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Can a married woman take out her Mangala Sutra and keep it anywhere?

I have seen many of our sisters and mothers wear the Mangala Sutra. The question Why do brides wear a mangal sutra? answers why they wear it in the first place. But my question is: Nowadays we see ...
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Why do Indian women wear bangles?

Why do Indian women, especially married women, wear bangles?
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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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What is the significance of designing the courtyard?

I am not sure about North India, but in South India House wives draw a beautiful Rangoli (In south, muggulu) in the courtyard (angan) of their house. Some women even use cow dung to design their ...
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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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The story behind Names of Hindu calender Months?

In Hindu traditional calender Their are 12 months (मास) Chaitra (चैत्र), Vaisakha (वैशाख), Jyaistha (जेष्ठ), Asadha (आषाढ), Sravana (श्रावण), Bhadrapada (भाद्रपद), Asvina (अश्विन), Kartika (कार्तिक),...
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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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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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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 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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Why and how do Hindus celebrate Christmas?

Why and how do (some) Hindus celebrate Christmas? What have any modern Hindu Gurus commented on this practice? EDIT I don't think this is an opinion-based question. From What types of questions ...
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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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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 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 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 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 is the significance of “ Vratas” ( व्रत ) In Hinduism?

What is the significance of "Vratas (व्रत )" described in Hinduism. e.g. "Haritalika (हरितालिका)" , "Rushi Panchami (ऋषि पंचमी) etc. Are there any scriptures pointing towards importance of "vratas" ...
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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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Why do Hindus bathe in river Ganges (Ganga)?

I've seen at many of the devotees bathe in river Ganges at sacred places. This is often seen when people are celebrating Kumbh Mela as well, so why do they bathe in river Ganges (Ganga)? Image ...
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How is “Patriotism” seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

Are there any scriptures (Dharma Shastra-s) or Hindu saints who have talked about patriotism? Related: This post discusses specific to Kshatriya class, Martyr concept in Hinduism
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Why restriction on taking images and publishing 'some' mantras

Why people are not allowed to take images of god/goddesses in Garbha gudi (sanctum sanctorum) of a temple. Is it a sin according to scriptures? or any other reason behind such restriction? In ...
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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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Is there any significace of twitching of eyes?

Is it true that twitching of eyes indicates something? Does it give us signal of something good or bad that is going to happen in the future? What is the significance of left eye twitching and ...
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Physical appearance of various Gods for worship

This is question about pictorial representation of various gods, especially their facial hair. Brahma has a full beard & moustache. But Vishnu (including RAma, Krishna incarnations) and Shankara ...
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Should we study or not study on Saraswati Puja?

Saraswati Puja is soon coming and like any other year, 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,...
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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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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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Why Hindus wear red tilak and sandal wood tilak on foreheads?

Hindus prefer to wear red tilak and sandal wood tilak on foreheads. Also Lord Shiva wears Bhasma(Vibhuthi). Many of his followers do the same. How did this practice originate?
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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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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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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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What is significance of Shashtanga Namaskaram near Kodimaram/Dwajastambha/flagpole?

Why do we do Shashtanga Namaskara near Kodimaram/Flag Pole/Dwajastamaba ? I often watched people also doing Namaskaram near Garbha Gruha (inner sanctorum)? Please clarify me which one is the right way ...
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A Comprehensive book on Hinduism [duplicate]

Of course when one finds it necessary to know about one religion, the first books or valid references they would be offered, are each religion's number one book! (Quran, Bible, etc), but what about ...
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Why is Ram lila popular in North India than South India?

When thought of Deepavali the question struck my mind--- Krishna killed Narakasura and we celebrate Deepavali. Rama killed Ravana mightier than Narakasura. During vijayadasami, Ramlila is the one we ...
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Reference Books for Hindu/Indian Mythology, Culture & Philosophy? [duplicate]

What concise classical references do we have in English of Hindu/Indian mythology, religion and philosophy subjects especially from the colonial period by non-Indian indologists? An objective ...
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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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Is there any provision for 'Divorce' in Hindusm? [duplicate]

By law and court system a marriage can be ended with legal divorce. Islam says if they say Talaq three times then the marriage is over. Like Islam, does Hinduism allow divorce for a married couple? ...
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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 ...