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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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Do any scriptures mention what would happen if temple restrictions are not followed?

The Supreme Court allowed the entry of women in the Swami Ayappa Temple at Shabarimala and ever since then a lot of protests have erupted in Kerala against the decision. One of the points that is ...
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Why Lord Ayyappa Vratam or Mandalam is done only in few months?

Why Lord Ayyappa vratam or mandalam done only during Karthika masa or generally from September - January? I know even temple is generally opened during this period. Is there any reason or shastra ...
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What do our scriptures say about naming a child?

Do Hindu scriptures provide details on how to properly name a child? If there are any do’s and don’ts. Is it really necessary to name child based on month or tithis?
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Can mundan ceremony be performed at the age of 13 years 10 months?

My child has completed 13 years 10 months and I want to know whether mundan can be done for him at this age.
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Does Hinduism allow siblings to have their marriages at the same time?

Let us consider the following scenario: X, Y are children to same parents and are going to marry a, b respectively. Are there any rules in Hinduism that does not allow X and Y to have their marriage ...
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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 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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Can a Brahmin shave off his mustache on his daughter's engagement,or marriage?

I just want to know whether a Brahmin can shave off his moustache on the occasion of his daughter's engagement or marriage. Are their any other occasions where Brahmins can be clean shaved?
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What is Hinduism's stand on “circumcision”?

Though there is no mention of circumcision in our scriptures. Neither it prohibits it, nor allows it. Circumcision is often related with jews and muslims customs. But can a Hindu get circumcised for ...
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Death Time for Grandmother

My Grandmother(Father's mother) aged 88 has passed away on Thursday 22/03/2018 inbetween 3PM to 3:15PM due to natural death inside the hall of the house. Strange thing is that she said at 3:10PM ...
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What are days I can have an oil massage (abhyangana snana) on head or on body?

There is already a question about Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?. So, I want to know the days I can take an oil massage (otherwise called as Abhyangana snana) ...
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what does hindu's god say about widow's life? [duplicate]

I have heard that women should shave her head after the death of her husband .Is it true? Does hindu's god agree with it ?
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Cross-cousin marriage and hinduism

Among North Indian Hindus the marriage between brother and sister is not allowed for seven generations from father side and three generations from mother's side, but among South Indian Hindus ...
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Gruhapravesam in a week after marriage

Is it advisable to do Grihapravesham (Gruhapravesham - House worming function) immediately after marriage? Some of relatives are telling that it is not good to have another function immediately after ...
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Shaving the head of a baby outside of India

I am getting more calls as a barber about this service. What does it entail? When I do a head shave I usually do a pre shave, 2 hot towels, hot later and the shave. What is the technique for the baby ...
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What is the objective of Shraddha for the departed?

In some of the Vedanta Acharya's talks, I have heard that the objective of Shraddha is chitha sudhi of the performer. It is prescribed for our benefits, like our chitta will get purified...and even ...
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Why do Iyengar brides sit in father's lap during the wedding ceremony?

In South Indian Sri-Vaishnava community of Iyengars, there is a peculiar custom that the bride sits on her father's lap while tying the mangalya sutra. Such custom is not found in any other South ...
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Can imported flowers be used to decorate God?

I live in Australia. The management committee of Lord Siva Temple here imports flower garland from India. After the arrival The Australian quarantine department spray chemicals on garland to stop any ...
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What technique they used earlier to make idols stand for centuries

We all know there are lot of Hinduism temples where idols are standing from many centuries best example is Lord Venktaeshwara in Tirumala, Tirupati. This idol is standing from many centuries it ...
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Why should we not face our backs towards god? [duplicate]

At a temple, I usually see the pujari often reminding people that they should face towards god. He also said that facing our backs towards god is classified as a sin. I would think that facing our ...
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Why does Hinduism advocate Kanya-Dan over Putra-Dan?

Why do Hindu women leave their parents' house and go to husbands or in-laws place after marriage? While this is a custom among almost all the religions; I'm interested in knowing if there is any ...
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Nose piercing in Hinduism

I have read that Hindus usually pierce nose on the left side. Why is it so? Is there any bad omen related to right side nose piercing?
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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 has Virāṭa Parva pārāyaṇa got to do with rains?

From this news article: Prayers offered for rains Hundreds of people thronged Indrakeeladri on the bank of the river Krishna to witness 'Varuna yagam' and 'sahasraghatabhishekam' performed for ...
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Why Dakshina is given to Guru?

In ancient Gurukula System after the education, the students are required to give Guru Dakshina to their respective Guru. Why is this practice when we have stayed with the master and served him all ...
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Reason behind Kashi Yatra in Indian Wedding

In Indian marriages, especially the South Indian Weddings, I have noticed the ritual of Kashi Yatra. This ritual involves persuading the groom to accept the girl for marriage and enter Grihastasramam....
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Why do widows wear white sarees after their husband's death?

After the death of a man (husband), the wife (widow) is not allowed to wear bangles, kumkum (sindhur) and is asked to wear white saree & shave her head. Is there any reference for such a practice ...
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Time Frame to perform Homam

If there is a death in the house [especially parents] what is the time frame to conduct Homam? Should it be performed after Varushapdhigam [after one year of ceremony]? Albeit I am doing homams this ...
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Was slavery allowed in Mahabarata times?

I found this. Yudhishthira supporteth eighty-eight thousand Snataka Brahmanas leading domestic lives, giving unto each of them thirty slave-girls. Source: The Mahabharata, Book 2: Sabha Parva: ...
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Which Hindu scriptures mention Indradwaja or Brahmadwaja?

In Maharashtra, Hindu new year (Gudi Padawa) is celebrated by raising gudhi (much like a flag). When did this custom started. The popular explanation is its the symbol of 'Brahm dhwaj' or 'Indradhwaj' ...
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Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?

On what days shaving or haircut or nailcut, is allowed and on what days it is prohibited? Are we allowed to cut hair/beard ourselves ? I'm asking from ideal standpoint, not practical. Even if ...
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What is the recommended age for marriage for girls as per Shastra?

I remember reading that girls should be married within the age of 12. The intention of the question is not to incite a debate on the ideal age for marriage in today's world, but to know what our ...
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Why people donate hair on funeral of relatives? [duplicate]

In some Hindu communities, on death of father, son removes his own hair and keep a choti (a small bundle of hair on head at tail part.). What is the reason for shaving the hair?
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Why do women not wear Yagnopaveetham (Janeu or Poonal)?

In this question it is said that the three strands of the poonal signify the debts to parents, teachers and sages. If so, aren't these debts also meant for women? Why is it that women do not wear ...
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What should we do when we accidentally kill an animal?

Would like to know what pratikriya (remedy) should we do if we accidentally kill an animal e.g., a car hitting a cow or deer accidentally or car running over a snake? Also, in the case of a vehicle ...
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What are the duties to be followed after initiation under a Vaishnava Guru?

Being part of a Vaishnava family, I had undergone a ceremony for having Guru when I was 10 years old. The only duty I followed after that is to wear "kanthi" so I wanted to know what are the other ...
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How and when are idols cleaned in temples?

I saw many time idols are getting cleaned by priests. My question are: What is used to cleanup the idols? Just water or something else? Is there any timing for cleaning?
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Auspicious date for Griha Pravesh - before Holi or after Holi?

We are buying a new house and planning for a Griha Pravesh pooja on 2nd march, but we are getting conflicting opinions from friends and families. Some people say that we should do it after Holi, and ...
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Sadhus grow their hair while Pandits shave them. Why?

I have seen many Sadhu who grow their hair and never cut them, while there are some Pandits who shave their hair and just have a small pony tail. Both of them are devotees of God but have opposite ...
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Why do Swami Ayyappa images have Namam symbol on the forehead?

Why do swami Ayyappa images seem to have Namam symbol on the forehead? Is there any story behind that? He is the son for both Hari and Hara so shouldn't pattai be applied to swamy's forehead?
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Is Deepavali a new year's celebration?

In many greeting cards and wishes for Deepavali, I have seen people also wish a Happy New Year. The only New Year that I'm familiar with occurs around Holi in the springtime around March (Chaitra in ...
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Myth/Customs related to shaving & hairwash

I have heard a lot of myth related to shaving beard and moustache. Those whose father is alive should NOT shave. We should not Shave on Thursday(because wealth might go away) and Saturday. ...
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Significance of Marapachi doll in Gollu

During the festival season of Navrathri it is a custom of keeping Marapachi dolls in Gollu (Navrathri Golu), a custom which is widely practiced in the southern states. What is the significance of ...
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What is the significance of Akshata in rituals?

Akshata (rice) is used in all Hindu rituals. What is the significance of Akshata in rituals?
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Tenets of Hinduism in short [closed]

Can somebody summarize, in short, the various aspects of Hinduism with respect to, Morality Ethics Metaphysics Origin of life (humans and other living beings) Purpose of life Various paths to achieve ...
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Does Vedic Hinduism exist today?

It seems that the rituals, customs, deities, methods of worship etc. in Hinduism today are mainly based on various Puranas and not the Vedas. Even the Vedic Gods are not worshiped in temples. Very few ...
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Why do temples have tortoise figurine at the entrance?

We see tortoise figurine at the entries of almost all the temples. What is the significance and origin of this custom?