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How are Shudras supposed to perform shraddha?

Namaskaram. Performing shraddha involves feeding brahmanas. A brahmana who strongly follows acharams will not eat in a shudra's home for obvious reasons. How should a shudra get around this issue? ...
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Experiencing the journey of a dead person

My maternal uncle died at the age of 82 in America recently. Since his son was not adapted as per hindu customs, the complete 13 day rituals was done by his younger brother in India. I was closer to ...
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Can brothers who performed separate Maasikas perform Samvatsarika Shraddha Karma together?

Can brothers who performed separate Maasikas perform Samvatsarika Shraddha Karma together? They've perfomed Dina karma together and all rituals during the first ten days.
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Are there any schools of hinduism that hold the Soul to be perishable / non-eternal?

Hinduism has a plethora of schools, All holding a wide variety of beliefs about the nature of the Atma. Are there any schools that hold the soul/atma to be perishable and subject to destruction?
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What happens to someone who dies without any thoughts as per Hindu scriptures?

Bhagavadgita 8.6 says यं यं वापि स्मरन्भावं त्यजत्यन्ते कलेवरम्। तं तमेवैति कौन्तेय सदा तद्भावभावितः।।8.6।। Which means whatever entity one thinks of at the time of death, he attains the state of that ...
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Sapindikarana timing and Ashaucha period

While discussing with one of the learned, I heard that Sapindikarana should be performed after one year...but sure uncertainties of what time might bring in a year (e.g. kartru himself may die and ...
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How can we help souls that died unnaturally in hinduism?

I know of some people who died by suicide and snake bite. I am not related to them. Is there any way as per vedic rituals I can help their souls/atone their sins to reach better state than what they ...
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What is the best way for a brahmin man to die?

As far as I know the best way in which a Kshatriya man can die is in the battlefield and it ensures he goes to heaven. (Correct me if I am wrong) What is the best way for a brahmin man to die ? ...
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What happens when a person dies without fulfilling their greatest desire(s)?

If a person dies whether intentionally , naturally or accidentally without fulfilling their deepest desire. Whether it be sexual/materialistic/spiritualistic, what happens to their Atman after death? ...
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Can majority of Hindus living in deplorable conditions be explained by karmic law?

Majority of Hindus live in india, a third world country with abysmal living conditions, can it be inferred that majority of Hindus are born in india due to their bad deeds(karma ) in past lives? Also ...
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Death in the month of Kartika

My paternal grandmother left her body in the recently concluded month of Kartika. I want to find out if in the scriptures there is any benefit mentioned of one departing in the month of Kartika
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If death of a person is pre-determined and prarabdh then why is suicide not a part of it?

When a person commits suicide it is seen negatively but death its reason and medium are pre-determined so why is suicide considered free will?
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Is it true that people who are cremated in Kashi get Moksha?

Is it true that people who are cremated in Kashi get Moksha? Or, is it people who die in Kashi that get Moksha?
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What is Pitriloka (Pitṛloka)?

What is pitṛloka? In many Hindu rituals (such as nandishraddha) pitṛs are invited from pitṛloka. I know that pitṛs are ancestors. But I want to know, where is the pitṛloka? Is it a sort of heaven? A ...
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Purapedda shanthi

In Kerala temples like ananthapadmanabha, guruvayoor etc, there was a parapadda shanthi systems - where the priests we're forbidden to go outside the temple complex during the term. Even if it was ...
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Bhagavata saptaha for wandering souls

A priest in a prashne had advocated bhagavata saptah for one of my relatives who had lost his ancedtors (coming under sapindikas) in the pamban train crash in 1964 and the bodies were never recovered. ...
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Brahmin warriors defending religion eg Somnath

Parasurama was a Brahman and a great warrior. Apart from Brahmavidya, Brahmans also learn shastra of fighting, war and weapons. When Somnath was attacked by Mahmud of Ghazni, Raj Navghans Commander ...
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Who or which fire is it that consumes a dead body on the funeral pyre.?

Who is Agni Kravyad? People know that fire is sacred to Hindus and Zoroastrians. Jews had it on the main altar of the one allowed Temple of Yahwah, when it existed. Some consider consigning body to ...
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Are transporting and traveling with a dead body proscribed?

These days sometimes people need to take their loved ones to big cities for treatment unavailable in their place. Many a times the patient will die away from their home town. Then generally the ...
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Which scriptures talk of the rights of the dead?

In particular - those who suffered violent death, like Drona who was beheaded while meditating.
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Agama prescribes that the dead bodies of Sannyasis should be buried. Then, why are the dead bodies of monks of the Ramakrishna Mission cremated?

Mahanirbana Tantra categorically says that The corpse of an ascetic should on no account be cremated. It should be worshipped with scents and flowers, and then either buried or sunk into water. - ...
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Why is it that our memories (from childhood up and till now) are to be remembered at the time of death?

While reading the Isha Upanishad (with the commentary of Shankara) I came across a saying of his (i.e. Shankara) that at the time of death one should remember their memories. You can find this in his ...
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Why death date of a person is called as Punya-Tithi?

Why death date of a person is called as Punya-Tithi ? What is the scriptural basis for it ? Punya-Tithi - Virtue date.
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Can I go to a temple on my Grandma's 10th death anniversary(thidi)? [closed]

My dad's mother's death anniversary (thidi) is on this Friday. It's been over 10 years since she passed away. My dad and his older brother are going to do the karma Pooja at home like every year. Can ...
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What is the purpose of both brahmana bojanam and pinda pradanam in shraddha

I have a curious question on shraddha ceremony we perform, during shraddha we invite brahmins for brahmana bhojanam as per ritual we invoke our pitrus(vasu, rudra and aditya) on body of brahmins and ...
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Was Agni god of death before Yama?

Yama is son of Surya . Who was god of death before Yama ? Was the post held by Agni , I had read about it somewhere that Agni was god of death before Yama. When was Yama born ?
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What happens to people whose bodies are not cremated?

What happens to people whose bodies are not cremated? Do they face problems in theafterlife?
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What was the body of Kama made of?

Kāmadeva is perhaps the only deva who was resurrected from the dead. Generally, resurrection of the dead occurs in the same body. But in the case of Kāmadeva, his original body was burnt down by ...
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What goes with people after their death?

It is being said that we have come empty handed in the world and we will return (after death) empty handed. Only our Karma goes with us. My question is - How true it the above statement ? I mean - ...
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As Suicide is a henious crime, then why did Vallabhacharya commit suicide?

Suicide is a heinous crime according to Hindu scriptures (see this thread - What does Hinduism say about Suicide?). Then how come an Acharya (Vallabhacharya) who propounded Shuddhadvaita darshan (...
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Need help for my friend's soul after he passed

my dog was euthanized, it was not long before he would have died naturally. Is there anything I can do for the soul to pass on more easily, and not suffer more bad karma in the next body/life due to ...
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Are marriage and death predestined?

If yes then how people used to marry more than once in previous ages and now they only marry once as per the law. Does it mean that death and marriage are not predestined?
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How did the asura Chalantarana die?

Chalantarana was a very powerful and very famous asura, and it well known how he was born (from the energy and rage in Lord Siva's eyes when Indra sent a bolt towards him). But I do not know the story ...
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Can you perform Salagram puja in Sutaka/thudaku

I had a question. I am initiated and perform Sri Salagrama Nitya Puja daily. I am under the instruction to do it daily. What do I do when there is a time of uncleanliness in the family. Do I need to ...
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Did Krishna became old while dying?

Was Krishna young when he was dying ? Or Was he old ? I mean not necessarily by his age but by his appearance. Was Krishna Ajara ?
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Does krishna meet ramachandra?

Does krishna see rama meditating in the forest before his death? is that weird? how can two so-called avatar be on earth together? is this confusion with balarama? ALSO, who is depicted in the art? ...
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Does Our Love For Dying Animal/Person Help Them With Death & Rebirth

Do our Hindu texts say whether our huge amount of love for a dying person or animal can have any kind of good or helpful effect on their death and rebirth ? So before they’re dying we’re thinking of ...
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Can I Do my wedding after 2 deaths in the family on both my fiancé and my side? [closed]

I’m a Hindu and so is my fiancé. Last year I got proposed to and then my fiancé grandma(maternal) died a week later. Around September. She lives in her home country while we live in a different one. ...
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How Does A Western/American/European Person Who Is Christian Or Atheist Experience Post Death Events & Other Lok

I have asked some really dumb questions on here but this might be my dumbest one yet hahaha:D Ok. So. Gonna ask it anyway. Do our Hindu texts say what a Christian or atheist western person from Europe ...
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Leaving death site after final rites without taking leave

Following death/ obsequies and even after Punyahavachanam is performed there is a custom among some sections of society: the visiting relations or guests leave the place without saying so or taking ...
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Which shashtra mention about bhoota pichahsa and other negative energies in detail?

In Bhagvadgita and other popular shashtra like garuda puran there is a mention of life after death and bhooth yooni, pichisha yoni. Is there any text/Shastra which explains about. How a person is ...
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Tenth day ritual after death of a person

What is the significance of the tenth day ritual after death of a person?
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Is it true that those who do more sins die late in life after suffering too much?

Is it true that those who do more sins though get material gains in life but die late in life ,after becoming old and suffering too much ? Though they also go to hell after death but they also suffer ...
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Are dead people able to see us?

Are people who are dead i.e.those who are in Swarga , Narak , Pitri-Lok etc able to see us on earth ?
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Do women who not follow Brahmcharya after death of husband go to hell?

Is it true that widows who don't practice celibacy after death of husbands go to hell ?
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How is it decided who goes to - Swarga or Pitri Lok?

After death people can go to multiple places , main among them are - Pitri Lok , Swarga Lok and Narak Lok . For Narak it is clear that people who do sins go to Narak. But I am confused between who ...
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To whom Pind-daan is offered to - only male ancestors or both male and female ancestors?

To whom Pind-daan is offered to - only male ancestors or both male and female ancestors i.e. only to great......grand-fathers or to great.....grand-mothers as well?
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Can a female offer Pind-daan to her ancestors? [duplicate]

Can a female offer pind-daan to her ancestors or any male can offer pind-daan ? Is it essential that only male can offer pind-daan ?
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Can a man offer Pind-daan to his maternal ancestors? [duplicate]

Can a man offer Pind-daan to his maternal ancestors i.e. - Nana, Nani etc or only to Paternal ancestors?
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What happens if someone doesn't do Pind-daan to his ancestors? [duplicate]

If someone doesn't do Pind-daan to his ancestors ,what happens to them ? Do they have to live without food there ?
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