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Defining Number Of Days For Ashoucha(sutaka) in case of death within bloodlines (relatives)

I wanted to understand regarding the Ashoucha(sutaka) in case of death of a relative. I wanted to know regarding number of days for Ashoucha(sutaka), and when and how we should follow the sutaka. And ...
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Does the body have to die for the soul to leave the body?

At the time of death the soul leaves the body, but the body also suffers destruction first before the soul leaves the body, like disease, brain failure, etc. My question is, is it possible for the ...
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What does Hinduism say about keeping the photo of a deceased child (who was a young adult)

What does Hinduism say about keeping the photo of a deceased child who was a young adult at the time? Can his/her portrait be kept in the living room surrounded with garland?
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If a person dies unnatural death accident or by murder, then is it also due to his/her karma?

We know that if a person does good or bad karma then he/she has to suffer during his time of death. So if a good person dies unfortunately by an accident or if he is murdered then does that also is ...
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Which scripture mentions about Kayarohana?

Kayarohana is a practice in Hinduism in which a person disappears instantly if (s)he wishes to die. Which scripture mentions about kayarohana?
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Is it mandatory to shave beard also along with head

After someone's demise, I know family member's go through a ritual where they shave off their head but I heard a new thing from my house Pandit Ji, he said now it is mandatory to shave beard also, ...
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Is it true that some jivas try to enter into the body after their death also?

If a person dies, then the jiva residing inside the body leaves the body. It may go to heaven, hell, new body, etc., But is it true that some jivas without realizing its recent death still wants to ...
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Geeta somehow says do not grieve over the death of loved one: so are we doing adharma?

Geeta somehow says "do not cry when someone you love dies, keep doing Karma, birth and death are parts of life". I don't know the exact words, but it somehow says this (If someone could correct the ...
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Is this true that a person who dies in Kashi never gets reborn?

I heard that who are living in kashi, they never born after death in kashi, why they never born, is this speciality only for kashi (or) any other city it has, and why their life span of time move fast....
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What are the consequences of not doing shraddha for the departed ancestors?

I have heard people say that they can be bad. Are there ways to compensate for missed Shraddhas?
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Is it forbidden to unintentionally enter temples during Sutak?

There was a death in my family (my grandmother's brother), which I was unaware of, when visiting a nearby temple. I am aware that we should not be visiting temples during the after death rituals, ...
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What is the significance of Suutak? [duplicate]

When a family member dies, generally every member of that family observes a 13-day mourning period called Suutak. What is the significance of observing this period? meaning.. a person is not allowed ...
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Why is burial preferred over cremation for enlightened beings and children? [duplicate]

For enlightened beings and children, the order of preference is burial over cremation, there are exceptions though like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda were cremated. Some people ...
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Why is there no mention of 'life review' after death in any scriptures of Hinduism?

I have came across many accounts of near death experiences (NDEs), Past life regression therapists, Mediums, Channelers in the West, who say that what happens after death is a standard process. ...
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Near Death experience

I have heard this narration from one of my aunt and cousin. Narration 1 : My cousin's grandpa was an Acharya and in his old age, he was on bed and his son (my cousin's dad) went near him at night, ...
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Baby's Ashes Scattering Question [closed]

Our Baby boy was born early at 25 weeks. He passed away at 32 weeks. This happened in the US, and we cremated his body. I was advised by some people that babies/children's bodies usually is buried ...
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Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age?

Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age? I have heard of major characters only dying in battles or unnatural deaths due to curses or conspiracies. ...
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Why the head of a dead person is hit when the body was consigned to the flames?

As a ritual, during Antyeṣṭi, the dead person's head is hit with a bamboo stick in between the burning of the whole body. As far as my understanding goes, this is done so that the person won't ...
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Does next birth take place instantly after death? [duplicate]

Personally I feel our thoughts will never be destroyed after death. Let me explain what I feel: If I die the world won't stop. Now I can't imagine the state after death. I mean it doesn't seem ...
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What happened to Ravana's body after his death?

As per this YT Video, it is said Ravana's body antim samskara never happened and some tribe people tried to cure him but couldn't make any success. Is this really true? If not what really happened ...
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Should marriage happen within a year of losing of parent? [duplicate]

One of my Hindu friend from Maratha community lost his dad in an accident. Right after the last rites his relatives are forcing him to marry within a year or else he'll have to wait for 3 years as a ...
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Can a person commit suicide if they are suffering a lot or too weak to live? [duplicate]

Can a person commit suicide if they are suffering a lot or too weak to live? Is it moral? What does Hinduism say?
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During leaving body, does chanting and remembering eternal one help? [duplicate]

During leaving body, does chanting and remembering eternal one/parmatma affect next life? If yes, how? What's logic behind it? Are there references?
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Which species are Urdhvochhishta, Ardhochhishta and Ubhayochhishta?

The Dharma Kanda (Preta Kanda) of Garuda Purana contains a great detail on description of hell, the journey of our soul after death. It also contains detailed explanation of cremation rites to be ...
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Is it okay to dispose a dog's dead body in the river?

My dog passed away last night and as far as the rituals in my family are concerned, we have to dispose the dead body into the river. But most of my relatives and friends are now saying we should have ...
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Why do some souls remain on earth after leaving the body after death?

When death happens, the soul should leave the body and it should go back to it's original realm (whatever or wherever that place is). But we encounter stories of ghosts or spirits on earth. Why do ...
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According to scriptures, is postmortem of the human body appropriate after death?

Just to find out some illness, and to find out the cause of death and to do some experiment, is postmortem appropriate? Any scriptural reference about this?
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After how many days should an engagement or marriage be organised after the demise of a family member? [duplicate]

My grandfather's younger brother's aunt passed away. We want to organise a legal marriage/engagement. So, after how many days can we organise that? It's a non veg engagement.
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Visiting Tirtha Kshetras during Asaucha

My father attained Parama-Padam (SriVaikuntam) in January this year and we were told not to visit any Tirtha Kshetras for one year. But, we are very keen to visit Tirtha Kshetras and we are in a ...
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Death formalities done under wrong Gotra

I want to know what happens if all the death related formalities ie, Puja, Antim Sanskar, Pind daan, Asthi Visarjan, etc are done unknowingly using wrong gotra. Are there any remedies mentioned in any ...
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Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa's death

In the book 'Sri Sarada Devi - Holy Mother' there are references in quite a few places of the Holy Mother preparing betel rolls for The Master, also we know that Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa died of ...
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Alternative to “rest in peace” (RIP)

What should be said on the death of a Hindu, instead of RIP? I am given to understand that religions like Christianity and Islam use the phrase RIP in relation to a dead person, so that he/she ...
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How is the Antim Sanskar of unmarried hindu Women done?

What is the procedure of Antim Sanskar when a married women dies? Does she dress like a bride? Who gives the agni to her pyre?
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Remain conscious while dying?

This question is continuation of What can one do to enjoy death or the dying process? . From answers I learned devotion can be the mArga to enjoy death process. Now my question is How to remain ...
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Why do we perform this ritual at someone's death bed?

When a person is about to die and leave his mortal body it is said that we must put gangajal i.e. water of holy river Ganga and tulsipatra i.e. leaves of sacred Tulsi plant in the person's mouth. What ...
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Why should not we hang our ancestral (dead) photos near with God's photo?

As a human, I feel that after dead my ancestral soul are bind with God. If so why can't I allow to hang their photos with the God's? Is it abnormal thing to do?
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Who should do Antim Sanskar (funeral rites) of married woman?

Who should do the rituals of antim sanskar of a married woman - her son or her husband? And who should give the mukhagni?
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How is punishment and enjoyment possible in hell and heaven without body?

How does a soul enjoy the fruits of his deeds in heaven without a mortal body???
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Since Kaliyuga itself feels like hell (naraka), do souls still go to hell after death?

Are swarga and naraka any different in Kali Yuga? I mean quality of life itself will deteriorate so much in Kali Yuga that it will seem like hell on Earth so will there be another hell after death to ...
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What is the account of Vishnu and Brahma not being able to eat and creating a demi-god to “eat”?

What is the account of Vishnu and Brahma not being able to eat and creating a demi-god who would "eat" for them? I'm not sure if I got major Gods right.
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Reuniting in After Life for unnatural death

1.Does two suicide soul (two person who committed suicide but not at a same time) can meet in after life? 2.Do soul recognize each other after death? 3.Do they hold any memory of this earthly life? ...
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How did Vidura die in the Mahabharata?

As per my knowledge, Vidura was the Prime Minister of the Hastinapur and resigned from the post as war was decided. After the end of war, Yudhishthira appointed him as Prime Minister. But I've never ...
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What's the Sanskrit word for maintaining distance with relatives of the deceased? [closed]

What's the Sanskrit word for theetu (as used in apara kaaryam) as tamil brahmins say ?.What is the duration of theetu relatives- wise ?
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Which chapters of Bhagavad Gita should be read for Shanti of the departed ancestors?

What are the specific chapters of Bhagavad Gita that should be read for the Shanti of the departed ancestors/ family members ?
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What is the order of cremation rights?

I know that the eldest son takes precedence. What happens in case of someone who dies without sons? Can daughters cremate their dead father?
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What prayaschitta can be done when last rites are not performed for the departed soul?

My grandmother who was 85 expired today. She had no sons, only a daughter (my mother) and as my mother's health is not good relatives and others said she should not do any last rites. Neither can my ...
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Cremation rituals for cows after death?

Since cow is one of the sacred animals in Hinduism, are there any cremation rituals that need to be followed when a cow dies? If yes, what is the exact process?
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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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How to reconcile prāyaścitta (expiation) involving death with suicide (itself a big sin)?

A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, shall drink wine red-hot; he becomes freed from his guilt, when his body has been completely burnt by it. — (90) (Manusmriti verse 11....
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What is the significance of hand imprint of the departed soul in ash of cow dung set in a plate in a locked room overnight, after Garud Puran?

We were told to perform this i.e., placing ash of cow dung in a plate in a locked room, for the probable hope that the hand imprint of our loved one would appear. What is the significance of this? ...