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How did Sudama die?

The story of Sri Krishna and Sudama (Kuchela) is well known by everyone. But not much detail is known about Sudama after Sri Krishna alleviated his poverty. So, what happened after he was blessed ...
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Are there prohibitions regarding reading or hearing Garuda Purana and if yes which Scriptures mention them? [duplicate]

Among the 18 major Puranas one is called the Garuda Purana.Usually its recited during death rites . There is also a belief that it should only be recited during death rites and not in normal ...
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What should a Hindu son do after the death of his father? [duplicate]

I am the youngest son of 3 brothers and my father passed away yesterday. I went to the temple yesterday to seek the help of a pandit for funeral and cremation, when at the temple he mentioned that I ...
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If we had a death in the family ( fathers brother ) can we still conduct prayer … such as kavady.. etc [duplicate]

If we had a death in the family ( fathers brother ) can we still conduct prayer ... such as kavady.. etc .... It as been over 4 months that he as passed away , what's makes me unsure is the house ...
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Do Hindus mourn the death of animals the same way they mourn their deceased relatives?

Hindus remain austere and refrain from participating in any religious ritual for a specified number of days (mostly 13) when any family member expires. The popular thought is that the home becomes "...
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If soul gets rebirth into another body, will pinda pradanam and shraddha rituals reach that soul?

I had a big doubt from many years, but didn't get a chance to get it clarified. As we all know punarapi jananam; punarapi maranam from Adi Shankaracharya's Bhaja Govindam which means until all of our ...
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Which Hindu scriptures discuss Kapāla Mokṣa?

If you ever attended a Hindu funeral or cremation, you will notice that it is customary to wait until the kapāla (skull) of the deceased cracks. I think this is taken as a sign of the deceased person'...
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Why shave hair after parents die?

Recently, a cousin of mine lost his father. Before conducting a ritual for the well being of his father's soul, he had to shave all his hair except for a bit at the back (choti). Why did he have to do ...
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What is the physiological criterion for death?

Modern medicine determines death by neurological criteria, but various religious groups may have reservations. For example, orthodox Jews require all vital functions to fail and do not consider a ...
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Is it true, only married people are cremated, non-married people are buried?

I need to know what are the situations that one should be cremated or buried in Hinduism. This is with reference to married or unmarried persons cremation process. If there is different rituals in ...
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Jyotisha-Shastra and prediction about death?

Does Jyotisha-Shastra have elaborate methods to predict death? If so, what is the method? I read in "Jaimini sutra" pertaining to astrology that there is a predictive method for death, but the method ...
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Did the 10th day or 11th day ceremony after the death of a close relative originate due to the Mahābhārata war?

I heard that, after the Mahābhārata war, Yudhiṣṭhira went into depression for having killed so many people. He did not like how the war ended. Then Bhīṣma advised him to conduct a Rājasūya yāga so he ...
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Rules regarding Sutaka?

Upon death of a person, who among the relatives are required to observe sutak? Except immediate family members, how many generations do observe Sutaka? How Generation is determined?
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Precedence in cremation rites

For a woman with two married daughters (with no children) but no husband, who is in-charge of the cremation rite? This site says the precedence goes to the eldest daughter, but it is highly unusual ...
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Presence of children at the time of death of parents?

What does Shastras/ Vedas prescribe in the matter of son/daughter being present near father/mother at the time of their death? I read somewhere it is required that a son be present with parent at the ...
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According to Hinduism, what do we carry into afterlife and next birth?

In our life we accumulate many things like memories, beliefs, knowledge, etc. But after death what do we actually carry from current life into afterlife, and what things will fill the next body after ...
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After dying, why are Saints buried instead of burning? [duplicate]

According to Hinduism, a dead person's body is supposed to be cremated and no memorial should be erected over it. On the contrary, the body of a dead saint is buried and a memorial (i.e., Brindavan) ...
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Why women are not allowed to attend Funerals

Why are women not allowed at the shamshan ghat ? Can they perform the final rites of their parent if she is only child to their parents ?
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Dosha Pariharam for pretha janma

A person who attained pretha janma may come in dream and disturb. What is the Pariharam for that and in which purana it has been mentioned?
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Is Euthanasia considered morally right?

Is Euthanasia considered morally right? Is it acceptable under certain conditions, for example, if a person is in extreme pain?
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Rituals after death

Are the rituals like anta-yatra, agni sanskar, pindi- dan, tri-pindi shraddha and narayan nag bali mentioned specifically in pre manusmriti texts?
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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why man is mortal? Suppose one person is very religious and very responsible family person as well.He is very much dedicated/ respectful to god and he loves his family very much and he don't want to ...
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Does the soul remain at home for 10 days after death?

When a person dies, what happens after that? Does he go to Yama Loka like this answer suggest: What happens after death? or he remains at "familiar" places for 10 days? Swami Sivananda says: The ...
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What is the significance of 11th day ritual after death?

After the death of a person,a ritual/ceremony will be held on the 11th day. What is the significance ? People from different community will held on different date such as on the 9th,14th or 16th day ....
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Why after the death of a family member or a close relatives they won't pray till the 11th day ceremony?

When my grandfather passed away, my family did not pray for 11 days till the 11th day ceremony. Also we were vegetarian during that period. I asked my family but I did not get a convincing answer. ...
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Crackers after Death in Hindu religion

Why are crackers burnt after a person dies in Hindu religion?
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Engagement (Nitchayathartham) after death of grandmother [duplicate]

I have a question about how Hindus (especially Tamil) deal with the engagement after the death of a family member. If an engagement was planned for in 6 month but tragically the grandmother (father's ...
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Why do Hindus give the bhoz (party) after someone's death?

I am a Hindu but sometimes I really think what is going on in our religion. Someone lost his family member and gave bhoz (party) to all the relatives and brahmins. Why is this happening in Hindu ...
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Why to leave home after death in some nakshatras?

It is said that people who die under Rohini Nakshatra, their children have to leave home for one year. Is it true? If yes, than why it is so only for some Nakshatras?
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What exactly is a loka? Is it a place that be physically reached?

How to visualize the Hindu lokas, Satya-loka or Brahma-loka, Pātāla-loka etc.? What exactly are they? Are they like planets or galaxies made up of atoms and chemical elements? I am not asking why ...
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Is painless killing a form of himsa?

It is clear that killing anything by paining body is himsa. That's why many people in Hinduism(especially Brahmins) generally do not prefer to eat animal food. My doubt is whether killing an animal(...
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Untimely death, heaven/hell, ghosts and rebirth [duplicate]

If there is an untimely death of a person before a person is scheduled to die or if a person commits suicide before he is scheduled to die, does he become a ghost and has to live as a ghost until his ...
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Why does soul leave the body only when the body cannot support further life?

Suppose a person X had a severe accident, body almost completely destroyed. If we think of X only as a body, then he will surely die as the body cannot support further life. But we define death as ...
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Can I postpone death i.e. increase the lifespan of a person using a mantra?

Is there any mantra, which, when recited, increases the lifespan of person? If so, can I recite it for the longevity of my family members'?
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What would a Hindu be willing to die for?

What things would a Hindu be willing to die for? Are there any examples of martyrdom occurring in Scriptures, or any reasons a Hindu would be willing to die?
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Can we meditate on Lord Shiva during Sutak period?

Sutak is the period of abstention observed by the Hindus after birth or a death of a family member. Can we mediate on Lord Shiva with Panchakshari Mantra during Sutak period?
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Did Swami Vivekananda, Paramhamsa Yogananda, & Osho Rajneesh really attain Moksha according to Vedic scriptures? [duplicate]

Below slokas from the Gita are actually a bit mystical in nature: BG 8.23-8.26 — O best of the Bhāratas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, ...
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Life after death

My question is related to this , As a Hindu I also believe in life after death and rebirth. My question is where will be our soul in between death and rebirth. Does it stay with the last life? I am ...
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Interesting things in Garuda Purana chapter 15 [closed]

While listening to today's Garuda Purana disclosure found a beautiful chapter 15 (An Account of the Coming to Birth of People who have done Good) . In this chapter The Purana in detail explains how ...
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Is there a concept of Zombie in Hindu religion?

There are many instances of dead reanimated in Hinduism. Satyavan seems to be the most prominent example. But are there any instances of a dead corpse reanimated while losing its earlier personality?...
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Death of Lord Shiva?

Is Lord Shiva dead? Where is he? Is he still in Shiva Avatar or has engaged in a new Avatar for Kaliyuga? As @keshav said in comment that he's the one that runs each Pralaya while Brahma is asleep, ...
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What happens during Moksha?

What happens during Moksha, the end of all deaths? I know already that the higher death is when the soul is reborn in a heavenly place but What about Moksha? What happens and what really Moksha ...
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Death in family - does a marriage need to be postponed?

I recently had a death in the family. My paternal grandmother (father's side) died at the ripe old age of 87 after a short battle with cancer. We are Hindu/Iyengaars. I am supposed to marry my fiance (...
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Does re-birth take place immediately after death according to Hinduism?

I would like to know if re-birth take place immediately after the death according to Hinduism? Some people say, if the man has done some good karma, he will be gone to heaven and then enjoy the ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

Many people use the practice of Sati (सती) as a weapon against Hinduism to point out that it is full of bad practices. I have heard that it was limited to one particular community in one of the states ...
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What are reasons for Karna's death?

It is said that there are 10s of reasons as a consequence of which Karna met his death, what are they? How is he eligible for heaven and liberty, as quoted here?
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How to understand the dead person's future based on the life energy left through nava randhra marg?

I heard, for a person based on his karma leaves the physical body through one of the nava randhra marg. It is said that if life energy/atma left the body through bramha randra then the person may ...
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Who was the first to die in the battle of the Mahabharata?

I have heard somebody mention a sacrifice that was made before the Mahabharata battle began. Please share any information available.
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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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What is death and life?

Sometimes I'm very confused about what is life and death. Why are we living and why will we face death? In Vedic shastras, there is detail explanation on what happens after death, what we have to do ...