Questions tagged [dharma-shastras]

Dharmaśāstra (Sanskrit: धर्मशास्त्र) is a genre of Sanskrit texts, and refers to the treatises (shastras) of Hinduism on dharma. 

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Why it is not advised to perform other Yugas activities into a particular Yuga?

This answer says very well that it is as it is stated but does not explain why. https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44173/22667 Quot. Rickross user says: " Now, since this very nature of the ...
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Ganapati Gayatri Mantra | In which Shastra it is contained this mantra and who wrote it firstly?

This very mantra for Shree Ganesha Who wrote it for first? Which Shastra- Veda or others- contain that? Dhanyawaad Thank you https://www.thedivineindia.com/ganpati-gayatri-mantra/5889
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What is Hinduism's view on Punishment and Prevention for Childhood Sexual Abuse?

One may find many examples where the girl was married off at a much younger age (like 6 or 9 etc.) - this can easily be interpreted as child sexual abuse within the patriarchal system of father ...
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Good and reliable books editions about pujas and Vastu?

Where to find complete Shastras or others like Agamas scriptures in order to know Why and How certain foods or flowers or scents are more appreaciated by a Deva if compared to something other to offer ...
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How geographical birth is influenced by karma? [closed]

Thank you to the answerers to another question which I will link below. I want to point out that I do not believe in original sin but I believe in karma. What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to ...
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Does any Āstika text mention Gunas association with the Adharmic cults?

Someone said that Abrahmic cults are associated with Gunas [Tamoguna for Islam and Rajaguna for Christianity]. This information I have read was not documented by any Shastras quotation. So I want to ...
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If a person is born inside an Abrahmic place, can they become with time and devotion good Sanataani? [closed]

Preface: I didn't find nowhere in the Shastras which I have read, nor in other books, if a person who was born inside a Western Country and feels devotion for Sanataan Dharma conducts of life, Devas ...
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Are the Punishments in Manu Smriti and other Shastras literal?

Few verses of Manu Smriti like Manu 8.279-282 seem so offensive and against basic Compassion. Are they literal Punishments or just warnings not to commit bad acts???Even Shankaracharya quotes a verse ...
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Is eating bovine gelatin a crime in Hinduism?

Many pharmaceutical medicine have bovine gelatin as an ingredient. Bovine Gelatin is a protein product produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen, a protein material, extracted from animal tissue ...
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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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The first ones Sadhya Devas responsibilities

Alright, My question here : Sadhya gods from Purusha Sukta vs other references, still remains unanswered. The motivation for that question is as follows. Suppose you are a Sadhya Deva, you consult ...
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Can shudra wear thread on waist?

Can shudra wear thread on waist ? What Dharma Shastra is telling that shudra can wear thread around their waist(A ceremony which is called Molathadu in Telugu)? If not, then any sacred thread for ...
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Why was traveling to Kalinga (modern-day Odisha) considered a sin?

I was reading the Baudhayana Dharma Sutra and saw the following. He who has visited the (countries of the) Āraṭṭas, Kāraskaras, Puṇḍras, Sauvīras, Vaṅgas, Kaliṅgas, (or) Prānūnas shall offer a ...
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Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta

I am looking for translated versions (English/Hindi) of Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta online .
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Can cremation be done after sunset? What do scriptures say about the timing of cremation?

A recent news report says that the dead body of a rape victim was cremated by Indian police very late in the night: "We wanted the last rites to be performed according to the Hindu traditions. ...
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What was the status of actors in Ancient India ? What were the laws applicable to them ? What rights or restrictions were levied on them? [closed]

It is said that in ancient Rome, actors were banned from mixing with common citizens. Certain restrictions were levied on them and they were viewed as one if the lowest rungs of society. I would like ...
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Importance of kasam in Hinduism?

Is kasam same as vachan/shapath? What if It is taken in a fit of anger, that you won't talk to so and so person and it is taken in the name of your deity. Does it have dharmic importance, if yes, is ...
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How can Garuda eating Nishadas be justified?

I am currently reading Bibek Debroy's translation of the Mahabharata. In Volume 1, Section 5; Garuda asks his mother what he should eat, and his mother replies, The nishadas have their excellent home ...
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Is cutting trees a sin? [duplicate]

I had purchased some land as an investment and then planned to clear all trees on the land to do some business, but now feeling bad about cutting down the trees. Is cutting trees really a sin? I am ...
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Can a son perform amavasya tarpanam in place of his sick father?

Doing tarpanam (water libations) on the day of Amavasya is a well-known fact. My father was doing it very sincerely on all Amavasyas. But now, since he became very old and has health issues, he is not ...
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Why tirupathi's doors are not allowed to be widened?

As I was watching series about Tirupati Tirumala Documentary on National Geographic, as per them they are following some aadama shastra and as per that even if they want they won't be allowed to ...
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A question about menstruation [duplicate]

Do girls become turiya when their body expels old blood, since they'd have no immune system then, so are they forbidden from doing work etc during those days?
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Where in scriptures is it mentioned that it is a brahmin's (or dwija's) duty/dharma today to do sandhyavandan?

2nd prashna of 2nd anuvaka of Taittiriya Aranyaka only mentions what Brahmavaadins did in ancient times when rakshasas gained boon with which they fought with Aditya, and to aid Aditya in such fight ...
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Verses in Upanishads and vedas to remain Unaffected by bad company

There is a big hindrance of bad company on the path of spirituality.Most of the scriptures mention to avoid bad company. Swami Sivananda in this context says Aspirants generally complain: “We are ...
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Does hurting someone for their own good accumulate bad karma?

We know bad actions result in bad reactions. If a parent beats his kid for his studies, will he accumulate bad karma? If not, then, if the parent locks him in the house, don't let him play, don't ...
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Managing perception compared to executing righteous action

I believe on several occasions where those in positions of power focus on managing perception than carrying out there right act. Under what circumstances can it be considered dharmic to manage ...
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When did 13 years pass in 13 days?

In Mahabharata there is mention that it is written in shastras that there are some special occasions in which 13 years pass in 13 days. When the high-souled Partha went to Indra's region for ...
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Who is 'they' in Gautama Dharmasūtra 23.1?

Gautama Dharmasūtra Chapter XXIII 1. They shall pour hot spirituous liquor into the mouth of a Brāhmaṇa who has drunk such liquor; he will be purified after death. Who shall pour hot ...
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Can we do gayathri mantram instead of sandhyavandanam?

Can we do Gayathri Mantram instead of sandhya-vandanam? If yes, May I know how many times does the Mantram need to be chanted?
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Why is this text NOT a Dharmashastra?

ON THE ACQUISITION OF DHARMA, ARTHA AND KAMA MAN, the period of whose life is one hundred years, should practise Dharma, Artha and Kama at different times and in such a manner that they may ...
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Does scripture uniformly agree with this citation from Parashara smriti?

Parashara Smriti 8.25 says: 25. Even a Brahmin of a bad character deserves respect; but not so a Shudra, even though his passions may have been subdued by him. Who would quit a wicked cow, ...
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Should Rudraksha be taken off before going to washroom,having sexual intercourse,masturbating etc? [closed]

I would like to know if Rudraksha should be taken off before going to washroom,having sex/masturbating or in any other impure state. The reason for my doubt is that in this video, Puri Sri ...
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Did karna learn the vedas from Drona?

I am looking for explicit mention in KMG Mahabharata that Karna learnt vedas from Drona (will be helpful if there are passages that show he conducted vedic rites). I don't think he learnt vedas from ...
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Can dharma change with desa and kAla paristhiti? [duplicate]

Is it explicitly mentioned anywhere that dharma can change with desa-kAla conditions? If not explicit mention, is it implied anywhere? If it can change, how much can it change? What was considered ...
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Can adoption fullfill one's Pitru Rina?

According to Shastra, every man has three debts in his life. These debts are: 1) Deva Rina - debt to Devas, who provide us with rain and food. 2) Rishi Runa - debt to Rishis, who give us knowledge. ...
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Are there more than one manusmritis?

I came across an article criticizing Manusmriti for degradation of women (precisely), please see the link However, when I searched the given verses in an online library with sage Medhatithi's ...
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Can a Kshatriya ask for alms according to Hindusim?

I've read somewhere, most probably in some shastra, that in case of scarcity or lack of resource, and if it's a question of survival, a Kshatriya can ask for alms. What are your views regarding this? ...
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Grihasthashram - Parents or in-laws : Who is to be obeyed ? In case of husband, and in case of wife?

Grihasthashram or Marriage is the joining of not just 2 souls - man and woman, but their two families as well. When there is a difference of opinion between the 2 in-laws, how do shastras recommend ...
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How is prāyaścitta different from daṇḍa? Are both complementary to each other?

How is prāyaścitta (atonement or expiation) different from daṇḍa (punishment sanctioned by the king)? Is prāyaścitta a voluntary/self-imposed punishment for a sin that one commits? Are both ...
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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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Eating vegetarian beef as a Hindu

Eating meat is prohibited in Manu Smriti. The people who eat vegetarian beef have the same impure thought as the people who eat real beef. Should vegetarian beef be prohibited for Hindus?
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Why do people do evil actions? Is it due to karma?

Why do people do evil actions? Is it due to karma? People who do evil actions do so because they get evil thoughts and desires. Why do they think these evil thoughts and desires? What do the ...
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What does the Bhagavad Gita mean when it says caste is based on Gunas? Does it mean trained, external behavior, or genetic predisposition?

What does the Bhagavad Gita mean when it says caste is based on Gunas? Does it mean trained, external behavior, or genetic predisposition? For reference, this verse says, 4.13 - The [social] ...
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What is the reason behind men/women tying a waist band?

I have seen many men wearing a waist band or thread around their waist, red or black color. It's called Karbuta in Marathi. Is there any significance behind wearing it?
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Has any ancient or medieval Vedic scholar refuted the guna-based varna theory?

Followers of Vivekananda and reformist Hindus today such as Arya Samaj believe that caste is determined by someone's external behavior. For example, if someone is pious, he should be a Brahmin. Has ...
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Liberated souls come back [duplicate]

Do the souls which attained moksha in this creation again come back to earth to undergo birth and death process in the next creation which takes place after mahapralay?
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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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Availability of English translations for commentaries of Gautama Dharmasūtra

Gautama Dharmasūtra is a Sanskrit text and likely one of the oldest Hindu Dharmasutras (600-200 BCE), whose manuscripts have survived into the modern age. From this source There are two extant ...
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Is levirate marriage allowed in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Wikipedia defines it as: Levirate marriage is a type of marriage in which the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother's widow. The term levirate is itself a derivative of the ...
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Is BG 16.23 referring to Vedas or dharma śāstras?

BG 16.23 yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ na sa siddhim avāpnoti na sukhaṁ na parāṁ gatim Ignoring the precept of the scriptures, he who acts under the impulsion of passion, ...