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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What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time?

What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time? I am actually not getting it done too late, like I am not getting in my late 20s or early 30s. ...
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Ucchista and its rules- when, how, what?

When one eats food from a few vessels, the food as well as those vessels become Ucchista (उच्छिष्ट) (the food and hand touch the mouth, the same used hand touches those vessels to take new food from ...
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On marriage within groups of the same caste

Kulinism was a practice unique to the Bengali Hindu society. Hagiographical accounts & extensive genealogical texts like Kūlapañjikās state that this system was introduced by a semi-legendary ...
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Closure of temples

Generally temples are closed during the afternoon. Can anybody enumerate the reasons why they are done so ? Quotes from our Dharmashastras, if any would be welcome.
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Which texts are categorised as Mokṣa-śāstra (मोक्ष-शास्त्र) ? Any specific list of names thereof?

In the Mārkaṇḍeya-Purāṇa, describing the glory of the Mahābhārata, Rsi Jaimini says - Canto I - The Curse on Vapu, The Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa Jaimini spoke - “Sir! the high-souled Vyāsa related the story ...
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What are the 18 Smritis and what is the story behind having 18?

Just the way there are 18 Puranas, there are said to be 18 Smritis too. However unlike the list of the Puranas the lists of the 18 Smritis are inconsistent. One list can be found here. There are some ...
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Is inter-caste marriage esssential for producing of Varna-Sankara? Do corrupt women produce Varna-Sankara?

Gita 1:40 (Arjun says) From the predominance of sin , O Krishna, women become corrupt , and then O descendant of Vrishni, cross-breeds are born. Above verse of Gita indicates that when women become ...
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Does any dharma shastra not take reference to Manu/Kashyapa? Even by association

One thing that always struck me as odd about the Parashara smriti is how often it references Manu. The Vishnu Smriti is said by Vishnu, but in response to a desire to know what Kashyapa (reincarnated ...
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Women and Hinduism

It's traditionally believed that some hymns of Vedas have been authored by women. How does one reconcile this with the fact that women are not allowed to recite vedas? (Are those author women ...
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What do scriptures say about transgenders?

And about their way of living? Is their begging for money justified?
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Is carousing considered good or bad in Hinduism?

According to Christian 1 peter 4:3 carousing isa sin And sports is a sin ( అల్లరితో కూడిన ఆట పాటలు) According to Sanatana Dharma is indulging in sports with carousing good or bad ?
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Has the killing of a cow been categorised as a mahapataka in any text or versions thereof?

In a particular text (not able to remember) there was a line which said that :A Brahmin, a woman and a cow must never be slain. This statement is in line with the pancha mahapataka among which, is the ...
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After marriage why do papa and punya not come to women?

Why does paapa go to the husband if a wife commits paapa after marriage? Why does it not go to the wife?
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Can people of one vansha or one dynasty marry each other?

Like do people in suryavansha marry each other, if they are very distant relatives? I once read somewhere that one can marry with someone, whose relations goes as far as 8th or more generation of ...
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Which are the books that a Hindu should read?

Which books are preferred the most for the below topics 1)to know what is dharma. 2)shastra(of do's and dont's) 3)Bhagavat Geeta bhashya. 4)Vyakarana. 5)Vedanta prakarana grantha. Please suggest the ...
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Is drinking goat milk allowed in Hinduism?

Ayurveda recommends the usage of goat's milk in its products. However, some smritis say that one should not drink goat's milk. Is drinking goat milk allowed in Hinduism?
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How does sin in the dharma shastras and other scriptures work on a fundamental level?

The most obvious cause of sin working is God doing it. However, why does he care so much, and if he cares so much about sin, why not prevent the sin from happening by making the world generate less ...
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Is there any scriptural opposition to humane animal slaughter?

Note that I'm not talking about general ethics - I mean only from a religious scriptural perspective. To give you full context on why I have this question: Because cow slaughter is banned in many ...
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Last rite ritual Mantras for non-humans

Here is the situation. Assuming Aliens exist & they visit earth. In that process one of them dies. Are there any scriptural notes on such situations as to how the body needs to be cremated? And ...
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Is there any punishment mentioned in Dharmashastras for the vilification of Vedas?

I was wondering whether criticizing the Vedas is a condemnable offence. In other religions, usually condemning the scripture can have a severe consequence. What about Hinduism?
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Is it possible to follow some parts of Dharmashastras, but not everything written in it?

I was wondering whether it is possible to follow Dharmashastras partially. Is there such provision in Dharmashastras? Or do Dharmashastras categorically say that you have to follow it in its entirety?
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Why did Arjuna marry his cousin sister Subhadra going against the Smriti?

Arjuna married Subhadra. Even Dharmaraja Yudhisthira did not oppose the cousin marriage. Krishna actively supported it. However, Dharmashastras do not support cousin marriage for North Indians Cross-...
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Does constitution mean neeti shashtra?

Does constitution mean rajaneeti shashtra? Does any vedic scripture explain about rajaneeti shashtra?
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Is there a punishment for non-dvijas recititing "Bhavati bhīkṣāṃ dehi" or the other forms of it?

In Manu Smriti for example it is said: 2.49 An initiated Brahmana should beg, beginning (his request with the word) lady (bhavati); a Kshatriya, placing (the word) lady in the middle, but a Vaisya, ...
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Why do Dharma Sastras say that a Sudra sitting on same chair of Twice Born Castes must have his buttocks cut off?

Manu Smriti 8.281 : A low-caste man who tries to place himself on the same seat with a man of a high caste, shall be branded on his hip and be banished, or (the king) shall cause his buttock to be ...
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What is the scriptural stance on taking Datura Stramonium (Jimsonweed)

The main reason why Datura is different to the other intoxicants for scriptural reasons is that it is thoroughly unpleasant in terms of recreational use and thus it shouldn't be possible to get ...
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Why do Brahmins from Bengal eat fish?

Brahmins from other parts of India, as far as I know, avoid eating fish. This answer (Are Brahmins who eat fish fallen Brahmins?) showed that it is indeed forbidden. So why do Brahmins from Bengal (...
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Was it possible to reject a girl if she approached a man in ancient Hindu India?

I read many places that there was a custom in ancient India. A man can not reject a girl who approaches him (Swayamagata Kanya). This was true for marriage; this was true for sex. Is this rule is ...
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Is sagotra vivah lawful with exceptions?

Is this true that a couple of same gotra can marry if they have different shasana or this a misconception developed in masses these days ? If yes, what does this term shasana mean ? Please share the ...
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Once Yudhishthira said, "When my heart approveth of it, it can never be sinful." Is this kind of statement approved by any authoritative texts?

During Draupadi's marriage, there was a dilemma regarding whether five brothers can marry a single bride. Draupadi's father, King Drupada, and her brother were all against it, quite naturally. In this ...
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Is there any way to control uncontrollable or deviating thoughts according to Shastras?

I want to know if our Shastras mention how to control uncontrollable or deviating thoughts especially during prayer,Japa or Sadhna?
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Is it sinful to give non vegetarian food to a carnivore pet for the owner?

It is part of the nature of that animal, they don't have option like humans. So should this be sinful for someone to feed them ? Please guide
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What is the punishment of lesbian sex, according to Smritis?

Manu declared that if a man does it to another man, he has to perform the Santapana penance (11.174*). What if a woman does it to another woman? *Reference - Manu's Code of Law - a critical Edition by ...
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Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a bhokta at annual Shraddha?

My maatulah (maama, mother's brother) is performing annual Shraddha of my maternal grand father and he invited me to take part in the Shraddha as a bhokta. Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a ...
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Is the practice of Gayatri Parivar allowing everyone to undergo Upanayana (Janaeu) ceremony adharmika?

It's a well-known fact about the Gayatri Parivar's stance on allowing everyone (including married women, non-Hindus, and Śhūdras, etc.) to undergo the sacred thread ceremony (Upanayana or Yagnopavita ...
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Where can I find the English translation of Parashara Smriti?

People say that Parashara Smriti is for Kali Yuga. So it is no doubt an important text. Is there any English translation available?
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Is there a scripturally recommended age of marriage for men?

As discussed in this QnA: What is the recommended age for marriage for girls as per Shastra? We have lots of guidelines for how much "younger" a bride must be compared to her groom. For ...
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What should be our decision making strategy at each point of time pertaining to goal setting according to Hinduism scriptures?

Kindly elaborate on the decision-making strategy we should use every time regardless of whether any problem is there or not according to mainly Bhagavad Gita? How should we take action in small daily ...
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Is there any scripture prohibiting marriage across Varṇa, that can't be explained as being just dating advice?

I know scriptures encourage to marry within the same Varṇa (especially a female marrying a lower Varṇa), but these always seemed to me to be about people seeking marriage, not wanting to marry someone ...
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What are the rules for polygamy?

While people may debate if men marrying multiple wives or women marrying multiple husbands is ideal, the simple fact is both happen in Hinduism and are clearly at least allowed in some situations, ...
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Details on the Original Upāṅga viz. Dharmaśāstra of Prajāpati Manu and the abridged one by Sumati

Understanding Scriptures - Part 1 Summary: through this question I would like to gain as much insight as possible about the original Dharmashastra of Manu containing 1,00,000 verses and also try to ...
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Switching caste was possible in ancient India. However, Dharmashastras do not have such provisions. Why?

In ancient times, switching between castes was possible. There are many Kshatriyas who became Brahmin. For example, the elder brother of King Shantanu of Mahabharata became a brahmin. In fact, he ...
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Did the rules of Manusmṛti apply to Svāyambhuva Manu, Śatarūpā and their immediate descendants?

Traditional Hindus believe that Svāyambhuva Manu (or the current Manu) being the first of mankind laid down the rules for humanity in his Manusmṛti. But did these rules apply to Manu himself and to ...
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To what extent should a Hindu follow the rules of a country with a Non-Hindu majority?

To what extent should a Hindu follow the rules of a country (with a Non-Hindu majority) and where is the limit when a Hindu has to protest or to disobey? Also, which rights of the Hindu religion ...
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What is the correct order for reading shastras? [duplicate]

There are lots of shastras in hinduism. Mahapurans and Upapurans, lots of geetas, dharma shastras, shad darshan, agamas, upanishads and vedas. Please tell the correct order to read them to grasp it in ...
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What is the male equivalent of a Widow called, in the scriptures?

As I understand, a female (having lost her husband), is called as a Widow (hindi: विधवा, vidhavā ). Scriptures have detailed guidelines on the "Code of Conduct - CoC" for the Widows: Which ...
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Do all Non-Hindus remain as Pretas after death?

The Jivatma will remain as a Preta unless Śrāddha is done, but non-Hindus do not perform Śrāddha.
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Dharma sandeham [duplicate]

1: I hear many people telling things like there is no need for women in periods to not work and be normal but sanatana dharmam strictly says women should not do any kind of work for those three day. 2:...
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Is it possible that we had been born as humans before this very life?

Is it that Human births for each soul take place after long periods of time?
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

Manu Smriti 11.65 - 11.66 11.65. Neglecting to kindle the sacred fires, theft, non-payment of (the three) debts, studying bad books, and practising (the arts of) dancing and singing, 11.66. Stealing ...
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