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Scriptural reference about avoiding non vegetarian food on every Hindu festival?

It is mentioned across Hindu scriptures to avoid non vegetarian food on certain days or months, which may include some festivals also. But, is there any mention to not eat non vegetarian food on ...
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Discrepancy in the Manusmriti regarding Devas being fond of alcohol just like the Yakshas, Rakshasas, and Pisachas?

This answer says, from the Vyasa Smriti: Milk, wine, honey, and clarified butter are the articles which the gods are fond of. The word wine is used for Sanskrit "sura." Then there is this verse ...
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What food habits are recommended in hinduism for good health? [closed]

It is mentioned in hinduism that some caste people are prohibited from eating the non-vegetarian food, so how these people will get necessary nutrients to live the normal life? Anywhere does food ...
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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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Does Bhagavad Gita say anything about whether a person should eat Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian food?

Does any shloka of Gita say anything about what a person should eat. I am mainly concerned with whether it say anything about Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian diet.
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Are onion and garlic recommended in Ayurveda?

I have learnt that the followers of ISKCON preach that onion and garlic should not be consumed as once god took Rohini awtar and beheaded someone, so from the blood of him onion originated and from ...
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Are onion and garlic prohibited in Ayurveda? [duplicate]

It's not a question but needs an answer . I need a list of bad things that happen when you consume onion and garlic. Because I personally don't like them since I heard that they make your anger worse, ...
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Mentions of use of fire for cooking purpose in Hindu scriptures

Consider the following paragraphs which tell about using fire for cooking by humans. The act of cooking food using fire seems to be so old and important one. Paragraph 1 The control of fire by ...
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Brahmins used to eat Five-nailed animals?

पंच पंच नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्म क्षत्रेण राघव | शल्यकः श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मः च पंचमः || (Kishkinda Kanda 17th Sarga 39th Shloka) Meaning Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., ...
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Do the days of forbidding non vegetarian food depends on the time of birth?

It is well known from scriptures that one should avoid non vegetarian foods on the festivals, special days such as Sunday, full moon, new moon etc., But other than those that are common to everyone, ...
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Why do we put water around plate before eating in the process Chitrahuti (चित्राहुति) Or “Chitravati”?

I have checked the following Q&A which addressed about this ritul in the past. Which Scriptures mention "Chitrahuti" (चित्राहुति) or "Chitravati" procedure which we carry out ...
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Eating beef as a Hindu

I have been told many a times that I shouldn't eat beef because I am a Hindu by religion. Even though I have never worshiped a cow in my life or interacted with any on more than exotic basis, I find ...
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Is beef a tamo bhakshanam? [duplicate]

I am a practicing Hindu from Kerala, India. I and my parents are vegetarians. Hindus from my part of the country, however, (Kerala) do eat beef, excluding certain upper castes, pujaris (from all ...
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Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?

I attended a session of a priest. He described how eating non-veg food is disfavoured in Hinduism. He told us that a verse of Bhagavad-Gita says that eating non-veg food is evil. Priest: If you eat ...
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Is Sai Baba a Hindu lord or a Muslim?

Was Sai Baba a Hindu lord or a Muslim? If he was a Hindu, then why did he distribute non-vegetarian food as prasada to people?
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Why are Kshatriyas allowed to eat meat and other castes aren't?

Why are only Kshatriyas allowed to eat meat? Surely the Brahmins should be allowed to eat meat as well because they are at the top of the caste system. Also since Dalits aren't technically in the ...
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Which scripture mentions the prohibitions on food consumption in Chaturmas?

The term Chaturmasya means four months. The term Chaturmasya Vrata is a Vrata to be observed for a period of four months. The Poornima (full moon day) in the month of Ashadha is called ‘Guru Poornima’...
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What can we eat and what we can't eat during Mother Lakshmi's fast?

I have searched and heard too from many people but some say that we cannot eat salty food but some say we can. Confusion became even more because Friday is for both Mother Lakshmi and Mother Santoshi. ...
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Way of beheading before consuming meat

In north part of India, I have observed, Hindus only eat meat of goat/chicken beheaded at once. They say it "jhatakA"; literal meaning "at once". Is this concept backed up by scriptures ? If not then ...
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Who are the Samaneans?

St. Jerome, in his Against Jovinianus bk. 2 (393 A.D.) c. 14, divides the Gymnosophists of India [into two classes,] the one [of which is] called Brahmans, the other Samaneans [Samanæos], who are ...
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Who are called Yavanas?

The purport of sloka 213 of chapter 18 of the Madhya-khanda of Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrita reads The word yavana means "meat-eater." Anyone from a meat-eating community is called a yavana. One who ...
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Meat and fish eating in the Vedas

A question has been bugging my mind for a few days-Is eating meat and fish explicitly forbidden in Vedas?I want to know the truth with vedic reference.
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What is the full form of this sloka?

To support His opinion that as per the scriptures, a sannyasin has NO restrictions on food, Sri Advaita Acharya, a friend of Lord Sri Chaitanya quotes the following part of a scriptural sloka: ...
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Why are Hindus vegetarian? What is the real meaning of the word 'mamsah' (मांसः) or meat?

Generally, Hindus are vegetarian. They avoid mamsah i.e flesh of animals like meat, fish - because it means their suffering and death. Some avoid eggs also. Atleast it is very limited, and they don't ...
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Can Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas offer meat to Vishnu and eat it as Prasadam?

Can Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas offer meat to Vishnu and eat it as Prasadam? Is it possible for Sri Vaishnava Brahmanas to eat meat?
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Should a Brahmin be vegetarian?

Is there something in scriptures which compels a Brahmin to be a pure vegetarian or can he eat non-vegetarian food if his health forces him to do so?
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How does giving up food and water help yogis?

I would like to understand the fundamental reason behind giving up food and water by some yogis: What exactly happens to the physical body, mental body or energy body by such actions? If that has a ...
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History of Brahmin's diet [closed]

What is the history of brahmana diet? Brahmins are generally vegetarians but there are some exceptions to it such as Pancha-Gauda Brahmans, Kashmiri Brahmans, and Oriya Brahmins? So why is there so ...
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Do Bali Hindus eat beef and pork?

I heard that Balinese Hindus always include non-vegetarian in their diet including pork and beef. Is this true?
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Why is madhu (honey) considered a prohibited food in brahmacharya?

Quoting from the Agni Purana, as found on this page, while discussing the proper conduct of students (brahmacharis), it is stated that: The first stage in life is that of brahmacharya (student-hood)...
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Do the scriptures talk about procedures that a Brahmin has to do before eating food? [duplicate]

What are the procedures that a Brahmin has to follow before having food. I have seen the process of sprinkling water, but what is the whole process? What is the mantra one has to chant at that time?
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How are offerings communicated from Agni to other gods?

During homa we give food to Agni (pour oblations in fire) but how will that food reach those particular deva's?
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What food is suggested for Yogi?

For spiritual progress I want to know the role of food intake. Which type of food is suggested in scriptures for one who want to approach the path of Yoga? In other words, do Shastras recommend or ...
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Is there any mention of consuming egg in any sastra or puran?

Is there any mention of consuming egg in any sastra or puran? I mean details vidhi about when to consume when to avoid. what are the merits or demerits . food value how to consume etc etc ...
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Why can Tulsi leaves only be picked on certain days?

I've heard that it is not allowed to pick the leaves of a Tulsi plant on certain days such as Dwadasi among others. This is why Acharyas advise against using store-bought Tulsi in offerings. Which ...
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Does Parashara smriti allow eating non-vegetarian food?

Parashara smriti is said to be a valid text for people of Kali yuga. Does Parashara smriti allow the eating of non-vegetarian food?
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At which point in time did Hinduism begin to embrace vegetarianism exactly?

I was watching a BBC documentary where they claimed that early Rig Vedic writers (early Brahmins) practiced "horse sacrifice" and were indeed non vegetarians. So at what point did they decide to ...
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Are Brahmins who eat fish fallen Brahmins?

Some Brahmins are known to be lovers and avid eaters of fish. Are Brahmins allowed to eat fish?
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Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food?

In many families, they ask women to take bath before preparing food. Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food? Note: This is regarding morning food and ...
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Why we don't eat non-veg, don't intake liquor and some people don't shave while Shravan Maas?

I'm confused that why we don't eat non-veg, don't intake liquor and some people don't shave while Shravan Maas? What is the relation of not eating non-veg in Shravan Maas? What is the relation of ...
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What are the regulations related to food for sanyaasis?

I am not sure if there are any sources which give details related to the regulations on food for sanyaasis. If anyone knows some information in this regard either through direct experience or from ...
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Do the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita forbid the consumption of any food?

Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita are two major ancient Hindu texts on health related subjects, include many chapters on the role of diet and personal needs of an individual.The two texts give a ...
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Is consuming non vegetarian food allowed in case of survival?

Is non vegetarian food allowed to be consumed in case of survival? Is there any reference in the ancient scriptures?
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How to decide whether a food is non veg or veg? [duplicate]

As we all know that eating non veg is not acceptable. For our religion .when I ask this question everyone seems confused ,they told me that we should not eat by harassing other organisms ,so if we ...
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Any rules for drinking water?

We all are aware of different types of food i.e satvik, rajas and tamas also why some type of food should not be eaten by the yogis or how many times a yogi must eat during the day but my question is ...
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How to wash away sin after unconsciously consuming non-vegetarian food?

If any person unconsciously consumed non-vegetarian food and later learned that he/she has done so, is there any provision in Hindu religion to wash that sin?
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vaiShNava-s and food

Is there a specific injunction in vaiShNava Agama-s or purANa-s to the effect that food should be consumed only after it is offered to viShNu? As far as brAhmaNa-s are concerned, it is clear from the ...
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What is the moral stance towards milking of animals/cows?

The chief function of lactation is to provide nutrition and immune protection to the young after birth. Consuming milk of the mother (e.g., cow), meant for her offspring strikes to be a heinous deed. ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

I have always believed that Lord Rama was a vegetarian, but after reading certain blogs I found out that there might be certain verses in Ramayana (like the one below) which indicate quite the ...
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Are Gods permitted to become non-vegetarians in their mortal form?

I'm making an assumption that every God is a vegetarian? Is the God permitted to consume flesh in his mortal form which is to say his incarnation? Is there any mention in the scriptures to prevent him ...