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The Law of Manu- Manusmriti also known as Manav Dharam Shastra, is the earliest metrical work on Brahminical Dharma in Hinduism.

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Is it necessary to declare sins publicly?

I read somewhere that sins should not be kept secret. what is the scriptural opinion?
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Kindly explain these verses of Manunsmriti?

Manu Smriti Chapter IX या पत्या वा परित्यक्ता विधवा वा स्वयेच्छया । उत्पादयेत् पुनर्भूत्वा स पौनर्भव उच्यते ॥ १७५ ॥ If a woman abandoned by her husband, or a widow, of her own accord, marries again ...
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what is Pādakṛcchra ? and how long does each Pādakṛcchra last for?

what is Pādakṛcchra ? how do we fast for Pādakṛcchra, and can we have coffee or tea or Fruits anything like this or it has to be absolute fast with just water ? and how long does each Pādakṛcchra ...
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Any Alternatives for Prajapatya penance

Prajapatya penance is still valid in Kaliyug, because we live in a modern world and we have several responsibilities (like jobs). If at all one should perform Prajapatya penance, what can one do?
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Marriage in Manusmriti

So I recall reading in Manusmriti that a man may marry a second time once his first wife dies, but wouldn't that be rare due to the age of marriage?
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Manu on verse 8.33 on stealing lost property

As per Manu 8.33 it states, "Property that has been lost and found should remain in the charge of specially deputed (officials); and the thieves that he may detect in connection with this, the ...
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Can a brahmin boy marry a shudra girl?

I am sahu from caste and my boyfriend whom I love very much is sharma. I never thought that this will come when I met him in college. I never had knowledge about this.. Jab mene college ke baad ...
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Is inter-faith marriage (marriage with a Yavana) allowed in Hinduism?

I recently saw a video of a renowned modern-day Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, where he said inter-religious marriages are fine if the partner is spiritual. I wondered whether this is the teaching of Hindu ...
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Is taking female captives mentioned in hinduism?

After winning war, is taking female captives of enemy allowed in scriptures ?
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Manusmriti: Legal Guide or Sacred Text?

I’ve heard discussions about the Manusmriti not being considered a religious text for Hindus. Some claim that it was just made out to be a Hindu legal document by colonial British authorities, and was ...
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What will happen when a man have sex with a non-virgin woman?

Having sex with a virgin woman is generally considered as Gandharva Vivah. But What about non-virgin woman? Is having sex with non-virgin woman sin ? Is it minor sin (for man) ? Can a non-virgin woman ...
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Where was the concept of Yugas discussed first?

The concept of chaturyuga, where does it trace its origin from. In which of the text(s) the concept is mentioned as it is known to us today.
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Is there any prayachitta for pornography(please tell from scripture verses if any)

Lord Shiva says in the Mahabharata: Those men who, impelled by desire in their hearts, cast their eyes on naked women, those men of wicked deeds take birth in this world to pass their whole lives in ...
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A question regarding Brahmana marriage?

Namaste, In Manu Smriti and Mahabharata it is said that a Brahmana may first marry a Brahmana Girl then a Kshatriya a Vaishya and a Sudra girl in this order.But we see in Mahabharata and Ramayana that ...
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If a person reverts back to sanatan dharma which varna does he belong

If a person do gharwapsi to sanatan dharma which varna does he belong Quote with scriptures Or his daily work will determine the varna??
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Is this statement about lust true in Hinduism?

2.215. One should not sit in a lonely place with one’s mother, sister, or daughter; for the senses are powerful, and master even a learned man. I'm not a Hindu, but is the belief really that a son ...
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Accurate and reliable english or Hindi translation for Manusmriti

Can someone point to me translation fro manusmriti which is of 400-500 pages maximum ? Thanks
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About the rules of changing yagyopaveetam

Can we change our poonal or janeu(sacred thread) on bhadra kaal which is on 30th august 2023. if yes, then the right timing for changing?!
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Does the verse 176 of chapter 4 of the Manusmṛti allow us to reject everything in it?

I'm confused even after reading Medhatithis commentary on this verse as it (in in my opinion) allows us to reject the Dharmashastras and I'm not sure if that is true so if anyone could please clear ...
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Can a Brahmana boy marry a Muslim girl?

Pranam, I read that a Brahmana boy may marry only a Brahmana(of his race),Kshatriya or a Vaishya girl.. And that a king can marry a woman of any race..(Mahabharata) 1)But is it possible for a Brahmana ...
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Confused about translations of texts on Homosexuality

Can someone clarify my doubts about some of the translations of the following verses I have read on this forum? Shloka 1: मैथुनं तु समासेव्य पुंसि योषिति वा द्विजः । गोयानेऽप्सु दिवा चैव सवासाः स्नानमा...
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Do our scriptures say anything about how to deal with an abusive parent?

Namaskaram, I am aware that our scriptures tell us to respect our parents. But what should one do is his/her father is totally horrible as a human being, who keeps on abusing and exploiting his family ...
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Are interpolated scriptures like Vishudh Manusmriti sacred?

There has been trend of interpolating scriptures since late-19th century to support feminism/women's equality. The largest example I can think of this is Vishudh Manusmriti by Arya Samaj. Can such ...
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Is it an offence against Varuna if I urinate/defecate in toilet water?

Is that something that will create bad karma or lead to Hell? In reference to Manusmriti, chapter 4, verses 44—56.
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Where did manu tell "Achaara heenan na punanti Veda"?

Recently while hearing about the importance of sadhachara, I encountered the following interesting statement Achaara heenan na punanti Veda Vedas cannot purify the person who does not perform acharas ...
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Were hindu scriptures changed by outsiders to foster conversion?

Many people pull of changed in the puranas or manusmriti do degrade hinduism,but this isn't true. Hindu scripture was changed,but can any one give me proof that this was done? Har har mahadev.
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Scriptural source for saying animal sacrifice and non vegetarian food for Brahmins are not for Kali Yuga

One can see ample amount of evidences for animal sacrifice and Brahmins eating meat in Vedic and Smriti literature. When I pointed out this to a learned Pandit, he just said it has been forbidden in ...
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Is Manu Smriti mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata?

It is popular traditional belief that Manu Smriti was there before Ramayana and Mahabharata. So does Manu Smriti find any mention in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata? Are any passages quoted in the ...
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Is Harihara abheda mentioned in Smritis like Manu Smriti?

Is Harihara abheda (non-difference of Vishnu and Shiva) mentioned in the Smritis like Manusmriti or any other 17 Smritis?
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Punishment for Blasphemy? [duplicate]

Is there any punishment for blasphemy in Hinduism? Do any scriptures or Smritis say how a King or a government should punish the blasphemer? The speaker of This video, Henry Doktorski, claims the ...
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Manusmriti Chapter 9 verse 94

Manusmriti Chapter 9 Verse 94 A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases him, or a man of twenty-four a girl eight years of age; if (the performance of) his duties would (...
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How does one sanctify meat for consumption?

There is a popular misconception among Hindus that jhatka meat is fit for consumption (apparently it is quick death for the animal). While it maybe true in Sikhism, I have not come across anything ...
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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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Women, Agnihotra and the Manusmriti

The Agnihotra is an essential Vedic ritual that a householder must practice. In practise we see both husband and wife sitting together to do it. For example here. Further the dharmashastras prescribe ...
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Between japa yajna and yuga dharma which is to be followed and to what extent?

Japa or repeating mantras, shlokas, Bhagavan’s names, etc is in fact a form of yajna supposed to be highly effective as per the Puranas and Agamas. In fact even the dharmashastra, Manusmriti is in ...
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How to identify caste of a non-Hindu/non-Indian? [duplicate]

Since four Varnas exists in all ethnicities and all species . How can one identity caste of a person who is not Indian. In the past many foreigners were assimilated in Kshatriya Varna -like Indo-...
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What is the work of a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) caste?

What is the work of a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) caste ? Murdhabhishikta - Child born from Brahmin Father and Kshatriya mother. Can he become a priest ? I think he can become priest or officiate ...
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Can women work to earn a living?

Can women work to earn a living or do they have to be dependent on their husbands for their sustenance ? Since women are considered as Grih-Laxmi , I think working for them is sinful.
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What will be the Varna of a child born from a Brahmin man and Shudra woman?

There is lot of confusion regarding Anulom marriage . Some say it is allowed and varna of the child is Varna of the father. Some say it is not allowed. In present world , such child are outcasted ...
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What are the consequences of having a Varnashankar child?

One verse from Gita says that Varnashankar causes ancestors of a person to fall from heaven to hell for eternity. Bhagavad Gita 1.42 (Arjun Says) Hybrid castes ensure that the family line and those ...
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Can an unmarried man/woman become father/mother from adoption?

Adoption is valid in Hinduism as far as I know (Kuntibhoja adopted Kunti as his daughter). But can an unmarried man (or woman) adopt a son and become a father from it? Which gender can an unmarried ...
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Are Marriages happening in present world valid according to Hinduism?

Shastras require girls to be married off by 12 or before puberty. But marriages are now happening late. Can Kanyadaan of a post-puberty girl be done ? Because popular meaning of Kanya is - ...
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Manu Smriti and its laws on the social system: Can a Brahmin can compel a Sudra to be servile?

Is it true as stated in Manu Smriti that a Brahmin can compel a Sudra to be servile or it is an interpolation?
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Is it sin to deliberately remain unmarried?

If a man deliberately remains lifelong unmarried is he committing a sin ? Will he get punished for it in afterlife or in this life ?
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Under what conditions can a husband abandon his wife?

Under what conditions can a husband abandon his wife ? What does scriptures say about this ?
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Can a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) man marry a Brahmin girl?

Can a Murdhabhishikta (BrahmKshatriya) man marry a Brahmin girl ? Murdhabhishikta - Child born from Brahmin Father and Kshatriya mother.
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What are the methods for doing repetance of sins?

Most of us commit some sins in our day to day lives . What are the ways suggested in scriptures for repentance of sins.
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Who are adhikara(eligible) to read Manusmriti?

In sanathan dharma, there is a concept called 'adhikara nirnayam'. It says about who all are eligible to read or recite or hear a particular scripture or stotra etc., Most of the scriptures mention ...
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Can people of two castes dine together?

In my state , there is tradition that in wedding or for that matter in any type of function , we invite only people from our own caste to the function , even if you have strong friendship with someone ...
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Questions regarding Manusmriti?

There were some questions regarding Manusmriti, you are requested to kindly give the solution of our doubts. [Chapter 4, verses 7 to 9] Why is the brahmin who keeps the food collection for a day, ...
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