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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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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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What is prayopavesa?

I would like to know what our scriptures say about prayopavesa. If deciding to end one’s life is wrong, why is it prescribed in our scriptures?
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Aren't these Manusmṛti verses pertaining to marriage contradictory?

Manusmṛti 3.23 describes the form of marriages that are permitted for each Varṇa: षडानुपूर्व्या विप्रस्य क्षत्रस्य चतुरोऽवरान् । विश्।शूद्रयोस्तु तानेव विद्याद् धर्म्यानराक्षसान् ॥ २३ ॥ ṣaḍānupūrvyā ...
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Where can I find authentic translation source of Manusmriti?

I want to find an authentic translation source of Manusmriti(where I can not only learn the outer meanings but also the inner ones) Can I find it anywhere?
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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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References to the character of Manu for Manu Smriti

The Manu Smṛiti is mentioned in a lot of other scriptures, but it is not ever truly endorsed, unlike other scriptures. In the Manu Smṛiti, Manu says he got it from "the Imperishable One," ...
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Are there any classifications of death

I wish to know if death has classifications and what type of death is the best amongst those classifications
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Where has it said in the authentic scriptures, that a year in the Yuga schematic of Manu is actually a Daiva year?

The one of the early mentions of Yuga theory of Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali occurs in Manu Smriti. There the Yuga is acutally only 12000 years with Kali Yuga - 1200 years Dwapara Yuga - 2400 ...
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Are there any prescribed methods mentioned in our manuscripts to avoid malefic effects of planets

Malefic planets exist is almost everyone's horoscope. Just want to know if there are any specific practices given for making the effects of these planets negligible
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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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What does "Elementals by the offering of Bali" mean in Manu Smriti?

Under section "Duties of a House Holder", verse 3.81, Manu Smriti says: स्वाध्यायेनार्चयेतऋषीन् होमैर्देवान् यथाविधि । पितॄंश्राद्धैश्च नॄनन्नैर्भूतानि बलिकर्मणा ॥ ८१ ॥ One should worship, ...
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Is Manu Smriti anti-brahmin? "A brahmin who drank alcohol must drink red-hot wine until his body is fully burnt", but no such punishment for Shudras?

Manu Smriti 11.90 सुरां पीत्वा द्विजो मोहादग्निवर्णां सुरां पिबेत् । तया स काये निर्दग्धे मुच्यते किल्बिषात् ततः ॥ ९० ॥ surāṃ pītvā dvijo mohādagnivarṇāṃ surāṃ pibet | tayā sa kāye nirdagdhe mucyate ...
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Where is this second definition of dwija written in Hindu scriptures?

There are two definitions of the word "dwija" that I know. Men of Brahmin , Kshatriya and Vaishya caste are dwija. Men who become alive again after dying once are called dwija. This is the ...
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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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Is entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of suicide?

Agni's another name is pavak (i.e which purifies everything) So, Is burning oneself alive by entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of committing suicide ? Arjun took a vow of ...
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Can a woman step out of the house?

In the past there was a saying that women enter into house on four shoulders (i.e on a palanquin/doli) and step out of the house on four shoulders (i.e funeral bier/arthi) . Other than them a woman ...
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What is there a difference between Vanaspati and Vṛkṣa?

The Manusmṛti seems to indicate that Vṛkṣa are angiosperms and Vanaspati are all other plants. Is there any further explanation of differences between the two, especially with regards to their ...
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Is Killing a woman by a man sin ? Is even hitting a woman sin?

Is killing a woman or hitting on a woman (by a man ) sin ? What does various scriptures say about this ? I know killing in general is sin but there are various situation where killing is not sin. ...
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Is it True that Manu prohibited drinking liquor, even the Vedic juice of soma? [duplicate]

I've heard that Manu laid down strict rules for the prevention of drinking. He ruled that even a seller of soma, the stuff regarded as the holiest drink by Rig-Vedic gods, does Not deserve to attend ...
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What is the status of offspring born from same gotra marriage?

Same gotra marriage is censured . But if such marriage happens , what is the status of the offspring born from such a marriage ?
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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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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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Do people who have no sons go to hell? [duplicate]

Is it true that people who have no sons go to hell no matter how good they were in their life. Also if in someone's lineage no son is born , the ancestors also fall in hell ? There is a story in ...
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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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Can Hindus go to foreign countries ? Is it best to avoid going to foreign countries?

Which caste people can go to foreign countries ? Is it true that Hindus who go to foreign countries lose their caste (thus become untouchable) ? And what about untouchable Hindus ? Can they go to ...
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Why, in general, consanguineous marriage is not allowed?

I have seen in my society that cousin marriage is not encouraged. What is the basis of this view? I am asking about scriptural injunctions. Has Smritis categorically disapproved it? I have seen these ...
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What is the Dharma of outcaste people?

Hinduism is based on principle of dharma (unlike Buddhism and Jainism which are based on principle of Karma). And all varnas have different duties(dharma) to discharge. So, what is the dharma ...
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According to Smriti Shastras, what punishment is prescribed for a girl who lost virginity before marriage?

I suppose Smriti Shastras do not encourage sex before marriage. But these days, it is pretty common. I want to know the views of Smriti Shastras on it. What kind of punishment is prescribed for girls? ...
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Do Smriti Shastras have any provision that allows changes with time?

Smriti Shastras dictates rules to govern society. However, with time society changes. What were relevant thousand years back may not be relevant today. Have Smriti Shastras have any such option to ...
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