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Religious practices of Hinduism including rituals, prayers, poojas, worship, etc.

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Requirements for wearing Tilak

What are the rules / requirements of applying a Vaishnava tilaka? Is diksha required?
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What are the legends associated with Kānwar Yātrā (कांवड़ यात्रा) and which scriptures mention them?

Kānwar Yātrā (कांवड़ यात्रा): In the month of Shravan, Millions devotees (from North India) walk for hundreds of miles to collect holy water from the Ganga to offer in their local Shiva temples. This ...
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What is Kayakalpa?

I would like to understand more about Kaya Kalpa, is it some type of Ayurvedic treatment or some sort of yogic practice? What I do understand is that it can actually reverse the physical degeneration ...
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What scriptures say about sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths?

Is sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths such as suicides, accidents prescribed in scriptures? Some random sources say it's not allowed, and few say it should be done on Amavasya. ...
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Guidance about visiting temples after a 13th day of death of any family member

I am a Hindu and Maratha Kshatriya from Goa. I just wanted to ask few questions which I believe to have different answers from different brahmans I consulted so far. It's been a month, I lost my ...
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What is the significance of wearing the sacred thread? [duplicate]

I have heard that it activates certain nadis. Is it true? Is there any other reason?
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Any other slokas suggesting drinking of cow urine

The following statement from Section 81, Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata suggests to drink cow urine "Vyasa said, ... One should for three days drink the hot urine of the cow..." In addition to ...
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Does a little failure in mental celibacy completely break my brahmacharya

Let's take a scenario in which I had practiced brahmacharya for about 1 year or so... Now if I involuntarily got attracted mentally by a girl..and I praised her beauty. But immediately felt wrong and ...
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What does Hinduism say about organ donation? [duplicate]

Does the religion say anything good/bad about organ donation ? Is one not circumventing some sort of karmic rules by giving and receiving organs ? Say, if someone is blind, he is paying for his karma....
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Do any scriptures of Hinduism force people to follow the religion?

It is generally commented that Hinduism does not force anyone to practice it and accepts people of all faiths unlike many other religions. How far is this true? Are there any scriptures which profess ...
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Dana(Donation) to beggars at temples

I heard that giving Dana after darshan will make the recipient(beggar) beneficial of getting punya of darshan but not the giver(devotee). Is there any purana which has guidelines on Dana. Is it ok to ...
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Have any acharyas commented on taking a dip in sacred but infected rivers?

Background According to this article, an Australian woman became very ill after she took a dip in the sacred Ganges river at Varanasi. My love affair with Varanasi continued and I studied yoga at ...
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What are the steps for following Bhakti Yoga?

We can find the steps for following Jnana Yoga from this answer, similarly, what are the steps to be followed for Bhakti Yoga? How can someone choose which tradition of Bhakhi is suitable for ...
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How shall a foreigner develop their practice of Sanātana Dharma?

I will try to keep this general, but I'm also curious for me specifically. I have read Sri Bhagavad Gītā and have begun listening to an audio version of the Mahābhārata. I connect with the concepts ...
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Are Hindu scriptures pro- or anti-dowry?

Do Hindu scriptures discuss the topic of dowry (which Google defines as "property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage")? Do they take pro or anti stance on this practice? ...
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Are/were there Hindu sects whose sectarian practices include martial arts?

I have read that sectarian clashes in the past would sometimes become violent. Did some sects practice martial arts for defensive and/or offensive purposes? Kumbh melas were apparently scenes of ...
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Do scriptures allow embalmmemt as an alternative to dispose of Hindu dead bodies? [duplicate]

I believe both cremation and burial are allowed in Hinduism. Is there any mention of preserving corpses to be viewable for posterity or at least for a long time? There is only one claim as far as I ...
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When did Holi start being celebrated?

Wikipedia writes: The Holi festival is an ancient Hindu festival with its cultural rituals. It is mentioned in the Puranas, Dasakumara Charita, and by the poet Kālidāsa during the 4th century ...
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Daily practice of a Kundalini yogi

What are the daily rituals/practices to be performed by an already Kundalini activated person.
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intolerance — as per hindu scriptures, tolerance of the intolerant person or ideology is right action or not?

As per hindu scriptures, tolerating the intolerant person or ideology upto what level is right action ? Should an ascetic on path of meditation, react back with same reverse action ?
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What are the counter-arguments within Hinduism against the Satī (sahamaraṇa) system?

Are there any counter-arguments within Hinduism against the concept/practice of Satī? I heard that some commentators/interpreters of scripture believe the widow actually goes to hell since self-...
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Sleeping Position - Avoiding Mirrors

So, I was just reading up some Feng-Shui stuff, and I realized that sleeping in front of mirrors is apparently not good, as it may lead to something called 'soul-stealing' Attached are a few ...
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While praying, who are allowed to touch/caress “Shiva Linga”, the sacred phallus?

As per this thread, there are various opinions of whether the idol at the temple should be touched or not: Is it allowed to hug/touch the main idol at a temple? Now there is a special case of Shiva, ...
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Who would be most responsible for realigning my perception so that I can be more grateful?

Would it be Ganesh? Who would be more interested in keeping people happy, or who helps us find answers? Feeling grateful for many of my hardships and want to learn more about these forces.
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Was Satī (sahagamana) limited one particular varṇa (kṣatriya)? Was it also applicable to brāhmaṇa and other women?

When it was allowed, was the practice of Satī a.k.a sahagamana meaning 'going with' or sahamaraṇa ('dying with') limited to one particular varṇa, the kṣatriya? Or was it applicable to brāhmaṇa and ...
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Do scriptures record changes in the practice of Hinduism?

Ancient linguists recorded changes in Sanskrit, while simultaneously holding on to "eternal Sanskrit" theology. Similarly, practices like Ashwamedha Yagna seem to have been conducted in the past but ...
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What are days I can have an oil massage (abhyangana snana) on head or on body?

There is already a question about Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?. So, I want to know the days I can take an oil massage (otherwise called as Abhyangana snana) ...
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What are the other ways of giving birth to children (or full-fledged adults) in Hindu scriptures?

We have the famous children of Kunti that were born to Kunti and gods. In fact it is hard to think of famous Hindu religious figures in ancient times that were born through normal means. Apart from ...
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Difference between meditation buzzing & Tinnitus?

I used to do meditation chanting OM/AUM (with help of a YouTube audio) using headphones but not now, I follow different method now. But my question is: How does a person know that the constant ...
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Why does Hindus add “Darbha Grass” to every food during moon eclipse?

Today is Moon Eclipse, so my mother added "Darbha Grass" to every food. Why so? Why Hindus add "Darbha Grass" to every food during moon eclipse?
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What are the Vaishnava sampradAyas that are based on vAmAchara?

It is less known fact that the vamachara paddhati is also prevalent in vaishnava tradition but not known to common public. As per the kamakoti website article- Adhikara Bheda: It is a ...
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What is the correct procedure to chant Narasimha 32 letters maha mantra?

The correct Narasimha maha mantra with 32 letters is: उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखं । नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहं ।। Please note that a screenshot from Nrisimha Tapani ...
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What Shakta-like Shaivite sect did Adi Shankaracharya defeat in a debate?

This excerpt from the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya, the traditional biography of Adi Shankaracharya, describes the beginning of Adi Shankaracharya's tour of India: Now Acharya Shankara, along with ...
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How many types of Achara or Acharana are there?

I think Sadachar, Durachar etc. are parts of Acharas or Acharana. I don't know them all. I would like to know, How many types of Achara are there? How are they described in scriptures? I will be ...
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What are the names of 8 Prahars of a day?

Many villagers do Naama Sankirtana in their villages, decorating a Naama Mandapa and performs the Naama Sankirtana very pleasantly for 24 hours = Ashtha Prahari (1 Prahari = 3 hrs). So a full day is ...
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Why is sadaari not placed for new borns?

Why sadaari is not placed for new borns? Eager to know the reason.
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Is shaving or hair cutting not allowed for both the father and his children on the same day?

Is shaving or hair cutting not allowed for both father and his children on the same day? Any reason? Related
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What do scriptures say about silk?

Silk is worn by many in Hindu rituals and ceremonies. Is it neccesary to wear it? Do scriptures talk about silk? Is there any alternative from wearing silk in rituals and ceremonies? Since, silk ...
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The way we are praying God is it correct? [closed]

I am not an Atheist. After reading Bhavath Geetha, I thought of spreading these wonderful things to my friends. But the problem with our generation is they seek scientific reasoning. So I researched ...
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Was one of Uyyakondar's shishyas a relative of Nathamuni?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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Which Vishnu temples do Thailakappu at irregular times?

I'm currently visiting India, and I'm trying to visit as many Vishnu temples as possible. Unfortunately I'm being stymied in some places, for the following reason. Some time in the December-January ...
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Do children get contaminated by touching menstruating women?

Do children get contaminated by touching mother while she is in menstruation? If a mother is in isolation but the child comes and touches her, again goes and touch other persons, will it contaminate ...
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Is it true that positive energy resides at the main entrance [door] of a house?

I heard that the positive energy resides in the main entrance door of the house and obviously I am doing the Pooja and showing Agarbathi (incense) lights to the door entrance. (I saw my parents doing ...
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What is tapasya? How it is done? Are Samadhi ,Sadhana and Tapasya the same thing? [duplicate]

Many asuras , rishis and devtas is said to have performed tapasyas for several hundred years to please and get boons from other gods .Parvati also did tapasya as brahmacharini for several hundred ...
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Is it true? chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

Is it true that chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect? Is it called Aajapa mantra?
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What is the prayaschitta (atonement) for a Brahmin for accidentally killing a cat?

Suppose, a Brahmin accidentally kills a cat. What is the prayaschitta for this act?
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Is it a sin for a girl if she marries after puberty?

I have heard from some people that scriptures sanction marriage for girls before puberty. Some people also say that it is sinful for a girl to marry after puberty and that such girls should atone for ...
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Is chanting without concentration effective?

Sometimes I chant the name of Lord Rama without concentration absentmindedly. Is this form of chanting effective?
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How can one increase bhakti?

How can a person increase his or her bhakti? Do scriptures give any guidance or advice over this issue?
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Praying original mantra vs praying with the meaning of mantra in different languages [duplicate]

Does praying or worshipping with the meanings of Mantras (or translation) in other languages give an equivalent results? For example praying the original Gayatri Mantra and praying it's meaning in ...