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

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Do scriptures provide any guidelines or any information for vegan puja and rites?

Do the Hinduism scriptures have any info for vegan puja rituals/reet/rasam ? Like performing abhishek with almond milk and coconut milk and such? Daan/charity as being only vegan food, prasad as being ...
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How can one achieve happiness?

I have heard discussions of Hinduism scriptures telling how to achieve fulfillment, divinity etc but I have yet to hear one talking about how to achieve happiness. Is this covered in Hinduism? If so, ...
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What are the Puranic verses which say Tapta Mudra Dharana should be done?

This question asks what are the puranic verses that advise against Tapta Mudra Dharana. I want to ask, what are the Puranic verses which say Tapta Mudra Dharana should be done? Please answer with the ...
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What is the theological justification behind chanting the holy names in Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas chant the name of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and Rama. They call it Nama Yajna. In some places, they have been doing continuously it for hundreds of years. For example, in Katwa (...
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What proportion of Hindus are aware of Vedanta in their religious practice?

Hinduism as practiced today consists of temple worship of deities, Puja and Bhajans at home, going to pilgrimage sites, getting Samskaras conducted (most importantly - marriage ceremony and last rites)...
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What proportion of present day Hindus are aware of Vedanta? [duplicate]

It has been repeated many times at HSE that by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva ...
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Do the scriptures recommend not leaving one's home empty stomach in the morning?

I have heard Elders say that we mustn't leave the home in the morning on an empty stomach for that results in ill-fortunes and bad-omens for the upcoming day. The common reasoning given by them is it ...
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Is having more than one Ishta-devta, a defined concept in the scriptures?

Sometimes back, I was having a discussion with my friends on the concept of 'Ishta' (one's personal favorite tutelary deity). In the course of the discussion, one of my friend told me that since their ...
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What is the name of this Tilaka (तिलक)?

Most of the times, in religious-practice, I encounter people using this Tilaka predominantly with red kumkum, but also with yellow kumkum (turmeric derived) dot on the top of the red tilaka followed ...
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Will Divorced Wifes go to heaven if they die before Husband passes away?

Usually, wives do Tulasi pooja and to be Muthaidhe and they pray for it to attain heaven by dying before their Husbands. These practices now drastically come down but still, traditional people follow. ...
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What happens to those who keep lying using God/Mother promises?

I have witnessed many people who try to escape always by keeping God Swear, Mother swear in tough situations. This is not just once, it is their habit of keeping it and has no value/worth on it. They ...
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Can we find the meaning of Sandyavandanam In our local convenient language?

Brahmins do Sandyavandanam mugging the book. How do we understand or know the meaning of the mantras we chant? Only those who is master in Sanskrit can understand, rest they just chant full book. Is ...
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What is the purpose of Hindu girls attire?

Why Hindu girls or women should wear Bangles, Nosepin, earrings, Gezze, and even flowers behind head? Also, toe ring after marriage? Thaali is something we all know it shows that they are married and ...
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What is pradosh kaal/ pradosh kaalam?

What time is referred to as pradosh kalam? I’m not asking about pradosh vrat. Pradosh kalam is a particular time period in every day. I want to know which time period exactly. Thank you
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Is it ok for me (Not Hindu) to wear a turban/head wrap to represent the Hindu character I am playing in a play?

I have done a bit on research into this, and I plan to do more, but I am looking for a more personal answer from people who are Hindu. If you can help, please do, as I need it. I am attempting to ...
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Do full time or experienced and highly consistent yogis also fall ill?

We normal mundane people generally fall ill at least once in a year with fever, cough or other regular illness. Maybe such light illnesses used to be part of the body cycle to regain immunity that I ...
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Does anyone know what the bija mantra KRAM stands for? Thank you

I received it in a dream, that was very complex, and would like to clarify it
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Giving Daan from money earned through Trading in Stock Market?

I am currently trading in Stock Market Options. Its a sort of gambling where I earn small money through my predictions. As u know its legal as per my country law and am not hurting any one ...
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Why is Dantadhamana or brushing of teeth prohibited for Brahmacharis?

Here's the verse from Sadachara Smriti of Shri Madhwacharya. All the above austerities hold good both for Gruhastas (married people) and Vanaprastas. Except Vaishvadeva, Baliharana and Dantadhamana – ...
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Point of contact to learn Atharvana veda?

Where can we find the guru who can teach Atharvana Veda? Is it applicable for Brahmins? This question is not about black magic. But to understand that and perform white magic. I know this is not ...
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House Warming ceremony

What does the hindu scriptures says about doing House warming (Grehaprevesham) ceremony if family member has died recently. Can it be done or are there any restrictions?
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Should statues be worshipped based on Veda? [duplicate]

"Andhatama pravishanti ye asambhuti mupaste" "They enter darkness, those who worship the natural elements" (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). "They sink deeper in darkness, those who ...
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Why are vedic chants used to propitiate puranic deities?

Sama Veda for instance mostly has hymns to Indra, Agni, and Varuna, and yet we use these very hymns nowadays to worship Ganesha, Skanda, Shiva, and others. Where is the scriptural basis for doing so?
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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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Is the popular practice of applying Mehndi (Henna tattoo) during weddings supported by scriptures?

From Wikipedia: Mehndi is a form of body art and temporary skin decoration usually drawn on hands or legs, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the ...
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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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Virginity test In Hinduism?

Do Hindu scripture tells about virginity test ? What process for test ? Virginity test for normal people (male and female both). Which scripture tell about this process ? And what is the process?
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Are the rules of eclipses (grahaṇa) still valid if the eclipse is not visible from the observers' place?

There was a recent Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahaṇa) - the first for the year 2021. The full eclipse began at 11.11 am UTC, which was around 4.41 pm IST. But the total lunar eclipse was not visible in ...
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Why is Buddha Pūrṇimā named so?

Is Buddha Pūrṇimā named so because of Gautama Buddha? If yes, then how to reconcile its significance with our hindu theology because clearly, Gautama Buddha was not a Hindu as per Vedic Standards. Or ...
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Fastest and easiest way in KALIYUGA to attain LIBERATION

What are the fastest and easiest ways in KALIYUGA to get rid of LUST, ANGER, GREED,FALSE PRIDE and ENVY of ONE's SELF?
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Lighting candles rather than oil-lamps on Diwâlî a scripturally prescribed practise?

Does any scriptures mention use of candles on the night of Diwâlî ? Lighting a seasame oil or ghee based dîyâ is considered auspicious. However, these days it's more common for people to light up ...
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Isn't keeping the idol-murtis of non canonical hindu deities in temples specifically dedicated to hindu deities a sin?

Isn't keeping the idol-murtis or pictures, etc., of non canonical deities (like Saî Bâbâ, Santoșhî Mâtâ) in the temples dedicated to scripture defined canonical deities, a sin or a forbidden act? ...
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May one learn how to breathe from the diaphragm (Buddha Belly Breathing) holistically throughout all of their activities and if so how exactly? [closed]

Peace, Divine Love, and Blessings to All. I recently began to research meditative/breathing for the Solar Plexus. I was instructed that the "normal breathing" done in the west is not the ...
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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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Giving Arghya to Surya even when not visible?

I have watched several people giving arghya to Surya, even before sunrise (when sun is even not visible ). Sometimes, people give arghya when sun in above the head. They'll just point to the east ...
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What are Abūjh Muhūrtas?

Several times, in the newspapers, TV, magazines, etc., the term - Abūjh Muhūrta ( अबूझ मुहूर्त ) is commonly encountered, especially in reference to performing some new auspicious works, like ...
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Is it acceptable to sleep in same room as Murti (Idol)?

Naively speaking one might expect that it would be acceptable to sleep/ live in same place as a Murti of some God or Goddess, as can occasionally be seen in some temples. For example, the question ...
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What happens when a mantra deeksha given is totally forgotten or not followed ? Can it be restarted again?

Can a mantra deeksha given , which was stopped abruptly be restarted again ? Are there any Do's and Dont's to do so ?
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Mantras, Initiation and Practice

In the book that I read recently (Mantram Handbook by Eknath Easwaran), he advises that one should repeat the mantram silently, whenever the mind is free, in day to day instances also, like waiting in ...
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Is there any esoteric meaning of Hanuman Chalisa?

Is there any esoteric meaning of Hanuman Chalisa ?
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Why it is not advised to perform other Yugas activities into a particular Yuga?

This answer says very well that it is as it is stated but does not explain why. https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44173/22667 Quot. Rickross user says: " Now, since this very nature of the ...
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What are the foods to be avoided on Chaturdashi?

Is there anything in scriptures which tells about which foods to be avoided on caturdaśī Tithi?
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Scriptural reference for the fact that Prabhu is fully present in His Name itself. He has put all His powers in His Name

On Internet, I came across this text today(highlighted portion). In case the picture is not loading, here is the text which is written in the image The Vedas declare that God is fully present in His ...
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Rishis, Sadhus performing meditation, penance poses

As we watch the Holy epic Mahabharata, we see Sadhus, Rishis and even the asuras performing meditation and penance (Tapasya) poses for years as a example standing on one leg with two hands folded (...
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Who is superior in term of religious status: elder brother`s wife or paternal uncle`s wife?

Need explanation with quotes from shastra
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Can a son perform amavasya tarpanam in place of his sick father?

Doing tarpanam (water libations) on the day of Amavasya is a well-known fact. My father was doing it very sincerely on all Amavasyas. But now, since he became very old and has health issues, he is not ...
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Can I marry my paternal uncle's wife's cousin's daughter according to Hindu religion? Also how normal/extreme is it in north India? [closed]

Will us be blood related, as she is from my uncle's wife's side and I am from my uncle's side?
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Practicing Vedas during evening time

I have learnt Sri Rudram from a guru. Now I would like to keep on practising, learning and improving myself on it. Due to my job, etc. sometimes it may not be possible to learn early in the morning. ...
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By killing mosquito/bedbugs take us to hell? [duplicate]

Some castes don't consume meat because of some religious traditions and practices. But knowingly or unknowingly we all have killed insects. For example, even microorganisms that enables curd from ...
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Who is the God of Emotion?

Who is the God of Emotion? Are there any Mantras for emotions? For example, what are some Mantras for good mental health, and mental and emotional strength?
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