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

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Do any Acharyas support a return to Hindu monarchy?

Throughout most of its history, the system of government in India was Vedic monarchy (the claims of P.C. Dharma notwithstanding). But in modern times, India has turned into a democracy. My question ...
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What is the history behind celebrating Tulsi Vivah?

What is the history behind celebrating Tulsi Vivah and What are the correct ways follows to do the Tulsi Vivah Pujan?
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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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Rules to discard photos

How to discard old photos and idols in a dignified manner? Please give authentic suggestion with support from scriptures.
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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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Do any commentaries on the Brahma Sutras say that animal sacrifice is immoral?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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What scriptures describing holding breath for hours before chanting the Sahasrakshi Mantra?

The Sri Vaishnava sect is divided into two sub-sexts, Thenkalais and Vadakalais. One of the issues they disagree on is whether the chanting of the Pranavam in the Ashtakshari Mantra requires ...
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What is the difference between Sati and Jauhar?

Is Jauhar the same as Sati? If not what is the difference and what is the origin of these terms?
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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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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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What is Surya Kriya? What is its significance? How it is different from other related practices?

What is Surya Kriya? What is its significance? How it is different from other related practices? Is it part of Patanjali Sutras? I have not come across too many texts or videos explaining the same.
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What was the lifestyle of Gaudapada?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting the ...
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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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What are the basic rules for Nirahara Samyama?

I read some where that Vedic science even gives us the choice of living without food. This can be achieved through a yogic process called Nirahara Samyama by which we learn to awaken our bio memory to ...
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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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Who started the practice of Sadagopam?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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Is Dristhi (Evil Eye) Pottu,Photos and other activities are said in our scriptures?

Dristhi pottu for new babies are applied as a black dot in their cheek to escape from Evil Eye. Industries have scary photos in its gate as to escape from Evil eye . When a person looks very jealously ...
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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 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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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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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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What scriptures describe replacing the Pranayama Mantra with Shlokas?

When Dvija males do Pranayama, they chant an expanded version of the Gayatri Mantra, known as the Mahasavitri Mantra. Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. Mukkur Lakshminarasimhachariar Swami had said this: ...
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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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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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Chanting Devi Mahathyam (Durga Saptashati)

I would like to chant the Devi Mahathyam but may not be able to do the full text together in a single sitting or in a day. So if I am to split the chapters across days, are there any prescribed format ...
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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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Did the Samkhya school discuss the danger of Yagna fires to surrounding wildlife?

As I discuss in this question, 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 Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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In Hinduism, is it commanded to change clothes everyday?

If we wear the same clothes for more than a day, is it unclean according to the culture? I know in general, that one should change his clothes everyday if possible, but what does our culture say ...
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Why are we named 12 days after birth?

Including myself, many of my family members got their names 12 days after their birth, a day called Namakarana. This is done via a ritual, for example in Nepalese tradition (My ethnicity) we have an ...
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Significance of giving Rs. 51 or 101 as donation

What is the significance of giving cash as donation, gifts or dakshina in numbers such as 51, 101, and 501?
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Why is a red piece of cloth tied to the vehicle?

When worshiping a vehicle I have seen many times that a red piece of cloth is tied to it. What is the actual reason behind tying a red colored cloth and some bangles with it? Please share answers ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we remove gemstone while sleeping? Any other situation where we should remove it?

When should we remove gemstones? Should we remove them at night while sleeping? Should we remove them while having sex and bath? I know that during funerals we should remove them, but apart from that ...
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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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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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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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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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Who are the Rashmi gods worshiped before a Yagna?

In this excerpt from the Baudhayana Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, a ritual is described where a person who wants to perform a Yagna (fire ritual) begs the priests to give him ...
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Can married women do abishekam on shivalingam at home?

We have a very small thumb size, black colour shivalingam at home. Can my mother and me do abishekam on it? Also I want to know the difference between laghurudram and Mahārudram .Which helps in ...
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Why are educational objects classified as being holy?

Whenever I have accidentally stepped on a book of any sort, or even a school bag; my parents have always said that I must ask forgiveness from god by placing my hand on the object first, then my ...
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Pradikshinam of navagraha

I was told by a person that the last 2 pradakshinams to be done anti clockwise for rahu and kethu. But one other kurukkal said that you do all the nine in clockwise only. Which to be followed? kindly ...
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Isn't it non-human to burn Raavan's effigy (Raavan Dahan) during Dussera?

During childhood, I used to get excited (not happy though) seeing Raavana's effigy being burnt. People around used to dance and cheer. But for many years, not only I find it idiotic but also non-human....
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What is the importance of rock salt (sendha namak) in fasting?

Rock salt is given special preference in fasting, while there are several parts of India where no form of salt is consumed during fasts. What is its importance and why it is not followed everywhere in ...
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Do the Vaikhanasa texts allow animal sacrifice?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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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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 ...