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

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Why do people shout “Govinda Govinda” during death rites whereas burial ground consists of lord shiva paintings?

In Hinduism, Near Burial Grounds have lord Shiva paintings but people shout "Govinda Govinda" for death rites. Both are different gods, then why lord Venkateshwar paintings are not present at burial ...
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Is there any advantage for a person dying as virgin?

I know staying virgin whole-life really needs good discipline, strong will power et cetera. But what are Spiritual & Material benefits of being Virgin whole life? Id est, dying as a virgin? Do ...
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Why do people throw coins in the river?

When I was travelling in train, I saw some people throwing coins in the river, so why do people throw them in the river? Is there any reason behind doing this?
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Rules for Reading scriptures [duplicate]

I am very much intrested in reading every hindu mythology scriptures. I know that in my life time it may not be possible. But would like to cover as many as possible. My daily schedule is very busy. ...
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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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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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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 significance of Rudraksha in Saivism?

Rudraksham seems to have an important place in the Saivite sect of Hinduism. I have seen it being worn by many Saivite temple priests and many rishis (in their portrayals). Apart from priests, I have ...
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Keeping Deities/God photos in everywhere in home

Some orthodox Hindu families (Middle class) keep deities photos every place in their home. Some keep partially divided in the kitchen Some keep in the hall itself Bed room is an optional if ...
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What do the Vedas say about animal sacrifice?

In ancient times, there had been animal sacrifices at various Yagyas and rituals were performed by Brahmins for kings, while on the other hand they also used to advocate non-violence and preferred a ...
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Practices For Anandamaya Kosha? Happiness

Is there any practice to be in Bliss, Joy - आनन्द . Practices to nourish Anandamaya Kosha. What are practices / mantras recommended to someone in Depression.. Always Sad or Irritated.. Who Is God of ...
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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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If a Brahmin doesn't perform duties as per his varna, is he still called as brahmin?

Normal duties of Brahmana varna are waking up early morning, learning and chanting Vedas, etc, But if a Brahmin doesn't perform these duties, is he still respected like other brahmins who perform ...
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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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Why is Thiruman Sacred?

What is purpose/reason of using Thiruman katti for making Urdhwapundra or Namam, What is relation of Thiruman to Shriman Narayana? How is it holy clay?
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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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What does a home mandir sit on?

Please allow me to preface the question because, as a foreigner who did not grow up with Sanatana Dharma, my practice probably differs from yours. All of my life when traveling statues, stones, a ...
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Should we bother about Manglik in marriage?

I find this is quite a confusing situation in India during marriage proposals. When a girl is manglik people don't proceed to marriage. I just wanted understand the effects of this manglik thing. In ...
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Do methods of worship change according to yugas?

Are there different methods of worshiping God in different yugas? For example, in the Sathya Yuga, the major method of worship is meditation or yagas. In Kaliyuga - chanting of God's name. I have ...
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How do Hindus meditate?

In Buddhism, which I’m more familiar with, there is vipasanna meditation, in which you focus on your breath. This helps achieve nirvana. Now how do Hindus meditate to reach their nirvana/moksha? In ...
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Why do people celebrate Holi? Why do they throw colored powder at each other?

Holi is meant to be a happy ritual, I agree. But what is the historical context behind this whole ritual, and what do the colors represent?
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Is organ donation allowed? Have any Hindu acharyas commented on this practice?

According to some religions, donating the human organs (especially after one's death) is considered a good practice. So is it a good thing to do according to Hindu scripture? Have any Hindu acharyas ...
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Ancient texts on Karnavedha

Are there any quotes from ancient texts that talk about Karnavedha? Although there are various reasons that are cited to justify it as in it helps regulate menstruation in women, or that it helps in ...
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Is being Vegan necessary for spiritual growth?

Is there Any if at all relation between Spirituality & food? If yes, what is good and what is bad? I want to know if there is some proper text/scripture suggesting best food for spiritual growth? ...
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Do Hindu scriptures give advice on how to stay present or mindful as one goes about doing regular day to day activities?

In addition to formally sitting down and doing mediation, do Hindu scriptures give some advice on how or whether one should stay mindful or present as one goes about doing regular day to day ...
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Do penance makes body shine?

I heard, more progress towards spiritual life or penance will result in more light coming out from body (like God's body, not as much light as God has but still some) means, more we do penance, more ...
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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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How to read Hindu Scriptures

Ok, I understand there are lot of Hindu scriptures. How to read them? I wish to read them for meditation to gain wisdom/knowledge raise positive vibrational energy but most importantly break out ...
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Is there a taboo about a younger groom marrying an elder bride? Any references where a younger groom marries an elder woman?

As the question says, are there any taboos/guidelines or any references to authoritative texts or incidents where a younger groom marries an elder woman?
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Direction of our devotional prayers

Are indicated specific directions for our devotional prayers? For example N,S,W,E? what about Vishnu or Shiva or Devi practice? Thank you.
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Shaivites with vaishnavite names

I have met a couple of shaivites who have vaishnavite names ( ramakrishna, giri, venkatraman) though I have never encountered a vaishnavite family with predominately shaivaite names. Is there any ...
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Can a person studying Vedas or reciting Vedas keep a beard?

Is it compulsory for a person studying the Vedas to remove all facial hair and just have a Shikha/shendi?
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What is shakti patam? [duplicate]

I heard that shakti patam is related to conscious flow of energy inside human body, but do not know in detail. What is meant by shakti patam exactly and which scripture deals with it in detail?
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Brahmins used to eat Five-nailed animals?

पंच पंच नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्म क्षत्रेण राघव | शल्यकः श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मः च पंचमः || (Kishkinda Kanda 17th Sarga 39th Shloka) Meaning Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., a kind of ...
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What scriptures describe laxer rules for accepting shishyas in the Kali Yuga?

The Sampradaya Parishuddhi is a work by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan defending the flawless nature of the Sri Vaishnava Sampradayam. He discusses many incidents in Sri ...
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Why permit Anga pradakshina but not Saashtaanga Namaskaram for women?

Why are women not permitted to practice the Saashthaanga Namaskaram but are permitted Angapradikshana? I refer to these two practices in particular as I was told that a woman's womb is holy and may ...
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Is there any description regarding the Kanwar Yatra in our holy books? [duplicate]

Today I was checking Twitter and there was a trending hashtag regarding Kanwar which telling that Kanwar yatra is not mentioned anywhere in Hindu holy books. So is there anything in our holy books?
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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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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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I want to get a permanent tatto on my body. Is it sacred in Hinduism or not? [closed]

Can I get a permanent tattoo of mother Earth as a respect towards her? I want to get it on my back just between the shoulders. Is getting a permanent tattoo on our body sacred according to Hinduism?
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Is tattoing alowed in hinduism?

I love tattoing and I am a devotee of lord krishna. I think whether tattoing god's name on body is a sin as I am a girl? Does hinduism allow tattoing? Is there any notes about tattoing in puranas?
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When exactly do we use different mudras?

I have come across different types of mudras which are basically used for channelizing energy within our body but my question is: Do we make use of all these mudras only during meditation or can we ...
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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 is the reason behind considering number 12 as special?

Purna Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years. It is also believed that spiritual progress happens in practitioners in the cycle of 12 years i.e., it takes 12 years of disciplined practice to change ...
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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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Why can't we walk full clockwise in shiva temple?

While on Shiva Temple, we does not walk full clockwise around the temple, why? What is the reason behind it?
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Is there anything in our scriptures where it says something similar to “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”

I've read the major parts of the Bhagavad Gita where my interpretation is that 'Anyone who is attached to the FRUITS of the reward, he will dwell in misery always'. Now I'm reading many books like '...
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Why is the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata is read during the srAddha ceremony?

In Bengal, I heard that the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata is read aloud during the srAddha ceremony. I am not aware of whether this is followed in other parts of India though. What is the ...
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Why do we perform pradakshinam (circumambulation) clockwise?

When circumambulating a temple or an idol (i.e. perform pradakshinam), we do so clockwise. Now, it's obvious that we need to have everybody circumambulating in the same direction, or else people would ...

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