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

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Right to seek alms and live

We learnt that Brahmins have right to seek alms and live with it. Can people from other castes live through begging as per scriptures?
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What are various types of Snanam (bathing)?

Which scripture describes Muni Snanam, Deva Snanam, Manava Snanam and Rakshasa Snanam (bathing)? Additionally, which scripture mentions about Vaaruna Snanam, Mantra Snanam, Dhivya Snanam, Kriya ...
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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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Do any Hindu scriptures condemn magick? Is the practice of magick by Wiccans using Hindu deities legitimate?

Witchcraft has been one of the most controversial issues in the West. Abrahamic religions such as Judaism, Christianity & Islam consider it a sin against God but what does Hinduism say about it? ...
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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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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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Are current day bathes considered as original bathes in Hinduism?

Nowadays people bath in personal bathrooms using soap and shampoo. The water will be water from either rivers or other means. But in Hindu scriptures, bathing generally refers to either bath in ...
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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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Is it a sin to allow reforms to Hinduism? [closed]

In the name of societal sense, we removed so many things in Hinduism: Child Marriages, Sati (practice) etc. Right now, cultural activist fights for Women entry to Sabarimala. which is another reform ...
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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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Requirements for wearing Tilak

What are the rules / requirements of applying a Vaishnava tilaka? Is diksha required?
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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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What is the relation of Aarti with different spiritual bodies? [duplicate]

This is a extension of this question. We have seen not only Devi/Devtas but also humans, plants and animals are welcomed through a spiritual deed called 'Aarti'. Why it started? And what is its ...
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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 the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

Many people use the practice of Sati (सती) as a weapon against Hinduism to point out that it is full of bad practices. I have heard that it was limited to one particular community in one of the states ...
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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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Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi?

Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi? It is practiced in some parts of India (I am not sure about this practice in all parts of India). Is there any story or scriptural basis for this belief ...
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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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What scripture does the Kamokarshit Mantra come from?

Alfred Lord Tennyson said "In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." Well, in the Summer a Brahmana's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of Avani Avittam! Avani Avittam, aka ...
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What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism?

What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism? Why are temple decorated with flowers and why are Gods pleased with flowers?
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What are the Hindu Code of Conduct (Ethics)?

Codes of Conduct or Ethical codes are very essential norms, rules and values that guides the right living practices and standard behaviour for individual as well as social welfare. For example Code ...
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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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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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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

In the following video, Dr. Zakir Naik says that Bhishma Pitamaha tells Yudhishtira that sacrificing a cow will satisfy their dead ancestors for a period of 1 year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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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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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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Why it is said if a black cat crosses your path you should not move ahead?

I have been told by my elders if a black cat crosses your path you should not move ahead Can any one shed light on this? Is this a myth or are there any references in Puranas/Scripts or so.
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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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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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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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Origins of the dowry system

In many religions, a practice/custom or tradition starts with a noble intention, mainly due to prevalent social needs. But with time it is corrupted, or digresses or even becomes obsolete. With that ...
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Are women forbidden to recite the Chandipath?

Chandipath recitation is a very common practice in Bengal. However, I have seen many people saying the practice is only restricted to males and that women are forbidden to recite it. What is the ...
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Is there any significance of not having haircuts on Tuesdays and Fullmoon day? [duplicate]

It is enforced at my place and many of Brahmins community to not have haircuts on Tuesday, Full Moon Day, Birth days May i know the reason for the same if there is any significant aspect behind these ...
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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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Did Adi Shankaracharya support animal sacrifice?

I had always assumed that the Advaitin philosopher Adi Shankaracharya opposed animal sacrifice in Vedic Yagnas (fire-rituals). Here is what this blog post says, for instance: In the 7th century A....
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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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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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Which scripture explains Fire Walking practice in temples?

There is practice of walking in fire in temples by devotees. I have a few questions about that: Which scripture explains Fire Walking (Themithi) practice in temples? Why specifically wood is used and ...
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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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Do all Shaiva Siddhantins reject Vamachara practices as sinful?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect ((which I discuss here and here), ...
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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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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 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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How to surrender to God alone?

I have gone several posts here, Lord Krishna says if you want to stay out of this all materialistic life surrender to me alone. But all these social culture forces us to get trapped again to this what ...
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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, ...