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

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SaptRishi mantras used in rishi homam

Can anybody post the gayatri of all seven rishis, used in rishi homam. Looking for it since so long
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When Hindus buy milk are they required to only buy milk from cows that are not sent to be slaughtered?

Vegans don't buy milk because of the cruel life dairy cows are subjected to and because they eventually get slaughtered. Given that cows are sacred for Hindus I was wondering if Hindus share the ...
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Giving Alms (Donation/charity) with the intention of getting merit will give me merit?

If someone gives alms (Donation/charity) in form of anything. If his intention is to get merit. Then will he actually get merit out of that karma?
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What is Shaktipata?

Can anyone explain about it with good examples? What are the different types of Shaktipata?
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What is the correct way of doing meditation?

I would like to understand what is the correct way of doing meditation according to Hinduism (esp. Vedas)? Plus: What is the right posture? What should the person concentrate on (thoughts) before and ...
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Are there any examples of incest in Hindu mythology?

I am wondering if there are examples of incest relationships such as between Father/Daughter, Brother/Sister in Hindu mythology? I would be thankful if you could mention the source.
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Hypnotism in Hinduism

I was reading about the Temple Sleep or Nidra in Wikipedia. It was mentioned that the Ancient Hindu people used to carry the person suffering from sickness to the temple to be cured by hypnotic ...
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Which Kshatriya and Vaishya communities continue to wear the Yajnopavitam today?

We know from the Manusmriti that the first three Varnas (Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas) are obligated to wear the Yajnopavitam. Nowadays, it seems only Brahmins wear the thread and so it's ...
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What are the Saptapadi or the seven promises of marriage?

What are the Saptapadi or seven promises of marriage a Hindu couple takes walking around the fire?
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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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What technique they used earlier to make idols stand for centuries

We all know there are lot of Hinduism temples where idols are standing from many centuries best example is Lord Venktaeshwara in Tirumala, Tirupati. This idol is standing from many centuries it ...
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Questions regarding rules of chanting Vedas

Can I learn Vedas through MP3 and Cassette? Can I chant Vedas even if I don't understand the meaning?
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What is the earliest source available to the worship of Prana?

What is the earliest reference available for the fundamental belief in worshiping Prana? Where is it documented the belief that Prana created the world?
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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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What is the reason behind restrictions during eclipses?

Hindus(mostly Brahmins) usually don't eat, go outside, don't touch any clothes during eclipses. After eclipse, they take bath. Now, my questions are: Which scripture says so? What is the reason ...
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Devshayani or Harishayani or Toli Ekadashi : Is there a Scriptural references?

Today 15-July-2016, As per Hindu calendar, the day is being celebrated as Dev-Shayani Ekadashi or देवशयनी एकादशी. Note that this is different from the usual Ekadashi which is discussed in this post ...
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Why are crows considered to be a link to our pitris (spirits of ancestors)?

In Devasams (srardham) or annual memorial ritual performed to the deceased, rice is fed to crows. I was told by elders at home that the crows represent our Pitris. What is the reason behind crows ...
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Is Janeva (Yajñopavītam or sacred thread) limited to Brahmins only?

I heard a lot about the power of Janeva (Yajñopavītam or sacred thread), a small cloth string worn on the shoulders across the hands. When chatting with some Brahmins, I found them suggesting that it ...
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What is the significance of pouring milk on the Shivling?

I have seen people pouring milk on the Shivling. What is the significance of this? Image taken from shivmandirsarthali.com
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Using Tamasic vegetables(Onion, Garlic mainly of significance here) in temples

Is there any explicit rule in Indian vedas that states Onions should not be used for cooking in temples. I recently had a debate (Personally found it silly) and the research ended in Ayurvedic ...
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Stories in Hindu scripture on drinking human blood [duplicate]

Kaali drinking blood of Raktabīja. Bheema drinking blood of Dushasana. Draupadi intending to drink blood of Bheema. What's the intent behind drinking blood?
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How we can do pooja on Amavsya to please our pitras?

How we can do pooja on Amavsya to please our pitras & get favor to get down the affect of pitradosha
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How to do meditation if I've got negative thoughts?

When ever I try to concentrate in either my breath or a word I am not able to concentrate. Please give me some solution to it. If I do concentration by ignoring those thoughts than after I open my ...
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Lighting of earthen lamps in evenings in Karthika month and in mornings in Margasisha month

This month being Karthika 2 earthen lamps will be lit and kept in the Pirai Maadam [in old types houses there will be a construction like this for keeping lit earthern lamps] during sunset. Nowadays ...
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When and how to tie the shikha शिखा and scripture recommendations regarding it?

I was wondering how to tie a braid(tribraid or others?) and when to keep the shikha, (choti or tuft of hair) or when to tie it and when to leave it as it is. Are there any texts/scripture ...
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Why is Shikha Bandhan needed at the time of pooja?

Why Shikha Bandhan is needed at the time of pooja? Is it related to God or due to any other reason and what would happen if we do not do shikha bandhan? What is the benefit? What to be done for those ...
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How to live a life according to our scripture? [duplicate]

In other religions, they are get to know what they can do and don't during prayer meetings.In Islam most of them perform their Nithya karma without any fail...even if they have doubts they can ask ...
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Contradictions between Shiva Purana and Linga Purana

Women are not allowed to worship Shiva in Linga Purana: Linga Purana 2.20.2 The Sudras can avail of the performing of the worship through the priest. The ladies are not authorized to worship ...
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regarding some questions on upanayana

In the uponayana ceremony, the boys should take 3 steps. Why the boys are stopped at 2.5 steps to remains at home? Is that mean we are not following the actual procedure?
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Doing “evil” or “good” after being self-realized wont affect such an “individual” because he is not bound to the illusion of the material, yes or no?

When self realized,you understand the illusion and rise above the illusion. It wont matter if you do good or evil since the concept of good and evil is something that is bound to the illusion and the ...
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Duty of a Shudra

Duty of a Shudra is not giving alms to Brahmins, as they are prohibited from having wealth. Mahabharata Santi Parva chapter 59: A Sudra should never amass wealth, lest, by his wealth, he makes the ...
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What is the ideal time to perform tharpanam?

What is the best time to perform Amavasya Tharpanam? Is there any specific reason why it should be done at that time ?
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Merge of Karma & Bhakti into Jnana

Read my previous question where I said that I think/believe that other ways should merge into Jnana ultimately but this can be considered as my opinion only. The scriptural reference supporting this ...
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Vishnu seducing Jalandhar's wife Vrinda: an act of injustice? Why?

In the meantime Jalandhar went to Parvati disguised as Lord Shiva, but was recognized by her. Being enchanted by the beauty of goddess Parvati, he looked at her with his evil intentions, but was ...
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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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Why animals other than Goat, Chicken and pigs are not given as animal sacrfice?

Goats, roosters and pigs are given as sacrifice to gods. There are also many other animals and birds living but they are not Sacrificed. QUESTION : Why certain animals like Goat, roosters, pigs are ...
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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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Why have six threads after marriage in Yagnopaveetham (Poonal or Janeu)?

As a follow-up to this question, why does the number of threads in Yagnopaveetham increase to six after marriage? Does it also increase with each child born? Are these guidelines present in our ...
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What scriptures describe using Red Arsenic for invisibility?

Adinatha's Khechari Vidya is an early Hatha Yoga text dated to the 15th century. This excerpt from the Khechari Vidya describes various Siddhis or magical powers that can be obtained by a Yogic ...
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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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In Hindu culture, is it mandatory to bathe everyday?

Like the question says, do the scriptures say that we should clean our bodies with water every day? What happens if one forgets or does not feel like showering? is it classified as a sin?
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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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Does Hinduism offer solution for each and every problem of human life?

Like many other I expect Hinduism suggest a way to live life. Is it true? Can we interpret that it also means there are solutions in Hinduism to every problem one can encounter?
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Karma Yoga in Workplace

The Lord in Bhagavad Gita prescribed selfless action or actions where do not expect any rewards. In the modern world every business is financially and goal driven. Even if you do good work it goes ...
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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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Why do women not wear Yagnopaveetham (Janeu or Poonal)?

In this question it is said that the three strands of the poonal signify the debts to parents, teachers and sages. If so, aren't these debts also meant for women? Why is it that women do not wear ...
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Are there any proofs for followed sati pratha in any scripture [duplicate]

In previous days there was something called sati pratha, as per my assumption which is not followed in the current time. As per Hinduism We give respect everything in this universe, So why we ...
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If giving Dana to anyone is adharma then why temples give AnnaDana to anyone?

EXPLANATION : Scriptures oppose giving Dana to those who that does not deserves it. In temples AnnaDana is given to Anyone who comes to the temple. In my personal experience i had seen many people ...