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

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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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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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How should marriages be decided and done according to hinduism? [duplicate]

In hinduism, what things are to be considered for deciding correct match of bride and groom? Also what rituals and practices are needed to be done for the marriage?
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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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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 was Widow re-marriage not tolerated in South India?

Widows had their head shaved and forced into seclusion in South. Why??
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What do Hindu scriptures or Gurus say on How to Introduce Hinduism to Children?

I am aware that this question is more a parenting question. The reason I ask the question is, to me and many young children around me, it was just told that idol worship in a temple is holy and wish-...
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Religious organizations in India that teach Vedas or scriptures with a day job [closed]

For a person wanting to give up material needs, devote to God and study ancient Indian scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads etc.), are there any religious community organizations in India where he could also ...
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Nyasam for lord vishnu or narayana

Is there nyasam or nyasa prayoga for lord vishnu or narayana similar to mahanyasam for lord Rudra/Shiva ?
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Why low-caste people are not allowed inside some temples and homes?

In most temples and homes, especially in villages, low-caste people are not allowed. These regulations are being followed for thousands of years now. What is the reason behind such practice? What do ...
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What is equivalent of Santhara(Sallekhanā) in Hinduism?

There is a concept of Santhara(Sallekhanā or Sanyasana-marana) in Jain community. It is the last vow prescribed by the Jain ethical code of conduct.The vow of sallekhanā is observed by the Jain ...
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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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Why Dakshina is given to Guru?

In ancient Gurukula System after the education, the students are required to give Guru Dakshina to their respective Guru. Why is this practice when we have stayed with the master and served him all ...
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Who are Ashta Dikpalakas? what is their job?

What are the duties & responsibilities of Ashta Dikpalakas? Are they considered gods/demigods? Can they be worshiped for any specific purpose? Why are Ūrdhvā & Adho dikpalakas are not ...
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I live in North America - how can I live a pious life? [closed]

Please, reveal to me the scriptures that can teach me to live in the way most holy, no matter where we live on earth. What practises shall I undertake. I love life and God, but I know my actions are ...
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Is naam japa better than mantra japa in kaliyuga?

It is said by some that in kaliyuga, naam japa is the only means of salvation. Even if we ignore this extreme position, does it imply that naam japa is definitely better than mantra japa in kaliyuga ?...
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After dying, why are Saints buried instead of burning? [duplicate]

According to Hinduism, a dead person's body is supposed to be cremated and no memorial should be erected over it. On the contrary, the body of a dead saint is buried and a memorial (i.e., Brindavan) ...
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Significance of Bomma Golu

Bomma Golu(or Kolu) is a doll display festival celebrated during the festival of Navratri in Southern India. What is the history and significance of such a unique practice (that too only in south ...
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Can anyone tell me the six kinds of renunciation described in Hindu scripture?

What are the six kinds of renunciation that are mentioned in the Vedas or other Hindu scriptures?
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Why do we keep saying “rama naam satya” while carrying a dead body for funeral?

Why do we only say about the Rama naam during the funeral though we have various gods in hinduism. Is there any specific story behind this? I've never heard anyone pronouncing the names of lord ...
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How common is it to combine aupAsana and vaishvadeva oblations in a single homa sitting?

AupAsana and vaishvadeva are two nitya-karma-s which involve fire oblations according to various gRhyasUtra-s. How common is it for people to do it in a single sitting, without separate pUrvAnga-s (...
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Do any scriptures prohibit charitable giving in Devaloka?

As I discuss in this answer, the Kedara Kanda of the Skanda Purana describes Mahabali's previous birth as a gambler who was a sinner all his life. Before he dies, the gambler accidentally makes an ...
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How do I control and slay indriyas (senses)?

I've recently read the 3rd chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. At the end, the following is said to get control over the indriyas (senses): इन्द्रियाणि मनो बुद्धिरस्याधिष्ठानमुच्यते । एतैर्विमोहयत्येष ...
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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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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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Why people are named after Shantanu?

Before anyone flag this post as duplicate of why-gods-name-to-people let me clarify that this question is specific to name Shantanu and I am not asking why people name their kids with Hindu God's ...
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Does Hinduism define superstition?

Hinduism, at least the modern version, is often called democratic contrasting with the popular Abrahamic religions, whose monotheistic and scriptures based aspects are well known. The nature of the ...
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Should we perform Kesh-Mundan for 13 months old girl child

Is performing the Kesh-Mundan of a 13 months old girl child in accordance with the Hindu religion and scriptures? We follow the south Indian traditions from Karnataka.
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Why Lord Narasimha is worshipped during pradosha timings

During Pradosha timings 4:30 to 6 PM on Trayodasi thithi, in case of vaishnavites why Lord Narasimha is worshipped and what is the significance of this?
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Meaning of Sadhana , Tapasya and Yoga (साधना ,तपस्या & योग)?

In spiritual practices of Hinduism or Adhyatma ,We often hear these three words -: 1) Sadhana 2) Tapasya 3) Yoga. My questions are -: 1) Are these terms similar or related to each other? 2) ...
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What daily routines should be followed in a Hindu's life?

There are many rituals and practices in everyday life of Hindus. There will be slight variations according to the regions. Even though there are some common practices to be followed by everyone. What ...
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What is the relationship between Hinduism and atheism?

I have recently read somewhere that atheism is the pillar of Hinduism. If Hindus don't believe in God then why do they worship Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Kali etc.? Is atheism followed by all Hindus ...
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What is the name of the mudra which is used in upasthaanam portion of maadhyanika sandhyavandhanam?

While performing Sandhyavandanam during noon, a particular mudra is used in the upasthaanam part to see the sun. An exhaustive list of mudras are given at MudraGuide.com but it does not cover the one ...
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Shri Krishna arpan mastu [duplicate]

Why at end of all rituals and prayers we chant श्री कृष्ण अर्पण अस्तु (Sri Krishna arpan mastu)? Can Rama or Shiva names replace Krishna's name? From which scripture is this phrase taken?
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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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Why is it forbidden to marry a person with the same Gotra?

In Hinduism, why is it forbidden to marry a person with the same Gotra? Is it mentioned in the scriptures somewhere? Does it make sense to overlook the restrictions in today's world?
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How to purify one's speech?

How can one purify speech? Speech or tongue is part of indriyas and mother Saraswati is the owner of it. So, how to purify one's speech?
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Is it the feeling of insecurity that induces the feeling of getting god on to one's body?

I have seen people who get poonakam also called convulsion in medical terminology. This is usually seen during festivals of Grama Devatas in villages where the Devata manifests in ordinary people. ...
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What is a Shivling? [duplicate]

As far as I know and understand, the Sanskrit word "lingam" लिन्गम् means the genital organ of a human or an animal. Is the Shivling the same thing? If this is so, what is the significance behind ...
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What is the significance of odd numbers in Hinduism?

There seems to be a special preference given to odd numbers in Hinduism. For instance: The ahutis in yagnas are always odd. Tradition of feeding 11 Brahamins. Tradition of feeding 9 young girls in ...
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What is the significance of practicing silence?

How practice of mounam/silence helps a in spiritual level enhancement of sadhak? What does our vedic texts say about its practice & benefits? Can we break the silence when truly necessary if not ...
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Why did Hindus practice untouchability?

In various sub-castes, people used to practice untouchability i.e., some of the people who were considered lower castes, for example, sweepers, cleaners, etc. were ignored, and there were rules such ...
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Why do some hindu men wear black strings around their waists?

Why do some hindu men wear black strings around their waists? Even i do, but i don't know the significance of it.
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What is pratyancha/bowstring made of?

In the Ashvalayana Ghriya Sutra, during a munja of a Kshatriya it is dictated that the munja/girdle should be made out of a bowstring. Since it was written when Kshatriyas or solders used bows and ...
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Can I get a mundan and Janeo at 33 years of age? [closed]

I think I should add some context to this. I like in Austin, Texas. My parents moved to USA in the mid 70s. My younger brother and I were born here. My parents have not been the best when it came to ...
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Diametrically opposite views on important spiritual practices

I find some diametrically opposite views on important spiritual practices. It is said that the exact pronunciation of a mantra is very important, yet some pronounce the most famous mantra as OM, ...
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How to convince ourself of the presence of Lord?

This is an era of science in which humans are everything. All the stuff we heard about god is only in the books and there is no proof of god (if there is, then I don't know about it). At a time like ...
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Is cutting vegetables sin according to Sanatana dharma?

Is cutting vegetables treated as sin according to Sanatana dharma? If so, how can one purify oneself of the sin? Is there some sort of prayer or respect one needs to offer the vegetables before we cut ...
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What does painting on an elephant's face in religious events signify?

Often times I have seen many Hindu based gatherings via the internet where live elephants are involved. One thing I have seen is a sort of paint creating a very beautiful design on the elephant's face....
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How does one practice contentment?

Contentment (santosha) is one of the five niyamas in yoga. How does one actively practice contentment? Is it through meditation on certain feelings or something else? The other niyamas (cleanliness, ...