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

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Why Tulsi water is provided as theertha in temples?

As we all know, in Hindu Temples, after the Mangalarti has been done, priest will start serving the theertha which is a Tulsi water. Why is it served in all the temples? Also sometimes they serve milk ...
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Can we pluck Tulasi leaf on Ekadashi [duplicate]

Some people say it is not advisable to pluck Tulasi leaf on Ekadashi. Is there any specific reason for this?
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what is Nadi Astrology(nāḍi jyotiṣa) in Hindu astrology

What is nadi jyotish(nāḍi jyotiṣa) in Hindu astrology? How much the predictions exactly true? Does anyone have any idea about that temple's name ? How nadi jyotish is different from kundli?
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Do Indian parents teach to their kids what it means to be Hindu?

What mechanisms are in place in Indian Hindu families for upbringing kids with a good understanding of what is Hinduism, and what is the "way of life" it represents that one should follow to have a ...
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Why do many Hindu women put a red dot near the middle of their forehead?

Why do many Hindu women put a red dot(Bindi) near the middle of their forehead? What is the reason behind it? Is there any benefit of Dot(Bindi)?
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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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Is attaining desirelessness state equivalent to Samadhi?

Is attaining desirelessness state equivalent to Samadhi? Also, the three common states of consciousness are: waking consciousness dreaming dreamless sleep Can someone stay in both states of waking ...
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How should one eat?

Eating a meal takes a considerable amount of time. After one offers the meal to God, there is still a lot of time spent eating the meal. My mind wanders and thinks about many different things while ...
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What is the Importance of bride kicking grain bowl while entering in-laws house?

Is it also practiced in new house opening ceremony? What does this act signify? Isn't it dosha towards Annapurna?
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How to understand solar and lunar eclipse? [closed]

Are there any elements/materials which remain unaffected by the eclipse? Why do we put dharba/dried grass on eatables? Why & how they remain unaffected/unperished by the protection of dharba. I ...
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How did Yoga develop into a religious practice?

I find that yoga is one of the most relaxing and powerful activities I can do for myself, yet how exactly did yoga become yoga?
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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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When was “Adhik Maas” added to the Hindu calendar?

Since the Hindu calendar is based on the lunar calendar, there is a difference of 11 days between the earth year and the lunar year. It is a fact that the solar year is made up of 365 days and about ...
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Is bathing required if puja is done in the evening?

Typically we bathe in the morning, go to work and come back home in the evening and plan to do Puja. However, it may not be possible to bathe in the evening for reasons like health, timing, water ...
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What exactly happens to Prarabhdha karma while performing “Yoganidra” in Meditation?

I came across a term "Yoganidra" in one of spiritual book. And I came to know that "Yoganidra" can experience during Meditation. My questions are: What is the meaning of "Yoganidra"? Are there any ...
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What are the best days to do fasting?

As a continuation to this question, What is the best day for fasting? As a techie I can comfortably fast only on weekends! So, can I do fasting on any day where I get less work? Are there any best ...
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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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What is the significance of number 40 in forty verse prayer? [duplicate]

Why the prayer contains 40 lines though 1, 11, 21 etc are considered as good in religious work? Is there any significance of number 40 in hindu mythology ? Also which is the first Chalisa(forty verse)...
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What is the importance of Brahmacharya (Celibacy) in Hinduism?

Many saints and yogis practice Brahmacharya(Celibacy) for whole life. What are the benefits of Brahmacharya and how important is this practice according to Sanathana Dharma? What are the rules to be ...
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what is the significance of lighting camphor infront of god? [duplicate]

In Hinduism, we light camphor to the God statues in the temples. what is the symbol of that. In addition, we also give aarati. What exactly is it mean , and why must one do it?
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What is the purpose of Shadari in a temple? [duplicate]

I have heard that the Shadari is a symbolism of God's feet (patham) and he blesses you when it is kept over your head. I am not certain if this is correct, if someone could explain in detail it would ...
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What is the significance of pan and supari in yagna?

In northern India whenever we perform any yagna we keep the pan, supari, batasha at the base of the havan kunda and then start the yagna. Although in various other ritual performances we use pan and ...
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What is the significance of facing East?

When I was brought up, I was told to face East when starting some new task or while doing prayers or chanting mantras. My guess is that it might have come out of ancient sun(Surya) worship as sun ...