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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Who would be most responsible for realigning my perception so that I can be more grateful? [closed]

Would it be Ganesh? Who would be more interested in keeping people happy, or who helps us find answers? Feeling grateful for many of my hardships and want to learn more about these forces.
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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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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 scriptures record changes in the practice of Hinduism?

Ancient linguists recorded changes in Sanskrit, while simultaneously holding on to "eternal Sanskrit" theology. Similarly, practices like Ashwamedha Yagna seem to have been conducted in the past but ...
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What are days I can have an oil massage (abhyangana snana) on head or on body?

There is already a question about Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?. So, I want to know the days I can take an oil massage (otherwise called as Abhyangana snana) ...
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What are the other ways of giving birth to children (or full-fledged adults) in Hindu scriptures?

We have the famous children of Kunti that were born to Kunti and gods. In fact it is hard to think of famous Hindu religious figures in ancient times that were born through normal means. Apart from ...
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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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Why does Hindus add “Darbha Grass” to every food during moon eclipse?

Today is Moon Eclipse, so my mother added "Darbha Grass" to every food. Why so? Why Hindus add "Darbha Grass" to every food during moon eclipse?
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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 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 Shakta-like Shaivite sect did Adi Shankaracharya defeat in a debate?

This excerpt from the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya, the traditional biography of Adi Shankaracharya, describes the beginning of Adi Shankaracharya's tour of India: Now Acharya Shankara, along with ...
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How many types of Achara or Acharana are there?

I think Sadachar, Durachar etc. are parts of Acharas or Acharana. I don't know them all. I would like to know, How many types of Achara are there? How are they described in scriptures? I will be ...
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What are the names of 8 Prahars of a day?

Many villagers do Naama Sankirtana in their villages, decorating a Naama Mandapa and performs the Naama Sankirtana very pleasantly for 24 hours = Ashtha Prahari (1 Prahari = 3 hrs). So a full day is ...
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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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Why is sadaari not placed for new borns?

Why sadaari is not placed for new borns? Eager to know the reason.
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Is shaving or hair cutting not allowed for both the father and his children on the same day?

Is shaving or hair cutting not allowed for both father and his children on the same day? Any reason? Related
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What do scriptures say about silk?

Silk is worn by many in Hindu rituals and ceremonies. Is it neccesary to wear it? Do scriptures talk about silk? Is there any alternative from wearing silk in rituals and ceremonies? Since, silk ...
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The way we are praying God is it correct? [closed]

I am not an Atheist. After reading Bhavath Geetha, I thought of spreading these wonderful things to my friends. But the problem with our generation is they seek scientific reasoning. So I researched ...
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Was one of Uyyakondar's shishyas a relative of Nathamuni?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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Which Vishnu temples do Thailakappu at irregular times?

I'm currently visiting India, and I'm trying to visit as many Vishnu temples as possible. Unfortunately I'm being stymied in some places, for the following reason. Some time in the December-January ...
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Do children get contaminated by touching menstruating women?

Do children get contaminated by touching mother while she is in menstruation? If a mother is in isolation but the child comes and touches her, again goes and touch other persons, will it contaminate ...
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Is it true that positive energy resides at the main entrance [door] of a house?

I heard that the positive energy resides in the main entrance door of the house and obviously I am doing the Pooja and showing Agarbathi (incense) lights to the door entrance. (I saw my parents doing ...
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What is tapasya? How it is done? Are Samadhi ,Sadhana and Tapasya the same thing? [duplicate]

Many asuras , rishis and devtas is said to have performed tapasyas for several hundred years to please and get boons from other gods .Parvati also did tapasya as brahmacharini for several hundred ...
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Is it true? chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

Is it true that chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect? Is it called Aajapa mantra?
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What is the prayaschitta (atonement) for a Brahmin for accidentally killing a cat?

Suppose, a Brahmin accidentally kills a cat. What is the prayaschitta for this act?
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Is it a sin for a girl if she marries after puberty?

I have heard from some people that scriptures sanction marriage for girls before puberty. Some people also say that it is sinful for a girl to marry after puberty and that such girls should atone for ...
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Is chanting without concentration effective?

Sometimes I chant the name of Lord Rama without concentration absentmindedly. Is this form of chanting effective?
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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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Praying original mantra vs praying with the meaning of mantra in different languages [duplicate]

Does praying or worshipping with the meanings of Mantras (or translation) in other languages give an equivalent results? For example praying the original Gayatri Mantra and praying it's meaning in ...
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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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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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Why namaskara with open hands in panchakaccha?

Why open hands in panchakaccha and crossed hands in datti while doing gothrabhivadana? Datti is just rounding of dhoti without panchakaccha.
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Is it written in our Shastras about abstinence from some acts on certain days

I understand that most of the practices that are followed in the society have some or the other reasons. Like it is very popular belief in Hindu tradition not to purchase Oil and Salt on Saturdays, ...
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Why Mundan (Chudakarma) is done in first and third year of life in Hindusim?

Why first hair removal for kids is done at age of 1st and 3rd year and some places they do in 2nd year? Which one is more appropriate and why?
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Is it necessary to practice rituals to attain God?

I strongly believe in God, and I pray and thank him from the deepest of my heart for this life and all good things he has done to me. Isn't it enough to attain him ?
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What exactly is explanation of Hindus when they perform idol worship? [duplicate]

Is it they worship, the power inside idols. They use it as a point of concentration. Only a representation. God is present in idol. 4th option included after reading question here. What is the ...
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What is the overall take of Hinduism on menstruation?

One of the debated topic related to Hinduism is menstruation and related matters. There are some texts including smritis which seem to depict menstruation with antipathy. In some of the regions 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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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 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 ...