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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is Shakha-Bhed marriage prohibited? If yes then explain

Is Shakha-Bhed (inter-Shakha) marriage prohibited? If yes, then explain why and where is it mentioned? Can a Rigvedi Brahmin marry a Yajurvedi Brahmin?
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What is the reason behind considering number 12 as special?

Purna Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years. It is also believed that spiritual progress happens in practitioners in the cycle of 12 years i.e., it takes 12 years of disciplined practice to change ...
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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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Did the Samkhya school believe that destroying plants in Yagnas is a sin?

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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Did the Samkhya school believe that animal sacrifice is an easily remedied sin?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If a Brahmin doesn't perform duties as per his varna, is he still called as brahmin?

Normal duties of Brahmana varna are waking up early morning, learning and chanting Vedas, etc, But if a Brahmin doesn't perform these duties, is he still respected like other brahmins who perform ...
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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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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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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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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 don't husbands change their dress code after wife's death like the women who wear white saree after husband's death?

Wife at the time of husbands death wear white saree and does not put Kunkumam on her forehead. She also does not participate in certain functions and seeing her is considered as a Bad Omen. Husbands ...
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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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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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Which mantra or shloka to be chanted while taking a bath?

In Hinduism, there is importance of taking bath before doing rituals, and an important part of ritual purification in Hinduism is the bathing of the entire body. It is considered auspicious to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do Sri Vaishnavas believe you should not eat food in the presence of others?

The famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya was once asked by his shishya Vangipuram Nambi what the obstacles to Moksha are. In response, he gave a list of 83 obstacles to Moksha, known as the ...
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What was the true reason behind the practice of Child Marriage?

In our country Child marriages were done in Hinduism at Large Level and still continuing in a small level. Many people were against this child marriage with scientific basis that it is Bad and was ...
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What is Dīkṣā (दीक्षा)?

I've found this basic definition of Dīkṣā though I don't know in which scripture it appears - svarupasambodhadanatmako bhedamayabandha-ksapanalaksanasca sarhskaravisesah i.e. Dikshā is a ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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 ...