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

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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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What is Hinduism's view on abortion?

What do Hindu scriptures says about abortion ("a deliberate termination of pregnancy")? Was it a sin at some point in the past? If so, why? Have any modern Hindu gurus, like Vivekananda, Ramakrishna ...
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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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How to read Hindu Scriptures

Ok, I understand there are lot of Hindu scriptures. How to read them? I wish to read them for meditation to gain wisdom/knowledge raise positive vibrational energy but most importantly break out ...
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Why it is said if a black cat crosses your path you should not move ahead?

I have been told by my elders if a black cat crosses your path you should not move ahead Can any one shed light on this? Is this a myth or are there any references in Puranas/Scripts or so.
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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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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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Why is camphor shown to deities after archana?

What is the purpose of showing camphor to deities after Archana and Naivedya? Nowadays many big or small temples stopped camphor showing instead they are showing the small lamps fixed in the plate ...
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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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Why do widows wear white sarees after their husband's death?

After the death of a man (husband), the wife (widow) is not allowed to wear bangles, kumkum (sindhur) and is asked to wear white saree & shave her head. Is there any reference for such a practice ...
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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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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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Is tattoing alowed in hinduism?

I love tattoing and I am a devotee of lord krishna. I think whether tattoing god's name on body is a sin as I am a girl? Does hinduism allow tattoing? Is there any notes about tattoing in puranas?
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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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Why is Thiruman Sacred?

What is purpose/reason of using Thiruman katti for making Urdhwapundra or Namam, What is relation of Thiruman to Shriman Narayana? How is it holy clay?
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What is the difference between Sati and Jauhar?

Is Jauhar the same as Sati? If not what is the difference and what is the origin of these terms?
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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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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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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 Sanyasi (संन्यासी) shouldn't stay at a place for Long?

I was going through the below lines from a very famous गुरूचरित्र (Guru Charitra) श्रीगुरु म्हणती शिष्यांसी । तुम्ही आश्रमी संन्यासी । राहूं नये पांच दिवशीं । एके ठायीं वास करीत ॥१६॥ In above ...
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Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi?

Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi? It is practiced in some parts of India (I am not sure about this practice in all parts of India). Is there any story or scriptural basis for this belief ...
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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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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 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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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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Can anybody share details about Ritu Samskara?

As far as I am aware of the Ritu Samskara performed at the onset of menstruation of a girl is usually depended on various local traditions and one may not find any details about it in smritis. Yet, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?

On what days is a haircut or shaving (Kshoura) or a nailcut allowed and on what days is it prohibited? Are they different between sampradayas? Are we allowed to cut hair/beard ourselves? Or should ...
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What is the recommended age for marriage for girls as per Shastra?

I remember reading that girls should be married within the age of 12. The intention of the question is not to incite a debate on the ideal age for marriage in today's world, but to know what our ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism?

What is the significance of flowers in Hinduism? Why are temple decorated with flowers and why are Gods pleased with flowers?
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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.