Questions tagged [prayaschitta]

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Did Parashurama perform any expiation for killing his mother?

We know that Parashurama killed his mother Renuka on the command of his father Jamadagni as Pitruvakya Paripalana (following father's words obediently). After doing this, his father offered a boon. ...
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What is expiation for breaking Hanuman vrat?

What if we accidentally break the mangalvar Hanumaan vrat by the way of eating some sweets? How can we ask for forgiveness or is it an unforgiving act?
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Do expiation(prayaschitta) in scriptures work for a person who do sin with the help of the corresponding expiation?

Scriptures in Hinduism contains expiations for sins. If a human intentionally does a sin, with support (knowledge) of corresponding expiation, and then performs expiation. Then does the expiation ...
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Bramhatya dosh and it's remedies [duplicate]

My question is regarding to the remedies for the bramhatya dosh in a kundali, when shani and jupiter see one and another.
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What prayaschitta can be done when last rites are not performed for the departed soul?

My grandmother who was 85 expired today. She had no sons, only a daughter (my mother) and as my mother's health is not good relatives and others said she should not do any last rites. Neither can my ...
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What is the expiation for saying lie(s)?

Truthfulness is highly encouraged and mandatory in Hinduism. If a person told lie(s) in past and want to be truthful in future and want to nullify his sins in past due to the untruthful nature. ...
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What is Virahatya (Killing of a hero)?

Here is what the Manusmriti 11.41 says: If a Brāhmaṇa who has set up the fires neglects them wilfully, he shall perform the ‘Cāndrāyaṇa’ penance for a month; as his offence is equal to the ...
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What are the Prajapatya, Chandrayana, and Krcchra penances?

The Dharmashastras prescribe various penances such as the Prajapatya, Chandrayana, and Krccha penances. For example, here is a verse from the Manusmriti: On having had intercourse with one’s ...
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How did lord Rama perform penance for Ravana after killing him?

In this video, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudeva says that Shri Rama performed 1 year penance in Himalayas for killing Ravana, who was a great devotee of lord Shiva. Is it true? If yes, then how did he do ...
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How to reconcile prāyaścitta (expiation) involving death with suicide (itself a big sin)?

A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, shall drink wine red-hot; he becomes freed from his guilt, when his body has been completely burnt by it. — (90) (Manusmriti verse 11....
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Do farmers have the right to kill pests?

To control caterpillars, thrips, mites and whiteflies, farmers use insecticides and kill a large number of these insects. It is in fact necessary to use these pesticides, otherwise crops will not ...
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What are the recommended remedies for childless couples who are eager?

I am very sure and believe that the previous birth sins will follow a person in the next birth. Hence, due to sins committed in the previous births, some of the couples don't have children in this ...
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Why do Brahmacharis who break the vow of celibacy need to sacrifice a donkey as atonement?

From Apastamba Dharma Sutras 1.9.26.8: A [student] who has broken the vow of chastity, shall offer to Nirṛiti an ass, according to the manner of the Pāka-yajña-rites. This same Prayaschitta is ...
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What is the prayaschitta for chanting the Gayatri Mantra without initiation?

Do scriptures mention any sort of prayaschitta for people who have chanted the Gayatri Mantra without initiation?
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How to recover from lost caste status after crossing an ocean?

Based on what I know, the most loss of Hindutva that can happen is loss of caste (which would include the right to cremate one's parents), for example for crossing the ocean. From here: Baudhayana ...
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Why is food smelt by a cow impure when cow's dung and urine is used for purification rites?

Manu-smṛti 5.123: पक्षिजग्धं गवा घ्रातमवधूतमवक्षुतम् । दूषितं केशकीटैश्च मृत्प्रक्षेपेण शुध्यति ॥ १२३ ॥ pakṣijagdhaṃ gavā ghrātamavadhūtamavakṣutam | dūṣitaṃ keśakīṭaiśca ...
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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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What is the prayaschitta for failing to keep an Ekadashi fast?

Is there any prayaschitta for not carrying out an Ekadashi fast in the scriptures?
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Who is the Rishi who cut off his own hands for stealing?

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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Can a son of a Vratya initiate?

According to the Manusmriti, a Vratya is one who has not undergone upanayana (initiation) within the prescribed time limits of respective varnas and hence a Vratya becomes an outcaste. This is ...
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forgiveness after understanding [duplicate]

If someone vow to do this when she get this. And after vowing she came to know that after getting fulfil her wish she can't be able to fulfill her vow. So what she can do?Can she fulfill her vow ...
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How can a man completely get relieved of curses and sins?

How can a man completely get relieved of curses and sins he committed during his earthly life? Please quote from Hindu scriptures instead of vague answers.