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What is the procedure for removing "powerful/energetic" materials from home?

If someone brought powerful materials like sri chakra, yantras, and salagramas and kept them in their home. Then they should pray to them with special procedures. If they don't offer special worship ...
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Prayer for Trideva along with Tridevi?

Prayer for Trideva along with Tridevi: गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुःसाक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नम: ॥ This Prayer, Mantra has Trideva only, any verse which has both ...
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Does god listen to our prayers when we talk to him?

When we pray to god (Bhagwan), does he listen to our prayers ? Does he listen to us when we talk to him ? Does he understand any language in which we talk to him ? Or Only Sanskrit ? Is is necessary ...
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Is flag salutation of temple is equal to Statue (Idol) salutation?

We used to do salutations (Pranama) to god's idol and do prayer front of it in temple. But what if someone unable to go into temple due any reason and do salutation(Pranama) to flag(Dhawja) hoisted ...
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What traits should a devotee have in order to meet the divine?

Per scripture, what traits should a devotee have in order to meet the divine? How should a real devotee be? What are the traits needed for a devotee to make his worshipped deity appear before him?
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How different is a mantra from a prayer?

Whenever we try to think of God, mantra, prayer etc are the things which come to our mind. I was trying to understand how is a mantra different than a normal prayer ? If we consider a mantra it is ...
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Ishta Devta vs Upasana Devta

Namaskar, Both those terms are very new to me. I tried searching this up, but couldn't get much answers. Appreciate if my doubts below could be clarified. Are both the same and if not, how do they ...
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Who wrote शुभम करोति कल्याणम?

There is a very famous prayer, in Maharashtra (and maybe in other parts of India too) which goes like below, शुभं करोति कल्याणम आरोग्यं धनसंपदा । शत्रुबुद्धि विनाशाय दीपज्योति नमोsस्तुते । Usually, ...
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Stotra and mantra reciting positions: sitting at one place or otherwise?

I have had this doubt for ages about the best way to get the benefits of the stotras and the mantras that we recite. But is it necessary to sit down at a place and recite them both or can we do our ...
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Are the titled prayers/mantras in the Samhita parts of the Vedas self contained?

Are the prayers/mantras in the Samhita parts of the Vedas self-contained or do they flow into each other? I'm mostly asking because the Vedas occasionally say "they said" and since Sanskrit ...
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Vedanta and prayer

Is praying, and asking a God for things, useful/beneficial in advaita védanta? Since Isvara is considered to be only conceptually true, and ultimately non-existent, can he really be helpful?
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How to have faith and devotion again?

I have become attached to all forbidden things rather than praying and worshiping. How do I free myself of all hindrances to my faith and devotion?
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What is the reason for whispering a wish in God's ear?

We often see people whispering in a deity's ear like in the image below: Normally, when we visit the temple we simply close our eyes and pray or tell our wish to God. But some people do the above ...
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Can we recite only Sri Venkatesha Prapatti daily?

Usually Sri Venkatesha Suprabhaatam, Venkatesha Stotram, Venkatesh Prapatti and Venkatesha Mangalaashaasanam are recited together traditionally. Can we recite only Sri Venkatesha Prapatti daily? Thank ...
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Can we chant the Hanuman Chalisa outside of the temple?

I have taken up chanting Hanuman Chalisa during my daily puja and have been doing it for some time now. But recently I came across an article that says, to never chant Hanuman Chalisa anywhere else ...
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Can you pray to Vedic gods without doing yajña

Can you pray to gods like Indra, Agni, Varuna without doing a yajña? Just praying to them in mind, chanting mantras in mind or saying prayers in mind in languages other than sanskrit. Is it possible?
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If God is Samadarshi do prayers have any result?

The Bhagavat Gita says, God is samadarshi - meaning impartial/or seeing everyone with equal vision. If He is seeing everyone equally, then what is the need of praying? How can prayers, for example ...
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Who should I pray to?

If I have a speech to give tomorrow, who should I pray to? How should I pray to them? For luck, for confidence, for remembering? I really need to do well.
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Where does this mantra come from?

This is a fairly well-known verse that's recited before bed to ensure good sleep: रामं स्कन्धं हनुमन्तं वैनतेयं वृकोदरं | शयने यः स्मरेन्नित्यम् दुस्वप्न-स्तस्यनश्यति ‖ rāmaṃ skandhaṃ hanumantaṃ ...
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What are the "Ira" flowers?

Verses 693-704 of the Nilamata Purana: A nymph named Ira, employed by Visvavasu, was formerly cursed by Sakra (and) was exiled from the assembly of the gods. She attained the state of being a plant ...
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Is it true we cannot change the minds of the Gods?

Is it true that we cannot change the minds of the Gods, and that we cannot change their plans? I assume it is true that we cannot change them, but I'm asking to see if there are any scriptures or ...
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Worshipping other Gods other than IsthaDeva

Is it okay to pray other Gods other than Istha Deva? My Grandmother used to say that we should pray only one God. What does that purans and scriptures say? Wouldn't the IsthaDeva get angry on ...
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Can prayers manifest a wish? Is there any significance to prayer according to hinduism

Do prayers hold any real benefit and significance with respect to the karmic functioning of the universe. Can communal prayers i.e. numerous people praying or asking for something manifest a wish?
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Do the scriptures mention any prayer as a sure shot way to fulfill one's desires in a specified period of time?

If yes, which prayer/ritual is this and how is it performed?
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Is there any scriptural precedent for praying in the second person (using "you")? Is this from outside Hinduism?

In modern times, when people pray, they do it overwhelmingly in the second person. In scriptures, however, the third person (or no person) is overwhelmingly the person the prayers are in, and I have ...
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Which gods are Vaishnavas allowed to pray to or worship?

Vaishnavas believe that Lord Vishnu is supreme hence they are discouraged from worshipping other gods like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, etc. But what about the associates of Vishnu like Sudarshana chakra, ...
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Why do we give shankha dhwani at the beginning of the pray?

What are the important rules to follow up if we keep a shankha at home? What can we do/get from a shankha?
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Can we tonsure remotely and send hair to Tirupati?

Can we tonsure the head in Bangalore and offer (send) the hair in prayer to Tirupathi if we are unable to visit Tirupathi immediately ? Where to contact in Bangalore ?
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When we worship a deva, what are we worshipping?

When we perform a ritual invoking the name of a deva, are we worshipping the person holding the office of the deva, or the office itself? For example, when we invoke Chandra in a ritual, are we ...
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How is praying different from begging?

Beggars always ask for something without giving any goods or services in return. Thats why they are often despised. However, when we pray to God, we often make requests without giving anything in ...
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