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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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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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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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Number of times any Vedic mantra or a chalisa that should be repeated to worship maa Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesh ,hanuman etc?

Is there any specific number of times , mentioned by any scriptures , which a common householder might chant for a successful worship of the deity ? Specifically how many times should one chant any ...
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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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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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Does god really accept our prayers despite our wandering mind, our desires, pleasure seeking intentions and praying just for the wish to be fulfilled?

I actually am perplexed by consuming information from various sources and would like to put it out in words now. I fall in an endless mind chatter when thinking about my prayers and god fulfilling ...
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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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Consequences of creating obstacles during sacred rituals

It is common in many cases people chit-chat while the rituals are taking place. Also, some wicked minded create obstacles to sacred acts. What are the consequences of creating obstacles or disturbing ...
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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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Is there a tradition that recitations of Krishna-Bhagavatam should last exactly one week?

According to Bard the Google AI engine: Bhagavata Saptaham is a seven-day religious discourse on the Srimad Bhagavatam, one of the eighteen major Hindu Puranas. It is a popular tradition in Hinduism, ...
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Is there any specific prayer (or mantra) to recite before eating food? [duplicate]

We see in other religions that prayer after food is best, so is there any such in Hinduism? And if so, what is that particular Mantra or prayer?
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What is the meaning of Sachidanand?

What is the meaning of Sachidanand? What does the word "Sachidanand mean? I think the word can be broken into - Sat + Chit + Anand. Does it have some relation with Brahmha (Sat) , Chit (Vishnu) ...
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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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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

A fella gave me an idea about translating Hindu texts to Chinese and others for preaching. Chinese chanting mantras in their native Chinese. Does Hinduism allow or recommend this practice? E.g., this ...
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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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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 there any way to fulfill a wish?

I want to know if there is any way to fulfill a wish per Hindu scripture. I've seen people saying on the Internet saying that chanting a certain mantra for a specific number of times (10 times, 108 ...
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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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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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'White lotus' referred to in sikshastakam

In the sikshastakam, the word karaiva is translated into English as "white lotus". I am curious to know the specific, scientific name of the actual karaiva. It's significant for this: ...
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What is the best shloka for worship of Surya Deva?

I look for a shloka that I can chant throughout the day, for worship of Surya Deva (Aditya Hridayam is too long). Can someone recommend any?
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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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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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What is the significance of facing East?

When I was brought up, I was told to face East when starting some new task or while doing prayers or chanting mantras. My guess is that it might have come out of ancient sun (Surya) worship as sun ...
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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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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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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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What is the unique call to prayer in Sanaatana Dharma?

Sanaatana Dharma says God (Ishwara) is only one. So what is the unique call to prayer in Sanaatana Dharma to praise Ishwara? Just Like Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer Barechu, the Jewish call to ...
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Mantras, Prayer for Health?

Are there any Mantra, prayer for Good Health of Eyes, Ear, Body_Parts, overall good-health, good nutrition of Body.. I tried to search, but all I could find was Mantras for Long life.. What is the ...
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What does 'Kokanastha' mean here and meaning of shloka?

॥ शनीची प्रार्थना |। कोकणस्थ: पिंगलो ब्रभु: कृष्णो रौद्रौडन्तको यम: । सौरि: शनैश्वरो मन्द: पिप्पलादेन संस्तुतः ॥ १ ॥ नमस्ते कोकणस्थाय पिंगलाय नमोस्तुते। नमस्ते बश्लुरुपाय कृष्णाय च नमोःस्तु ते ॥२॥ I ...
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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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Soil for Maa Durga puja

Like many other Hindu pujas (prayers), the Maa Durga puja is celebrated by creating an idol for her. But, even though I saw it happen in many movies (Devas, Aanand), I never understood why the soil ...
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Does God help only if Punya deposit is available?

There are several incidents in scriptures where God/nature helps immediately in case of any danger or panic situation if one prays for help. I can provide three such examples from Mahabharata: #1: ...
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Prayer with Sree Lakshmi Ganapathi instead of Sree Ganapathi and Sree Lakshmi

At home, I am praying with Sree Lakshmi Ganapathi god in idol form instead of praying Sree Ganapathi and Sree Lakshmi goddess in idol form. Is it correct? or is it recommended to keep the idol of Sree ...
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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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Why oil is offered to Lord Hanuman on Saturday?

If you visit Hanuman temple especially on Saturdays, we see a number of devotees offer oil (especially gingili oil). Why oil is offered to Lord Hanuman
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Mantras/prayers to be chanted by parent for the well being of children

Are there any mantras/stotras that a parent can chant for the well being (health/wisdom/ long life etc) of their children?
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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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Are there any deity names that end in -us/ur or -is/ir

See this for reference: https://ubcsanskrit.ca/lesson9/nouns-as-is-us.html I've never com across any and I find it weird.
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Significance of Gayathri Mantra

What is the significance of Gayathri Mantra? On what occasions is this Mantra used? Also, what is the meaning of the Gayathri Mantra? Will be grateful for an explanation.
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Maa Tara Tarapith prayers and chants in Sanskrit

i would like to ask if someone knows some chants or prayers to worship Tarapith Maa Tara , if possible transliterated into english (not translated). Thank you in advance
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While Datta Guru name abusive words in rhythm of word Dutta appears in mind. How should I overcome that? [closed]

I recently started chanting Jai Guru Datta however during chanting words in rhythm of Dutta and which are abusive starts appearing in brain, hence I stopped chanting. What will be effect of such ...
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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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Prayer on Kala(time) and Savitar(speed)?

Who is God of Time, and any Mantra or Prayer, stotra anything related to Time aspect.. or for God of Time or Kala and Savitar (god of speed) Kala Bhairava is manifestation of Shiva in the form of ...
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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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Prayer for Kala(time) or God of Time? [duplicate]

Who is God of Time, and any Mantra or Prayer related to Time aspect.. or for God of Time