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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 should a Hindu son do after the death of his father? [duplicate]

I am the youngest son of 3 brothers and my father passed away yesterday. I went to the temple yesterday to seek the help of a pandit for funeral and cremation, when at the temple he mentioned that I ...
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What is the source of "śāntākāraṃ bhujagaśayanaṃ padmanābhaṃ sureśaṃ" sloka of Lord Vishnu?

शान्ताकारं भुजगशयनं पद्मनाभं सुरेशं विश्वाधारं गगनसदृशं मेघवर्ण शुभाङ्गम् । लक्ष्मीकान्तं कमलनयनं योगिभिर्ध्यानगम्यम् वन्दे विष्णुं भवभयहरं सर्वलोकैकनाथम् ॥ śāntākāraṃ bhujagaśayanaṃ padmanābhaṃ ...
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Is it sin to eat non veg in hindu religion.? [duplicate]

I have hindu friend who eats non vegetarian but also a good follower of Lord Krishna. By the term good follower, I mean to say he prays to krishna and sometime goes to temple to attend prayers and ...
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By what prayer Arjuna prayed Lord Shiva while obtaining Pashupatastra?

Lord Shiva provides Pashupatastra to Arjuna as described in this chapter of the Mahabharata. While giving Pasupatastra Lord Shiva states: न त्वेतत् सहसा पार्थ मोक्तव्य पुरुषे कचित् । जगद विनाशयत् ...
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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 do we rely on god so much? [closed]

This question for me is a confusion. Why do we rely on god to get good grades, money or good life? Logically if I have worked hard to earn, I will earn. The only reason that I would talk to god is ...
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What are the benefits of chanting the Shiva Mahimna Strotram?

Pushhpadanta was a Gandharva singer, in the court of Indra{the Lord of Heaven}.It is said that Pushhpadanta composed a prayer praising the greatness of Lord Shiva. This prayer later became well ...
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Mantra Rajapada Stotram

Lord Siva penned this stotram on Lord Narasimha and said that if this is recited in the morning, afternoon and evening with devotion they will attain peace, blissful and healthy life.In total there ...
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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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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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Why do we join our hands in the way we do, when we pray? [duplicate]

Whenever we pray, we tend to keep our hands together. Is there a reason why we do so ??
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Postures of body while worship the god or during prayer?

What is right way to hold the hand while doing the prayer? I found some images from http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-practice/prayer/how-to-pray/ But this blog is too long. Can ...
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Any mantras that are not of Sanskrit origin?

Are there any spells (mantras) in Hinduism which are not in Sanskrit, but in other languages. I came across a mantra in Awadhi dialect of Hindi, it's something about blessings for studying and was ...
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Why are women not allowed to chant the Gayatri mantra?

Many say that girls/women are not supposed to chant the Gayatri mantra. Is there any specific reason for this? Since it is one of the most powerful mantras, would it be good if women also chant the ...
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Relationships between prayers and devotion [duplicate]

What do the Gods do every time? How do they spend their leisure time? Does God watch us everyone and listen to each of our prayers? God's complete satisfaction is the prayers and devotion we ...
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Is cutting vegetables sin according to Sanatana dharma?

Is cutting vegetables treated as sin according to Sanatana dharma? If so, how can one purify oneself of the sin? Is there some sort of prayer or respect one needs to offer the vegetables before we cut ...
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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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Why praying is not a compulsion in Hinduism?

In some religions like Christanity and Islam there are some forced praying time. Christians have to attend mass in weekends (sundays) whereas muslims congregates on fridays in mosques. As far I know ...
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What is the significance of number 40 in forty verse prayer? [duplicate]

Why the prayer contains 40 lines though 1, 11, 21 etc are considered as good in religious work? Is there any significance of number 40 in hindu mythology ? Also which is the first Chalisa(forty verse)...
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What is the power of Narayana Kavacha mantram?

What is the power of the Narayana Kavacha mantram that appears in the Bhagavatham? What is the meaning of this mantram and how do you get the benefits of the mantra?
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What is the formula for immortality ("mrityunjaya mantra")?

I have read somewhere that doing sadhana of mrityunjaya mantra can make a man immortal. If yes, what is the proper sadhana or practice or any other way to make a man immortal?
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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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How do shoes affect prayers? Are they prohibited?

During a trip to Southern India one man was chanting prayers with his (plastic) shoes on, because he was travelling. Some local brahmin strongly reprimanded him for his misconduct and disrespect ...
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What is reverse chanting?

Someone told a priest that he wants to pray in reverse and the priest told him this: You are praying like Om Namah Shivay currently. So you need to pray now Shivay Namah Om. So my question is what ...
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How many types of idols are there in temples? [closed]

We can see a lot of type of idols in different temples. Can we categorized it ? Also how many types of idols are there? Explanation with pictures will be perfect.
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Why is it necessary to burn incense stick while praying?

If you do not light a lamp while doing a prayer and reciting any mantras. But it is necessary to burn an incense stick. This is practised by Buddhist too. Why do we need to do so?
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What is the significance of "Akhanda Deepak" while doing puja?

It is considered very good to have the lamp that we light be lit through out the prayer. During Navratra, the lamp if lit till the end of the 9th day is considered to bring lot of luck, happiness, ...
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Why is it best if we light ghee lamp in the house while praying?

Before starting any prayer it is required that we light a lamp which is made up of oil and cotton wick. But it is considered uttam (best) if ghee (Clarified butter) is used instead of oil. Why is ghee ...
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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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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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