Questions tagged [rituals]

For questions about customs and traditions in Hinduism (called "Karma kand", as opposed to "Gyana kand", which refers to the philosophical aspects of Hinduism).

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What is the Vedic ritual for Bhumi Puja of Mandir?

Recently the historic Bhumi Puja for Ram Mandir was conducted at Ayodhya, after at least 1000 years. Which scripture details the exact method for doing Bhumi Puja, especially for that of a Mandir? Is ...
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Why is the month of Aadi considered auspicious for the Goddess Parvati (Ambaal)?

The month of Aadi in the Tamil calendar is considered particularly auspicious for the Goddess Parvati, i.e. Ambaal. Why is this so? (In case it matters, my perspective comes from that of a Tamil ...
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Is it mandatory to shave beard also along with head

After someone's demise, I know family member's go through a ritual where they shave off their head but I heard a new thing from my house Pandit Ji, he said now it is mandatory to shave beard also, ...
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Can married couples climb hills in first six months after marriage?

Is there any restriction in Hinduism that newly married couples should not climb hills for the first six months after their marriage?
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Mantras while cooking

There are mantras to be recited and practice like Annashuddhi/parishechanam before eating. But are there any mantras to be recited before/while/after cooking to bless the food? Are there some ...
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How to re-energize gemstones? [closed]

I want to know the procedure of re-energizing the gemstones. We wear them for long time so should we re-energize them from time to time? If so then how should we do that?
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What is the age at which a child can be cremated instead of being buried or attend a funeral?

I have 2 questions regarding age limit for funeral: 1.) Children are not allowed in a funeral ceremony. What is the earliest age at which a person can attend a funeral? 2.) Children are buried and ...
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What is the reason behind opposite rituals during Shraddha and last rites as compared to those for devatas

(Though the question may seem long, actually it is short. Even if one is able to read till the first point of Edit it would be nice) It is seen that while performing the last rites (antyeshti, ...
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Eating Prasada during fasting

Is it ok to eat Prasada (naivedhya offered to God) during fasting day? Normally it is said that prasada must not be declined. Eating will break fasting vow?
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Practicing Vedas during evening time

I have learnt Sri Rudram from a guru. Now I would like to keep on practising, learning and improving myself on it. Due to my job, etc. sometimes it may not be possible to learn early in the morning. ...
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How to practise fire worship in modern times?

I tried to worship Pauranic gods like Shiva, Durga, Vishnu but it doesn't click with me. I am from a family of priests but we are modern and practise the rituals on special occasions only. Everywhere ...
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Which scripture discuss about anjanam in detail?

There is a procedure called anajanm, which was usually practiced in villages. It was used by villagers to know who committed to thief or to know information about incident that takes place in ...
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Why only after brahmopadesham, marriages are done in Brahmins?

Some does Brahmopadesham to their kids at very early age and some in the middle and some just before marriage. But why is this mandatory before marriage? What if it’s not done at all?
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Performing Puja/Havan for Shudras

In this answer it states that Brahmins should not perform vedic rituals for Shudras. Question is: does this mean most of the brahmins who are in temple or in priest role are breaking the rules by ...
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Which material should be used for incense?

Hindus generally uses different types of sticks for incense. Is there any scriptural recommendation of materials to be used for incense?
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What are the consequences of not doing shraddha for the departed ancestors?

I have heard people say that they can be bad. Are there ways to compensate for missed Shraddhas?
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Why are kumbhabhishekams of temples performed?

Basically it is pouring consecrated waters over a temple to energize a new temple or re-energize an existing shrine. (1) which scripture lays out the procedures for kumbhabhishekam? (2) these days, ...
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If durva is not available then what can be offered to Ganesh ji as a substitute?

Its difficult to get durva by me so what else can be offered to Ganesh ji, instead of durva.
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Need to know precise steps for tattwa shuddhi sadhana?

As the title says I need to understand in brief precisely all the mandatory steps a sadhak needs to follow for tattwa shuddhi sadhana. Please cite authentic references.
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What is the significance of Suutak? [duplicate]

When a family member dies, generally every member of that family observes a 13-day mourning period called Suutak. What is the significance of observing this period? meaning.. a person is not allowed ...
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How to prepare oneself for the grace of Guru?

It is said that once the student is ready the Guru will appear before him, but my question is what are the steps a person (wanting to be a student seeking a true guru) should follow in order to ...
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What does the priest say when offering prasad?

I understand that the prasad is offered 6 times and the priest says something each time. It sounds like: Om Apanaaya Swahaa, Om Udanaaya Swahaa, ..., ..., ..., Om Bramhane Swahaa. Can someone give ...
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Why do Hindus mourns for 13 days?

The normal practice of hinduism is that the family of dead ones mourn for 13 days when someone dies. Is there any reason behind it? How did our ancestors decided 13 days time period to mourn? Why not ...
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Can someone explain me the meaning and process of passing hands upon fire then on the face?

I'm very new to hinduism, and I have seen this happening several times, but I cannot find any info about it. Thanks a lot.
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What are Nitya karma of a Brahmin?

What are must to do daily ritual for a brahmin.
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Visarjana Mantra or Stotram for Shivapuja

I would very much appreciate the Sanskritam (Devanagari), transliterated, and English for a visarjana mantra or stotram for Shivapuja.
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Are there other instances of agni-pariksha in vedic scriptures?

We all know the famous agni-pariksha of Srimati Sita Devi from Sri Valmiki Ramayana, so I was wondering are there any other instances of Agni-pariksha described in vedas, puranas or itihasas?
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Multiple Marriages in a family in the same year

If two brothers of same family get married in two dates and two places in the same samvatsara (an year in Hindu calendar), will this be auspicious or unauspicious ? If it's unauspicious, what is the ...
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How does tantra work?

I am trying to understand how mantra - yantra - tantra works ? After googling for few days I got a fair understanding that it is the use of sound and mantras have some words combined in such a way ...
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Rules to be followed for wearing the Sacred thread / Janeu

What are the rules that one must observe to wear the Yagnopaveetham ? Would prefer if appropriate text is also quoted.
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Why the head of a dead person is hit when the body was consigned to the flames?

As a ritual, during Antyeṣṭi, the dead person's head is hit with a bamboo stick in between the burning of the whole body. As far as my understanding goes, this is done so that the person won't ...
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Are there any flowers that are not supposed to be offered to Lord Vishnu?

There are certain flowers that should not be offered to a specific deity. For example, Tulasi is not offered to Ganesha and Ketaki or Champa is not offered to Lord Shiva. Are there any flowers, ...
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Is the Bramhamuhurta timing different for mumbai and delhi?

Bramhamuhurta time is same pan India? What shall one do in Bramhamuhurta?
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Can I do Pitru Paksha rituals while my parents are still alive?

I would like to do Pitru Paksha rituals, such as offering black til seeds and water to my ancestors, like my grandfather and great grandfather and maternal grandmother. My paternal grandmother and my ...
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Why does lord shiva like abhishekam?

At many places I have heard that lord shiva likes abhishekam so much and also he blesses the devotees with their desires. Why does shiva like abhishekam so much?
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Can someone do Upanayan ritual later in life say post 25 years of age?

Heard some priests saying 8 to 16 years for Brahmins, till 22 for Kshatriya and 24 for vaishya, is the limit for upananya. But what if someone does after that or priest says no he won't do it as the ...
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Does the story about Ṛbhus indicate practice of religious rituals other than Spirituality in Vedic era?

Rig veda I.110 says about Ṛbhus When, seeking your enjoyment onward from afar, ye, certain of my kinsmen, wandered on your way, Sons of Sudhanvan, after your long journeying, ye came unto the home of ...
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What is the reason behind men/women tying a waist band?

I have seen many men wearing a waist band or thread around their waist, red or black color. It's called Karbuta in Marathi. Is there any significance behind wearing it?
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Are the rituals, puja methods, dieties artis mentioned anywhere in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

Do these things exist anywhere in Hindu scriptures (Vedas, upnishads, Geeta etc.)? Or are they later created by Brahmins?
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How did Hindu scholars determine that North America is Kraunchadvipa?

According to the Hindu scriptures, there are 7 continents or dvipas named: Jambu ("Indian Blackberry tree") Plaksha ("Ficus religiosa (Peepal) tree") Shalmali ("Bombax tree") Kusha ("grass") Kraunca (...
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Is it okay to dispose a dog's dead body in the river?

My dog passed away last night and as far as the rituals in my family are concerned, we have to dispose the dead body into the river. But most of my relatives and friends are now saying we should have ...
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What is the significance of Deep Amavasya?

Today is Deep Amavasya and many people in Maharashtra worship and light up diyas or earthen lamps in their homes at night. I want to know what is the significance of this festival and what are the ...
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Is there any description regarding the Kanwar Yatra in our holy books? [duplicate]

Today I was checking Twitter and there was a trending hashtag regarding Kanwar which telling that Kanwar yatra is not mentioned anywhere in Hindu holy books. So is there anything in our holy books?
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Tharpanam on the Grahanam day

When should we have to do tarpanam on the grahanam or the eclipse day. Do we have to do before the start of Grahanam or after Moksha ?
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What is the significance of Ashadi Ekadashi?

What is the significance of Ashadi Ekadashi (Shukla paksha)? What are we supposed to do on this day?
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Is Sandhyavandanam different for each vedic line/shakha brahmin?

Is sandhyavandanam ritual different for each vedic line? Or is it same for all brahmins no matter what veda they belong to?
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Every Brahmin does aachman (purification) in the name of Vishnu. Then on whose name shukracharya will do so (aachman)?

Is shukracharya does aachman in the name of Vishnu or any other way? Because every Brahmin does aachman in the name of Vishnu. So what about shukracharya who hates Vishnu.
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Death formalities done under wrong Gotra

I want to know what happens if all the death related formalities ie, Puja, Antim Sanskar, Pind daan, Asthi Visarjan, etc are done unknowingly using wrong gotra. Are there any remedies mentioned in any ...
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What is ShiroVrata (a vow of holding fire on head)?

Ending of Mundaka Upanishad talks about śirovrata (शिरोव्रत): तदेतदृचाऽभ्युक्तम् । क्रियावन्तः श्रोत्रिया ब्रह्मनिष्ठाः स्वयं जुह्वत एकर्षिं श्रद्धयन्तः । तेषामेवैतां ब्रह्मविद्यां वदेत शिरो...
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Where in the Vedas do we find : 'aharahah sandhyAm upAsita'?

In Ahnik-Krutya, Shyamacharana Kaviratna Vidyavaridhi mentions that 'aharahah sandhyAm upAsita' (Sandhya should be worshipped everyday) is a Vedic instruction. But he did not mention where exactly in ...

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