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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 daily practices (achara - anushtana) should a brahmana follow?

Brahamanas (at least orthodox followers) are expected to follow a ton of daily achara & anushtana, for e.g. Anushtana: Get up during brahma muhurta Do Pratah-Sandhya before sun-rise Do Ijyai (...
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What is the reason behind tonsuring?

I've heard varying reasons behind tonsuring, some that it is a way of shedding one's ego, others that the hair is a sacrifice. Which reasoning is correct?
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Can a groom touch the feet of the bride during marriage?

In some hindu marriages I see couples durning the feet touching practice, once the bride bends down, touches the groom's feet and gets back up, the groom then bends down and touches the feet of the ...
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Is changing or altering rituals allowed in Hinduism?

I hear some people say as time changes rituals need to change in order to make them compatible with the modern world. Is it possible to change or alter rituals that are found in scriptures followed ...
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Which chapters of Bhagavad Gita should be read for Shanti of the departed ancestors?

What are the specific chapters of Bhagavad Gita that should be read for the Shanti of the departed ancestors/ family members ?
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What is Straishuya karma and how to perform it?

This answer says that Pumsavana Karma is a ritual conducted for getting a male child. Somewhere I heard that similar to this ritual, there is also a ritual called Straishuya Karma which can be ...
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What is the order of cremation rights?

I know that the eldest son takes precedence. What happens in case of someone who dies without sons? Can daughters cremate their dead father?
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What is the purpose of Maa Baglamukhi Yantra?

Recently heard about 'Maa Baglamukhi Yantra' so was curious to know more about this yantra. My questions: What exactly is the purpose of this yantra? Who was the first person who used or we can say ...
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What is the agama/tantra being followed at the Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur in Kerala?

When were the rituals in Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur, Kerala standardized to current form? Who was responsible for that? Which agamas/tantras are followed in the temple while performing rituals to ...
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Ritual after sexual intercourse [closed]

My wife always insists on bathing after sexual intercourse. She also insists the bed sheet and pillow slips must be washed. Is this the way of cleansing?
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Difference between Naishtika Brahmacharya and Sanyasa

What is the difference between Naishtika Brahmacharya and Sanyasa. Specifically in the context of 'Agni'. Since Sanyasa involves 'agni-tyaga'. Does Naishtika Brahmacharya also involve 'Agni-tyaga'?
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Chowdeshwari Devi's mantra shakti used by the king for daily rituals ?

From the wiki article: Hundreds of years ago, it is said, that there was a kingdom called Nandavara on the banks of the river Tunga in Karnataka near Raichur district, or another namesake village ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

Manusmriti verses 5.41-42 say this: madhuparke ca yajñe ca pitṛdaivatakarmaṇi | atraiva paśavo hiṃsyā nānyatraityabravīn manuḥ || 41 || eṣvartheṣu paśūn hiṃsan vedatattvārthavid dvijaḥ | ...
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What are various types of Snanam (bathing)?

Which scripture describes Muni Snanam, Deva Snanam, Manava Snanam and Rakshasa Snanam (bathing)? Additionally, which scripture mentions about Vaaruna Snanam, Mantra Snanam, Dhivya Snanam, Kriya ...
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Performing Pooja, japa etc during wife's monthly period

My question is should the men in the household perform sandhyavandanam,, Pooja and japa when the woman in the family is during her monthly menstrual cycle. We do not have provision to spare the only ...
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Is it sin to sleep with a prostitute before marriage being a shudra? [duplicate]

Being a shudra, I'm eager to know whether sleeping with a prostitute is considered as a sinful act in hinduism.
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What is the proper procedure to light the puja lamp in the altar?

What is the proper procedure to light the puja lamp (Kamakshi vilakku) in the puja altar?
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What are the rules associated with the ritual of kshoura/kshavaram (shaving of hair)? And do these differ between sampradayas? [duplicate]

Almost all samparadayas and communities have some set of rules associated with the kshoura karma. There are rules related not just to the days on which such activities can be performed but also ...
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Why water is considered as an indispensable commodity in a charity ritual?

According to the scriptures a ritual involving charity (DAnam) will not be successful without the use of water. For example, while going through a Tantra related book that I have I found the following ...
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Can I pour water on the shivling for abhishek as many times as I want?

I go to a temple where there is a shivling set on some soil at the base of a tree. So all the water poured goes in the root, and I feel good about giving the tree so much Shiva Nirmalaya to drink. ...
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What is the mudra to be used when performing Achamanam?

What is the mudra to be used when performing Achamanam? How should our fingers be positioned when sipping the water?
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Nyasa etc for Lalita Sahasranama

Hari Om, I'm looking for a source of explanation of the procedure of using the Nyasas of Lalita Sahasranama. See below. Would be much appreciated. -Hari अस्य श्रीललितासहस्रनामस्तोत्रमहामन्त्रस्य वशि...
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What are the benefits of doing sandhyavandanam?

What are the benefits, physical or mental, material or spiritual? Also, what are the consequences of not doing it?
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How do we clear our debts?

As stated in one of the answer here: There is a variation in the thread count of yajñopavītam. Bachelors wear a single thread, married men wear 2, and married men with children wear 3. Each thread ...
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If rituals are performed imperfectly, then do they have effect?

If rituals are performed imperfectly, maybe due to human error, or lack of detailed knowledge, do they still have effect? If possible give quotes from scriptures.
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Why is it considered compulsory for brahmins to perform sandhyavandanam? [duplicate]

Although it has been mentioned that it is considered compulsory, the reason why is not mentioned? Also, are there any shortcuts? Like performing sandhyavandanam only once a day or once a week? Also, ...
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Marriage tradition of brushing the grooms legs, hands, shoulders and head

This year I had to opportunity to visit an Indian wedding being a friend of the groom. It was a very interesting experience and I would like to give a presentation in my home country about it. To do ...
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Why Lord Ayyappa Vratam or Mandalam is done only in few months?

Why Lord Ayyappa vratam or mandalam done only during Karthika masa or generally from September - January? I know even temple is generally opened during this period. Is there any reason or shastra ...
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What are the legends associated with Kānwar Yātrā (कांवड़ यात्रा) and which scriptures mention them?

Kānwar Yātrā (कांवड़ यात्रा): In the month of Shravan, Millions devotees (from North India) walk for hundreds of miles to collect holy water from the Ganga to offer in their local Shiva temples. This ...
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Can a person before upanayana perform anga nyasa and kara nyasa?

When I read kavachams, sahasranamamas and ashtothrams, there is mention of anga nyasa and kara nyasa. I am yet to be initiated into gayathri. Can I do anga and kara nyasa?
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What is 'dhuni', is it mere burning firewood?

I would like to know something about 'dhuni' and its association with the 'Nath' tradition. Any references from some authentic resources would be helpful.
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What scriptures say about sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths?

Is sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths such as suicides, accidents prescribed in scriptures? Some random sources say it's not allowed, and few say it should be done on Amavasya. ...
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Guidance about visiting temples after a 13th day of death of any family member

I am a Hindu and Maratha Kshatriya from Goa. I just wanted to ask few questions which I believe to have different answers from different brahmans I consulted so far. It's been a month, I lost my ...
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Karunya Pitru Tharpana

Amavasya and monthly tharpanas we perform only for pithrus. But during Chaturmasya period, tharpana is being done on Madhya Ashtami or Maha Barani to the pithrus [forefathers] along with Karunya ...
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Which direction should one face while doing Sayam Sandhyavandanam?

Some people say it is not advisable to do achamana facing west, so one should face north while doing evening Sandhyavandanam up to Navagruha Tarpanam and after that one should do facing west till ...
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Are these rituals really done in Ashvamedha as per Brahmanas? Is the translation correct?

When the water for washing the feet is ready, they make the chief queen (Mahishi) lie down next to the horse, and they cover the two of them up with the upper cloth as they say the verse, ‘Let the ...
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What is the significance of hand imprint of the departed soul in ash of cow dung set in a plate in a locked room overnight, after Garud Puran?

We were told to perform this i.e., placing ash of cow dung in a plate in a locked room, for the probable hope that the hand imprint of our loved one would appear. What is the significance of this? ...
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How does one get initiated into Sri Vaishnavism?

How does a non-Sri Vaishnava get initiated into Sri Vaishnavism? What Sri Vaishnava Acharyas are there in the world today who initiate people?
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Does Pithru Tharpana in both Kasi & Rameswaram reduces evil effects of the doer?

Legend says that doing pithru tharpana in Kasi and from there directly going to Rameswaram and performing the pithru tharpana is good and it reduces evil effects of the doer. Any substantiative ...
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What is vaamadevya vrata?

What is vamadevya vrata and how is it generally performed? Which texts deals with its procedures? And what are the fruits of performing it?
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How are ashtaka-shrAddha and preta-shraddha performed?

What are these shraddhas and how are they done? Which texts give procedure for these rituals?
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Why the Mangalsutra thread should not be changed during the period of pregnancy?

In Hindu religion after marriage Mangalsutra thread is worn by the ladies. They will change the threads after some days/months. However, during the period when the woman is pregnant, she is not ...
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Why in Aashadamaasa and Dhanurmaas no auspicious things happens?

Why in Aashadamaasa and Dhanurmaas no auspicious things happens? People follow some rituals during these time by not doing any auspicious functions. All business, marriages, home construction stops or ...
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What is sankalpa seva listed in many temples' seva list?

Many temples have listed sankalpa seva in their seva list. Please explain what is this.
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Why is thread ceremony not performed for girls? [duplicate]

There were many women in ancient times who became sages in their own right. Why then was sacred thread ceremony not prescribed, at least for some girls willing to follow any recommended strict ...
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Rituals at Rameswaram before going to Varanasi

What rituals to be done at Rameswaram before going to Varanasi ? And What rituals to be done at Rameswaram after returning from Varanasi ?
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Shraddha performance by host (himself)

Whether 'Shraddha' can be performed by the 'yajaman' (host) himself if he is a Brahmin? The purpose of asking this is now a days it is difficult to get a Brahmin who performs this 'sincerely', ...
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Significance of Karnavedha? [duplicate]

What is the benefits or significance of child's Karnavedha or ear piercing ceremony. Is it necessary to do for every child or not.
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Which mantras should be chanted for Agnihotra more than aahuti?

I perform it daily and I know about SaptaShloki , sunrise and sunset mantras but I wish to chant more and different shlokas like mantras, Vedic Shlokas and Vedic Sukta. Can I ? Can I chant Purush ...
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Is the 6th section/Putramantha Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad shruti?

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 6.4.7: If she does not willingly yield her body to him, he should buy her with presents. If she is still unyielding, he should strike her with a stick or with his hand ...