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What are the components of Dashang dhoop nivedan?

Can anyone please provide components of dashang dhoop , along with proper shastriya reference ?
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Can anyone do Surya araghya, and can it be done during eclipse

Namaskar, Due to my chart, I was advised to do Surya araghya after sunrise. Can anyone (also non brahmins) do them. Was told to chant 'Om Suryaya Namah, Om Bhaskaraya Namah & Om Adityaya Namah'. ...
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Are there any references in Hindu texts which talks about women performing last rites of the deceased?

I want to know what the shastras say on women performing the last rites of the deceased of their family.
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Why does the maternal uncle feed the child instead of the father (as prescribed in the scripture) in the Annaprashana ceremony?

Annaprashana is one of the Samskaras that Hindu householders perform after the birth of a baby. In this ceremony, when the baby is six months old, solid food is given to him/her first time. This ...
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Essential Sacred Arts a Brahmin Must Know

I am wondering if there's any crafts or things a Brahmin (male) must know how to make for rituals and various other holy acts. If so please name them, how to make them, and possible substitutes for ...
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What is the name of invoked deity and ritual in this video?

I saw this video on X (Twitter), which is a practice I saw people describing as pre-brahmanical dravidian religion. What is the name of invoked deity and ritual in this video?
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Is animal sacrifice valid in Hinduism?

Do shrutis and smritis validate animal sacrifices? Do Vedas validate animal sacrifices? Any sutras/dharmashastras/works of any great hindu sage validate it? Does mimamsa (purva mimamsa) validate it? ...
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Substitutes for non-marriage

I don't wanna marry, but I also don't wanna make my ancestors descend from their Loka to the Earth again, which makes me very very sad. Is there a ritual I can do to ensure this doesn't happen without ...
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Prayer to attain a religious guru or guide?

Is there any prayer that can be done to quickly attain a religious guru or guide to better and more accurately study Vedic texts?
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Does Shri Yantra really increases wealth? If so, how to use it and what are the vidhi-nishedhas?

What are the methods of using Shri Yantra? Can I, a Kshatriya by nature, worship it? What are the thing to avoid? Also can you mention where can I find elaborate information regarding these?
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How can we help souls that died unnaturally in hinduism?

I know of some people who died by suicide and snake bite. I am not related to them. Is there any way as per vedic rituals I can help their souls/atone their sins to reach better state than what they ...
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What happens when Pran-Pratishta is done to an idol?

What happens when Pran-Patithasta is done to an idol ? Does God start residing in the idol ?
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Can I perform my own yajnas?

I was wondering if I can perform my own yajnas if I know the Mantras and Rituals. I'm a Kshatriya by guna (not by surname). That's why I would like to know if I'm eligible to do my own yajnas, since ...
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Anusthan vs vrata

What are the differences between vrata and anusthan? I grew up hearing about vratas. Heard about anusthan and purascharana recently. By vratas can a person get spiritual development?
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Rules for Brihaspati Upasana

Rules for Guru Upasana to get worldly and divine knowledge? I need to further my spiritual practice.
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Ritual that can be done by the uninitiated to do for any god(s) at any time

What rituals can be done by the uninitiated for any god(s)? What prayers must be sung? What preparations must be made before? What can be offered? Scriptual reference?
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On which days of week hairs and nails should not be cut [duplicate]

On which days of week hairs and nails should not be cut ? On Which days of week cutting of hairs should be avoided.
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To those who know Sanskrit, what exactly is the mystery of Yajur Veda chapter 23?

Chapter 22-25 is supposed to contain ashwamedha sacrifice. As I have heard, Hindus and non-Hindus have a secretive debate about this because this sacrifice is said to have bestiality as per non-Hindus ...
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I have heard meat when offered to Gods or pitrus removed the sin of eating it. How can we do it ritual procedure and if there are any books on it

Namaskaram. So as I said in above statement in today's world I can't offer a whole goat or a hen to god's like narasimha or Kali. I have to get it from meat shop and offer it. The reason why I'm ...
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3kala-Sandhyavandanam - multiple queries [closed]

Namaste I read most of the questions on this portal about Sandhyavandanam but somehow my questions are not answered.I am recovering from lack of knowledge of these rites over years, and with covid, ...
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Where can I find the rules of Vasordhara homa?

In Shukla Yajurveda, the mantras of chapter 18 are used for Vasordhara. From Mahidhara's commentary, I can see that these mantras should be uttered while a continuous flow of ghee is poured on the ...
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Trimming of Shikha/tuft

It has already been discussed here that without Shikha, one is considered naked and hence shaving is not allowed. My question is, can it be trimmed to certain length? If not trimmed, it would grow ...
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Can you provide clarification on the Arka Saptami reference in the Brahma Purana?

27.26-32 states "On the first day of the following holy rite the devotee shall drink a palmful of water held in a leaf cup of the Arka plant." Is the reference to a holy rite that of the ...
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Problem solving approach by hindus

When a hindi is seriously inflected by problems, some take the prashne way. It cud be of any time. And many times answers are similiar type - stree shapa, untimely death in family, family diety not ...
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Nitya Granth by Ramanujacarya

Does anyone know if there is an English translation of Nitya Granth by Ramanujacarya? Any links to the book or to purchase it would be really appreciated.
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Chandra grahan & Kojagiri pournima

The Chandra Grahan and Kojagiri Poornima seems to coincide at the night of October 28 to early morning of 29 Oct. Is it correct? What rituals can we perform at this time?
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Are there no rules for naam jap?

I heard that one can do it anytime and with any activity.. Even while walking or lying on bed. Just want to know if its true?
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Durga Gayatri Manta

Can anyone chant the Durga Gayatri Manta? Are there any restrictions or that have to be followed while chanting this Mantra?
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vrAtyastOma on fallen dwijAs in Kali Yuga

In a previous question, we established the lack of kshatriyas and vaishyas in today's day and age. Basically, the only dwijAs to exist today are the sath BramhanAs. For reference, one can gloss over ...
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How grave a crime is it to do ritual without perfect purification and observance?

In Kaliyuga and now it is impossible to as perfect ly ritually pure as in the past. Does this mean that sitting with or entering places where non- vegetarian food is served makes them impure? How does ...
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Who or which fire is it that consumes a dead body on the funeral pyre.?

Who is Agni Kravyad? People know that fire is sacred to Hindus and Zoroastrians. Jews had it on the main altar of the one allowed Temple of Yahwah, when it existed. Some consider consigning body to ...
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Where does it say that rakshabandhan's rakhi should not be removed for atleast 21 days?

https://mpbreakingnews.in/religion/rakshabandhan-2023-what-to-do-with-rakhi-after-rakshabandhan-how-many-days-should-it-remain-on-wrist-what-astrology-say-mas/ This above news website writes that one ...
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During Ashwamedha yagna, did the queen really did obscene things with the horse? If not, what is the metaphor here? [duplicate]

Of all things ever written in Hindu scriptures, especially Vedas, this one ritual seems to be the most controversial of all. Carvarkas condemned this ritual in Madhavacharya's Sarvadarsanasangraha; ...
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Can we eat vishvaksena prasadam?

In the Pancharatra Samhitas (Ishvara samhita and some others), it is explicitly stated that we should not eat food offered to Vishvaksena because it will trouble the lives of those who eat it. I know ...
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Agama prescribes that the dead bodies of Sannyasis should be buried. Then, why are the dead bodies of monks of the Ramakrishna Mission cremated?

Mahanirbana Tantra categorically says that The corpse of an ascetic should on no account be cremated. It should be worshipped with scents and flowers, and then either buried or sunk into water. - ...
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If God is omnipresent, why do we need to invoke him?

If God is omnipresent, why do we need to invoke him? If one of the qualities of the Lord is that He is Omnipresent, then why do we still need to invoke His presence at certain prayers and rituals?
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Rain Water is considered pure or impure

Normally when it rains after a homa, yagna or any religious activity, it is considered auspicious ("devatas are pleased with the ritual; hence its raining"). However, while performing ...
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Is there merit in continuing with a practice if you have faltered?

Sometimes when trying to follow practices like partial fasts on Ekadashi or meditating every day during certain periods, something happens that disrupts the practice, and I would like to know the best ...
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Is puja only for going close to God and finally attaining moksha or it can be there for solving real world problem?

I am quite confused because I am seeing different people say different things. Some say Puja isn't for any materialistic gain or solving any life problem. Infact, thistype of puja and bhakts aren't ...
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Is it inappropriate to visit a medieval era tomb on vrat day?

Planning to visit a historical monument which is basically grand tomb of a Mughal emperor.There are graves of many unknown medieval era people too on that site. In Hinduism, there are restrictions on ...
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Can a son-in-law worship the son-in-law's feet in marriage?

Can a son-in-law worship the son-in-law's feet in marriage if the brother and father have passed away?
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Why don't children under the age of two need to be cremated?

Per the Agni Purana, [158.9] If a child dies when two years old no cremation needs to be done. It should be buried in the ground. Why is that? What happens to the soul of the baby if it's not ...
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What happens to people whose bodies are not cremated?

What happens to people whose bodies are not cremated? Do they face problems in theafterlife?
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Should we pray/worship to God only in Sanskrit language?

Should we pray to gods only in the Sanskrit language and using proper mantras only? Should using other languages be avoided?
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Why are pregnant women are prohibited from performing house warming in their 7th month?

Why is it that pregnant women are prohibited from performing housewarming rituals during their 7th month of pregnancy? I’ve heard they are not supposed to listen to the mantras. Can someone please ...
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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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Query regarding Srardham on same thithi for Father and grandmother (mother's mom)

I have question regarding Srardham My father expired on 2020 May 25 (Thrithiyai) thithi. One year later my Grandmother (mother's mom) died exactly on the same thithi 2021 Jun 13th (Thrithiyai). My mom ...
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What water is kept in three brass kalanchi?

I recently read an online article but now I cannot find the page. There are three brass kalanchi (kalanji) that are placed at the feet on deities. What is the purpose of these and what should be kept ...
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Did original Vedic marriage have only 4 times going around the fire? [duplicate]

In today's times in vedic vivah , the bride and groom together move around the fire 7 times (Saat-Phere). (Though in Gujarat and Sindhi community , there are 4 Pheras) But I have heard some people ...
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Bhajans and stotras for mleccha/unitiated person to chant at midday and sunset?

This video claims that a person who has not undergone upanayana, can receive similar benefits to sandhya vandanam by chanting Aditya Hrudayam at sunrise followed by japa of the sarva gayatri mantra. ...
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