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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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How can one achieve happiness?

I have heard discussions of Hinduism scriptures telling how to achieve fulfillment, divinity etc but I have yet to hear one talking about how to achieve happiness. Is this covered in Hinduism? If so, ...
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What type of foods we must not eat during Amavasya tharpanam?

I've noticed that there are certain foods that we must not eat during Amavasya days. I've been told that foods like onion and garlic and certain other foods should be avoided. But some people tell ...
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What are the Puranic verses which say Tapta Mudra Dharana should be done?

This question asks what are the puranic verses that advise against Tapta Mudra Dharana. I want to ask, what are the Puranic verses which say Tapta Mudra Dharana should be done? Please answer with the ...
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Which Vedic text describes the Shyena yAga?

The Shyena yajna is a sorcery ritual in the Vedas meant to kill people. In which Vedic text is the description? The editor of Shabara's Bhashya references Shadvimsha Brahmana 8.1-2, but when I checked ...
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Scriptural basis for the Shodashopchar Puja?

What is the earliest reference to Shodashopchar Puja in scriptures? Which scriptures gives the exact details of its procedure?
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Head shaving at temples - leave tuft or not

It is said that: In the body consisting of the seven Dhātus (constituent elements) the sins collect together in the hairs. On being shaved they clear out. So, shaving head in holy places--like Kashi,...
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Where can one go in Himalaya for doing penance?

It is common Hindu belief that those who want to to Tapasya should go to Himalaya . My question is at which particular place(s) should one go for doing penance ?
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Is the following thing true? [duplicate]

I have seen long before in one of Dhruv Rathe's video that there was one ritual before in which hindus were to kill buffalo just like in the movie bahubali. I guess the ritual was thread ceremony or I ...
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Do the scriptures recommend not leaving one's home empty stomach in the morning?

I have heard Elders say that we mustn't leave the home in the morning on an empty stomach for that results in ill-fortunes and bad-omens for the upcoming day. The common reasoning given by them is it ...
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What's the significance of bathing a King's waist with mud sourced from a Prostitute-brothel?

In the Agni Mahā-Purāṇa, we have verses in reference to the procedure of a King's coronation ceremony. In the rituals involving cleansing the "to-be King's" body, we get the following - ...
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What is the story of Sage Dadhyañca in the context of the RIg Veda?

Verses from Rig Veda, Mandala 2,3,4,5,6,7 would be prefered if the references exists in those books that is!
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What's the procedure of breaking ekadashi fast according to scriptures?

At what time on dwadashi, parana should be observed? What should be eaten to break the fast? Can ekadashi be not broken during hari vasara?
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What are the situations for changing Janeu?

While janeu must be changed if not covered on ear during shouch, but what about situations like wet dreams or other unprecented actions? And what is the samadhan if done so?
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Puja/Prayer starting?

Can someone please clarify, what is the initial jaap to say before any recital basically for dhayaanam before reciting any chalisa or suktam . There are so many of them such as "shanti" ...
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Shraddha/Pinda offering when father is alive

In this answer it is stated that sons can offer pinda when father is alive. Also, here in Skanda Purana it says that Krishna offered Pinda when Vasudeva was with him. But in practice, normally, ...
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What should be the color of the clothes worn by a temple priest?

Is there any scripture which talks about the duties/rituals of a temple priest ? Like what should be the color of this clothes ? For temples of different deities, should the color of the priests' ...
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Shani Dev - Black or Blue?

I have gone through various Puranas to know about the body complexion of Shani Dev. In Agni Puran, Skand Puran, Garud Puran (Agastya Samhita) - Shani Dev is mentioned to be of black color, black as a ...
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How to understand the words of Prabhupāda about the custom of bathing in rivers by girls and women?

Consider the following comment by Prabhupāda on the custom of bathing in rivers by girls and women. Śrīla Prabhupāda comments as follows: “It is an old system among Indian girls and women that when ...
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What is the essential requirement of Gandharva wedding ? Is penetration essential for Gandharva Wedding?

Gandharva wedding is making of love between Man and Woman. When a man makes consensual love with a woman , the man and woman are said to have gotten married through Gandharva rites. But what ...
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Can I do arpana of a chola (cloth) to shri hanuman ji in the morning?

Because people say that we should only do it in evening. Then what should be done?
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What is Panchamahayajna? Why is it important to follow the sacrifices/rituals in day to day life?

What are the five Yajnas which every person should follow in daily life? Why were Yajnas or sacrifices performed? How the yajnas were performed? What is the purpose of Yajna?
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Wife's seating position during rituals

I heard from someone that during religious rituals (puja, homa, etc.) wife should sit on left side of husband. But my understanding was wife sits on the right side of husband. Any views in our ...
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How to purify a Puja room if you think it has become impure?

I want to know the process of purifying puja room. I think it is called "sthana-suddhi". Can anyone detail me the process related to it (vidhi, mantras, mudras and so on) ?
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What is the meaning of "Om Astraya Phat"?

I stumbled upon the "Om Astraya Phat" mantra as I was going through deity worship guidelines in ISKCON desire tree website. It hadn't mentioned the meaning of the mantra and researching on ...
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I know about Bijakshara mantra .... But What is "Bijakshara mudra"?

I know about Bijakshara mantra . But What is "Bijakshara mudra" ? Does anyone know about it and link me to the process of how to do it ?
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Can you read the Upanishads without yagnopavit?

Some translated versions of the Upanishads are available widely and read by non dvijas as well. Can I read a Hindi translation?
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Last rite ritual Mantras for non-humans

Here is the situation. Assuming Aliens exist & they visit earth. In that process one of them dies. Are there any scriptural notes on such situations as to how the body needs to be cremated? And ...
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Pitru Tarpan for childless parents or with children not following Sanatan Dharma

Traditionally, we perform tarpan kriya either daily or yearly for our ancestors so that they either become free from their karma phal or it's effects are reduced. However, with increasing ...
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How to establish Lord Vishnu's idol in the home mandir?

I am planning to get a new Lord Vishnu idol to worship in the home mandir. What is the correct and auspicious procedure to establish the new Lord Vishnu idol in the home mandir ? Can we touch the new ...
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Does anyone know what the bija mantra KRAM stands for? Thank you

I received it in a dream, that was very complex, and would like to clarify it
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When to perform Amavasya Tarpana if Amavasya begins after 12 noon?

When Amavasya starts only after 12 noon, should amavasya tarpanam be performed on the same day after 12 noon or in the following day?
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Why we don't do any puja when someone dies? [duplicate]

I have heard that whenever someone dies, their relatives dont do any puja till 11th or 13th day, not sure about time. Is it mentioned in shastras?
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Point of contact to learn Atharvana veda?

Where can we find the guru who can teach Atharvana Veda? Is it applicable for Brahmins? This question is not about black magic. But to understand that and perform white magic. I know this is not ...
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Which mantras (in metres other than Gayatri) are prescribed for the Sandhya of Non-Brahmins?

It is said that one must follow the mantra in Gayatri metre of the Upasya (generally main Gayatri), granted by the Guru. There’s a whole list of them in the Taittiriya shakha. There also seems to be a ...
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House Warming ceremony

What does the hindu scriptures says about doing House warming (Grehaprevesham) ceremony if family member has died recently. Can it be done or are there any restrictions?
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Sandhyavandanam for those not initiated (without Upanayanam) using Puranas. It is possible?

Many statements (eg. ŚB 1.4.25) talk of how non-initiated persons (irrespective of caste) cannot follow Vedic procedures, and how for them to read and follow, the Puranas and itihasas were composed. A ...
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How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?

How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?
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Can Penance (Tapasya) be done in today's time?

There are many stories of people doing Tapasya for getting boon from god or just to meet god . Many normal human beings also did Tapasya. People would usually go to forest or at some place where there ...
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Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a bhokta at annual Shraddha?

My maatulah (maama, mother's brother) is performing annual Shraddha of my maternal grand father and he invited me to take part in the Shraddha as a bhokta. Is Dauhitru (Daughter's son) allowed to be a ...
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Why do the bride and groom go round the fire 7 times during the marriage rituals? [duplicate]

I read a post which said the reason to be that from numbers 1-9 only number by which 360 cannot be divided is 7 so they go 7 rounds which symbolises that their bond is un breakable, but I read ...
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Which Aghori practices are different from Kapalika (Skull-Bearer) practices?

The legendary Kapalika sadhus, mentioned in Shaiva scriptures (including Puranas) were known for their rituals which took place with skulls and bones involved. Human dead body meat, blood, sacrifice ...
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Is there a ritual in Hinduism when son leaves parents house?

I'm just wondering, is there a ritual in Hinduism, where a son leaves the house of the parents if he is going to live in his own house alone?
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A couple without a son (in any form) is never freed from the Pitṛ Ṛṇa and becomes a preta?

In this QnA discussion, we have a remedy for couples who lack a son to clear off their "ancestor debt - " Manu Smriti: 9.127. He who has no son may make his daughter in the following manner ...
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Is planting a Peepal tree a remedy for "afterlife tarpaṇa" rituals, in case a couple doesn't have a male progeny?

Recently on a dhārmika TV channel, I heard a pundit talk on the importance of the Peepal tree. What caught my attention was when the pundit proclaimed that - " Planting a Peepal tree as a ...
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Why is Buddha Pūrṇimā named so?

Is Buddha Pūrṇimā named so because of Gautama Buddha? If yes, then how to reconcile its significance with our hindu theology because clearly, Gautama Buddha was not a Hindu as per Vedic Standards. Or ...
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Can a non-virgin woman marry? If yes, how?

Non-virgin women are excluded from marital rites with its Agni-hotra, etc. pāṇigrahaṇikā mantrāḥ kanyāsveva pratiṣṭhitāḥ | nākanyāsu kva cinnṝṇāṃ luptadharmakriyā hi tāḥ || 226 || The marriage-...
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Are the human sacrifice based practises by "tantrika babas" a part of any tantra system, as popularly shown in the tv shows?

Several Indian tv shows have portrayed the popular trope of a "tântrik guy" performing some rituals and ultimately sacrificing a human, especially a Child. In fact, occasionally one can read ...
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Five sacrifices of domesticity

The pigeon in Sibi's story says one is especially bound to do so if one happens to lead a life of domesticity that consists of the five sacrifices. If one, while leading a life of domesticity, does ...
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Today I took an oil bath (abhyangana snana on Amavasya). What does it mean? With parents? or does shastras describe the consequences of such action?

I there is already question about abhyangana snana. But I for someone who took a oil bath by negligence. What does it mean? Or if i gave a oil bath to my kid on Amavasya. what does it mean? Are there ...
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How to invoke apad-dharma when unable to do nityakarma?

What are the exact steps to be followed ? And when one feels that things are back to normal then what are the steps to resume?
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