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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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Which passage from the Scripture and the holy texts forbids human sacrifice?

I have been searching for the passage from the Vedas that puts an eternal ban on the practice of human sacrifice. If there isn't a passage from the Vedas forbidding human sacrifice, than find the next ...
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Do Tantra Texts Or Hindu Texts Mention Eco-Friendly Kali/Durga Idols Visarjan

Festival idols question : Hey guys, do Hinduism texts say anything about carrying out puja rituals in a way that is eco-friendly ? Kinda alarming to see the visarjan of Kali/Durga Maa idols. So much ...
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How to be receptive towards shakti?

I want to know how to be receptive towards shakti I want a short and detailed explaination of 12 to 15 minute part of this video https://youtu.be/7x7dud3hrDc
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When we worship a deva, what are we worshipping?

When we perform a ritual invoking the name of a deva, are we worshipping the person holding the office of the deva, or the office itself? For example, when we invoke Chandra in a ritual, are we ...
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When is it okay to prostrate?

Which times is it okay to prostrate (lie down on the floor to bow)? Is prostration reserved alone for prayer, or are there other circumstances when it is done?
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Which devas are still worshipped?

How many of the 33 devas are still honored? How many of the 33 devas still have rituals performed invoking their name? How many of the 33 devas have temples built to them? Are all of the 33 devas ...
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25th Oct being Surya grahanam & amavashya...one needs to do both separately or together & correct timing

Namaskaram to All! Today (25th Oct'22) being a surya grahanam + Amavasya... Does one need to do both Tharpanam separately as per time indicated by seniors or together as one instance with specific ...
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Tenth day ritual after death of a person

What is the significance of the tenth day ritual after death of a person?
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What is the importance of taking bath in Kumbh waters?

What is the importance of taking bath in Prayagraj river (Confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) during Kumbh Mela (which happens every 12 years) ?
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Can we do Sandhyavandanam in Bedroom?

Is there a restriction in doing Sandhyavandanam in particular place or it can be done anywhere?
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What are the marriage conditions for an offspring boy of sagotra vivah?

Marriage in Kaliyug is to be within castes not outside, but not sagotra as well or else the offspring is Varnasankara. The pramana for this is given across Shrimad Bhagvad Gita and Puranas. I am born ...
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Correct way to Apply Tripundra

I apply Tripundra on daily basis. Till now I use to make use of my Index Finger, Middle Fingure and Ring Fingure. Today suddenly one of my friend asked: Why we use the upper three finger only? Why not ...
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Correct direction of coconut tail

I belong to south part of Bharat where the coconut tail is kept in reverse direction of God (or towards us) and then it is burst/chip. In Maharashtra in one of the temple when I tried to do the same ...
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To whom Pind-daan is offered to - only male ancestors or both male and female ancestors?

To whom Pind-daan is offered to - only male ancestors or both male and female ancestors i.e. only to great......grand-fathers or to great.....grand-mothers as well?
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Can a female offer Pind-daan to her ancestors? [duplicate]

Can a female offer pind-daan to her ancestors or any male can offer pind-daan ? Is it essential that only male can offer pind-daan ?
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Can a man offer Pind-daan to his maternal ancestors? [duplicate]

Can a man offer Pind-daan to his maternal ancestors i.e. - Nana, Nani etc or only to Paternal ancestors?
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Can son perform a tarpanam to his mother when father is alive

Can the son perform tarpanam and pitru paksha rituals to his dead mother while his father is still alive? Some people say he can perform tarpanam to his mother, grandmother, great grandmother only not ...
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What should we do if we are single and can't perform/maintain celibacy or brahmacharya?

Is Brahmacharya compulsory for a Hindu single boy?
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Cremation of dead, death from snake bite

In this chapter of Skanda Purana: ...The son of Sage Sanāru was Upajaṅghani. Once he went to a forest where he was bitten by a serpent. Then he was brought to his hermitage by his friends. After ...
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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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