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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Do Pretas and Bhootas roam around for eternity unless rites are performed for them?

If rites and rituals are not performed for their liberation, would these pretas/bhootas roam the world for eternity?
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Why it is not advised to perform other Yugas activities into a particular Yuga?

This answer says very well that it is as it is stated but does not explain why. https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44173/22667 Quot. Rickross user says: " Now, since this very nature of the ...
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what is Nava Shraddha, Nagna Srardham , Vrishotsarga, Ekoddishta, Sapthaham, Maasika

In relation to rituals after death, I am looking for better clarity on the following topics:- Nagna Srardham Nava Shraddha Vrishotsarga Ekoddishta Saptaha Maasika: This is last chapter in the karma ...
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Why does only the bride need to move to the groom's place after marriage and not vice versa?

Is it written anywhere that only the bride has to sacrifice her parents and move to her husband's place permanently? Why is it not applicable for the groom to move to bride's family? Only in ...
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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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What items should not be kept in new home before house warming?

Are there any rules to be followed before doing house warming in new house? I heard that no god photos should be kept inside before house warming, are there any restrictions on keeping cloths, iron, ...
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Defining Number Of Days For Ashoucha(sutaka) in case of death within bloodlines (relatives)

I wanted to understand regarding the Ashoucha(sutaka) in case of death of a relative. I wanted to know regarding number of days for Ashoucha(sutaka), and when and how we should follow the sutaka. And ...
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A question regarding the positions of Agni and Sowmya Tirthas on our palms

A video (unable to find it now) that i watched on Youtube says- On the middle of our right palm resides the Sowmya Tirtha ( related to the Deity Soma). And, on the same place, in our left hand, ...
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Haircuts on Saturdays in Hinduism [duplicate]

Are Haircuts to be avoided on Saturdays as it is considered inauspicious in Hinduism? If Yes, Are there Hindu mythologies behind this? https://www.hinduismfacts.org/why-dont-hindus-cut-hair-nails-on-...
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How is the Antim Sanskar of unmarried hindu Women done?

What is the procedure of Antim Sanskar when a unmarried women dies? Does she dress like a bride? Who gives the agni to her pyre?
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Can substitutes in rituals be permanent fixtures?

It is my understanding that use substitutes is permissible in case of random non-availability of samagri (ingredients, material etc). Some of the answers such as this one and this one provide ...
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What to do with sandyavandanam water? Can it be drunk?

Normally we throw away the water left over after sandayavandanam or pour it under a tree. Can I drink the water instead of throwing it away? Can it enhance my health? Also can others drink it?
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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

A soldier killing an enemy is not violence because it's done as a part of the war (Yuddha Dharma), or police killing criminals is not violence to reduce the burden on society. Similarly, in what ...
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Is there any procedure for giving a curse?

For giving a curse, does any mantra need to be recited, water sprinkled, etc.? Is there any procedure which needs to be followed? Also, who is eligible to give a curse? Are there any qualifications ...
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Does kanyadana mean donating or gifting a bride?

I have read so many articles on this topic! does Sanatan Dharma support kanyadaan? Kanya = Maiden Daan = Donation
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Why is porcupine quill used in seemantham samskara?

In the Seemantham (baby shower) samskara, a porcupine quill is used to draw a line straight from navel of expectant mother to her forehead - thrice, amid constant prayers and chants. As per this blog ...
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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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Does Sadashiva ride a tortoise?

In this excerpt from the Manava Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, a certain ritual for worshiping Shiva is described. As part of this ritual, the five-headed form of Shiva is ...
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Panchakacham purpose

Anybody knows the reason behind why brahmans or few other community people wear panchakacham. I am looking for a spritual or a scientific reason than quoting, its easy to do pooja etc. What is also ...
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Exemptions for performing Sandhya

Are Hindus exempted from performing Sandhyavandanam in certain circumstances like natural disasters or travel?
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Putting Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture with other gods and recite mantras

Can Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture be put in pooja room with other gods? I don't know anything about MahaVidya but want to do Mata Shadoshi puja. Is there any special rule to do her puja and if not ...
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Is burning bamboo sticks really prohibited in Hinduism?

There is a popular Zee News video circulated around claiming that burning bamboo sticks are prohibited in Hindu religion. That video also shows how harmful it can be for the environment inside the ...
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According to the Vedas The Antim sanskar should it be 13 days or 3 days or one day?

According to the Vedas or Gita does the Antim sanskar last 3 days, 13 days or one day? Is there any written instructions in any veda or the Gita?
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Is it mandatory to chant laghunyasam before chanting Sri Rudram?

I would like to know Is it mandatory to chant laghunyasam before chanting Sri Rudram?
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Why do we have mantras and rituals for sinful activities?

Let's take gambling. As seen in these answers here and here, gambling is a vice. No two ways about it. But there is an entire sukta in Atharva Veda dedicated to success in gambling as seen here I have ...
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How can one fulfill wishes through rituals?

Are there rituals (including vrat, tapa, japa, anusthan, purasharan,etc) through which one can fulfill one's wishes and overcome obstacles?
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What is the Sutaka period for the death of the mentioned family members? [duplicate]

How many days sutaka is to be followed in case of the following events. If Father's Mother dies Mother's Mother dies Father's Brother dies Father's Sister dies Mother's Brother dies Please Provide ...
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What's the origin of the verse “Mangalyam tantunanena mama jeevana hetuna…?”

In many South Indian marriages while the groom is tying the maṅgalasūtra to the bride, the priest usually chants the following verse. Mangalyam tantunanena mama jeevana hetuna: kanthe badhnami ...
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What is the authentic procedure for Vratyastoma?

Any respectable scholar can list about the types and conditions to perform vratyastoma sacrifice?
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What are the correct mantras while giving arghya to Surya?

I only chant om suryay namah but now I want to learn complete mantras while giving arghya to Surya and should we also chant the Gayatri mantra? As a Brahmana (Brahmin) what else should I do beside ...
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Is the naivedyam ritual mentioned in the Vedas?

We know that naivedyam is an important smarta/pauranik ritual usually done before or after nirAjanam/Arati. Is this ritual also indicated in the Vedic rites? Like how it is done in the 16 upachAra ...
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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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Sandhyavandanam before the age of Vishwamitra?

How was sandhyavandanam performed before the age of Vishwamitra? Since the two most important parts of sandhyavandanam - arghyam and Gayatri japam - involve the Gayatri (savitri) mantra, I was ...
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What scripture does the sacred thread mantra come from?

If you're a brahmin, you're probably familiar with the following mantra (see page 2): Yajnopavitam, paramam pavitram Prajapatim yatsahajam purastath | Ayushyam agriyam pratimunja subhram Yajnopavitam ...
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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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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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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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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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Why are menstruating women (at least in the Brahmin community) asked to be separate from the family for three days?

I am just curious for what religious reasons there might have been. In certain sects of Hinduism, women are asked to not enter the kitchen, eat and sleep separately from the rest of the family, not ...
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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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What do the Vedas say about animal sacrifice?

In ancient times, there had been animal sacrifices at various Yagyas and rituals were performed by Brahmins for kings, while on the other hand they also used to advocate non-violence and preferred a ...
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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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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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Why did Vishwamitra approach only Lord Rama to kill Mareecha and Subaahu?

As I am going through Balakand of Valmiki Ramayana, I came across the following. Sage Vishvamitra asks King Dasharatha to send Rama to protect the Vedic ritual that is being conducted by him, ...
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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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How to identify the shannavathi (96) days of an year for tharpanam?

Shannavathi Tharpanam - means 96 days of oblations to our elders. While this answer beautifully explains how the count 96 is arrived, I am still perplexed on how to identify them on the calendar/...
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Why can Tulsi leaves only be picked on certain days?

I've heard that it is not allowed to pick the leaves of a Tulsi plant on certain days such as Dwadasi among others. This is why Acharyas advise against using store-bought Tulsi in offerings. Which ...

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