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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Why certain impurities (related to birth/death) are considered to be as ever lasting in a Sannyasi's life?

The Maitreya Upanishad, which is regarded as one of the Sannyasa Upanishads, gives two interesting reasons as to why a Sannyasi can not perform Sandhya worship. Among which,one reason is related to ...
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Why do Iyengar brides sit in father's lap during the wedding ceremony?

In South Indian Sri-Vaishnava community of Iyengars, there is a peculiar custom that the bride sits on her father's lap while tying the mangalya sutra. Such custom is not found in any other South ...
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Is it possible, by any means, for a brahmin to perform nitya karmas or any rituals with sikha untied?

AFAIK, any act done without wearing the upavita and the sikha tied is like an act not done. These are the first prerequisites and there are obviously few others as well. Now, the doubt arose in my ...
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What is the difference in the rituals per varna post upanayanam?

I know that the upanayanam is performed by the first 3 varna and only they are allowed to wear the thread. Even the threads are of different material cotton, hemp and wool. Presumably the rituals that ...
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Who do I bow down to the feet and who to the hand?

Every time I see a person from my Father's family, my parents ask me to bow down to their feet. However, when I see someone like my 'mama' (mother's brother) or an unrelated elder person I have to bow ...
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Is it true, only married people are cremated, non-married people are buried?

I need to know what are the situations that one should be cremated or buried in Hinduism. This is with reference to married or unmarried persons cremation process. If there is different rituals in ...
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Worship of Shree Ramanuja while he was in his body?

Shree Ramanuja authorised worships of his forms in three murthies. When he leaves Melakotai in Karnataka,a vighra is made and Ramanujar embraces it and gives it back. This is called "Thamar Ukantha ...
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What is the ritual procedure for linga sthapana in a temple?

In our native place we bhakthakodees are planning to place a shiv Ling in the existing temple. Can someone throw some light on the procedure of installing shiv ling in temple and also if there are any ...
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What is the significance of 11th day ritual after death?

After the death of a person,a ritual/ceremony will be held on the 11th day. What is the significance ? People from different community will held on different date such as on the 9th,14th or 16th day ....
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What is the procedure for performing Vishnu panchayatanam?

For shiva panchayatanam, usually Rudra namaka Chamaka and purushasukta will be recited and abhishekam is performed during shiva panchayatana puja. Similarly for Vishnu panchayatana puja, what is the ...
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Why are there so many achamanams while ideally there should only be one?

So that anyone willing to do a Vedic ritual like a Puja or a Homam will have a standard and the same procedure to follow. Right now, every region, every sampradaya have their own way of doing things ...
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What is meaning of wearing yagopavita and its disposal techniques

I was initiated with yagopavita 2 years back, I was told it was required for performing rituals and to study the scriptures. Now I had(and still) have 2 questions in my mind - What is meaning ...
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Why do priests tie up flower garlands when performing Rudrekadasi?

While performing Rudrekadasi, the priests tie the flower garland across the room or from the ceiling of the room. Why is this done?
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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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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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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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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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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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How does tantra work?

I am trying to understand how mantra - yantra - tantra works ? After googling for few days I got a fair understanding that it is the use of sound and mantras have some words combined in such a way ...
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Is it okay to dispose a dog's dead body in the river?

My dog passed away last night and as far as the rituals in my family are concerned, we have to dispose the dead body into the river. But most of my relatives and friends are now saying we should have ...
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Tharpanam on the Grahanam day

When should we have to do tarpanam on the grahanam or the eclipse day. Do we have to do before the start of Grahanam or after Moksha ?
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Permanent sutak on festivals

In my ancestory, no one celebrates Diwali. The reason for this is given that a long time ago a female member died on the day of Diwali. In the Garud Purana, there is description about period of Sutak ...
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Why the rituals pertaining to birth, upanayan, marriage and death are different among the Hindus?

Why the rituals pertaining to birth, upanayan, marriage and death are different among the Hindus? Is there a different sanction when it comes to rituals? Even among the Brahmins there is NO uniform ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How many days Sutak should be followed by an unmarried granddaughter, on the death of grandfather's brother's wife?

My paternal grandfather's brother's wife passed away and there are lot of contradictory statements we are getting over the Sutak period that is applicable to me in this case. Should it be three and ...
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SaptRishi mantras used in rishi homam

Can anybody post the gayatri of all seven rishis, used in rishi homam. Looking for it since so long
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SriVaishnava - propitiation rituals for the Pitrs - redemption for breaks

What happens if there is a break in the propitiation of Pitrs(ancestors) in patrilineal lineage? Are subsequent generations affected adversely? How so? Supposing there is a minimum of one generation ...
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Reason to take head bath after death rituals

Why is it recommended that we take head bath on 10th or 11th day after death of family members?
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Rules regarding Sutaka?

Upon death of a person, who among the relatives are required to observe sutak? Except immediate family members, how many generations do observe Sutaka? How Generation is determined?
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Significance of Bomma Golu

Bomma Golu(or Kolu) is a doll display festival celebrated during the festival of Navratri in Southern India. What is the history and significance of such a unique practice (that too only in south ...
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Pouring of Milk on Naga

In some Brahmin Sects there exists practice of pouring milk on Naga statues on Thai and Aadi Fridays. Has it been mentioned in any puranas?What is the significance ? Why it is not applicable to all ...
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Why after the death of a family member or a close relatives they won't pray till the 11th day ceremony?

When my grandfather passed away, my family did not pray for 11 days till the 11th day ceremony. Also we were vegetarian during that period. I asked my family but I did not get a convincing answer. ...
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What are the kriyas Swahakaram and Vashatkaram means?

In Balagandam Sarkam 52 (I think), the following passage appears in Tamil: Which when I translate: Then Vasishta said "Maharaj (addressing Vishwamithrar), I will not give Sabahalai in lieu of ...
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How to do abhivadan in Sandhyavandana

I was recently studying Sandhyavandana, and I am confused how to do Abhivadan for non-bramhins. Since in abhivadan a person has to say his gotra with pravaras and Kshatriyas/Vaishyas don't have ...
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Significance of Palliyarai Pooja

I have been to Shiva Temples and attended the Palliyarai Pooja. Recently, in Tiruchendur Murugan Temple also, i attended. What is the significance of Palliyarai Pooja?
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Do devotees of the goddess Tara sit on six-month old babies?

One of the most famous incarnations of Durga is the goddess Kali. As I discuss in this answer, she was created by Durga's incarnation Ambika in order to defeat the demons Chanda and Munda, which is ...
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Performing Puja/Havan for Shudras

In this answer it states that Brahmins should not perform vedic rituals for Shudras. Question is: does this mean most of the brahmins who are in temple or in priest role are breaking the rules by ...
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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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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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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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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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Difference between Archna and pooja

There are two "distinct" words used for worship, in Sanskrit, namely अर्चना and पूजा. What is the basic difference between the two and their implementation, by a साधक (devotee) ? Also, please tell ...
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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 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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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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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? ...