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How is animal or human sacrifice justified?

Killing of animals or humans as a sacrifice is generally banished in Hinduism although some clans are still allowed to do so. How is this Hindu practice of sacrificing animal or human life to make ...
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Is the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

I personally believe that a mother would never ask someone to kill her own children; moreover she would ask to kill the wrong and the negative things within each individual. I have been told in my ...
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What is the difference between sacrifice (yajna) and charity (dana)?

Bhagavad-gita 18.3 and 18.5 specifically mentions them as separate. In Christianity they are understood as giving something up and giving something to others, which is quite similar, and these terms ...
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Who was the wife of Manu who was sacrificed by the priests of the Asuras?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras about whose identity I had asked a separate question. These two had ...
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Is the Gadhimai massacre a Hindu ritual?

Doesnt the Gadhimai massacre of countless animals in Nepal violate the principle of Ahimsa? Can it really be called a 'Hindu' ritual?
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What happens to the horse after the Ashvamedha Yagya?

We all have heard and know about the Ashvamedha Yagya. But what will happen to the horse after Yagna? My question is about horse.
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Which scriptures describe the concept of “Shadjanma Pashu”?

While reading the article "Ahimsha and Vegetarianism in Kashmir Shaivaism" on the Kamakotimandali, i came across the concept of "Shadjanma Pashu" ( Shad=six; Janma=birth; Pashu=an animal). It is ...
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How do Vedic fire rituals like Yajnas and agnihotra help the environment?

Some texts of hinduism believe that such fire rituals are good sources of attracting clouds and bringing rains. annād bhavanti bhūtāni parjanyād anna-sambhavaḥ yajñād bhavati parjanyo yajñaḥ ...
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Do Hindu scriptures talk about how to handle conflicts between prescriptions in scripture and the secular law of the land?

Organizations like PETA seem to be working through the judicial system to end the practice of animal sacrifice. A recent example of this was a petition by another organization to end animal sacrifice ...
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Which 299 animals were sacrificed in the Ashwamedha besides the Horse?

According to SECTION LXXXVIII of the Ashwamedha Parva of Mahabharat besides the horse, there were two ninety-nine other animals (including birds and aquatics!) that were also sacrificed in the ritual: ...
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What's the response to the Cārvāka thought on animal sacrifice in a yajña?

How did other schools of Indian philosophy respond to this argument by the Cārvākas with regard to animal sacrifice as part of a yajña? If a beast slain in the Jyotishtoma rite will itself go to ...
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How are animals killed in the Soma Yajna?

In the Soma yajna, a few animals are killed (I think 3 different animals are killed). My question is, how are they killed? Through beheading, strangulation, etc? This answer says that the horse is ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

Manusmriti verses 5.41-42 say this: madhuparke ca yajñe ca pitṛdaivatakarmaṇi | atraiva paśavo hiṃsyā nānyatraityabravīn manuḥ || 41 || eṣvartheṣu paśūn hiṃsan vedatattvārthavid dvijaḥ | ...
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Who is this King Bhavya who lived on the banks of Indus?

Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 126 is dedicated to a king who has given a lot of gifts to a certain Kakshivan in a sacrifice: 1 WITH wisdom I present these lively praises of Bhāvya dweller on the bank of ...
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Why Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) was practised in ancient times?

Recently, I read an article which describes rituals like Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) known as पुरुष-मेध (Purusha Medha). That article also claims that this practice is defined in the Vedas. Why ...
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Does Vishnu like animal sacrifices?

The Vedas are traditionally divided into two parts: Karma kanda and Jnana kanda. The Karma kanda consists of Yajnas involving animal sacrifice. Ancient Sri Vaishnava commentators and acharyas say that ...
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Why animals other than Goat, Chicken and pigs are not given as animal sacrfice?

Goats, roosters and pigs are given as sacrifice to gods. There are also many other animals and birds living but they are not Sacrificed. QUESTION : Why certain animals like Goat, roosters, pigs are ...
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What are sacrifices done on new moon and full moon where a part is thrown for Rakshasas?

Sage valmiki uses many metaphors and writes in a poetic sense while explaining an incident in the Valmiki Ramayana. There are hundreds of usages of Upama and rupaka alankara which is used to explain ...
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Were horses killed in the ashvamedh performed by Lord rama?

Lord rama performed ashvamedh and that too without a wife, who did the ritual killing, and were animals actually sacrificed?
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Did the influence of Jains reduce animal sacrifice in Hinduism?

In the Wikipedia article on Jainism and Hinduism, there is a section Vedic sacrifices which says following: The practice of Vedic animal sacrifices was opposed by Jains. Hemachandra, a Jain monk, ...
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If two kings perform a sacrifice which yields victory, and fight each other, who wins?

The Vedas have sacrifices which, when performed, yield guaranteed victory in the next battle fought. If two kings perform that sacrifice and fight each other, who wins?
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How prevalent is animal sacrifice in India as part of Hindu ritual?

I was under the impression that animal sacrifice as Hindu ritual was a minority phenomenon in India. Am I wrong? Are there any statistics available? Note that I am not asking if it is justified, ...
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Do any commentators interpret “from yajña arises rain” in BG 3.14 allegorically i.e., not involving a physical sacrifice, fire and smoke?

Bg. 3.14 annād bhavanti bhūtāni parjanyād anna-sambhavaḥ yajñād bhavati parjanyo yajñaḥ karma-samudbhavaḥ Rāmānuja's commentary on this verse points to a verse from Manusmṛti which is ...
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What was Swami Vivekananda's stance on animal sacrifices?

What was Swami Vivekananda's view on animal sacrifices? Did he support it or criticise it?
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What is ShiroVrata (a vow of holding fire on head)?

Ending of Mundaka Upanishad talks about śirovrata (शिरोव्रत): तदेतदृचाऽभ्युक्तम् । क्रियावन्तः श्रोत्रिया ब्रह्मनिष्ठाः स्वयं जुह्वत एकर्षिं श्रद्धयन्तः । तेषामेवैतां ब्रह्मविद्यां वदेत शिरो...
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Do Vedas allow sacrificing innocent animals in the name of GOD? [duplicate]

This question has arises out of this answer and I want to know the truth because as per my knowledge several amendments have been made by pandits for their own benefits in past 4000 years, So how much ...
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Is meat offered to Goddess Kali only for restricting the sense gratification of meat-eaters as Srila Prabhupada claims?

The following are quotes of Srila Prabhupada regarding Vedic animal sacrifices: Lecture on BG 7.16 -- Bombay, April 7, 1971: Prabhupāda: There are tāmasika-purāṇas where it is recommended that ...
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Do the Devas and Pitrs like eating meat?

The body of animals killed in Yajnas and Sraddhas go to the world of the Devas as well as the world of Pitrs. The Devas and Pitrs eat the flesh of the animals killed in the yajnas offered by humans. ...
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Which mantras should be chanted for Agnihotra more than aahuti?

I perform it daily and I know about SaptaShloki , sunrise and sunset mantras but I wish to chant more and different shlokas like mantras, Vedic Shlokas and Vedic Sukta. Can I ? Can I chant Purush ...
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Was/is there animal sacrifice at dakshineshwar?

Since it is a Kali temple, animal sacrifice probably does take place there. Did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa sanction it? How about Vivekananda?
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A question about blood sacrificial acts in Hinduism

I am a Hindu who is a devotee Sain Sacho Satram Das (my Satguru) whose faith is fairly strong but has a fair amount of questions about Hinduism. I believe that I will get answers to all of them on ...
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Examples of human sacrifice in Hindu scripture

Are there any incidents of human sacrifice in Hindu scripture? If there are none, are there any examples where a human being was initially prepared to be sacrificed but later avoided due to some or ...
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Where did the notion that cows are sacred originate from? [duplicate]

Contemporary Hindus believe that cows are the most sacred animals and should not be eaten. There are even groups in North India that kill people who eat cows. However, many of the Dharma Shastras, ...
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Traditional Rajput dharma is to sacrifice themselves in battle - can dharma be passive?

I'm writing a paper about Rajput self-sacrifice in ancient battles. I'm looking into the motivation for sacrifice and for fighting in general and I have this question: It is said that a Rajput's ...
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Were there any schools of Shaiva, Shakti, or Tantric philosophy that advocated human sacrifice?

Were there any schools of Shaiva, Shakti, or Tantric philosophy that advocated human sacrifice? If so, what were their arguments?
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Are there any animal sacrifices specifically for Vishnu?

There are animal sacrifices for Indra, Vayu, Agni, Prajapati and Shiva, etc in the Vedas. For example, in the Ashvalayana Grihya Sutras: 1 1. Now the spit-ox (sacrificed to Rudra). In ...
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Why did Shiva cut off an elephant's head in violation of Ahimsa?

If animal killing is not good, then why did Lord Shiva cut off an elephant's head for his son Ganesha? Does that mean we may kill animals for our own means as our Lord did?
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Why Hindus kill animals for Goddess Mahakali In Nepal and India? [duplicate]

Why Hindus kill animals for Goddess "Mahakali" in Nepal and India? God never want to kill any animals.
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Does Tantrik, avaidik, or agamic animal sacrifice have any scriptural authority?

No one has done a Vedic animal sacrifice for hundreds of years, but the Shakta, Shaiva, and Vamachara traditions, especially in East India, are known to perform lots of avaidik animal sacrifices for ...
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Do scriptures specify how animals should be killed during the sacrifice?

I think the horse in the Ashwamedha was killed with knives. The Somavajapeya involves suffocating the sacrificial animal if I am not mistaken.
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Why is the queen required to sleep next to the dead horse at the end of Aśvamedha Yajña?

From the Wikipedia article on Aśvamedha Yajña: After this, the horse, a hornless he-goat, a wild ox (go-mrga, Bos gaurus) are bound to sacrificial stakes near the fire, and seventeen other animals ...