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How are Shudras supposed to perform shraddha?

Namaskaram. Performing shraddha involves feeding brahmanas. A brahmana who strongly follows acharams will not eat in a shudra's home for obvious reasons. How should a shudra get around this issue? ...
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Why does the maternal uncle feed the child instead of the father (as prescribed in the scripture) in the Annaprashana ceremony?

Annaprashana is one of the Samskaras that Hindu householders perform after the birth of a baby. In this ceremony, when the baby is six months old, solid food is given to him/her first time. This ...
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How many Arya Samskaras are there? ten or sixteen?

Hindu householders perform a few Samskaras (religious rites), such as annaprashana, upanayana, marriage, shraddha etc. Some say, there are, in total, 10 Samskaras (Dasha Samskaras), whereas some say ...
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vrAtyastOma on fallen dwijAs in Kali Yuga

In a previous question, we established the lack of kshatriyas and vaishyas in today's day and age. Basically, the only dwijAs to exist today are the sath BramhanAs. For reference, one can gloss over ...
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Definition and ritualistc rights of vrAtyas in the present day

As per the dharmasAstrAs, a vrAtya is defined as one who has (or is descended from one who has) failed to be initiated at the proper time or who has ignored chanting of the Gayatri for over three ...
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Can we go back to our own varna dharma?

If our Brahmin or Kshatriya ancestors did not perform Upanayana Samskara and have not followed their dharma can we still have rights to get Upanayana Samskara for ourselves and our children? If no, ...
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Is there a conflict between free will and samskaras (innate tendencies)?

According to the theory of Karma, we carry our qualities to the next life. There is a famous verse in the Upanishad that as a caterpillar reaches the end of a blade of grass, it curls and collects its ...
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Do living beings really learn from punishments?

We know from the law of karma that good deeds lead to rewards and bad deeds lead to punishments and the loka where you will reincarnate to experience the effects of your actions will depend on the ...
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What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time?

What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time? I am actually not getting it done too late, like I am not getting in my late 20s or early 30s. ...
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Relationship between Prarabdha Karma and Sookshma or Linga Shareera

I have heard from contemporary spiritualists that Karma is actually stored in one's body, in different layers. There are three types of Karma Prarabdha Karma Sanchita Karma Agami Karma Now leaving ...
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Annaprasana timing

Greetings. I have a doubt regarding the Annaparasan timings. We know the fact that "For a son, this is done in even months - the 6th, 8th, 10th or 12th months. For a daughter this is done in odd ...
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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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Do Shudras have samsakaras according to smritis?

Do Shudras have samskaras prescribed for them? If yes, how many samskaras can they undergo according smriti and which are they? Can a shudra go to Gurukula?
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Do Smritis mention of any samskaras to be given to a shudra?

Any purification process (Samskara) is there for the shudras? Does any smriti tell about purification process for a shudra person?
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Is reincarnation eternal? [duplicate]

The question is so clear: Is Moksha the end of samsara, i.e: the end of reincarnation, the end of repeated cycles of reincarnation. Or it is the end of suffering, i.e: reincarnation is eternal and ...
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What happened to Ravana's body after his death?

As per this YT Video, it is said Ravana's body antim samskara never happened and some tribe people tried to cure him but couldn't make any success. Is this really true? If not what really happened ...
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What's the significance of the name Panchashikha?

Panchashikha is a character who appears in the Mahabharata. I found the name interesting. A shikha is the tuft of hair that remains after an upanayana ceremony. Why would someone be named Panchashikha ...
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Who should do Antim Sanskar (funeral rites) of married woman?

Who should do the rituals of antim sanskar of a married woman - her son or her husband? And who should give the mukhagni?
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Which scriptures talk about Garbha daana, Pumsavana, Seemontonnayana Samskars?

I wish to know the scriptures which mention about Garbha daana, Pumsavana, Seemontonnayana Samskars.
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Do scriptures allow men to perform last rites for relatives that are still alive?

According to this news report, a group of Indian men decided to perform last rites for their former wives. They say taking a dip in the Ganga redeems you of all your sins. But a group of Indian men ...
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How samskaras are manifested as per Vedanta philosophy?

How exactly the latent impressions that are submerged in our subconscious, arise at the surface of our conscious mind. I know they arise as vrittis or thought waves, but what triggers them to rise in ...
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Significance of Karnavedha? [duplicate]

What is the benefits or significance of child's Karnavedha or ear piercing ceremony. Is it necessary to do for every child or not.
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Does the pumsavana seemanta ritual pray for a male child?

I think this ritual is performed both in the north and south. The Brahminical Pumsavana has been blended with basically a baby shower. I have heard that the ritual prays for a male child and also ...
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Do scriptures talk about performing samskaras for non Hindus?

I have seen Americans who didn't seem to be Hare Krishnas get Hindu priests to perform sacraments for the success of their business. Are Hindu priests allowed to do this according to scriptures?
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Odd way of doing Antim Sanskar ?

Recently I visited Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga. On the way I found out that Hindus mostly there, instead of burning the dead body, they buried dead body in the graves. As far ...
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Why Karn Chhedan sanskar is required?

There are 16 sanskar in Hinduism in which 9th sanskar is Karn Chhedan. Why is it required ? I googled and found it is done for good health. Can anyone explain it logically. I don't see it relatable.
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What scriptures talk against tapta mudrAnkana practice?

Tapta mudrankana is a process of heating metallic religious symbols and touching on the skin so that a mark is produced on the skin. It is usually followed by vaishnava tradition using shankha and ...
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Why Mundan (Chudakarma) is done in first and third year of life in Hindusim?

Why first hair removal for kids is done at age of 1st and 3rd year and some places they do in 2nd year? Which one is more appropriate and why?
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Shaving the head of a baby outside of India

I am getting more calls as a barber about this service. What does it entail? When I do a head shave I usually do a pre shave, 2 hot towels, hot later and the shave. What is the technique for the baby ...
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What is the criteria for being a dvija? Is anyone who has undergone upanayana a dvija?

Nowadays only the Brahmin caste undergoes upanayana. For example, we are Kshatriya Varna (by birth) but we have not undergone upnayana. Question- Is anyone who has not undergone the upanayana ...
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Does not performing the Garbhadana samskara result in Sudra progeny?

In Hinduism the Samskaras or the purificatory rituals (like Garbhadana,Upanyana etc) play pivotal role. The complete list of such Samskaras are as given below : Garbhaadaana Pumsavana ...
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After dying, why are Saints buried instead of burning? [duplicate]

According to Hinduism, a dead person's body is supposed to be cremated and no memorial should be erected over it. On the contrary, the body of a dead saint is buried and a memorial (i.e., Brindavan) ...
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Meaning of Namaste (Folded hands) [duplicate]

Why do we join hands while praying or greeting or even when we apologise? What are the origin and significance of this practice?
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What are the essential rituals for a wedding according to Hinduism? [duplicate]

This wiki article discusses the various aspects of marriage in Hinduism. According to Hinduism, what are the necessary and sufficient rituals for a wedding? e.g. Is Saptapadi an essential ritual or ...
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What is the significance of Shikha?

Brahmins and temple priests have/kept Shikha (शिखा)/choti (tuft of hair) at the back of head head. So, What is the significance of Shikha? In other word : What is the purpose/importance? What ...
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What is the next stage after Sanyasa?

In one of my questions I asked about Sanyasa and its related things. In Sanyasa ashram, a sanyasi wears saffrons robs and removes or keeps panchkeshi. I was under the impression that Sanyasa is the ...
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Rules for wearing yagyopavit by women (yes it is possible)

I was going through this post answered by @Keshav Srinivasan , the following photograph (2nd in the answer) Depicts Shriman Narayana with his two wives, now begins my question is the goddess are ...
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In which month of pregnancy does a soul enter a new body (foetus)?

When I was going through this question and this question I found out that after the death of a body, the soul has three choices: heaven, hell and moksha. It is said that if soul/atma left the body ...
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What is the Purpose of own Antyesthi (Cremation) before taking Sanyasa?

Everyone knows there are 16 Sanskar in Hinduism. In this 16 Sanskar, Antyesthi (Cremation) is the final Sanskar performed after death (of a person) by his or her descendents.But I came to know that ...
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Should we perform Kesh-Mundan for 13 months old girl child

Is performing the Kesh-Mundan of a 13 months old girl child in accordance with the Hindu religion and scriptures? We follow the south Indian traditions from Karnataka.
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How can one reverse the impression of a karma knowing that it is wrong?

Being a Hindu, we are all aware that all karma eventually gets back to us. If we perform a negative karma, sooner or later the negative effects of our earlier karma will catch us up. In addition, we ...
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What are the 16 sanskaar (Sacraments of Life) and How do you complete them?

I have been told that there are 16 sanskaar (sacraments of life) described in the great texts of Hinduism. I am aware of naamkaran (naming ceremony), janeu or yagnopavit (sacred thread), vivah (...
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