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Blowing a Conch in the evening before sunset?

Are there any restrictions to blowing conch before sunset in the evening? Any scripture that says not to do it? Any references would be great.
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Is the capability of knowing past lives an unavoidable step in getting moksha?

A person in moksha state or higher yogic states is able to know about her past lives according to scriptures. My doubt is that is it a mandated step in getting moksha? I mean, is it true that a person ...
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Can a person attain moksha involuntarily?

Most of the people practice, in their lifetime, some or other paths established by scriptures to get moksha. Some may use rama nama, some may use yoga, some may use jnana marga, etc., Each path may ...
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Which scriptures gives details about the Ashta-Lakshmi?

There are said to be eight forms of Devi Lakshmi, called as Ashta Lakshmi ( अष्ट - लक्ष्मी ) . Which all scriptures give details about them? I'd like to further know, if they are to be considered as a ...
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Scriptures mentioning about death of stars

Consider the following line from Mahabharata I see again that the luminous bodies, large and small, which move in the firmament, fall down when their time comes. [Section 179, Mokshadharma Parva, ...
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Are there any analogues of this tale about the eventual fates of a sannyasin and an evil woman told by Swami Vivekananda in scripture?

Swami Vivekananda tells the following story (Complete Works, V8, Discourses on Jnana Yoga VI, available here): Thought is all important, for "what we think we become". There was once a ...
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which scripture says “parokshakama hi devah”, and what does it mean?‘

Does it mean the Gods have caused scriptures to be composed in a way that they are hard to understand?
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Is it Dhruva padam or Dhruta padam in Dhyanam before Rudram?

I've seen two versions of dhyanam before Rudram (Namakam). āpātāḷa-nabhaḥsthalānta-bhuvana-brahmāṇḍa-māvisphurat- jyotiḥ sphāṭika-liṅga-mauḷi-vilasat-pūrṇendu-vāntāmṛtaiḥ | astokāpluta-meka-mīśa-...
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What is the significance of the float festival - Theppotsavam?

I came across a few videos of Theppotsavam, a festival celebrated in some temples of South India. The principal murti is decorated and floated on a nearby river or lake. As per Wikipedia it seems that ...
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Is it sin for Brahmins if they eat artifical meat (Cultured meat)? [duplicate]

Is it sin for Brahmins if they eat artifical meat (Cultured meat )? Does scriptures scriptures say anything about this?
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Is there any difference between soul and self?

Sanskrit dictionary say this So there is a clear difference between soul and self according to the dictionary MY QUESTION : Is there a difference between these two thing mentioned in the scriptures.
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Does the Gita contradict the Vedas in these verses and if yes, is there ANY universally accepted hierarchy of authority among scriptures?

Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says: 2.42-43 Those with limited understanding, get attracted to the flowery words of the Vedas, which advocate ostentatious rituals for elevation to the celestial abodes, ...
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What's the story involving Shitala Devi & Jwarasura where Lord Vishnu gets inflicted by fever?

As per Wikipedia Jvarasura or Jwarasura (ज्वरासुर) in Hindu mythology is the fever-deity and consort of pox-deity goddess, Shitala/Sheetala (शीतला or śītalā). Further, Once Vishnu was inflicted ...
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What gives the “spiritual - theological authenticity” to modern compositions like Chālīsās & ārtís?

Hanumāna Chālīsā is by far, one of the most popular devotional hymn to a God. It's authorship is credited to Tulsídāsa, although few other sources might also call it as a later interpolated addition ...
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What's the difference between a Māyāví & Siddha?

Śrī Kṛṣṇā at various instances in the Mahābhārata showed his various divine opulences in myriad ways. But, several people used the word Māyāví for dismissing it as something tāmasī or non-...
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Sri Vishnu Gita is present in which Puranas or ancient texts or scriptures.?

I have came accross some questions in other public forums saying there is a vishnu gita claiming there lord vishnu gave his gita gyan to lord shiva. After searching a lot thankfully I came across this ...
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Two or more Idols of the same deity at home forbidden?

Several elders say, that as per vaastu-shastra or some other treatises: it's forbidden to keep two idols of Lord Ganesha at home. Further, keeping three idols of Bhagwati Durga or any other Deví is ...
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

Manu Smriti 11.65 - 11.66 11.65. Neglecting to kindle the sacred fires, theft, non-payment of (the three) debts, studying bad books, and practising (the arts of) dancing and singing, 11.66. Stealing ...
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Can a human become demon or viceversa?

Can a human of degraded character become demon or rakshasa? Or can a demon become human through his good character? Justify with refrence of scriptures.
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Story of Lord Shani's sibling Bhadrā (भद्रा )?

Yama, Yami (personification of the river Yamuna) and the Aśvinī Kumāra, are popularly referred as the siblings of Lord Śani (शनिदेव ) . What might be lesser known, are Bhadrā (भद्रा ) and, Tapatī (...
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What's the concept of the Kṛityā (कृत्या)?

Hiraṇyakaśipu via his guru, Śukrācārya, is said to have deployed Kṛityā to destroy Prahlāda. I have read that it's some kind of an ogress or an evil demoness. What's a Kṛityā? Is it some ...
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What are Abūjh Muhūrtas?

Several times, in the newspapers, TV, magazines, etc., the term - Abūjh Muhūrta ( अबूझ मुहूर्त ) is commonly encountered, especially in reference to performing some new auspicious works, like ...
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Do all astika schools of thought in Hinduism believe that itihaas(Ramayan and Mahabharata) are really historic and not mythology?

There are many schools of thought in Hinduism So, do all astika schools of thought believe that Ramayan and Mahabharata are real history and not mythology?
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Why does everyone on the internet say scriptural reference is the final source? [closed]

I have seen few Q&A's on stack exchange and many other platforms. There, people after discussing on a specific topic, at last, ask for scriptural references for proving what they're saying as ...
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What are the sastras or Vedas or Upanishads of taxashila or Nalanda University destroyed by foreigners? [closed]

I have heard most of the people saying some Greek, Persians etc invaded India and burnt Vedas Upanishads etc or the knowledge present in the form of books. Why and who destroyed them? And, what ...
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Does enlightenment happen without kundalini awakening?

There are many paths in sanathan dharma to get enlightenment. Is it true that every path has kundalini awakening? Or is there any path, in which an aspirant gets enlightened without any kundalini ...
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Reason(s) behind restrictions on sex

There are plenty of restrictions for a grihastha woman to participate in sex. Some restrictions include forbidding the sex of Ekadasi, Amavasya, Poornima, Sunday. Is the ban on some special days, ...
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Can a Beeja Mantra be pronounced in a slightly corrupted form? Will it count as an initiation? [closed]

The modern meditation discipline of Transcendental Meditation is taught by an official teacher over a course of four or five consecutive days at the beginning of which there is a Puja of the ...
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Stages for Jnana marga

Jnana marga is a way to attain liberation in Sanathan dharma. It is a path of knowledge. The aspirant enquires about existence using scriptures and finally attains moksha. Do any scripture tells in ...
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Do grama devathas have capability of giving moksha?

Krishna, Rama, Hanuman, Siva, etc., are capable of giving moksha to an aspirant. Is it valid for Grama Devatas (village goddess) as well?
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Instances of mutual parakaya pravesa

Parakaya pravesa is a well known in sanathan dharma in which a jiva can enter in to another person body. So, it may also be possible that two persons can swap their Jivas. But, are there any such ...
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Goddess Pārvatī brother, Maināka parvata?

I have read and watched at several places and TV soaps, about Maināka parvata as the son of Himavant and Maināvatī, and thus, being the brother of Devī Pārvatī and brother-in-law to Lord Shiva? ...
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Does God help only if Punya deposit is available?

There are several incidents in scriptures where God/nature helps immediately in case of any danger or panic situation if one prays for help. I can provide three such examples from Mahabharata: #1: ...
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The confusion between fruits & vegetables

Science classify several eatables, which in layman vernacular are called vegetables, to be fruits and vice-versa. Kind of oxymoron in itself. For example:- Tomato, Cucumber, Chilli, Capsicum, Bell ...
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Are there any rules about which fruits may not be consumed during a fast?

The set of fruits in common circulation must have changed over time with contact with other cultures and experimentation for breeding new strains. As such do the scriptures say anything about which ...
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Does Jnana marga takes much time compared to Karma and Bhakti?

Traditionally, there are three ways to attain moksha: Jnana, Bhakti, and Karma. Is it true that it will take more time for a person to attain moksha in Jnana marga?
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Do the total number of gotras change?

There are two related and interesting questions on this site Number and Types of Gotras What are the main gotras and the upagotras among Brahmins? I don't know whether gotras are creatable or not? I ...
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Sri Krishna's Weighing

As the title goes, Sri Krishna Tulabharam, it's a movie made on the very act of Weighing by Scale of Lord Krishna. This story, as also heard by me in several Srimad Bhagvad Puran Katha, is generally ...
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What should be order of reading Hindu scriptures and texts for understanding Soul, God, Karm, Moksha and purpose of creation? [duplicate]

I do want to understand fundamental concepts like Soul, God, Karm, Moksh and of course purpose of this life or creation that include everything at more deeper and detailed level. I guess main sources ...
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The Four Curses and a Boon by Devī Sītā

In his book, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik talks about an interesting event during the exile period of Śrī Rāma, Devī Sītā & Lakṣmaṇa, where Devī Sītā ...
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

In the present era many people worship Shri Ram as bhagavan , many people see him as merely an incarnation and many people consider him to be just an ideal man. But other than Sri Valmiki Ramayana , ...
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Do deities other than Brahma, Vishnu, Devi etc. have the power to create other universes?

I am aware that in many Hindu texts, famously the Puranas, explained that the gods Brahma creates universes constantly, Vishnu constantly creates universes by inhaling and exhaling also infinite ...
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Which scripture/s describe 15 faced to 21 faced Rudraaksha-s?

The Rudraaksha Jaabaalopanishad describes the lord and merits of wearing 1 faced to 14 faced Rudraakshas. The Shiva Puraan (Vidyeswara Samhitaa) goes no further. The Shrimad Devi Bhaagvatam mentions ...
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Source and translation of the shloka

सौराष्ट्रावन्त्याभीराश्च शूरा अर्बुदमालवाः । व्रात्या द्विजा भविष्यन्ति शूद्रप्राया जनाधिपाः (saurāṣṭrāvantyābhīrāśca śūrā arbudamālavāḥ | vrātyā dvijā bhaviṣyanti śūdraprāyā janādhipāḥ) I got that ...
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Guru mantras for people without a guru: Is there any scriptural support?

The general consensus appears to be that a living guru who is accessible and can give initiation to the seeker is absolutely essential for any form of progress in Sadhanas. However, in his book "...
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Is it acceptable to sleep in same room as Murti (Idol)?

Naively speaking one might expect that it would be acceptable to sleep/ live in same place as a Murti of some God or Goddess, as can occasionally be seen in some temples. For example, the question ...
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Is there any scriptural basis for this jinx in Hinduism?

A common belief these days is to not say good will happen for sure lest you jinx it for the person/yourself. For e.g. "I didn't say anything to him as I was afraid I might jinx him" I was ...
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What does Faith mean? [duplicate]

It could mean faith in a particular diety, mantra, ritual, remedy etc. What does faith mean and what does it involve? Does any scripture describe faith?
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Origin of “Rãma Nãma Satya Hai”

"Rãma Nãma Satya Hai" "राम नाम सत्य है" i.e. The name of Ram is the truth, is commonly chanted by Hindus while carrying a dead body to be cremated. What might be its scriptural ...
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Why does Manu Smriti state that meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures?

According to this answer https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44832/22493: Manu Smriti 5.48. Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is ...

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