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Under what conditions, a women is not allowed to perform Sati?

This answer on Sati lists the conditions in which a woman is not allowed to Sati. Only a Pativrata alone can enter the pyre upon the death of her husband. That too, if she has young children, or she ...
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What is Tvarita Rudra? Where is it found?

Linga Purana (chapter 64) states worship of Lord Shiva done by Parashara using various Vedic Suktas which I also mention in my answer here. The verses are as: अदृश्यंति वशिष्ठं च प्रणम्यारुन्धतीं तत ।...
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Any references to Vishnu and his other avatars like Kalki and Vamana being black or dark-skinned? [duplicate]

Most people are aware that Krishna was a blackish-skinned person. Lord Rama is also depicted as blackish-skinned. But I have also heard that black is shri hari Vishnu's skin color, despite his blue ...
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Hierarchy of entities spanning from gross body or senses to parabrahman

Across the scriptures, different hierarchies has been mentioned regarding entities related human life. For example consider the following hierarchies: #1: Hierarchy by Krishna The senses are superior ...
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Does the Vedic Sanatana dharma endorse the view that a cow deserves to be worshipped as the mother of humanity? [duplicate]

I've heard by the Vedic view, the birth as a human follows numerous births as beasts. A cow is a beast. Can a cow deserve the respect as the Mother of humanity? What's the True Vedic stance on this ...
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What is the meaning of Uma?

Consort of Lord Shiva is mostly known by her name 'Parvati'. But in Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas we find the name of 'Uma' being used. Right from the 5th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram which starts with 'नमः ...
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Is any variant of Sati prescribed for men in scriptures?

It well-known that the primary purpose of marriage is to begot children. Since humans begets children through sexual reproduction. The role of men is very limited. He needs to contribute his tejas, ...
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What type of Shashtra is Vastu?

In the accepted answer to What are 16 shastras?, the division of 18 Vidyas into 4 categories is explained: The Vedas The Vedanga Upanga Upveda The given examples of these categories add up to 18 ...
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Is marriage an act of free will or an act of destiny? [duplicate]

I would like to understand the point of view of our scriptures on this topic : Is marriage an act of free will or an act of destiny? If we consider swayamvar of Rama and Sita, it definitely qualifies ...
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Is there a ritual in Hinduism when son leaves parents house?

I'm just wondering, is there a ritual in Hinduism, where a son leaves the house of the parents if he is going to live in his own house alone?
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Is it mandatory for Hindus to treat constitution of the country as a smriti? [closed]

Smritis are the scriptures of sanathan dharma, providing the rules and regulations to lead life. In general, a Hindu should follow the smriti texts by Rishis. There is no ambiguity in it. Every ...
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What is the concept of Kendra & Trikona in a Kundali (horoscope birth chart)?

Several times when we visit a Jyotiṣhī āchārya, they frequently mention the words "Kendra" & "Trikoṇa", while discussing our janma-patrikā Kuṇḍalī. For instance, the ...
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Are Kapoti and Unchha methods one and same?

While enumerating the lifestyles allowed to Grihastha, Vyasa told the following statement That kingdom grows in prosperity where these highly deserving persons live, viz., those that lead a life of ...
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What is the interpretation of Nirukta-1:20?

Nirukta-1:20 sākṣāt kṛta dharmāṇa ṛṣayo babhūvuḥ te avarebhyo asākṣāt kṛta dharmabhya upadeśena mantrānt samprāduḥ Upadeśāya glāyanto.avare bilma grahanāya imam grantham samāmnāsiṣur vedaṃsa va veda ...
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What are the various supernatural entities mentioned in scriptures (like Vedas, Puranas etc.)?

People often believe one or more supernatural beings such as bhut, preta or pisach. I would like to know about all the Supernatural entities, from all the major canonical texts (Vedas, Puranas, ...
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Order of senses according to sanathan dharma

In sanathan dharma, there are atleast six sensory organs: manas, ears, skin, eye, tongue, nose. We are considering only the five physical sensory organs for our discussion, keeping manas aside. Modern ...
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Parabrahman as generator of thoughts

Every human (in fact living organism) has thoughts throughout the lifetime. Thoughts occur to humans during jagrit and Swapna avasthas. Modern science believes that the brain is responsible for the ...
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Estimation of number of Jivanmukthas in Indian society

According to Krishna in Geetha, one can guess that a single Jivan Muktha may exist in atleast 10,00,000 people Amongst thousands of persons, hardly one strives for perfection; and amongst those who ...
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Who is Yogeshwara? Is it Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva?

I have heard that Lord Shiva is the source of Yoga, the one who taught it to Mother Parvati, and then later on to others, and hence is called Adiyogi. But Wikipedia says that Lord Krishna is ...
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Bahujan Samaj are Vaishya not Shudra

Most Neo Buddhists says that Bahujan samaj are Shudra and have major proportion demography because they have to serve above three Bhramin Kshatriya and Vaishya varnas If you see how Shudra are defined ...
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Is planting a Peepal tree a remedy for "afterlife tarpaṇa" rituals, in case a couple doesn't have a male progeny?

Recently on a dhārmika TV channel, I heard a pundit talk on the importance of the Peepal tree. What caught my attention was when the pundit proclaimed that - " Planting a Peepal tree as a ...
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Sense organ suppression as a sadhna

Podcast with Sarvesh Shashi 5:28-6:00 He mentions Not touching , Staying silent, Vipasana,etc. Can someone elaborate on what sadhanas is Sarvesh referencing to? Please also give scripture reference. ...
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Why didn't Rudra incur any sin for killing Vishnu?

When Shiva's form (Kaal Bhairav) just cut off one of Brahma's heads he incurred the great sin of Brahma-Hatyaa and became a skull-bearer who lived by begging in Brahma's skull. But it looks like no ...
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Lord Shiva and Brahmavadis

From the lecture of HG Anogh Lila Prabhu 3:25-5:01 HG makes mention of Lord Shiva training Brahmavadis in 4 courses.Can someone give a reference to this claim?
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How much time it takes for Kundalini activation via padmasana?

Hatha Yoga Pradipika says that it takes 12 years to achieve success in Yoga (activating Kundalini) if the Yogi is doing siddhasana By contemplating on oneself, by eating sparingly, and by practising ...
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Maya and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 2:49-3:03 Quoting HG: This tatva(Lord Shiva’s) is unaffected by Maya;it is neither beyond(transcending) Maya,neither is it polluted by Maya,it is pure. ...
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Did buddhism and jainism decline because they are anti ritualistic and contrary to what brahmin hindus propagate? [closed]

Also, can someone tell me where to start from for Indian philosophy and culture like some map which covers all Philosophies?
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Virginity test In Hinduism?

Do Hindu scripture tells about virginity test ? What process for test ? Virginity test for normal people (male and female both). Which scripture tell about this process ? And what is the process?
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The famous "Charaiveti" mantra is mentioned in which Vedic verse?

"Charaiveti" is a famous Vedic Mantra. It means keep moving on (if I am not wrong). From which verse this word is taken? What does the entire verse say?
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Is there any reference to Panch Kedar in Scripture?

I know that Dwadash Jyotirlingas are mentioned in Shiv Puran. What about Panch Kedar? In which scripture importance of these tirthas are mentioned?
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Should most brahmins today be considered as shudras?

Since most brahmins particularly those living in urban areas today don't follow the duties of a brahmin , should they be considered as shudras ? Many of them indulge in degenerate things like alcohal ...
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How did Mlechha (foreigners) people come into existence? [duplicate]

People of four castes that is found in India were born from mouth , shoulders , thighs and leg of Brahma. How mlechhas (foreginers) came into existence ? Do Vedas or any other Hindu texts specify them ...
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Scriptural references for the 'Giloy ( गिलोय ) herb' being born from the Amṛta drops?

Giloy / Giloe ( गिलोय ) is an important ayurvedic herb known for its myriad health-benefits, especially during these trying times of Covid-19 pandemic. It's also called Guduchi or Amṛtā (Tinospora ...
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Conjunction of Moon and Rahu in all birth charts

I heard from several sources that moon and Rahu are enemies. Is it true in astrology in general? If yes, what can be the consequences if a person has conjunction of Moon and Rahu in the three birth ...
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Does the concept of Longitude and Latitude finds explicit mention in the canonical texts?

Latitude and Longitude are the units that represent the coordinates at geographic coordinate system. Our ancient knowledge of Jyotiṣha śhāstras based on the pañcāṅga and knowledge of relevant ...
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Are the rules of eclipses (grahaṇa) still valid if the eclipse is not visible from the observers' place?

There was a recent Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahaṇa) - the first for the year 2021. The full eclipse began at 11.11 am UTC, which was around 4.41 pm IST. But the total lunar eclipse was not visible in ...
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Diet for fasting in hinduism

There is a mention of fast in Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva about fasting which is continued for twenty eight days, which is the maximum days of fasting. That man who having fasted for eight and ...
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Where are the realms of a perpetual Treta Yuga mentioned as being such?

It kind of makes sense for Treta Yuga to be the default Yuga, as its number of legs is the average number of legs: (4(4)+3(3)+2(2)+1(1))/(4+3+2+1) = 3 i.e., If you average the dharma in all Yugas you ...
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Is there anything in Hinduism to refute the idea that plant species are controlled by a single soul?

I feel like the most sensible answer to how plant souls work when plants can have cuttings is to say plants are single souled and the entire species is controlled by one soul. This makes sense with ...
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Is it a sin to be unproductive in Hinduism?

I know that doing Karm and hard work is the only source to the fruit. But does wasting time and not doing Karm is a sin? (wasting time by indulging in materialistic pleasures such as playing video ...
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How to tell if a new scripture is authentic, according to scripture?

The dating for the Purāṇas is not given in scripture, meaning one could easily conclude they are still being composed to account for language changes, changes in theme, etc. Anyway, say a new ...
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Lighting candles rather than oil-lamps on Diwâlî a scripturally prescribed practise?

Does any scriptures mention use of candles on the night of Diwâlî ? Lighting a seasame oil or ghee based dîyâ is considered auspicious. However, these days it's more common for people to light up ...
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Isn't keeping the idol-murtis of non canonical hindu deities in temples specifically dedicated to hindu deities a sin?

Isn't keeping the idol-murtis or pictures, etc., of non canonical deities (like Saî Bâbâ, Santoșhî Mâtâ) in the temples dedicated to scripture defined canonical deities, a sin or a forbidden act? ...
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Skanda Purana in sanskrit

I am trying to find pdf of Skanda Purana in sanskrit. Is complete unabridged sanskrit Skanda Purana online or in PDF format? Please provide it.
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Partition of night in to parts

Night or nighttime (also spelled night-time or night time) is the period of ambient darkness from sunset to sunrise during each 24-hour day. Consider the following statement of Vyasa from the ...
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Possessing ego for being "scripturally righteous" or being a sinner (knowingly or unknowingly): Which of the two is worse?

We all commit in some way or another various sins (pāpa) and good acts (puṇya). My question pertains to the situation: Suppose one person, might be conducting themselves in all righteousness (dharmic),...
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Is there any scripture prohibiting marriage across Varṇa, that can't be explained as being just dating advice?

I know scriptures encourage to marry within the same Varṇa (especially a female marrying a lower Varṇa), but these always seemed to me to be about people seeking marriage, not wanting to marry someone ...
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What are the rules for polygamy?

While people may debate if men marrying multiple wives or women marrying multiple husbands is ideal, the simple fact is both happen in Hinduism and are clearly at least allowed in some situations, ...
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Most Hindu stories are told by someone in another story. How do you know you can trust the narrator?

Is there any way to tell if a narrator is trustworthy or not. Do scriptures ever deal with the issue of which narrators are trustworthy and which are not? This is especially true for stories within ...
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Can you change your long-term Bhaagya / Destiny / Future?

I think many of us have heard of this statement भाग्यं फलति सर्वत्र, न च विद्या, न च पौरुषं or Bhagyam phalati sarvatra, na cha vidyaa, na cha paurusham Which basically means that knowledge and ...
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