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What are the fruits received by performing an Ashwamedha?

Ashwamedha is a Vedic yajna done mainly by Kshatriyas and is supposed to have wondrous benefits including getting rid of Brahmahatya and attaining the post of Indra, if 100 of them are performed. I ...
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Which scripture has the story of the prostitute and the Sannyasi?

They lived across from each other and the Sannyasi would throw a pebble into a pile for each time somebody visited her. Soon the pebbles became a small hill and he would tell her "look at the ...
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A few questions on homosexuality and hinduism

Sorry this is a taboo topic but I have 2 questions What are some examples of bad karma that result in a birth as a homosexual ?It seems that it can only be a bad karma as good karma can't possibly ...
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Is it sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants after evening?

there is popular belief particular in Gujarat that it is sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants or tree after evening. My Question really Is it sin to pluck or broke flowers from plants or tree ...
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Is it a sin for Rakshasas, Pisachas, and Asuras to kill humans?

The armies of the Asuras (Daityas and Danavas), Rakshasas, and Pisachas frequently come to Earth and kill humans. It is even said in scriptures that the food for Pisachas is human flesh. Do these ...
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Is the practice of Gayatri Parivar allowing everyone to undergo Upanayana (Janaeu) ceremony adharmika?

It's a well-known fact about the Gayatri Parivar's stance on allowing everyone (including married women, non-Hindus, and Śhūdras, etc.) to undergo the sacred thread ceremony (Upanayana or Yagnopavita ...
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How are trees sharing Indra's guilt?

As given in puranic stories, Indra shared His guilt of killing a Brahmana among Women, Trees, Water and Earth. The below verse tells the guilt shared by trees: तुर्यं छेदविरोहेण वरेण जगृहुर्द्रुमा...
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Do our sins really burn away if we're reborn as animals or trees (i.e., other than human)?

I have heard that we can not earn any merit or demerit in any birth other than the human birth. So my question is, do our sins (demerits) burn away in animal or tree birth? E.g., a dog born in dirty ...
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tīrtha and sins cleaning

I was reading this question and I found interesting comments about tīrtha as follows: you can get rid of sins simply by dipping in a Tirtha. Numerous scriptures including the Mahabharata mention ...
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Can chanting certain mantras and reading stories rid us of mahapatak/maha papam (great sins)?

We often say that there is no remedy for Mahapapam/Panch pahapapam, but the Ramraksha Stotra and Shree Ganesh Atharvasheersha both very clearly mention that reciting them would help us get rid of the ...
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Is desert usually a place where lots of paap/adharm has happened?

In Hinduism, is this a thing ? In many texts I’m trying to read, this seem to be implied. Not sure though. That desert type region occurs where tons of sins have taken place ? Because desert can’t ...
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Is it sin when one sing prayer of other religion(if he goes to convent school)?

Vyasa says, '..The rejection of one's own creed, the practice of other people's creed, ......- these all have been pronounced by persons conversant with duties to be acts that no one should do.’ ...
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Has the killing of a cow been categorised as a mahapataka in any text or versions thereof?

In a particular text (not able to remember) there was a line which said that :A Brahmin, a woman and a cow must never be slain. This statement is in line with the pancha mahapataka among which, is the ...
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Is Rajiv Malhotra right in saying concepts of papa, atma, etc have no equivalent in other religions

I was watching some video of Rajiv Malhotra, in it he said that Hindu concepts of Papa, Punya, Atma, etc are not same as soul, sin found in non-Hindu religions. In English translations of Hindu ...
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Is stay in any of the narakas eternal?

If child is not born even after several years of trying in marriage....is there anyway to escape from punnama hell? says stay in naraka for childless is eternal or at least till pralaya. Which ...
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Can we paint religious images with laterite?

I'm planning to make an image of Mahalakshmi and shankh-chakra on my tulasi-thara (tulsi-vrindavan) to surprise my mother as she's always wanted to have it painted (just plain white right now) but we ...
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What are the punishments for evoking lust in another person?

What are the punishments given to a man/woman (mostly woman) who creates lustful feelings to the opposite sex by showing skin / private parts and blabber. Any references from scriptures like Garuda ...
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What karma should I do to get blessed with beauty and intellect in my next birth?

I have seen so many people till now who are very miserable because they were born ugly, poor, with less intelligence. And this world is cruel to ugly, poor and dumb people and there is no doubt about ...
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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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Is it true that those who do more sins die late in life after suffering too much?

Is it true that those who do more sins though get material gains in life but die late in life ,after becoming old and suffering too much ? Though they also go to hell after death but they also suffer ...
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What does Hinduism says about earning anything through wrong means but using it for the benefit of others?

Example - A police man takes bribe(not his choice, but due to circumstances) from someone but he uses the money for good things like some charity, donations, feeding poor etc. So is it a papa or punya?...
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Any sins committed when Bilva tree is desecrated in any way?

Does the scriptures enjoin any sins with cutting the Bilva tree and it's leaves, done either deliberately or by mistake?
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Why sin done by Indra is suffered by all Women?

As discussed here, the sin of Indra is suffered by women. But, why the sin done by someone is suffered by someone else? What I know is, we suffer the result of sinful action so that we can realize the ...
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Do Hindu Gods commit sin and go to hell? If yes please quote the scripture

because Krishna said that Gods are also trapped in the system of creation Krishna said He is the one who does all- both good and evil by incarnating himself. Does it mean that when a bad guy is ...
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Is there any scriptural injuctions that says leaving 'Agni-seva' is a sin in kaliyuga?

Agni-seva was treated as a noble virtue in the Vedic ages. Is there any scriptural injuctions that says leaving 'Agni-seva' is a sin in kaliyuga?
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What is the scope of the injunction "One shall not look at a naked woman"?

It is well known that looking at naked women is sinful according to the Hindu scriptures. The injunction reads like, "One shall not look at a naked woman who isn't his wife." My question is, what is ...
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Prayaschitta/Expiation for breaking promise with friends

I made a promise to a friend but kind of broke it....What is the expiation for it since I feel guilty now. Also, I will only speak the truth from now on & not repeat it again..Kindly answer it . ...
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Do ganga water only clean sins of human or also of animals, plants and micro -organisms?

Do ganga water only clean sins of human or also of animals, plants and micro -organisms? Please also explain in answer that sins are only cleared for one birth or previous births also.
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How can we help souls that died unnaturally in hinduism?

I know of some people who died by suicide and snake bite. I am not related to them. Is there any way as per vedic rituals I can help their souls/atone their sins to reach better state than what they ...
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Is having sex with wife for non-reporduction purpose sin?

Should sex be done only for the reproduction purpose ? Is having sex with one's wife for the purpose of enjoyment wrong ? Is it sin ?
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What would be the traditional Hindu perspective of anti natalist ideas?

The ideas are, procreation is immoral because it adds to the sum of suffering in the world. By not procreating, one spares their unborn children of preventable suffering and misery. Are there any ...
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What are the repercussions for a woman who remains unmarried lifelong?

If a woman remains unmarried all her life... Is she sent to Hell? Who is considered the sinner? She, her father, or someone else? If she is sent to Heaven, then on what grounds? She did not even ...
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Did I sin after trying to help a sick kitten but it died?

I found a sick kitten by the road. I simply couldn't leave it. I brought it home and applied medicines on it. I fed it food and made it a warm place to sleep using cardboard boxes. The next day, its ...
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According to the Garuda Purana, what happens to a son who strikes his father?

What happens when a son beats an abusive father? What kind of punishment will he get? (Specifically according to the Garuda Purana)
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Instances of curses given to commit crimes?

Refer to the comment trail to this answer for background. My main question was if it is really in the hands of a thief to not thieve. Later the curse to Jaya-Vijaya is discussed. I received useful ...
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As Suicide is a henious crime, then why did Vallabhacharya commit suicide?

Suicide is a heinous crime according to Hindu scriptures (see this thread - What does Hinduism say about Suicide?). Then how come an Acharya (Vallabhacharya) who propounded Shuddhadvaita darshan (...
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Doing which things purifies a person and causes him to get rid of all (or some) of his past sins?

It is believed that by taking bath in Ganga river a person get rid of all his past sins. Which other things are also capable of making a person pure and making him free from his past sins.
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Does kala pani mean crossing the sea by boat or ship or does kala pani mean going to other countries for example, USA, how do i get forgiven for sin

does kala pani mean crossing the sea by boat or ship or does kala pani mean going to other countries, for example, the USA, how do i get forgiven for kala pani fast
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Is it an offence against Varuna if I urinate/defecate in toilet water?

Is that something that will create bad karma or lead to Hell? In reference to Manusmriti, chapter 4, verses 44—56.
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My health is deteriorating. Should I continue taking fasts?

I've been taking fasts (Mondays, Tuesdays, Ekadashis, and Trayodashis) for the last two years. Before, I was able to fast continuously even for five days. I was also able to take many nirjala fasts. ...
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How to do repentance for drinking alcohol?

What is the repentance for drinking spirituous liquor ? As drinking alcohol is considered as a sin.
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Should I stop moving out of the house during the rainy season and enjoy the weather because there is high chance i can accidently kill insects?

Should I stop moving out of the house during the rainy season and enjoy the weather because it may accidentally kill insects? Is it a sin because consciously, I know there is a high chance of killing ...
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Do people get saved from hell if one of their family member is in heaven?

Yudhistira was allocated heaven while other four Pandavs and Draupdi were allocated hell . But when Yudhistira requested Yamraj that he too would live in hell with his other four brothers and wife in ...
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Which scripture talks about 'Hreem' bija mantra other than Devi bhagvatam? I am talking about Hreem/Devi Pranava/Tantrokt Paranava

In devi bhagvat I saw some description of Devi Pranava Hreem.But those were not sufficient. I want to know the power of Hreem. And what does it can do. I want to destroy all of my sins of every birth. ...
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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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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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Was Rama sinful?

Valmiki Ramayana Aranyakanda 63:4 I might have definitely, habitually, and desirably committed damnable deeds in my previous births, and now the result of those impious deeds is very much ripened and ...
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What is the difference between desire and papa and punya?

what is the difference between desire and punya and papa. Punya and papa also seems to be a desire because i like to give good things to that person which means i am desiring good things should be ...
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Is there any scriptural injunction that says leaving wife and family for attaining God-realisation is a sin?

Our scriptures depict a general person of the Kaliyuga as: 'stridevah kamakimkarah' i.e. who obeys wife as God and is a passion of lust. Is there any scriptural injunction also that says leaving wife ...
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Are all human beings capable of self-control?

I have been trying to find an answer to this according to the Hindu holy texts, but I cannot find reference to this in the Gita. Are all human beings capable of self-control or are there human beings ...
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