Questions tagged [smarta]

Smārta (स्मार्त): A Hindu denomination or sect, which follows Advaita philosophy and considers that all gods are manifestations of one Supreme Brahman. Said to have been systematised by the Adi Shankaracharya in the Kaliyuga,

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-1 votes
0 answers
80 views

Is it a sin to have sex with prostitute after marriage?

Can someone tell what are the sins or is it a sin to have sex with a prostitute (virgin or married) after a lawful Brahmin marriage? If so, is there any remedy to nullify those sins?
user avatar
  • 7
2 votes
0 answers
18 views

Is there a Saura-Sampradaya today separate from Smarta-Sampradaya?

Does an independent Saura-Sampradaya exist today? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saura_(Hinduism) Or is the cult and philosophy of Surya, like Ishvara, preserved only inside the Panchayatana Puja? ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
25 views

What is Saatarumarai and why is it done?

I've heard this term called Saatarumarai. But don't know anything on when, where and why it's done. Can someone please tell me
user avatar
  • 435
5 votes
0 answers
27 views

After marriage, why does the ladies have to follow the man's customs?

This is a general query for which I just want to understand the fundamental reason why after the marriage of a man and a woman (as per Hindu traditions - More specifically Brahmin traditions), the ...
user avatar
  • 435
3 votes
0 answers
40 views

Prahalada vs Abhimanyu story misunderstanding

I have heard two stories and one seem to be in conflict with another. Please correct my misunderstanding. In the story of Prahalada, Prahalada was educated by Narada (while Prahalada was inside his ...
user avatar
  • 435
3 votes
0 answers
40 views

Is Harihara abheda mentioned in Smritis like Manu Smriti?

Is Harihara abheda (non-difference of Vishnu and Shiva) mentioned in the Smritis like Manusmriti or any other 17 Smritis?
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
160 views

Authentic scriptural source of deciding Ēkādaśī

There are two types of Ēkādaśī. Smārta Ēkādaśī: If Ēkādaśī has started by sunrise or Sūryōdaya, then it's Ēkādaśī fasting on that day. This is followed by the followers of Ādi Śaṅkarācārya. Vaiṣṇava ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
45 views

Why is Surya Deva an aspect of Bhagawan in Smartism?

Selfhood cannot be ascribed to the sun, on account of his externality (parâgrûpatva). Immortality, &c. also cannot be predicated of him, as Scripture speaks of his origin and his dissolution. For ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
51 views

Are "Smarta" (स्मार्त) and "Srivaishnavite" mutually exclusive now?

At least in Tamil Nadu, "smarta" is a synonym for "Iyer" - who subscribe to Advaita as a philosophy and do not explicitly reject ANY Hindu deity. Did Tamil Vaishnavites (Iyengars) ...
user avatar
  • 1
3 votes
0 answers
74 views

Does the Gāṇapatyas (गाणपत्य) and the Sauras (सौर) have any dedicated sectarian Tilaka?

Each sect/subsect within Hinduism has its own dedicated 'sectarian holy markings" known as Tilaka (तिलक). For Instance: The Śaivaites (शैव) - the worshippers of god Śiva as the Supreme, wears ...
user avatar
  • 11.6k
1 vote
0 answers
65 views

Which scripture contains the details about the aniconic idols of the three pañcāyatana deities - Sūrya, Gaṇeśa, and Devī?

It is well known that besides being worshipped in their 'saguṇa' mūrti forms, both Śiva and Viṣṇu are also worshipped by their 'self-manifested' aniconic idols viz - the Śivaliṅga [Bāṇaliṅga ( बाणलि...
user avatar
  • 11.6k
2 votes
0 answers
128 views

Does this statement about Smartas have scriptural authority?

A book by Agehananda Bharati contains a statement on Smartas: The Smarta-brahmins of the Tamil. Telugu. and Malayalam speaking areas of the Dravidian South of India are no doubt the highest ...
user avatar
  • 1
4 votes
2 answers
2k views

Did Shankaracharya establish the "shanmatha" and the "panchayatana puja" systems?

There is a general opinion that Sripad Adi Sankaracharya established the shanmatha system and also insituted the worship form of panchayatana. Yet there seems to be lot of disagreements even among the ...
user avatar
  • 2,354
6 votes
0 answers
129 views

Smarta tradition comes under which darshan among the Shad Darshanas?

Smarta tradition ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smarta_tradition ) comes under "which of the following" Hindu School Of Philosophy/Darshan: ? (1) Samkhya (2) Yoga (3) Nyaya (4) Vaisheshika (5) ...
user avatar
  • 4,675
17 votes
1 answer
6k views

Difference between Smartas and Advaitins?

What is the difference between a Smarta and an Advaitin? Both are the followers of Adi Sankaracharya only. People who worship Lord Shiva are called Shaivite and those who worship Lord Vishnu are ...
user avatar
  • 4,237