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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,

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Procedure of panchayatana puja

Ik of the stones used and the placement according to ur ishta and that dwijas can use vedic suktas but what is the procedure for non dwijas? Should they use stotras/other mantras? And what is the ...
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Smarta Puranas in Hinduism

Is their any Purana which equally praises all deities and explains Smarta worship? If so please provide refrence to how so.
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Scriptural reference mandating Joint application of Urdhvapundra and tripundra?

The Urdhvapundra tilaka and the tripundra tilaka both are validated by scriptural proofs of their own. But my question is does any scripture actually allow one to don the urdhva pundra and tripundra ...
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Looking into Smarta

Can someone please refer to a scripture which describes the Smarta god and the 5 main forms. Also a scripture which adds Skanda as a form. Clarification: I mean Nirguna Brahman and learning about the ...
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What was the actual ancient way of doing Sandhya?

We all know in the current Sandhyavandanam paddhatis that are available to us, contains many procedures or mantras that are from Puranas like the shuklam baradharam mantra or the apavatri pavitrova ...
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Non-Advaitan Smartas

Are their Smartas who are non-Advaitan and hold that Ishvara is represented equally in the forms of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Shakti, Ganesha, and Skanda, but isn't Nirguna or without attributes.
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Tonsuring head of new born

Apart from the family customs, is it alright to do the shaving head ceremony of the newborn after the first year is completed? I have read in many places that the tonsuring is done before the first ...
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Do there (or did there historically) exist Tamil Brahmin communities that are strictly Shaivite (i.e., neither Smarta nor (Sri) Vaishnavite)?

Do/did strictly Shaivite Tamil Brahmin subcastes exist, and if so what is their origin. In the case of such a a Shaivite community that no longer exists, to which groups were they later assimilated to ...
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Position of Devatas in Panchayatana Pooja

The Narada Purana III.65.44-50 states:- "44-50.When he worships Visnu in the middle, he shall worship Vinayaka,Ravi(Sun) Siva and Sivaa outside them. When he worships Sankara in the middle, he ...
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Can we do Sandhyavandanam without taking bath?

Can we do Sandhyavandanam without taking bath? Is there some restrictions before doing Sandhyavandanam?
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Etymology of Thaligai and Samayal

In Srivaishnava Sampradaya, the cooking of food is called "Thaligai" and in Smarta Sampradaya, it is called as "Samayal". Can someone please tell me the etymology of the two words, ...
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Do any of our scriptures mention benefits of having a girl child?

In traditional or even modern-day India, I hear from my elders that the birth of a girl baby is not as welcoming as a boy baby. I also heard from elders that during Punyavachanam a special portion/...
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What is the difference between Ganapadigal and Deekshathirs?

Can someone tell me the difference between Ganapadigal and Deekshithirs? Both are smarthas, right? What is the difference between the two sects?
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How important is the seemandhan function and is it OK to be avoided?

I'd like to understand a few points on the Seemandham function. How important is it to the mother and the baby? Is it OK for the function to be avoided overall? How important is the Udhagha Shanthi ...
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Question related to papa and punya shastra

I've heard that after a marriage: When a wife does a sin, the entire karma (100%) of that sin goes to her husband. When a wife does a punya, the entire fruit (100%) of that punya goes to herself only. ...
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What Tilaka do the Smartas use?

It is most common to see Smartas with the Tripundra tilakam, but I want a scriptural reference to that.
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Few questions regarding the meaning of functions

Can someone tell me what are the meaning of the two below functions? Rudra Ekadesi. Udaga Shanthi Naandhi Can someone tell me what are the purpose of these functions? Why and when should it be done. ...
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Can a Non-Dvija wear the Tripundra Tilaka?

Can a non-dvija wear the tripundra? (On the head only)
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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? ...
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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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