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What is the significance of tying a string of lemon and chillies?

We will see Chilli and lemon hanging on a string over doorways everywhere. This is called "Nimbu Mirchi Totka" in Hindi. Image Credits : Google Images What do our Hinduism say about this belief? ...
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Flowers offered to God

In our house, they say Marigold flower should not be offered to God, Is there any such belief?? What is the significance of particular flower being offered to God?
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Are there any curse associated with Padmanabhaswamy temple & Sabrimala of Kerala, India?

Padmanabhaswamy kshetra and Sabrimala area are 2 of the most sacred places in the state of Kerala, India. In recent years, there have been certain controversies associated with them, where the ...
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Why we are not allowed to touch anything after having haircut?

At least in the Brahmin households, still the practice of not touching anything and anyone after having haircut until taking bath is followed. What is the reason for this? Any scriptural reference?
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When you see snake in your dream? [duplicate]

What is a significance when you see a snake in your dream at night. I see a snake in my dream and I don't remember whether it had one head or several. But it was definitely a cobra because it was in ...
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Death Time for Grandmother

My Grandmother(Father's mother) aged 88 has passed away on Thursday 22/03/2018 inbetween 3PM to 3:15PM due to natural death inside the hall of the house. Strange thing is that she said at 3:10PM ...
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Is there any significance of flying Eagle touching head?

Today an eagle touched my head while I was in my open terrace. For last few days it was flying very near to me. In various chapters of Mahabharata, there are instances of signs provided by animals. ...
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Should we study or not study on Saraswati Puja?

Saraswati Puja is soon coming and my parents have told me to not study on the auspicious day. In fact, in most Bengali households, studying is forbidden on Saraswati Puja. However, at the same time, I ...
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Why it is considered good to see ones own palms after waking up in the morning?

Why it is considered good to see ones own palms after waking up in the morning which we follow in hindu dharma also old people advise the same
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Is it necessary to practice rituals to attain God?

I strongly believe in God, and I pray and thank him from the deepest of my heart for this life and all good things he has done to me. Isn't it enough to attain him ?
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Can snakes suck venom from our body?

In many local temples it is claimed that snakes can suck venom from our body. In one Mahabharata episode too it was shown that Bhima was given poisoned food and was thrown into a lake and a snake ...
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Is flower falling from photo towards left side a bad omen? [closed]

Today when I was praying to God, I saw flower which was tucked to the left side of the photo (Lakshmi-venkateshwara) fell down. Is it a good or bad omen, if it is falling towards left side?
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Hindu astrology and the timing of birth

The Skeptic's Dictionary while arguing that astrology is nothing more than a superstition brings up some interesting questions: Astrologers emphasize the importance of the positions of the Sun, ...
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Why should not we pluck fragrant flowers for puja in the evening? [duplicate]

Can we pluck flowers in the evening (before sunset and/or after sunset)? To be more specific, can we pluck fragrant flowers in the evening and decorate our puja room in our house. Because I have heard ...
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Is there any significance of not having haircuts on Tuesdays and Fullmoon day? [duplicate]

It is enforced at my place and many of Brahmins community to not have haircuts on Tuesday, Full Moon Day, Birth days May i know the reason for the same if there is any significant aspect behind these ...
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Why is money offered to God as ₹101, 1001 etc. and not ₹ 100, 1000 etc? [duplicate]

I have noticed that after performing rituals, Hindus give dakshina (or fees) to the pandit (priest) in the form of ₹ 101, 151, 501 or ₹ 1001 and not ₹ 100, 150, 500 or simply any round figure. Even ...
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Is Dristhi (Evil Eye) Pottu,Photos and other activities are said in our scriptures?

Dristhi pottu for new babies are applied as a black dot in their cheek to escape from Evil Eye. Industries have scary photos in its gate as to escape from Evil eye . When a person looks very jealously ...
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Following the exact Religious facts

Recommended facts to follow thing like "on Saturday do not cut your hair and nails" there are different people with different views. What is the exact thing which we should refer and follow. ...
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When a lizard makes noise whatever we think may happen --Is it a myth or true?

Generally when we are in house thinking some good things or bad things, if a lizard makes noise, there is a saying that whatever we thought at that time will happen. Good things or bad things may ...
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What has Virāṭa Parva pārāyaṇa got to do with rains?

From this news article: Prayers offered for rains Hundreds of people thronged Indrakeeladri on the bank of the river Krishna to witness 'Varuna yagam' and 'sahasraghatabhishekam' performed for ...
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As per Hindu mythology or vaastu-shastra, is it lucky to keep a turtle as a pet?

As per Hindu mythology or vaastushastra. Is it lucky to keep a turtle as a pet? I found a turtle by the roadside and my family members say it is lucky as per vastu-shastra. Is it so?
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Why it is said if a black cat crosses your path you should not move ahead?

I have been told by my elders if a black cat crosses your path you should not move ahead Can any one shed light on this? Is this a myth or are there any references in Puranas/Scripts or so.
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What's the importance of Turmeric in Indian Marriage and Husband in context?

It is said that when a wife applies Turmeric to her feet then the husband is influenced to be on the rightful path (dharma maarg). Most of my elders, grand parents and ancestors have been talking ...
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Does Hinduism define superstition?

Hinduism, at least the modern version, is often called democratic contrasting with the popular Abrahamic religions, whose monotheistic and scriptures based aspects are well known. The nature of the ...
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Significance of lizard falls on our Human Body

One of the major things that Lizard falls on our part of human body and its predict our destiny? There is any hopeful source said as truth like in Puranas or in Panjangams?
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Hindu Belief on Conception

I thought according to Hinduism, it is proper for woman to conceive at night. If she conceives at daytime, the children are weak and short-lived. I read it on a website that has explicit paintings, ...
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Playing flute in night is prohibited? [closed]

Recently I started learning how to play Flute. While practicing I was asked by a senior priest near by, not to play Flute in night. On asking reason he gave me some incomplete clue stating it is some ...
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Why Owl is considered Inauspicious?

I remember in my childhood, many elders telling about avoid seeing owl. That Bird is considered inauspicious by many in Hindu Community. The most common reason cited for Owl being inauspicious is ...
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Cats mourn considered to be bad?

Why is cat's mourn considered as a bad omen? Does it indicate the death or something not so good?
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Evil eyesight or buri nazar

Firstly, is it true that somebody bad intentions can cause trouble and hindrance into others life? How can lemon/chilli/salt/red brown or black beads worn in wrist keep us away from the evil ...
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Any rules that I need to follow if I want to read the Bhagavad Gita? [duplicate]

If I want to start reading the Bhagavad Gita. What rules, if any, that I need to follow before I start reading? For example: Do I need to perform any religious rituals before reading the Gita? Can I ...
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Is there any significace of twitching of eyes?

Is it true that twitching of eyes indicates something? Does it give us signal of something good or bad that is going to happen in the future? What is the significance of left eye twitching and ...
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What is the reason behind donating our own hair to God? [duplicate]

Most of the devotees have a regular habit of donating their hair for their beloved Gods.Men ready for full hair donation and there is a priority for women such as donating of few of their hair (it is ...
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Engagement (Nitchayathartham) after death of grandmother [duplicate]

I have a question about how Hindus (especially Tamil) deal with the engagement after the death of a family member. If an engagement was planned for in 6 month but tragically the grandmother (father's ...
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What is the significance of odd numbers in Hinduism?

There seems to be a special preference given to odd numbers in Hinduism. For instance: The ahutis in yagnas are always odd. Tradition of feeding 11 Brahamins. Tradition of feeding 9 young girls in ...
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Why is it said that we shouldn't keep a copy of Mahabharata at home?

It is widely believed that keeping a copy of Mahabharata at home is not good. Can anyone tell me the reason behind this?
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Can hair be cut on any day of the week? [duplicate]

Is there any special reason why elders recommend not to get hair cut on particular day like Tuesday?
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Is seeing indirect images of moon on Ganesh Chaturthi considered inauspicious?

On Ganesh Chaturthi, it is believed seeing moon is inauspicious and is believed to bring curse to the person for an entire year. Will this only matter for the moon in the sky on that day? Or will it ...
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Hindu marriage in regards to the new moon

Does a girl born on a new moon has to get married to a guy born on new moon too? They say if a girl is born on new moon marries someone born on other days except the new moon, the groom has a shorter ...
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Is it true that cow has 33 crores god in it? [duplicate]

Is it true that cow has 33 crores gods in it? If so, where it is written and what are all the names of those 33 crores gods.
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Why should a person sprinkle water on himself, if he sneezes at a door entrance (Gadapa)?

Why should a person sprinkle water on himself, if he sneezes at a door entrance (Gadapa)?
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Why is a red piece of cloth tied to the vehicle?

When worshiping a vehicle I have seen many times that a red piece of cloth is tied to it. What is the actual reason behind tying a red colored cloth and some bangles with it? Please share answers ...
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Is marijuana still sacred?

Why is marijuana sacred among some Hindus such as Naga Sadhu? Shiva plays a role in this but does marijuana aid in obtaining moksha or does it have any spiritual benefits?
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Why can Garuda Purana be read on specific days only?

Is there any reason behind the restriction that Garuda Purana should only be read during normal days (i.e., when there's no death in the family)? My elders told me that it should be only read on the ...
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Measles according to the customs & beliefs

I was a bit surprised to realize that there was no post relating to measles. Anything about it would help me, like: How it is viewed and what is its significance? Do the scriptures mention it as ...