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A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.

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What are the traditions of multiple symbolisms of Onathappan as symbols of Mahabali and Vamana?

There seems to be multiple symbolisms in play here. My question is the same as that in Wikipedia. In Wikipedia, there is a question: Somebody mentioned in this talk page "Onathappan is ...
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Sudarsana Homam - Timings for conducting

I learnt from pundits and scholars that poornahuthi for sudarsana homam should be put within 12 noon. It takes six hours to perform sudarsana homam. Normally homams should be done from 5 am and finish ...
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Mahalaya Period

Normally Mahalaya comes in the month of Purattasi. But this time it comes in Avani month itself and the first day of Purataasi is Mahalaya Amavasya. Some opinion is that this is not a good sign for ...
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Why is Lord Ganesha's birth celebrated on Chaturthi (Tithi) instead of on a star?

There is a system in Hindu tradition that birthday will be celebrated pertaining to the star on that day. Thiruvonam is the star for Lord Vishnu; Moolam for Hanuman; etc. Then for Lord Ganesha why ...
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Is it mandatory to shave beard also along with head

After someone's demise, I know family member's go through a ritual where they shave off their head but I heard a new thing from my house Pandit Ji, he said now it is mandatory to shave beard also, ...
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What's the Sri Vaishnava stand on non vegetarianism?

What is the stand of Sri Vaishnava parampara/sampradaya on non vegetarianism? Would like to know from a traditional and scriptural perspective, from a traditional Sri Vaishnava.
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A question about menstruation [duplicate]

Do girls become turiya when their body expels old blood, since they'd have no immune system then, so are they forbidden from doing work etc during those days?
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Why Guru Raghavendra Swamy has not wore Yagnopavitam in any photos?

Though Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy belongs to Madhwa Brahmin community, I haven’t seen a single photo of his wearing Janivaara (Yagnopavitam i.e., sacred thread). Is it because he is not reserved to ...
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Rangoli (Kolam) according to shastra and tradition

What powder is the ideal to put rangoli? Is current rangoli colors are tradition? If not what is natural and tradition substitute for colors? Which location is the ideal to put rangoli? In front of ...
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Mythology vs itihasa?

What is the more appropriate English word to be used when we talk about Ramayana, Mahabharata, or puranas and other scriptures? The use of the word "mythology" is quite common but I hear that "...
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As per Hinduism, where can married lady wear Sindoor?

Per Hinduism, where can married lady wear Sindoor? What if the lady has bangs, i.e. no obvious part in the hair.
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How to know the traditions to follow for events?

How do we know about any important traditions to follow during a marriage or vrata or festival etc. What are all the items required, how to follow the process, what are good days to do it etc. ...
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Does Swami Vivekananda belong to Shankara parampara?

Recently I listened to Swami Sarvapriyananda saying his "last name" is Puri, what about Swami Vivekananda? Does he belong to Adi Shankara parampara? And what about other modern swamis like Sivananda ...
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Does god forgive those who are not aware of hindu traditions?

In recent days, when you ask someone that what is hinduism, there are many chances that you will get incorrect answers. This might be because the current education system that does not teach about ...
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which mantra(s) should be chanted before going to sleep and awake from morning?

I heard that some of our ancestors chanted mantras (a few lines) before going to bed and when wake up in the morning. When they wake up in the morning, they first look at their palms and chant ...
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Which days recommended for a women to do headbath?

Which days of a week are recommended for women to do head bath? Are there any forbidden days to do head bath for a women?
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Was Gaudiya Vaishnavism influenced by Madhwa's teachings?

I read that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had met and was guided by Sri Vyasa Tirtha. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vyasatirtha If this is true, are there Gaudiya doctrines/practices that are influenced by ...
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Why date of any “Hindu festival” changes every year? [duplicate]

'Christmas' occurs on 25th December every year. But why the dates of Hindu festivals vary from year to year? Are there any references of this in Hinduism?
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Does “untouchability” have any place in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I am an Indian Hindu, I face many situations where there is "Goutra", "Jaati", and many types of class related things are asked. Are the "class-division" and "discrimination" legitimate in Hinduism??...
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How is Ishtadevata determined according to the SPIRITUAL SCRIPTURES (NOT ASTROLOGY) [duplicate]

Is Ishsta-devata determined by the family tradition (Kula-Devata) or personal liking or something else? Are there any injunctions of the spiritual scriptures? If it is determined by the injunctions of ...
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When and how did the system of adimai kaavu begin in ancient Kerala?

In Kerala (and many families which trace their ancestry to Kerala), every family identified itself with a 'Kaavu' (not exactly translated as temple) that may or may not be in their ancestral village. ...
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Is growing bamboo at home considered inauspicious?

Are there any scriptures or traditional systems around growing bamboo plants in a pot in the house? I heard from one of my elders but the elder was not certain, and hence would like to know more about ...
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What are the names of current heads of peethams formed by Adi Shankaracharya in India?

Currently, In India, What are the names of the leading heads (peetadhipathi) of pethams formed by Adi Shankaracharya?
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What is the purpose of Maa Baglamukhi Yantra?

Recently heard about 'Maa Baglamukhi Yantra' so was curious to know more about this yantra. My questions: What exactly is the purpose of this yantra? Who was the first person who used or we can say ...
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Is it true that the sixth period of king is pattabhishekam(Crowning)?

According to jyotish shastra (astrology), is it true that sixth period of a king refers to the time of pattabhishekam(Crowning)?
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Why do Vedas have śākhās? Are all of them apauruṣeyā?

This table lists the Vedas and their extant śākhās under the Saṃhitā column. My question has to do with the śākhās. Note that the bracketed terms in the Saṃhitā column are names of the ...
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When were the Vedas classified into four?

It is said that Veda was one and later Vyasa arranged it into four ( rig sama yaju atharva) and then propagated through his pupil and hence we got shakhaas etc. What was time when vedas were ...
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What are the different sampradayas under the “shanmatha” branches?

Like the various Vaishanava sampradayas, what are the major disciplic lines for the other 5 sects... Shaiva, Shakta, Ganapatya, Kaumara and Saura?
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Does kanyadaan have a Vedic sanction?

In a traditional Hindu marriage, the bride is 'gifted' to the groom by her father Like Godaan (gifting of cow) bhudaan (gifting of land) etc women are treated as objects that can be gifted away ! ...
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What are the rules associated with the ritual of kshoura/kshavaram (shaving of hair)? And do these differ between sampradayas? [duplicate]

Almost all samparadayas and communities have some set of rules associated with the kshoura karma. There are rules related not just to the days on which such activities can be performed but also ...
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What is the Guru Parampara of Kashmiri Shaivism?

I found that the philosophy of Kashmiri Shaivism is said to be similar to Adviata and preaching involves the Yoga. I came to know that Vasugupta is the important contributor to Kashimir Shaivism and ...
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Are all poojas performed for god or can they be done for good/bad spirits also? [closed]

Are all the poojas done to god? Are there any poojas done seeking the help of evil spirits for any favour? I have heard of 'sathru samhara pooja.' Is doing 'koodothram'(black magic) against hindu ...
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Why is Garba performed?

I came to know that in many parts of India Garba is performed. Is there any secret behind that? When did the practice of Garba start?
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Marriage tradition of brushing the grooms legs, hands, shoulders and head

This year I had to opportunity to visit an Indian wedding being a friend of the groom. It was a very interesting experience and I would like to give a presentation in my home country about it. To do ...
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Which scripture mentions the prohibitions on food consumption in Chaturmas?

The term Chaturmasya means four months. The term Chaturmasya Vrata is a Vrata to be observed for a period of four months. The Poornima (full moon day) in the month of Ashadha is called ‘Guru Poornima’...
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What is 'dhuni', is it mere burning firewood?

I would like to know something about 'dhuni' and its association with the 'Nath' tradition. Any references from some authentic resources would be helpful.
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What is the difference among Shruti, Smriti and Purana traditions?

What are the differences among the traditions of Shruti, Smriti and Purana traditions as in Shrauta Parampara, Smarta Parampara and Pauranika Parampara?
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What were the salient features of Ekayana Vaishnavism (Kashmiri Vaishnavism)?

Kashmir was once a hub of Sanskrit and Indian philosophies or traditions like Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Buddhism etc. In ancient times, a tradition called Kashmiri Vaishnavism also flourished which was ...
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VASTU for newly constructed flat [closed]

can we keep 7 doors for eight entrances at newly constructed house. we constructed a new house. there it has eight entrances...one main entrance, two for bed rooms ,two for bath rooms, one balcony ...
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Does Hinduism allow siblings to have their marriages at the same time?

Let us consider the following scenario: X, Y are children to same parents and are going to marry a, b respectively. Are there any rules in Hinduism that does not allow X and Y to have their marriage ...
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What is mahAnubhAv panth?

Mahanubhava panth is related to bhakti movement. How did it come to existence? What are it's central teachings? Who propagated the sect ? What is the current position?
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Are there finer classifications than the 4-varna/guna classification in scripture?

Priests, Warriors, Traders, Labourers is fine and dandy but where do scientists, journalists and artists, to name a few temperaments/occupations, fit into this? I remember reading that a Soviet ...
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How many sampradaya are there of lord ram?

I know few like Ramdasi, Ramanandi, Ramsnehi so want to know a full list of names & if possible some basic info of those each sampradaya
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Are there any influences of other religion on Hinduism?

In ancient time, Hindu tradition and culture had been ruled many regions in the world. But, when time passed other religion had come. So, they were taken and debt some traditions. So, Which influences ...
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What is the view of shankara vedantins on kundalini yoga?

There is a book which deals with spiritual pursuit of one of the pontiff of the sringeri sankara mutt He has discussed his experiences on various subjects including kundalini yoga in this book http:/...
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Who were the main disciples of Sri Lakulisha?

Is there any source which says about the main pupils of Sri Lakulisha and how the sect was propagated in various places of India?
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What are the main texts of pAshupata shaivism?

What are the core texts of this sampradaya ? How many of these are surviving today? Are there any digitial versions of the same ?
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Marrying people born on new moon day (amāvāsyā)? [duplicate]

I was told marrying people that are born on amāvāsyā (new moon day) will bring harm to your life; you can even die because of their grahan (sin attached to them?) – is this claim true?
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Why did krishna chaitanya criticise his own sanyasa sampradaya?

From another post we came to know that krishna chaitanya had taken sanyasa from dashanami sampradaya of sankaracharya. However, why would someone join a sampradaya to which he is opposed to ? ...
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What are the characteristics of kerala mAntrikam?

It is lesser known fact that the tantra flourished in southern India in the state of Kerala. Like that of Kashmir and Bengal. Kerela tantrism is also specialised and is called as kerala mantrikam or ...