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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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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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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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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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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 scriptures talk against tapta mudrAnkana practice?

Tapta mudrankana is a process of heating metallic religious symbols and touching on the skin so that a mark is produced on the skin. It is usually followed by vaishnava tradition using shankha and ...
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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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Which scripture explains Fire Walking practice in temples?

There is practice of walking in fire in temples by devotees. I have a few questions about that: Which scripture explains Fire Walking (Themithi) practice in temples? Why specifically wood is used and ...
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Myth/Customs related to shaving & hairwash

I have heard a lot of myth related to shaving beard and moustache. Those whose father is alive should NOT shave. We should not Shave on Thursday(because wealth might go away) and Saturday. ...
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Did Sītā and Draupadi wear maṅgalasūtra (मङ्गलसूत्र)? What's the origin of wearing maṅgalasūtra and toe rings?

Did Sītā and Draupadi wear maṅgalasūtra (मङ्गलसूत्र) and toe rings (पादाङ्गुलीयक)? What's the origin of the practice of a married woman wearing a maṅgalasūtra around her neck? Also, what about ...
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What are the main theological differences between Hinduism and Jainism?

I know Jains do not accept the authority of the Vedas. But what are the main theological differences between Hinduism and Jainism?
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Can a kanyakubja brahmin and saryupareen brahmin marry? If not, why so?

Please tell me can a saryupareen and kanyakubja brahmin marry?
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What are the salient features of krama tradition of Kashmir Shaivism?

Kashmir Shaivism also known as trika has some important branches One of them is the krama tradition What is its significance? What are the salient features?
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On what grounds do Srivaishnava jeeyars retain sacred thread?

In many traditions like sankara dashanami they give up sacred thread while taking up sanyasa But Sri vaishnavas sanyasins retain it Some so called sanyasa upanishads talk of giving up the thread ...
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Why don't husbands change their dress code after wife's death like the women who wear white saree after husband's death?

Wife at the time of husbands death wear white saree and does not put Kunkumam on her forehead. She also does not participate in certain functions and seeing her is considered as a Bad Omen. Husbands ...
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Why do some Hindu sannyāsi names end in 'ānanda' e.g., Vivekānanda, Śivānanda etc?

Why do some Hindu sannyāsi names end in 'ānanda' e.g., Vivekānanda, Śivānanda, Chinmayānanda etc.? Is it a mere coincidence or is there a rule or custom?
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What is the Apasthambha sutra? And is eating cow meat considered holy according to it?

According to this comment on a nice Quora answer, the Apasthambha sutra considers eating cow meat as a holy ritual. Does this particular scripture really sanction the consumption of beef? This is not ...
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What is the story of Sri VadirAja tirtha?

He was a famous acharya in Madhva tradition. He was considered as a great devotee of lord Hayagreeva. What was his life story? Are there any miracles associated with him? What are his important ...
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Tirupathi Laddu Prasadam

Why laddus are offered as prasadam to Lord Vishnu(i.e Lord Venkateswara) in Tirumala? Is there any reason or story behind this tradition.
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Does Dhrupad has its origin from sAmaveda?

Dhrupad is the oldest surviving Indian music form. It boasts its origin from saama gaana. Presently there are 3-4 gharanas or lineages out of which the dAgarvaani is well known. They have an unbroken ...
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Plant and Vegetable kept against drishti dosham at house entrances

Aloe Vera and Ash gourd are sometimes suspended at the house entrance during Grihapravesam ceremonies in some parts of India. ls there any spiritual basis or early references for such tradition/ ...
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Which type of ritual is aarati?

An important and famous part of pooja is aarati or nIrAjanam where ghee lamp or camphor light is used at the end of the pooja. Does it come under puranic ritual or vedic too? And what is the ...
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Is there a shrAddha ceremony as per agama? (if any)

We very well know about the shrAddha ceremony in our tradition which is done for the pitr/manes. It is towards their departed souls. Every year it is done during the pitru paksha. However, apart ...
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What is the life story of Sri Lakulisha?

Sri Lakulisha was the famous propagator of pAshupata tradition of Shaivism. He is considered as an incarnation of Shiva. What is his life story? What are his main teachings? Are there any miracles ...
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What is the speciality of mAdhyandina shAkhA?

MAdhyandina samhita is the currently surviving most used samhita of shukla Yajurveda. This is the most prevalent way of chanting the shukla Yaju samhita. What are its unique features? How is it ...
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What is the overall take of Hinduism on menstruation?

One of the debated topic related to Hinduism is menstruation and related matters. There are some texts including smritis which seem to depict menstruation with antipathy. In some of the regions and ...
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Who are the nAthas of nAth sampradAya?

One of the largest group of Hindu ascetics is the Nath (or Natha) sampradaya. Who are the Naths? Who were the famous 9 Naths? What is their core ideology? What sect of Shaivism do they belong to?
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Why is there a fight amongst Sri Vaishnavas regarding “namam” of Lord Venkateshwara?

There is a strong controversy going on since years about the forehead tilaka.style among both sects of sri vaishnava. The rivalry between the Tenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Iyengar Brahmins ...
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Whose avatar was SripAda Srivallabha?

One of the well known spiritual guru of India was SripAda Srivallabha. Whose avatar was he ?
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What are the stories of Mhasoba and Khandoba?

Mhasoba and Khandoba are very popular Maharastrian deities. Their temples are popular pilgrim places. What are their respective stories ? Are they mentioned in any scriptures ?
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Whose avatar was Sri nAmdev?

One of the eminent saintly figure of bhakti tradition was Sri nAmdev. Whose avatar is he believed to be ? What were the.miracles in his life ?
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Whose avatar was tembe swAmi?

Tembe swami (vAsudevananda saraswati) , was a well known figure in Maharashtra. Whose avatar is he considered as ?
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What is the complete shloka on marriage ages written in new Vishvnath temple, Varanasi

In 2013-14, I visited new Vishvnath temple (in BHU), Varanasi. Inside temple, many shlokas are written on its wall. One of them states the suiatable age of marriage, I remember only few words from it:...
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Is applying sindoor compulsory after marriage?

Is applying sindoor after marriage mandatory or just a choice? Do Hindu scripture say anything about applying sindoor after marriage?
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What does Hindu scripture say about the need for clothing?

In most societies, clothing is a requirement to cover the private parts. But Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in Future of Feminine said that Our Body parts are Not Secret it is just that we learnt How to ...
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If a brahmin has qualities of sudra should he be prohibited from duties of a brahmin?

EXPLANATION : A brahmin is considered to be of Purity(Sattva guna) and Sudra of Impurity(Tamas guna). Both Brahmin and Sudra position are given to a person who is Born in that varnas(Brahmin Varna , ...
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Which were the Holidays in ancient Indian culture?

In today's time the Indian government offices are full of holidays, so are many western corporations. How were the weekly/monthly/yearly Holidays in earlier times?(e.g. Weekends, Seasonal holidays, ...
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Is the concept of “Holy Cow” found in the Vedic literature?

Are there Vedic Mantras that promote the Hindu concept of sacred cow?
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What are the Saptapadi or the seven promises of marriage?

What are the Saptapadi or seven promises of marriage a Hindu couple takes walking around the fire?
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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 there any mention of “Scissors” in the Hindu literature?

The Goddess Tara is shown holding scissors Scissors symbolises that the Goddess cuts asunder the attachments to this material worlds, much feared by the spiritual souls. Now, scissors looks a bit ...
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Is the Jallikattu festival connected to Hinduism? If so, what is its significance?

The famous Jallikattu festival of Tamil Nadu, India was temporarily banned and then reinstated recently. My questions are: Is the Jallikattu festival connected to Hinduism? If so, what is the ...
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Why do Indian women wear Bichhia (Toe Rings)?

There are various traditions followed in India like married Indian women wear toe rings. It is worn as a symbol of the married state by Hindu women. Indian tradition says that married women are ...
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Why Hinduism does not force any rules like other religions?

Many say Hinduism is a Way of life and there are no compulsory in following any traditions. As when compared with Other religions in the world they force many rules to be followed.MY QUESTION : Why ...
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Why is God's name used for people?

Names of many Indians are derived from names of various Hindu Gods. Even here on Hinduism.SE, we have many users with such names, for example, Keshav Srinivasan, Krishna, Ram, Hari, Damodaran, Shiva, ...
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Significance of House-warming (Griha pravesham) ceremony

In Indian tradition,before a newly constructed house or rented house is occupied Griha pravesham(house warming ceremony) is performed.What are the real significances of this ritual? What is the ...
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Can we perform amavasya(new-moon day) tharpanam during the second day of amavasya?

If amavasya(New moon day) falls on two days ,(i.e., from today afternoon to tomorrow after), can I perform tharpanam on the second day morning? Please clarify. This situation comes to everyone's life ...
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What is the origin of Kula Devata or Family Deity?

In India, every house has something called Kula Devata or Family Deity. What is the historical reason for having such Family deity, and on what basis are family deities assigned to families? Is there ...