Questions tagged [tradition]

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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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 ...
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Are there any handshake restrictions for Hindus?

According to this question on Workplace.SE: Muslims have some restrictions when it comes to interacting with members of the opposite sex. Usually many people in USA and Europe do not know that, for ...
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Gotra-Pravaras-Sutra-Shakha

I am looking to ascertain my Gotra-Pravaras-Sutra-Shakha. All that I know is, my name is Utkarsh Sharma. I read in my grandfather's diary, our gotra is Srivatsa. That's all. Now through a Google ...
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Why suthak applies for different number of days in different casts?

Why suthak effects on people for different days in defferent region or cast? I did read THIS ANSWER and came to know about suthak. But from the answer and also from the comment section of this answer ...
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Why ulu dhvani(sound) is given?

Namaskar, We see Ulu dhvani(sound) during puja. This is also called ululation in english. Why do we need to do that? I don't have any religious book where I can know this. So it will be great if I ...
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Do Varnas have subcategories?

Present Caste System is a modified Varna Dharma by Britishers. There are many subcategories even for a single Caste. (more than 7 in some cases) I didn't see any scriptures mentioning subcategories ...
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Why are tulsi leaves used while offering naivedya?

What is Importance of patri in puja ritual and Why are tulsi leaves used while offering naivedya?
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Why should we not face our backs towards god? [duplicate]

At a temple, I usually see the pujari often reminding people that they should face towards god. He also said that facing our backs towards god is classified as a sin. I would think that facing our ...
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Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving?

Dana is a dharma action followed in every yuga as it prevents selfishness, ignorance and helps other beings to live very peacefully. But, the Dana which helps society can also bring problems to it if ...
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Are women allowed to let their hair loose? Why are Goddesses depicted with their hair untied?

Pictures commonly found across the internet depict Goddesses with their hair untied. Example: My knowledge is that women shouldn't have their hair untied. I've also heard in discourses (pravachanams) ...
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Is Marriage with desire considered to be adharma?

Marriage should be made in Love by the couples towards each other. Marriages are also conducted with Desires like Beauty,Money,Physical Strength,etc,.... Material desires are not considered to be a ...
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Why does Hinduism advocate Kanya-Dan over Putra-Dan?

Why do Hindu women leave their parents' house and go to husbands or in-laws place after marriage? While this is a custom among almost all the religions; I'm interested in knowing if there is any ...
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If giving Dana to anyone is adharma then why temples give AnnaDana to anyone?

EXPLANATION : Scriptures oppose giving Dana to those who that does not deserves it. In temples AnnaDana is given to Anyone who comes to the temple. In my personal experience i had seen many people ...
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Significance of giving Rs. 51 or 101 as donation

What is the significance of giving cash as donation, gifts or dakshina in numbers such as 51, 101, and 501?
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What is the significance of circumambulating the sacred fire by bride and groom in marriage? [duplicate]

EXPLANATION : In Hindu marriage Sacred Fire is used as a important ritual by all the people. During the rituals the Bride and Groom circumambulate the Sacred Fire for 7 times(Not Sure). QUESTION : ...
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What is the significance of the saffron color?

Hindu sanyasis/monks wear saffron colored robes. Is there any scriptural reasons for saffron? Or is it just cultural since Buddhist monks also wear saffron ?
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Is it true that Madhvācārīs used to emboss their bodies with hot iron blocks?

This article, Urdhapundra – The Vaishnavite Tilak, claims: The Madhvacharis use hot iron blocks to emboss their bodies, especially the shoulders, with the four symbols of Vishnu. Questions: Is ...
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Nose piercing in Hinduism

I have read that Hindus usually pierce nose on the left side. Why is it so? Is there any bad omen related to right side nose piercing?
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Tripurāri pūrṇima festival story and its significance?

The other names of Tripurāri Pournami are Tripurī pūrṇima, Karthika Pūrṇima, Deva Deepāwali or Deva Diwāli, or Tripurāri pūrṇima. My questions are: - Why do we celebrate Karthika or Tripurāri ...
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Do people from Karnataka celebrate uttarayan festival?

I am from North India. I live in Banglore right now. Uttarayan is a famous festival in North India. Do people from Karnataka celebrate this festival?
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Why Vishnu Sahasranama of Mahabharata is mostly used?

We have multiple versions of Vishnu Sahasranama in our scriptures like Mahabharata, Padma Purana, Skanda Purana, etc. But the Mahabharata version is mostly used by us. So apart from the fact that ...
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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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Why do Hindus feed milk to snakes?

I have seen a lot of times in temples that priests offer milk to snake idols. What is the reason behind it? Do snakes really drink milk?
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Which Scriptures mention “Chitrahuti” (चित्राहुति) or “Chitravati” procedure which we carry out before starting of our meals?

Chitrahuti (चित्राहुति) Or "Chitravati", is a procedure of keeping small amount of food out side of the plate on the floor , as offering to "Chitra ,Chitragupta and Yama (चित्रा , चित्रगुप्त , यम) ...
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Should you consider your elder brother's wife who's younger to you as your sister or your mother?

In Hindu tradition, should you consider your elder brother's wife who's younger to you as your sister or as your mother? E.g., can you prostate before her (i.e., do sāśtāṅga namaskāra) as you would ...
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Why does one get their head tonsured and offer the hair to Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati?

Many Hindus who visit Tirumala Venkateswara temple in Tirupati get their head tonsured and offer their hair to Lord Venkateswara. Why is this tradition followed? Why is it only followed in ...
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Why do Hindus shave a baby's head (first hair cut)?

Why is it that people shave babies' head, be it a boy or girl, when they go for the baby's first haircut? According to my sub religion i.e. Vaishnav (Gujarati), we call it as a Mundan (Head shaving ...
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Who makes Hindu calendar? Is that authentic calendar or illusory calendar?

Who makes Hindu calendar? Is that authentic calendar or illusory calendar? Sometimes it has two dates together in one day, is it authentic? I think there is some ambiguity. Every year they also make ...
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Why is shiva called khandakarnan?

Some temples shiva is worshipped in the form of "khandakarnam".Even shivaling is worshipped in the same temple.
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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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What is the story Of River Narmada from Puranas and significance of Narmada Parikrama?

गङ्गेच यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वति । नर्मदा सिन्धु कावेरी जलेऽस्मिन् संनिधिं कुरु ॥ "Gange Cha Yamune Chaiva Godavari Saraswati, Narmada Sindhu Kaveri Jalesmin Sannidhim Kuru" Meaning ...
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Significance of Marapachi doll in Gollu

During the festival season of Navrathri it is a custom of keeping Marapachi dolls in Gollu (Navrathri Golu), a custom which is widely practiced in the southern states. What is the significance of ...
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How to brush off drishti by oneself?

I am not sure what the "english" term is, but in Tamil there is often the term "drishti doosham." If you have no one to ward off drishti, how would one go about doing it by oneself? I have read the ...
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Benefits of “Suryaopassna” (सूर्योपासना) or Sun worship described in Vedas and upanishdas?

"Suryopasana" (सूर्योपासना) ie. Worship of Surya deva or Sun god is very ancient tradition of Hinduism. We can find it's origins in our Vedas. Lot's of mantras are there about Surya Deva or Sun god in ...
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Materials to be avoided during Chatur Masa Vrata?

What are the materials should be discarded each month in this 4 month vrata period? Like dal,cumins,milk, curd etc, Vegetable, fruits.
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Indus river and Hinduism

What do ancient scriptures, texts and traditions tell us about the river Indus (Sindhu)? Are there references to the Indus River Civilisation in the Mahabharata? Has there been a significance of ...
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What is the tradition of wearing bangles for some days after marriage?

In North India, I observe that my female colleagues wear bangles(and a lot of them) for some days after their marriage. I have tried googling it, but haven't found much help from google. So, what ...
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Vahanas of Gods

Why Gods and Goddesses (Devas and Devis) have their own vehicles, mounts or vahanas which comprise various types of animals and birds? Do they have some physical significance?
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Why do we join our hands in the way we do, when we pray? [duplicate]

Whenever we pray, we tend to keep our hands together. Is there a reason why we do so ??
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Why there are so many difference in traditions in hinduism?

For example, Deepavali is celebrated differently in different parts of India, even though Deepavali is a hindu festival. One more example, there are different calendars for the hinduism (Chandramana ...
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Why are women restricted from entering temples during menstruation? [duplicate]

Women are restricted from entering temples or any other holy places during their menstruation. Why so? This is the normal biological function of every female of every mammalian species. If talking ...
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Can a chillum consider as bad habit of the sadhus?

This post is a specialization of Does lord Shiva smoke Chillum? Does most of the sadhus smoke Chillum or just a few of them? Does the proportion of consumers increases (among the sadhus)? Is "...
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What is the reason to touch the elder person's feet for blessing?

In India, it is tradition of touching feet of a relative who is elder in age (like grandfather/mother, uncle/aunt, in-laws) for blessing. What is the reason/story behind this ?
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Who serves the young in a family?

Stories like the Ramayana and Mahabharata show people serving their elders such as brothers, parents or grandparents by: Pressing their elders' legs while they are sleeping. Guarding them while they ...
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Does Vedic Hinduism exist today?

It seems that the rituals, customs, deities, methods of worship etc. in Hinduism today are mainly based on various Puranas and not the Vedas. Even the Vedic Gods are not worshiped in temples. Very few ...
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What is the reason/origin of Sikha? [duplicate]

I have gone through the Wikipedia page of Sikha. However, I didn't find any information about the origins and reason for the tradition of Sikha amongst Brahmins. Is it just as a sign of cleanliness(...