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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between puja and aarti rituals?

It is often confusing as to what is the difference between puja and aarti. Is aarti a part of puja? Can any one enlighten the differences between these two ?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between Tapas and Dhyana?

When it comes to meditation, Hinduism gets divided in many different concepts and practices. While there is a Patanjali's Yoga Aphorism of Yama, Niyama, Asana, etc. leading up to Dhyana and Samadhi, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 “ Vratas” ( व्रत ) In Hinduism?

What is the significance of "Vratas (व्रत )" described in Hinduism. e.g. "Haritalika (हरितालिका)" , "Rushi Panchami (ऋषि पंचमी) etc. Are there any scriptures pointing towards importance of "vratas" ...
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How Horoscopes (Jataka) are written?

How do astrologers writes a Horoscope of new born child? Can they be accurate in determining one's life partner or destiny?
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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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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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How are Daily Horoscopes Written?

How are daily horoscopes written and published in newspapers and magazines? Can they be same for people under one zodiac sign (i.e rashi)
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Why are festivals not celebrated for one year after a person's death?

Why are festivals not celebrated after the death of a family member for a full year? What is the reason?
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Tenets of Hinduism in short [closed]

Can somebody summarize, in short, the various aspects of Hinduism with respect to, Morality Ethics Metaphysics Origin of life (humans and other living beings) Purpose of life Various paths to achieve ...
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How to celebrate birthdays as per Panchanga if births had taken place in Adhika Masa?

How do I celebrate birthday as per Panchanga, if we are born in Adhika Masa? For example, my son is born in Adhika Vaishaka, but this year there is no Adhika for Vaishaka.
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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 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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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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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 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?