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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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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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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 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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Isn't it non-human to burn Raavan's effigy (Raavan Dahan) during Dussera?

During childhood, I used to get excited (not happy though) seeing Raavana's effigy being burnt. People around used to dance and cheer. But for many years, not only I find it idiotic but also non-human....
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Why there is Untouchability in Hindu religion? [closed]

I have sees from my childhood my mother always force us to do following activities After Nature Call you have to take bath up to waist or change the cloth for later cleaning. I somebody dies in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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(...
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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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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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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 are the different sampradayams (traditions) followed by the mutts established by Adi Shankara?

In his lifetime, Adi Shankara established four amnaya peethams in four directions of India and appointed his chief disciples as the pontiffs. (Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is also established by Adi ...
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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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What is Janeu (Upnayan Sanskar)? What is the importance of it? [closed]

We believe that every religious tradition behind a scientific reason. What is the scientific reason behind this? Why people of some caste wear it? I have asked some my Brahmin friends, they told me ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is the practice of killing a cow for a guest (गोघ्न | goghna) still followed?

The footnotes of this translation of Āpastaṃba Dharmasūtra says: Manu III, 119 and 120; Yājñ. I, 110;: Weber, Ind. Stud. X, 125. A guest is also called goghna, 'cow-killer,' because formerly a cow ...