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What are the rules of a student of the three vedas mentioned in Apastambasmriti Prasna 1?

Failure to be Initiated: If his time for initiation has lapsed, a man should live observing the rules of a student of the three Vedas for one season and then undergo initiation. For a year ...
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What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time?

What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time? I am actually not getting it done too late, like I am not getting in my late 20s or early 30s. ...
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Length of sacred thread

What should be the length of the sacred thread? (In this answer is quoted Wikipedia saying 96 times of forefinger breadth; but there are no valid references-apart from Wikipedia!)
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What age should a Shudra do Upanayana?

I'm reading the Wikipedia page of Upanayana, Many medieval era texts discuss Upanayana in the context of three of the four varnas (caste, class) — Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas.The ceremony was ...
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Which mantras (in metres other than Gayatri) are prescribed for the Sandhya of Non-Brahmins?

It is said that one must follow the mantra in Gayatri metre of the Upasya (generally main Gayatri), granted by the Guru. There’s a whole list of them in the Taittiriya shakha. There also seems to be a ...
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Sandhyavandanam for those not initiated (without Upanayanam) using Puranas. It is possible?

Many statements (eg. ŚB 1.4.25) talk of how non-initiated persons (irrespective of caste) cannot follow Vedic procedures, and how for them to read and follow, the Puranas and itihasas were composed. A ...
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Who were the ancient women Rishikas in Vedas? What are the verses in Vedic scriptures which allow women to read Vedas?

Are there any Women Rishikas in Vedas ? And are there any rules and proofs Grihya Sutras and other scriptures that women can wear thread?
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Isn't the varna determined, by the Vedic varnashram, by birth? [duplicate]

As far as I know, varnashram is originally a Vedic idea, by which Shudras that were Not recognised as dvija were Not entitled for Upanayana that usually used to take place at the age of 8-11 years of ...
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I'm a Bhumihar Brahmin(18),my father a Kaushik and mother a Bharadwaj by Gotra(Read the body)

I'm 18, as far as I know the Upanayana has to be done when the child is 8, I'm 18, is it too late for me to go through one? I'm a medical student as of now, and I come from an upper middle class ...
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What happens if a person without Upanayana gets married?

In Brahmins community, it is said one have to attain Bramhachari by having Upanayana and later get into married life. Suppose what if the person never got Upanayana but married? Like run away from ...
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Why is ISKCON giving upanayana samskara to shudras and mlecchas when it is contrary to Ramanujacharya's teachings?

Why is ISKCON giving upanayana samskara to shudras and mlecchas? Isn't it against Ramanujacharya's teachings? In his Brahma sutra (Vedanta sutra) bhashya, Ramanujacharya says (1:3:36) that Shudras are ...
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What does Parashara Smriti tell about Upanayana Samskara?

What does Parashara Smriti tell about Upanayana Samskara? Parashara Smriti tells that all can have sacred thread ceremony (Upanayana).
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Why can't mother see son's Upanayana ceremony?

Recently in March 2020 month, we performed the Munj/Thread/Janeau/Upanayana ceremony of my 10 year old son. During the actual Muhurtam time ritual (which was at 9:52 am), my wife was not allowed to ...
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Initiation to Start Studying Vedas

I have Learnt that a brahmin who doesn't learn Vedas is considered to be just a namesake brahmin So considering a brahmin having had his upanayanam and his sacred thread (jandhyam), Is there any ...
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After Brahmopadesham, what all things someone becomes eligible to perform?

Upanayana and Brahmopadesham , both are same right? After Brahmopadesham, one gets initiated into Gayatri Mantra, He becomes eligible to chant Gayatri Mantra, and perform Sandhyavandana.. .. I came ...
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Will there be any consequence to exceeding age 24 for Upanayana? [duplicate]

Apastamba Gryha Sutra, in verse 1.1.1.27, places a maximum age limit of 24 for the Upanayana ceremony. If anyone exceeds this age for the ceremony, will there be any negative consequence?
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Can someone do Upanayan ritual later in life say post 25 years of age?

Heard some priests saying 8 to 16 years for Brahmins, till 22 for Kshatriya and 24 for vaishya, is the limit for upananya. But what if someone does after that or priest says no he won't do it as the ...
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What is the reason behind men/women tying a waist band?

I have seen many men wearing a waist band or thread around their waist, red or black color. It's called Karbuta in Marathi. Is there any significance behind wearing it?
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Did Lopamudra ever receive Upanayana?

Lopamudra was a female Rishi who revealed Vedic mantras and did lots of Tapas, as per Mahabharata: And obtaining her as wife, Agastya addressed Lopamudra, saying, 'Cast thou away these costly ...
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What are the duties of Dvija-Bandhus?

According to the book "Hindu Dharma" by Sri Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati: If the Gayatri has not been chanted for three generations in the family of a Brahmin, its members lose caste (they ...
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What is the difference in the rituals per varna post upanayanam?

I know that the upanayanam is performed by the first 3 varna and only they are allowed to wear the thread. Even the threads are of different material cotton, hemp and wool. Presumably the rituals that ...
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Significance of five shikhas (tuft) during upanayanam

Most of traditional brahmins have a Shikha (long tuft in english) at back of their head. Shikha is believed to posses great power and so it is touched to establish a power source inside it during ...
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