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What varna does the child born from inter-Varna marriage in Hindu tradition, belong to?

I have heard from Puri Shankaracharya (Govardhan Peeth) the following formula to decide varna of child in inter-Varna marriage: Brahmin father, Kshatriya mother -> Kshatriya child Rest all of the ...
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Who has the right to sport a Shikha?

Can Shudras, non-initiated Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas etc. sport a Shikha?
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What is my my pravara and gotra if belong to tulasi gotra?

I have asked many people about tulasi gotra but i couldn't find my pravara and what Varna i belong to. Please tell me if someone knows
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What scriptures could Shudras read before/during the Treta Yuga?

What scriptures could Shudras read before/during the Treta Yuga? Nowadays in the Kali Yuga there are scriptures like the Puranas, Mahabharata and Ramayana which Shudras can either read by themselves ...
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What is the correct way to recognize varna by astrology?

Most northern Indian astrologers define varna by the sign of the zodiac occupied by the Moon. Most South Indian astrologers define varna by the nakshatra occupied by the Moon. And what is the ...
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When Varnas are already defined from were did yavana, mleccha or Chandalas originated

When Varnas are already defined as per Vedic principles from were did yavana, mleccha or Chandalas originated
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What are the incidents from old scriptures in which Kshatriyas honored the Brahmins?

In Sanathan dharma, there are four varnas: Brahmin, Kshetriya, Vaishya, and Shudra. It is well known that, in general, Kshatriyas and other orders pay respect, and give honor to Brahmins due to their ...
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Did Rukmini ever worry about polygyny of Krishna?

Consider the following lines in THE RIDDLE OF RAMA AND KRISHNA by Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar regarding the marital relation of Rukmini with Krishna Krishna was now, for the first time, married. He ...
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How I learn about my ancestry with my Kula Deva, Gotra, Sub-Caste, and Caste, along with ancestral location etc.?

How can I learn about my ancestry with my Kula Deva, Gotra, Sub-Caste, and Caste, along with ancestral location etc.? I know little to nothing about my ancestry. But I do know my family's Kula Deva, ...
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Why Ramunajacharya is considered as an idol of equality?

What were the views of Ramanujacharya on varna? Which instances in Ramanujacharya's life made him idol of equality?
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Questions on Varna System [duplicate]

Can You Tell Me Some Verses From Hindu Scriptures Which Say Varna Is Not Based On Birth?
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Does Varnashankar child save ancestors from hell ? Is it useless to have a Varnashankar child?

It is quite well known Having a son saves not only the father but also his ancestors from hell . But in Gita it is written than Varnashankar son is useless as he can't save his ancestors. Gita 1:40 (...
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Is inter-caste marriage esssential for producing of Varna-Sankara? Do corrupt women produce Varna-Sankara?

Gita 1:40 (Arjun says) From the predominance of sin , O Krishna, women become corrupt , and then O descendant of Vrishni, cross-breeds are born. Above verse of Gita indicates that when women become ...
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Can a NON-BRAHMIN be a teacher?

Were there any instances in itihasa shastra where non-brahmin were teacher?
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How to identify caste of a non-Hindu/non-Indian? [duplicate]

Since four Varnas exists in all ethnicities and all species . How can one identity caste of a person who is not Indian. In the past many foreigners were assimilated in Kshatriya Varna -like Indo-...
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Why is the penance for killing a Shudra relatively small?

Mahabharat Book 12 Section CLXV Line says Having slain a Vaisya one should perform such a sacrifice for two years and make a present of a hundred kine with one bull. Having slain a Sudra, one should ...
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Can a brahmin do job?

Are there any instances in our itihas shastras where brahmin did work out of what is precribed in scriptures(i.e teaching)? E.G Dronacharya and kripacharya fought for kauravas! do a brahmin incur sin ...
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What will be the Varna of a child born from a Brahmin man and Shudra woman?

There is lot of confusion regarding Anulom marriage . Some say it is allowed and varna of the child is Varna of the father. Some say it is not allowed. In present world , such child are outcasted ...
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What are the consequences of having a Varnashankar child?

One verse from Gita says that Varnashankar causes ancestors of a person to fall from heaven to hell for eternity. Bhagavad Gita 1.42 (Arjun Says) Hybrid castes ensure that the family line and those ...
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How to make Shudra into Brahmin, Kshatriya or Vaishya as per Vedas?

The Veda clearly distinguishes between Shudra and Arya. For example: A.V., iv.20.4. — “The thousand-eyed god shall put this plant into my right hand; with that do I see everyone, the Shudra as well ...
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What are the new duties of the 4 varnas as per Saunaka & Bhargabhūmi?

In the Puranas, Manu and his wife had many children and future generations who changed their caste (varna) totally freely. For example, in Brahma Purana Chapter 5 it is given: Vaivasvata Manu (...
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Which scripture is the source of the verse "Janmanā jāyatē jantuḥ karmaṇā jāyatē dvijaḥ" (everyone is born worm)?

Complete verse is as follows. Janmanā jāyatē jantuḥ karmaṇā jāyatē dvijaḥ | vēdādhyayanatō vipraḥ brahmavid brāhmaṇa smr̥taḥ || In devanagari script: जन्मना जायते जन्तु: कर्मणा जायते द्विज:। वेदा...
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What are the major examples of Brahman or Sage became King in Hinduism?

In Hindu Varna system, politics, war and ruling the kingdom is Dharma of Kshatriya. Similarly, Dharma of Brahman is to learn, teach, perform Yadnya and other vedic activities, advice the king etc. On ...
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If a kshatriya does work of brahmin or say sudra will that be called karma yoga?

Is it compulsory to do kartavya karma to constitute as a karmayoga? If a kshatriya does karma of brahmin will still it be called karma yoga?
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Aren't these Manusmṛti verses pertaining to marriage contradictory?

Manusmṛti 3.23 describes the form of marriages that are permitted for each Varṇa: षडानुपूर्व्या विप्रस्य क्षत्रस्य चतुरोऽवरान् । विश्।शूद्रयोस्तु तानेव विद्याद् धर्म्यानराक्षसान् ॥ २३ ॥ ṣaḍānupūrvyā ...
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Is the abortion of someone outside the Chatur Varna sinful?

Not a duplicate of What is Hinduism's view on abortion?, because it is on abortion in general. In the linked question a lot of the answers saying abortion is immoral/sinful simply do not make ...
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Can someone translate this from Sudrakamalakar?

Can someone translate this from Sudrakamalakar, its on varna position of Kayasthas.
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Recommended balance of strength amongst Varnas in an ideal world

Varna system classifies our society largely into four social groups. Each varna has it's own strength and there is lot of interdependence between them. Hence, it's common sense to state that if one ...
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Difference between Matanga and Vishwamitra

Matanga, born as Chandala, does penance to become a Brahmana. Indra tells him that he will not become a Brahmana and explains the birth cycles and durations to become a Brahmana. Indra says it's not ...
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Why Krishna is specifying woman, Vaishyas and Sudras in Sloka 9.32 of Bhagavad Gita regarding attening Supream Goal? [duplicate]

Bhagavat Gita 9.32 Translation māḿ hi pārtha vyapāśrityaye ’pi syuḥ pāpa-yonayaḥstriyo vaiśyās tathā śūdrāste ’pi yānti parāḿ gatim Arjuna, women, Vaisyas (members of the tradingand agriculturist ...
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What was the Varna of the so many soldiers of the various kingdoms mentioned in the stories of Puranas and Vedas?

There are so many kingdoms and wars mentioned in the stories in Puranas and Vedas. In all stories King used to be Kshatriya. I never read and heard about Varna of soldiers who were in huge number in ...
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Proof of hereditary caste system in Vedas OR Ramayana and Mahabharata

Edit: This is not a duplicate question because this is a specific question asking for proof for caste being heridetary, not just what Vedas have to say about caste. Please understand the difference. ...
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Was ever Varna System based on Guna and/or Karm? [duplicate]

Was the Varna System ever based on Gunas? These few points made me to think over this question Number of combinations of Gunas are infinite as it is related to humane nature and the number of Varna ...
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How Varna System being based on Guna works?

Varna System was based on Guna. This sounds so nice but how we can classify people based on Guna because ... Varna are only 4 and the number of Guna or combination of Gunas can be infinite as it's ...
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Do Kshatriyas exist in Kaliyuga

Many brahmins held this belief that no Kshatriyas exist in kaliyuga .Can someone refer me to scriptural injunctions on whether Kshatriyas exist in Kaliyuga or not ?
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Is there a punishment for non-dvijas recititing "Bhavati bhīkṣāṃ dehi" or the other forms of it?

In Manu Smriti for example it is said: 2.49 An initiated Brahmana should beg, beginning (his request with the word) lady (bhavati); a Kshatriya, placing (the word) lady in the middle, but a Vaisya, ...
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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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Varna of Nandagopa and Maa Yashoda?

Gopala bhatta goswami in his sat kriya sandarba mentions the 11 jatis of shudra varna (pic below) While Swami karpatri had said that they're Vaishyas (like other gowala-s) So were Nandagopa, Maa ...
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Are there any possible senses(meanings) for the word Varna wrt humans other than the ones given?

I recently asked a question requesting Sanskrit verses containing the word Varna in different contexts. I provided the five senses: Varna assigned by Krishna for each individual based on guna and ...
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Who was the father of Sage Kavasa?

This story comes in Aitareya Brahmana the Risis, called the "middle ones" (Gritsamada, Visvamitra, Vaniadeva, Atri, Bharadvfija, Vasistha, see Asv. Grihya Sutras, 3, 4), hold once a ...
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Sanskrit references for the usage of the word varna for a given sense

The word Varna has been used by scriptures in different senses/meanings based on the context. This question is restricted to the usage of Varna in Humans only. I know at least five senses: Varna ...
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Is there any counter example saying astrological varna and geetha varna are different?

Answers to this question says that astrological varna based on Zodiac sign of a person is same as the varna of a person assigned by Krishna. You can read the referred question for details. But still ...
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Proportion of gunas in four varnas obtained by birth

I read the following lines by Ramanujacharya from this answer The nature of Brahmanas, Ksatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras are due to their respective inherent dispositions. The meaning is that their past ...
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Can a Sudra be born as a Bramhana in his next birth?

I am not asking about Guna based system. Here 1 and 2 rising in varna hierarchy is mentioned but it says a Sudra will be born as a Vasihya then a Ksatriya and then a Bramhana. Cant a Sudra's next ...
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Shudras and learning Sanskrit

Were shudras not allowed to learn Sanskrit in the past times? If yes, then around when did this practice of not being allowed start?
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How are people from different countries put into the varna system [duplicate]

1). Who was the first human couple in hinduism from which the population began, what were their varna ,and how did other varna originate from them? Since in vedas god says that he created the Varna’s ...
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Offspring due to marriage between a Sudra man and a Brahmana woman

The following passage is from this answer quoted from Agni Purana An anuloma marriage is a marriage where the husband is from a higher class than the wife. The offspring of such a marriage belong to ...
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Under which varna do bureaucrats come?

Do modern day bureaucrats come under the kshatriya varna? Any example related to this from shastras?
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Is the practice of Gayatri Parivar allowing everyone to undergo Upanayana (Janaeu) ceremony adharmika?

It's a well-known fact about the Gayatri Parivar's stance on allowing everyone (including married women, non-Hindus, and Śhūdras, etc.) to undergo the sacred thread ceremony (Upanayana or Yagnopavita ...
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Is there any scripture prohibiting marriage across Varṇa, that can't be explained as being just dating advice?

I know scriptures encourage to marry within the same Varṇa (especially a female marrying a lower Varṇa), but these always seemed to me to be about people seeking marriage, not wanting to marry someone ...