Questions tagged [vedic-rituals]

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Every Brahmin does aachman (purification) in the name of Vishnu. Then on whose name shukracharya will do so (aachman)?

Is shukracharya does aachman in the name of Vishnu or any other way? Because every Brahmin does aachman in the name of Vishnu. So what about shukracharya who hates Vishnu.
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Where in the Vedas do we find : 'aharahah sandhyAm upAsita'?

In Ahnik-Krutya, Shyamacharana Kaviratna Vidyavaridhi mentions that 'aharahah sandhyAm upAsita' (Sandhya should be worshipped everyday) is a Vedic instruction. But he did not mention where exactly in ...
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Is there any mention of Swastika in Vedic mathematics? [closed]

Is Swastika possibly a physics or mathematics symbol, like ohm or pi?
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Is there any scriptural injuctions that says leaving 'Agni-seva' is a sin in kaliyuga?

Agni-seva was treated as a noble virtue in the Vedic ages. Is there any scriptural injuctions that says leaving 'Agni-seva' is a sin in kaliyuga?
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Is changing or altering rituals allowed in Hinduism?

I hear some people say as time changes rituals need to change in order to make them compatible with the modern world. Is it possible to change or alter rituals that are found in scriptures followed ...
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Which deity is to be invoked (or appeased) first in a Vedic ritual?

In today's time most of the worship/rituals that are done are done based on the injunctions of the Tantras. Sometimes the Puranic methods are also followed ( for e.g. Durga Puja in Bengal). Sometimes ...
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Is sannyasa a Vedic way of life? Is it recommended by the Vedas, the ten authentic Upanishads or Grhyasutras?

Sannyasa is BELIEVED to be the so called "fourth stage" of life, i.e after brahmacharya, grihastha, and vAnaprastha. However, when one has ALREADY moved to the forest in seclusion after retiring from ...
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Who has the authority to change the procedure for vedic rituals and under what circumstances?

Being born in a smartha brahmana family, I have had the chance to observe and also perform many vedic rituals at home and other places, starting with nitya karmas like sandhyavandanam to major homams/...
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What is pancha angni yajna in agnihotra?

What is pancha kunda in agnihotra? anvahrya, grahapathy, dakshinaagni and uttravedhi in agnihotra what is their respective meaning with short description of the offerings made? Is Vaishwadeva homa a ...
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Does Vedic karma yield fruit in foreign countries? Will it give adverse results?

Do religious rituals bear effect in other countries like America, UK, mleccha deshas? Do vedic rites like sandhya-vandana, tarpana, shraddha give phala in countries other than India (Bharata varsha / ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

Manusmriti verses 5.41-42 say this: madhuparke ca yajñe ca pitṛdaivatakarmaṇi | atraiva paśavo hiṃsyā nānyatraityabravīn manuḥ || 41 || eṣvartheṣu paśūn hiṃsan vedatattvārthavid dvijaḥ | ...
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How are animals killed in the Soma Yajna?

In the Soma yajna, a few animals are killed (I think 3 different animals are killed). My question is, how are they killed? Through beheading, strangulation, etc? This answer says that the horse is ...
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What is the difference between Yajna and Havana?

While reading Rigveda, I often encounter these two closely related words, so often that the entire scripture seems to depend on these two words only. The problem is that I can't point out the actual ...
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What is the proper procedure to light the puja lamp in the altar?

What is the proper procedure to light the puja lamp (Kamakshi vilakku) in the puja altar?
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Does kanyadaan have a Vedic sanction?

In a traditional Hindu marriage, the bride is 'gifted' to the groom by her father Like Godaan (gifting of cow) bhudaan (gifting of land) etc women are treated as objects that can be gifted away ! ...
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What is the mudra to be used when performing Achamanam?

What is the mudra to be used when performing Achamanam? How should our fingers be positioned when sipping the water?
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Which mimAmsa texts consider looking at sanyasins as sinful?

Quoting from the chapter "Mimangsa beliefs" of the book Hindu Dharma: The sannyasin deprives himself of karma ('karma- bhrashta'). To look at him is sinful and you must atone for it. To look at ...
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Which verse of taittiriya brAhmana talks of extinguishing agnihotra fire as sinful?

The book Hindu Dharma (comprised of speeches given by Chandrashekarendra Saraswati) states in this chapter that: The Taittiriya Brahmana has it that to extinguish the agnihotra fire is to earn ...
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Who are these deities mentioned in the Shatapatha Brahmana?

Shatapatha Brahmana 2.3.2 while talking about the Agnihotra fire-sacrifice mentions the following verses: Verily, in him that exists, these deities reside, to wit, Indra, king Yama, Nada the ...
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Can a person before upanayana perform anga nyasa and kara nyasa?

When I read kavachams, sahasranamamas and ashtothrams, there is mention of anga nyasa and kara nyasa. I am yet to be initiated into gayathri. Can I do anga and kara nyasa?
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Which direction should one face while doing Sayam Sandhyavandanam?

Some people say it is not advisable to do achamana facing west, so one should face north while doing evening Sandhyavandanam up to Navagruha Tarpanam and after that one should do facing west till ...
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Are these rituals really done in Ashvamedha as per Brahmanas? Is the translation correct?

When the water for washing the feet is ready, they make the chief queen (Mahishi) lie down next to the horse, and they cover the two of them up with the upper cloth as they say the verse, ‘Let the ...
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What is the story of Indra restoring the vitality of Shashvati's husband?

Rig Veda Book 8 Hymn 1 is dedicated to Indra and sings his glories while calling him to partake of the soma juice being prepared for his sake. The ast verse of the hymn mentions something like this: ...
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Does rAmAyaNa mention women chanting vedic mantras?

In some place I read that the queens KausalyA and Kaikeyi are mentioned chanting vedic mantras. For example they chanted when lord Rama and his brothers were born. Also Sri Kaushalya used to offer ...
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What is the position of Women in the Vedic era?

Since there are lot of difference of opinion and lack of clarity regarding women and its status in hinduism, especially in the Vedas. There is a lack of clarity with respect to the important things ...
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Why should we conduct a yajna according to the Mimamsa Sutra?

Mimamsa sutra is not about the existence of God but how Vedic rites are helful for social cohesion and humanity. Can anybody explain with verses what and how they (Jamini, or Kumarila Bhatt) show the ...
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Did the Ancient Indian Rishis keep Shikha?

Shikha is a lock of hair on the crown on a shaven head. In the modern times, it is mostly worn by priests. It is believed that traditionally all Hindu men kept Shikha, but later this was restricted ...
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How has Hinduism spread & existing in Russia?

Russia & nearby countries were part of communist USSR for a while, which was typically anti-religion. Yet there are several Hindu Russians (0.1% of population). How did it spread in such remote ...
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Is there a Vedic yajna that can grant wishes?

Karma kanda has many yajnas which can give heaven and such other fruitive activities, is there mention of yajna which can fulfill a wish? Are there any rituals, yajnas, vratas, mantras or praying to a ...
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What is the procedure for Agnishtoma ritual that leads to Heaven?

Agnishtoma is a Vedic ritual that takes its name from three hymns to Agni recited in it and was performed by those who want to ascend to heaven. This Hindupedia page - Agniṣṭoma gives the basic steps ...
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Where is the injunction to do Sandhyavandanam found in the Vedas?

I know the injunction for Dvijas to do Sandhyavandanam is found in the Manusmriti, but where is this injunction found in the Vedas? The Gayatri mantra is found in the Vedas, but where is the ...
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What kind of purifactory rite is mentioned in ayodhya kanda which uses “aiNeyaM mamsa” antelope meat?

This is mentioned in ayodhya kand- "aiNeyam maamsam aahR^itya shaalaam yakSyaamahe vayam | kartvyam vaastushamanam saumitre cirajiivabhiH || 2-56-22 saumitre= Oh, Lakshmana!; aahR^itya= ...
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What are the basic rules for Nirahara Samyama?

I read some where that Vedic science even gives us the choice of living without food. This can be achieved through a yogic process called Nirahara Samyama by which we learn to awaken our bio memory to ...
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What is the purpose of Sankalpam?

In the beginning of any ritual, one has to say Sankalpam - a formulaic utterance where you tell the devatas where and when in the Universe the ritual is being conducted, the purpose of the ritual, etc,...
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How to perform Pashupat Vrata as per Vedas?

Pashupat Vrata is intended for the release of bondage and thus liberation. The Srutis like Atharvasiras Upanishad state in single line about how to perform Pasupat Vrata which I also discuss here: ...
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Is there any mantra that addresses the Saptarishi?

Is there a mantra that addresses all of the Saptarishi. I used to chant "Om Jai Shri Saptarishi Namah". I found out that "Chitrasikhandin" is a word used to refer to the seven sages, so I made up ...
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What is the story of the origin of Sraadha ritual?

As I asked in this question the story of Karna from Mahabharat is given in many portals for the origin of the ShrAdh ritual but as is apparent from the discussions on it this seems unlikely since the ...
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As per scriptures at what part of the head one should tie the sikha? at the back or at the top of it?

We know that in the Vedic Dharma the SikhA and the Upavita (the sacred thread) are indispensable. Without tying SikhA, for example, no Vedic ritual can be successfully completed. We also know that ...
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What is the substitute for sikhA for a sannyAsi who wants to perform Vedic rituals?

According to the answers given here, a SannyAsi can perform Vedic rituals even after taking SannyAsa. Now, the first purificatory rite that precedes all Vedic rituals is the act of sipping water ...
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Alternative day for Upakarma when one misses it

If one misses the Yearly Upakarma (sacred thread changing ceremony) rituals on that given day, is there any alternative day one can perform that ? After one week or month ?
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Are Upanishad's really parts of the Vedas?

While the hymns of the Vedas emphasize rituals and the Brahmanas serve as a liturgical manual for those Vedic rituals, the spirit of the Upanishads is inherently opposed to ritual. The older ...
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regarding some questions on upanayana

In the uponayana ceremony, the boys should take 3 steps. Why the boys are stopped at 2.5 steps to remains at home? Is that mean we are not following the actual procedure?
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Conditions for changing sacred thread?

Yagnopavitam is worn by dwijas, it should be changed when it gets impure or during Upakarma, what gṛhya sūtrās or Dharma śāstrās discuss the situations or conditions under which we have to change the ...
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Is pranayam compulsory in Sandhyavandanam under any situation?

I have a runny nose do I have to perform Pranayama and if yes then how. If I should wash my hands again and again or should I just recite the mantra? and what about people with Asthma and similar ...
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Can rituals like 'Tila tarpana' be performed on “Ratha sapthami” day?

What rituals have to be done and what activities/celebrations/rituals should NOT be done and who has to do what on Ratha sapthami day? Can we perform "Tila tarpana" on Ratha sapthami day for fathers ...
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Do Vedas & Grihya sutras prescribe rules only for a Brahmin?

Are the mantras, rituals etc. from Vedas available only for Brahmins? Does it mean that castes other than Brahmins do not have any prescribed rules of life and rituals?
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How common is it to combine aupAsana and vaishvadeva oblations in a single homa sitting?

AupAsana and vaishvadeva are two nitya-karma-s which involve fire oblations according to various gRhyasUtra-s. How common is it for people to do it in a single sitting, without separate pUrvAnga-s (...
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Why it is important to squat while performing achamana?

An Achamana is a purificatory ritual that consists of sipping small amount of water from right palm after sanctifying it(the water) with mantras. An Achamana precedes all Vedic ritual. There are ...
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Is it bad to undergo Upanayana ceremony for the first time?

Is doing upanayana for the first time a curse? What if a Hindu person wants to undergo yagnopavitam ceremony for very first time? I have heard many sansthans have started doing sarvajanik ...
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What scriptures describe the UpAkarma dates calculation and performance details

Upakarma or Avni Avittam is a ritual performed before/on Shravan Paurnima/Pournami (it depends on Veda). Generally Rigveda Upakarma is one day behind Yajurveda Upakarma. What shastra/Scripture ...