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Questions tagged [vrata]

Vrata is a Sanskrit word that means "vow, resolve, devotion", and refers to pious observances such as fasting and pilgrimage (Tirtha) found in Indian religions.

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Why do women observe Holika vrata?

Holika was Hiranyakashipu's sister and tried to kill Prahlad. Then, why do women observe holika vrata and worship holika wood before lightning fire in it? Note: Poornima also falls on the Holi day ...
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What is expiation for breaking Hanuman vrat?

What if we accidentally break the mangalvar Hanumaan vrat by the way of eating some sweets? How can we ask for forgiveness or is it an unforgiving act?
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What are the names of necessary Vratas after marriage?

Satyanarayana Vratam is popular among south Indians and people generally perform it after marriage. But I don't know whether it is necessary to conduct it after marriage or not. Are there any ...
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Why Lord Ayyappa Vratam or Mandalam is done only in few months?

Why Lord Ayyappa vratam or mandalam done only during Karthika masa or generally from September - January? I know even temple is generally opened during this period. Is there any reason or shastra ...
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What is vaamadevya vrata?

What is vamadevya vrata and how is it generally performed? Which texts deals with its procedures? And what are the fruits of performing it?
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Are leather products forbidden in fasts?

Does scriptures say something not to use any leather equipment during fasts timing? We most commonly found leather in our belt and shoes, what should we do about it? Or leather is not present in ...
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Can we make every Ekadashi fast as Nirjalaa ekadashi?

Nirjalaa Ekadashi is the one Ekadashi in which people does fasts without even drinking water for whole day and night. But if one wants to do this kind of fast on every Ekadashi, will it be fine? Is ...
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Does the 48 day mandala vratam of Ayyappa devotees have a scriptural basis?

I understand they wear a garland and remain celibate for 48 days for this vratam. Is it mentioned in scriptures?
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Can we sleep while fasting on Ekadashi?

According to various Vaishnava web sites and various texts, during Ekadashi, one cannot sleep in the night, one cannot sleep during the wee morning hours, and one cannot sleep during the day or else ...
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What is the significance of Trinath Mela, where the three supreme gods are worshipped?

Villagers in Odisha many times perform Trinath Mela at their own house, where all the three supreme gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara altogether are worshipped at the same time. This Pooja is said as ...
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What is the story behind the Solah Somavara fast?

In the month of Shravana Lord Shiva is worshiped and many people observe the 16 Somvara Vrata. Now most descriptions I've read say that Lord Shiva and Parvati had a dice match and Parvati asks a ...
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Things that we need to take care on Lord Hanuman's fast

I am doing Lord Hanuman's fast (vrata) since long. I know some rules of fast but day by day new rules I am hearing by different persons (don't know how much they are currect). Here are rules which I ...
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Advantage of Sankasta hara chaturthi

I saw This , I want to know what's the 1) Advantage of Sankasta hara chaturthi 2) Why doing Tuesday is more helpfull. 3) Why we need to see moon and eat at night. 4)Why Rice are not allowed to eat ...
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Is the story of Lord Satyanarayana mentioned in the Puranas?

I would like to know if there is any reference about the appearance/form of Satyanarayana and his story, not just the mention of his name.
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Pashupatvrat - Did all deities perform it? How to perform it? Any Pros and Cons?

Pashupatvrat - Did all deities perform it? If I want to perform it how to perform it? Any Pros and Cons? Any procedure? Thank you in advance for legit scripture-based answer.
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Varalakshmi Vratham

Today world is celebrating the Varalakshmi vratham. What is the significance of this? Has it been mentioned in devi bhagavatham? What is the procedure to perform this vratham? Also explain the ...
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Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi?

Why eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi? It is practiced in some parts of India (I am not sure about this practice in all parts of India). Is there any story or scriptural basis for this belief ...
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What is Kaarthika masam? who should follow it?

Most Hindu people follow Kaarthika masam in which the women keep fasts whole masam (month) and eat at nights. This happens in my home as well. Whole month nobody should eat non-veg in home (can eat ...
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What is aparigraha vrat?

Can anyone start this practice? Is it a lifetime process or can we practice it for few weeks or months like deeksha? Does it have any limitations/exceptions? To what extent does it permit to depend ...
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What is the importance of fast (Vrat)? [duplicate]

Being a Brahmin, I do observe Fast. But literally,I don't know its importance. I wondered, how being hungry whole day could fulfill your wish. Do GOD pleases when people are hungry? As, I am a ...
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What is Nanda Vrata?

I heard about this Vrata, known as Nanda Vrata, kept for Lord Shiva, and is considered as the toughest of the Vratas kept for Lord Shiva. It is said that the Vrata helps oneself to destroy, Mai (...
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How to determine a day for Vratha or a festival when a Nakshatra is shared between days?

Recently on a Sathsang, I understood the values of Ekadasi Vratha, explained by a scholar. He explained the power of Ekadasi in various pakshas - Krishna paksha and Shukla paksha. When I tried to ...