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What's the implication on gender dynamics of Bhagavat Gita 9.32 interpreted according to Dvaita in Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya by Shri Madhwacharya?

Here's the 32nd verse, from chapter 9 of Shrimat Bhagavat gita. मां हि पार्थ व्यपाश्रित्य येऽपि स्यु: पापयोनय: | स्त्रियो वैश्यास्तथा शूद्रास्तेऽपि यान्ति परां गतिम् || 9.32 TRANSLATION (Bhagavat ...
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Who are eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?

Are women (married and unmarried) eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?
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Notion of "Patni Parameshvari (Wife is the Supreme Goddess)" - found in scriptures?

Similar to this question where I ask: Is notion of Pati - Parameśvara (husband is the Supreme Lord) based on scriptures? Does canonical texts enjoin: Patnī Parameśvarī (पत्नी परमेश्वरी) - i.e., A Wife ...
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Is notion of Pati - Parameśvara (husband is the Supreme Lord) based on scriptures?

In this question: Why a husband is called पतीपरमेश्वर (Pati Parmeshwar)? Whom should a wife devote to at time of death?, one of the answer gives reasons why husband might be considered like the Lord, ...
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Is any variant of Sati prescribed for men in scriptures?

It well-known that the primary purpose of marriage is to begot children. Since humans begets children through sexual reproduction. The role of men is very limited. He needs to contribute his tejas, ...
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Is there a scripturally recommended age of marriage for men?

As discussed in this QnA: What is the recommended age for marriage for girls as per Shastra? We have lots of guidelines for how much "younger" a bride must be compared to her groom. For ...
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Virginity test In Hinduism?

Do Hindu scripture tells about virginity test ? What process for test ? Virginity test for normal people (male and female both). Which scripture tell about this process ? And what is the process?
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Can a non-virgin woman marry? If yes, how?

Non-virgin women are excluded from marital rites with its Agni-hotra, etc. pāṇigrahaṇikā mantrāḥ kanyāsveva pratiṣṭhitāḥ | nākanyāsu kva cinnṝṇāṃ luptadharmakriyā hi tāḥ || 226 || The marriage-...
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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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What are the resricted tithis for a women to take oil bath?

What are the restricted tithis for a women to take oil bath? Are there any scriptural references? If so, can you please provide them with some scriptural references? The verses has to be explicitly ...
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Did Draupadi do agni-pravesha before having sex with each of her Pandava husbands?

Some answers on this site say that Draupadi did agni-pravesha before meeting each husband. Those answers don't provide any citations from the Mahabharata. The first answer says he "heard in an ...
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Do scriptures besides Padma Purāṇa permit wives to discipline their husbands?

This passage from Padma Purāṇa recommends a wife beat her husband to discipline him. Assuming this is not a mistranslation, do any other scriptures support this view? The brāhmaṇa’s wife said: 47-65. ...
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What does Hinduism say about female masturbation? [duplicate]

Women in past were generally thought of as inferior to men, and thus there were a lot of things that women were restricted from practicing (and often punished if found guilty for practicing the same) ...
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Can a menstruating women prepare food for herself?

It is well-known that a rajaswala cannot prepare food for her family. It is highly discouraged to eat food prepared by a Rajaswala. But, does it apply to herself also? Can't she cook for herself and ...
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Reason for offering young unmarried women

Consider the following statement from Mahabharata king Yudhishthira the just gave unto each of those Brahmanas thousands of kine and beds and gold coins and damsels. [Section 32, Rajasuyika Parva, ...
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What is the significance of smearing of Kumkuma on the chest by women in the scriptures?

Srimad Bhagavatam, while describing the consorts of Lord Krishna, such as Srimati Rukmini and others, and the close associates of Lord Krishna such as the gopikas and the women in Mathura, frequently ...
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What is the male equivalent of a Widow called, in the scriptures?

As I understand, a female (having lost her husband), is called as a Widow (hindi: विधवा, vidhavā ). Scriptures have detailed guidelines on the "Code of Conduct - CoC" for the Widows: Which ...
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Which substance in a female body is converted to Ojas?

For males, it's told that it's the semen ( vírya ), that when preserved via Brahmacharya gets converted to Ojas, travelling upto ajña chakra, by the process called Urdhareta. So, as per the relevant ...
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

Manu Smriti 11.65 - 11.66 11.65. Neglecting to kindle the sacred fires, theft, non-payment of (the three) debts, studying bad books, and practising (the arts of) dancing and singing, 11.66. Stealing ...
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Reason(s) behind restrictions on sex

There are plenty of restrictions for a grihastha woman to participate in sex. Some restrictions include forbidding the sex of Ekadasi, Amavasya, Poornima, Sunday. Is the ban on some special days, ...
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Punishment for the crimes committed by the head of the house?

The Smriti texts and other religious treatises deals with a lot of prescriptive rules on the householder' lives and rituals. A commonly pointed out situation is of discipline, crime and subsequent ...
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Can a women take her head bath on Sunday at the end of her menstruation cycle?

According to scriptures one should not take head bath(hair wash) on Sunday One who forsakes on all Sundays, Woman oil bath, meat and drinks, Will never be sick nor sad nor poor. And would reach the ...
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Why worship women? [closed]

See my question is why God allows us to worship women. "worship women" means you are worshiping materialistic thing.
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Emotion of Subhadra during her marriage

There are two questions on this site regarding Subhadra and Arjuna marriage: Arjun and Subhadra's marriage Arjuna and Subhadra marriage But no question or answer deals with the emotion of Subhadra ...
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“You don't strike a woman even with a flower”

There’s a proverb “You don’t strike a woman even with a flower” (or … (your) wife …; at least “ženu ani květinou neuhodíš” in Czech language/culture — there's also a comedy movie based on that). ...
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Can a female aspirant perform Siddhasana?

Hatha yoga pradipika contains posture details of Siddhasana as follows Press firmly the heel of the left foot against the perineum, and the right heel above the male organ. With the chin pressing on ...
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Can one use right leg for siddhasana

Hatha yoga pradipika contains posture details of Siddhasana as follows Press firmly the heel of the left foot against the perineum, and the right heel above the male organ. With the chin pressing on ...
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Does the vow of prostitutes involve sex with a Brāhmaṇa?

The Padma Purāṇa lays out the Dharma of prostitutes. Prostitutes must follow a vow which purifies them of sins. This vow includes worship of Viṣṇu, as well as service of a Brāhmaṇa for 13 months: ...
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Is a menstruating woman allowed to eat non-veg during auspicious timings?

It is mentioned in scriptures that one should not eat non-veg food during certain times such as Amavasya, Pournami, Sunday, Ekadasi etc., According to scriptures, is it applicable for menstruating ...
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Women who ruled kingdom being Jivan muktha

I heard about a women ruled a kingdom after becoming Jivan muktha. The story from yoga vasista goes like this: A women attains the state of Jivan muktha. Her husband leaves kingdom and goes to forest ...
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Cooking by men in family life

It is well known that most of the Indian women use to cook for family and is really a great opportunity for a woman. It is mentioned in Mahabharata that Nala, Bhimasena could cook food and performed ...
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Which mantras from Tāṇḍya Mahābrāhmaṇa can only be recited by women?

This Times of India article claims that certain mantras from Tāṇḍya Mahābrāhmaṇa (a.k.a Pañcaviṃśa Brāhmaṇa) can only be recited by women: In fact, there is nothing mentioned in the Vedas that points ...
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Do any scriptures or commentaries support the idea that females should be able to pursue their education and career over marriage?

Could you suggest me some scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads, etc.) or commentaries that support the idea that females should be allowed to pursue their education and career over marriage? For example, ...
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Does a wife who disobeys her husband be really torn to death by dogs? What is the context in which this verse is stated? [closed]

1.6.4 in agni purana says wife who does not obey her husband shall be torn to death by dogs. A woman who does not obey her husband or brahmanas may also have her nose, ears or arms chopped off. ...
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Is time period for rajaswala fixed for all women?

Every women becomes Rajaswala and in that time period, there are some rules in Hinduism to follow. According to scriptures, Is the time period fixed for all women? Or Vary from 3 days to (...
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Is it common in the previous yugas for a women to have multiple husbands? Like Draupadi had [duplicate]

Draupadi had five husbands but no where in the Mahabharatam its described as out of the ordinary, as of my knowledge, or its described as a sin. Is it common in those eras to have multiple husbands ...
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Why is the definition of adultery different for men and women?

Narada Smriti 12.78 Intercourse is permitted with a wanton woman, who belongs to another than the Brahman caste, or a prostitute, or a female slave, or a female not restrained by her master (...
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Why isn't there a female Shankaracharya in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Why are not women made pontiffs in Hinduism or in any other religion for that matter?
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Why virginity of only women is stressed upon in Hindu scriptures? Is men's virginity not required during marriage?

Is men's virginity not required? E.g., Manusmriti says: If a man gives a defective damsel, without mentioning the defects, he should be punished by the king himself with a fine of ninety-six ‘...
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Why Lord Krishna justified the abducting of a women forcefully?

Why Lord Krishna justified abducting a women? "Vasudeva answered, 'O bull amongst men, self-choice hath been ordained for the marriage of Kshatriyas. But that is doubtful (in its consequences), O ...
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Mantra to attract a specific woman

Basically I need a love mantra directed at a single person. Does one exist? I tried looking for one but could never confirm if it was actually a love mantra.
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Saligraama puja at home

Our parents are doing puja to saligrama since last 25 years. It is a family tradition. My brother is getting married in few months. I want to know if we can we do saligrama puja at home during wive's ...
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Why are Ahalya and Draupadi part of the Panchakanya? [closed]

Panchakanya are considered role-model women. Panchakanya(पञ्चकन्या, pañcakanyā), also known as the Five Virgins, is a group of five iconic heroines of Hindu epics, extolled in a hymn and whose names ...
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Bhuj seer's claim on menstruating women cooking for husbands

Swami Krushnaswarup of Swaminarayan Temple in Bhuj claimed recently, that “menstruating women who cook food for their husbands will take birth as dogs in their next life while men consuming food ...
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Why aitareya brAhmana says that women cause trouble?

Surendra Kumar agyat in his book Kya Balu ki bheet par khada hai Hindu dharma (Does Hinduism stand on wall of sand) asks a question about the women. Below is the screenshot:- He quoted here a verse ...
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Women fasting is sin? [duplicate]

Whats does this means in "The institutes of vishnu book" : A woman who keeps a fast or performs a penance in the lifetime of her lord, deprives her husband of his life, and will go to hell. ...
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Why do some scriptures say men should not marry a girl who has no brother?

In various scriptures it is mentioned that we should not marry a woman who has no brother. Manusmriti 3:11. yasyāstu na bhaved bhrātā na vijñāyeta vā pitā | naupayaccheta tāṃ prājñaḥ putrikā'...
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What scriptures describe replacing the Pranayama Mantra with Shlokas?

When Dvija males do Pranayama, they chant an expanded version of the Gayatri Mantra, known as the Mahasavitri Mantra. Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. Mukkur Lakshminarasimhachariar Swami had said this: ...
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How come Shankaracharya and some Sri Vaishnava Acharyas prohibit women and shudras from reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama?

The Vadakalai sect of Sri Vaishnavism says that women and shudras are not allowed to recite the Vishnusahasranama, but can only hear it. In fact, Iyers before the past 50 years also prohibited women ...
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What is the punishment in hell for women who commit adultery?

For example, Brahmanas who drink liquor will have molten lead poured down their throat in hell, men who commit adultery will be forced to embrace a burning hot, iron image of a woman, those who eat ...

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