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Can women read Durga Saptashati from a pdf during their menstruation?

The main body of the text does not mention anything about any requisites or rituals concerning the Durga Saptashati. Do any of the tantras like Varahi Tantra, Rudrayamala Tantra, Katyayani Tantra etc ...
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Why were men easily able to attain a second wife simply by their first wife insulting them

I can understand the benefit of polygamy especially for royalty within society, but why is it easy to be attained simply by a wife insulting her husband? Is that not such a high expectation as we're ...
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Why prayers of rakshas and asuras are accepted when they don't respect women and commit sexual immorality contary to Manusmriti?

यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः । यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाः क्रियाः ॥ ५६ ॥ Where women are honoured, there the gods rejoice; where, on the other hand, they are not honoured, ...
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Can women wear tulsi mala?

I need scriptual referrence to prove that women can also wear tulsi mala. kindly provide the verse from any puran, ved or any scripture.
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Can anyone be plagued by stree shapa?

As I understand, this curse manifests in one's life if a female has been mistreated (in a previous birth). Is there anything else to add to this? Can people of both genders be inflicted by this curse, ...
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In scripture is self-defense when a man is faced against a female assailant permitted to fight

In Hinduism based on scripture can a man fight a woman if she is trying to do bodily harm to him? If not why..?
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Can anyone do Surya araghya, and can it be done during eclipse

Namaskar, Due to my chart, I was advised to do Surya araghya after sunrise. Can anyone (also non brahmins) do them. Was told to chant 'Om Suryaya Namah, Om Bhaskaraya Namah & Om Adityaya Namah'. ...
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Identification and souce of this mantra about sati in this Bengali movie 'Antarjali Jatra' (The voyage beyond)?

Mantra chanting timestamped About Film: Antarjali Jatra, based on a story by Kamal Kumar Majumdar, is set in 1832, just after sati was abolished in Bengal, later adapted into a critically acclaimed ...
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Rules for when marriage actually consummates?

So, I know the ages of marriage are generally young and there are rules for when the ritual for actual marriage begins, but are there rules as to when procreation can begin? Furthermore, why do epics ...
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Is touching a woman (who is not one's wife) sin? [duplicate]

Is touching a woman (who is not one's wife) sin ? I mean touching in a non-sexual way, like putting one's hand on the shoulder ? Now-a-days hand-shaking is considered as normal.So, one can't avoid it. ...
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Opinions of different sampradayas regarding shudras and women chanting pranava?

I have heard from a few madhwas that shudras and women are allowed to chant pranava and that srivaishnavas allow pranava in ashtakshari
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Nurses in India

In many Hindu serials especially Mahabharata we see female nurses assisting a male doctor my question is do these nurses who exist historically/religiously in scriptures get paid? Some argue women ...
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Are women allowed to blow conch shell (Shankha) in Hinduism?

I've heard that it is mentioned that Lakshmi doesn't reside in homes/leaves that home were women or shudra blows conch, it is mentioned in Brahm-vaivarta puran, prakriti khand, adhyaya 20, shloka 21 ...
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Questions regarding marriage

I am ofc going to be single, so this rule doesn't apply to me, but what I want to know is when a boy and girl would formally marry. Then, when that marriage is consummated. What is the punishment for ...
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Marriage in Rig-Veda

Here are the verses in question https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/rig-veda-english-translation/d/doc838695.html https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/rig-veda-english-translation/d/doc838696....
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Are women closer to God than men?

Are women closer to god than men ? I am asking this as in general it is seen that women are more devoted towards god than men. They pray to god more often. They take religion, dharmgurus, rituals etc ...
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Should a woman always be respected , even if she has done wrong thing and is a bad woman?

Since only women can give birth, without them world can't exist. One man produces millions of sperms in one time and only few men's sperm is sufficient for the world to exist. But women, they are the ...
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What will happen when a man have sex with a non-virgin woman?

Having sex with a virgin woman is generally considered as Gandharva Vivah. But What about non-virgin woman? Is having sex with non-virgin woman sin ? Is it minor sin (for man) ? Can a non-virgin woman ...
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Can a man make non-sexual love to woman without damaging her hymen ? Are there any examples like this?

Having sex with a virgin woman, then refusing to accept her as wife is generally considered wrong. As consensual sex with a virgin woman is generally considered as defacto Gandharva Vivah. But Can a ...
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why are women not allowed to do puja enter gabhara of mandir or any religious thing

Why are women not allowed to do puja enter gabhara of mandir or any religious thing why is their existence all tied up to a man doing things and women being in background. Are women less pious in ...
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where women allowed to work in Hinduism

Are their mention of women doing work and also helping provide for the family in Hindu text? If so please give scriptural refrences. Also I know Indian society was a patriarchy which I don't see ...
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Is it wrong to hug a friend of the opposite gender?

I was listening to a katha and the katha vachak said that in our shastras, it is forbidden even to touch a female wooden toy. In which shastra is it mentioned that you shouldn't touch/hug females? ...
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What are the repercussions for a woman who remains unmarried lifelong?

If a woman remains unmarried all her life... Is she sent to Hell? Who is considered the sinner? She, her father, or someone else? If she is sent to Heaven, then on what grounds? She did not even ...
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Was it wrong for a man to reject both married and unmarried woman's sexual or romantic advances?

I read that, it was considered as wrong for a man to reject a woman's sexual/romantic advances on him. Although in the linked question, it is written that it was only for a Kshatriya man. But I think ...
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Where in scriptures are menstruating women not allowed to do bhakti?

Is it mentioned anywhere in scriptures (with reasoning if possible) that women cannot pray during menstruation? Thanks in advance.
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Can a lady who was celibate for most of her life be a Brahmacharya?

Is it possible for a lady to be a brahmacharya if she was obliged by family duty to enter a marriage that lasted only a few weeks, after which she remained celibate the rest of her life? In the eyes ...
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regulations in Kali Yuga regarding hearing the vEda

It is discussed in the question here: Definition and ritualistc rights of vrAtyas in the present day that mostly everyone except the brAmhanas are vrAtyas (and thus entitled to the rights of sUdras). ...
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Which scripture says, "Where Women are Worshiped, Devtas reside there"?

In which scripture it is written that "यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते, रमन्ते तत्र देवताः" (yatra naryastu pujyante tatra devta ramante), which means - "Where women are worshiped , Devatas ...
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Can women in their menstruation cycle fast?

Women can't (during their menstrual cycle) worship God because of them being impure, so does that also follow for fasting?
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Why are pregnant women are prohibited from performing house warming in their 7th month?

Why is it that pregnant women are prohibited from performing housewarming rituals during their 7th month of pregnancy? I’ve heard they are not supposed to listen to the mantras. Can someone please ...
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Is Brahmacharya biggest virtue in a man?

In case of women , being Pativrata is considered as biggest virtue. Just by being Pativrata , she not only reserves her place in heaven (with her husband) for crores of years but also protects her ...
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Can anyone give me reference from where this thing is written? (Statement from Mohini Murti)

Can anyone give me reference to where this thing is written ? (The one referenced to Mohini Murti) (I got this from twitter)
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Can anyone give me the reference of this? (Women being arranged according to number of men she is "addicted" to)

Can anyone give me reference where this thing is written? (I found this on Twitter.)
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Why a person get birth as a woman?

Why a person take birth as a woman ? What is the reason behind it ? What sin a person commit in their previous lives to take birth as a woman ? Can someone cite the scriptures regarding it ?
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What happens to a woman devotee who views Krishna as her husband/lover?

It is not uncommon for a female devotee to see Krishna as her lover/husband. (Mira bai was one example). Theoretically, what happens to them if their devotion is true? Do they get merged with Radha/...
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Can a woman attend marriage ceremony during menstrual cycle?

Suppose a woman gets her menstrual cycle during the marriage day of her sibling, can she attend the marriage ceremony? It is well known that she should not touch and involve in work related to ...
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What does Hinduism say about romantic love between man and woman?

What does Hinduism say about romantic love between man and woman ? Is it some illusion(maya) or Is it divine ? Even Vishnu , Shiva and Krishna have spouses and romance certainly exists between them. ...
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What were the instances, when the devatas had bestowed daughter instead of a son, even though the tapasya was done for getting son only?

I know two to three instances where a sadhaka asks for a male child and the devatas offered a female child as a result of tapas. #1: Manifestation of Draupadi Although Drupada asked for only a son O ...
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What does padma purana say about women?

I need to know how are women portrayed, treated and what does padma purana say about women?
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Are husbands required to give up their lives to save their wives?

Is a husband required to sacrifice his own life, if needed, to save his wife's life? Are there any scriptures commanding this, or any scholars dealing with this question?
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Can women venture outside of the house?

I remember reading one conversation between I think between Draupdi and Rukmini in which one of them was telling the other that women shouldn't be standing on the door or windows of the house. I ...
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Is it true that women have not been given freedom in Kaliyuga?

I found this Brahmapurāṇa (Aparārka, p. 97).—‘On the death of her husband, or on her having abandoned her husband, a woman may beget a son from a man of her caste. If she is a child-widow or has been ...
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Are interpolated scriptures like Vishudh Manusmriti sacred?

There has been trend of interpolating scriptures since late-19th century to support feminism/women's equality. The largest example I can think of this is Vishudh Manusmriti by Arya Samaj. Can such ...
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How can a man kill his sexual desires or desires towards women?

How can a man kill his sexual desires or desires towards women ?
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What are the attributes of pativrata stree?

What are the attributes of patrivrata stree? How can we identify a pativrata stree?
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"Women are gateway to hell" . From which scripture this quote come from?

There is old saying in hindi "स्त्री नर्क का द्वार है" which translates to "Women are gateways to hell". From which scripture this quote comes from ?
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How do modern acharyas interpret unrealistic scriptural verses?

There are certain scriptural verses on the nature of women that do not reflect observed, perceived reality. Verses such as: For women there is no dealing with the sacred texts; such is the rule of ...
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From which shastra is the story of a wife and her husband Kaushik who was visiting prostitutes?

The story is mentioned here in wikipedia: A Brahmin named Kaushik from Pratishthan used to visit a prostitute, despite being a Brahmin and having a devoted wife. It's also mentioned on other sites ...
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Is there a reason for modern wives to submit to their husbands? [closed]

Is there a reason for wives in modern times to submit to their husbands? Women are becoming more and more equal with men in all categories: They are becoming more and more educated through getting ...
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Did parents ever force a girl to marry against her will?

I know several instances in the scriptures in which women marry according to their choice. In some cases, parents entirely leave to the will of the girl, and in other cases, a girl marries the loved ...
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