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Why are menstruating women (at least in the Brahmin community) asked to be separate from the family for three days?

I am just curious for what religious reasons there might have been. In certain sects of Hinduism, women are asked to not enter the kitchen, eat and sleep separately from the rest of the family, not ...
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Why don't men wear the likes of Mangal-Sutra to signify they are married?

In Hinduism, brides wear Mangal Sutra to signify that they are married. Additionally, the use of sindoor, red kumkum powder also applied along the parting of the hair, is also worn by married women. ...
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Are women allowed to be Hindu sanyasis/monks?

Many religions have a history of disallowing women (or men, in some cases) from being religious leaders. What level of leadership are women allowed to hold in Hinduism? Is there anything ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

Many people use the practice of Sati (सती) as a weapon against Hinduism to point out that it is full of bad practices. I have heard that it was limited to one particular community in one of the states ...
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Are there any verses which pray for the birth of daughter in Vedas?

Prajāpati, Anumati, Sinivāli have ordered it. Elsewhere may he effect the birth of maids, but here prepare a boy.-Atharva Veda 6.11.3 There are especial hymns and verses in Vedas which pray for ...
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Why are women not allowed to chant the Gayatri mantra?

Many say that girls/women are not supposed to chant the Gayatri mantra. Is there any specific reason for this? Since it is one of the most powerful mantras, would it be good if women also chant the ...
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Relevance of “Dhol Ganwar Shudra Pashu Nari, Sakal Taadana Ke Adhikari”

प्रभु भल कीन्ह मोहि सिख दीन्हीं। मरजादा पुनि तुम्हरी कीन्हीं॥ ढोल गवाँर शूद्र पशु नारी। सकल ताड़ना के अधिकारी॥ Drums, the illiterate, lower caste, animals and women deserve a beating to ...
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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

With popular belief Krishna advices Yudhisthira to tell lie to Drona about "Killing of Ashwatthama" for the sake of saving remaining Paandava army from being annihilated. But according to ...
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Were women cursed with menstruation?

I vaguely remember hearing that women were cursed with menstruation or probably I read it on this site itself in some comment that I'm unable to trace now. Were women cursed by any sage or god with ...
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Are married women allowed to fast religiously(vrata)?

In India a lot of women(both married & unmarried) fast for religious purposes. Many Vratas are there all throughout the year viz:- Varalakshmi Vrata,Mangala Gowri Vrata,Rishi Panchami Vrata(...
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Can a younger sibling marry before elder sibling in Hinduism?

Can a younger sibling marry before elder sibling in Hinduism?(Especially girls)What do sastras say about this?
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Dharmic role of wife in marriage

In the Ramanandsagar TV serial Ramayana, a sage (Vashistha or Viswamitra?) defines duties of a wife i.e., She should provide prerana, chetana and utsaaham (roughly: inducing, motivation and ...
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Why do Sannyasis avoid looking at women?

I have seen many Sannyasis (especially Swaminarayan) that don't look at women unless it's by accident. What is the cause behind this aversive behavior?
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Was Polyandry allowed prior to Mahabharata?

I read in ACK Mahabharata-3 that Pandu convinces Kunti to have sons with Gods by giving reason that Polyandry was allowed in earlier times and it was Rishi Shwetaketu (son of Rishi Uddhalak) who has ...
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Names of female scholars from Vaidic and Upanishadic times, or “Brahmavadinis”

Wikipedia provides the names of some of the "Brahmavadinis" (ब्रह्मवादिनी) or female scholars of ancient times, who studied topics related to brahman (ब्रह्म) and took part in debates and discussions ...
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Why are women not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple?

What is the story/concept behind denial of fertile women (aged between 12 and 50) from entering the Sabarimala temple? Isn't this a discrimination against women? Is it a sin to allow women into the ...
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Why do Hindus cover their head?

All Hindu women cover their heads in Temples and during prayers which shows respect towards God. Here I have found there is no mention of women covering their head in any of the Hindu texts. If it is ...
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Are there any Gods who are girls?

I like to listen to the song. God is a girl. So, I got curious. Are there any Goddesses in any scriptures who are girls. By girls I mean those that they look like around 13 years old.
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Feminist's claim that the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata were written by male writers

How do you go about refuting a feminist's (male or female) claim that the Vedas, epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata were authored by male persons, so no wonder some of the principles, ideologies and ...
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Are girls allowed to learn the Vedas?

After the upanayana ritual, boys from the upper three varnas are able to receive knowledge from the Vedas. What about girls? Does this affect their karma?
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Why should a girl leave her home after marriage?

After the marriage, the wife has to live at her husband's home. What do our scriptures say about this custom?
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What is the overall take of Hinduism on menstruation?

One of the debated topic related to Hinduism is menstruation and related matters. There are some texts including smritis which seem to depict menstruation with antipathy. In some of the regions and ...
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Negative Characterisitcs of Women - Ravana

Women are generally loving and we worship women in the form of Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati, Durga and others. Our scriptures also tell us to respect women. However, this YouTube video says that some ...
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What was 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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Stages of life for a Hindu female?

Following are the four stages of life described for a Hindu male: Brahmachari Grihastha Vanaprastha Sanyasa Does this only apply to males? If so, what about females? Do females have a different (...
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Why is Chandra Grahan (Lunar eclipse) considered unsafe for pregnant women in Hinduism?

It is said that women should not work during Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan. It is said that doing so effects the physical health of the baby. Is there any mention of this in the scriptures, or any ...
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Why women were not allowed to offer prayers at Shingnapur Shani Temple?

As question says, why women were not allowed to offer prayers at Shingnapur Shani Temple, which is in Maharashtra? Was there any reason for this tradition or was this just a superstition?
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Origins of the dowry system

In many religions, a practice/custom or tradition starts with a noble intention, mainly due to prevalent social needs. But with time it is corrupted, or digresses or even becomes obsolete. With that ...
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How did Apsaras come to exist?

What is the earliest account of apsaras/nymphs? How were they born? How did they get the duty to dance in Indrasabha? What all famous stories we have related to them?
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Rules for wearing yagyopavit by women (yes it is possible)

I was going through this post answered by @Keshav Srinivasan , the following photograph (2nd in the answer) Depicts Shriman Narayana with his two wives, now begins my question is the goddess are ...
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Why are women advised to tie their hair in temples?

Once when I visited a Durga temple, a man who was giving out flowers to all devotees told me to tie my hair and not leave it open in the temple. I genuinely want to know the reason.
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Can women be priestesses?

In all of the temples that I have seen, only males serve as priests. I don't remember seeing any women priestesses. Though there are a few famous women devotees like Aandaal, Meera Bai, etc. there are ...
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Why are there religious restrictions on women?

From what i have seen women are more religious than men.But there are many prohibitions on them when it comes to participating in religious acts.Restrictions that are imposed upon men are far less in ...
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Are husband and wife, associated/affected by each others' sins?

Is it true, that husband is associated in his wife's sin but the wife is not associated in her husband's sin? Example: Robber Valia's wife told him that I have not associated with your sin. Later he ...
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Did women menstruate before they partook Indra's sin?

The Vedas say that women menstruate as they took a portion of Indra's sin for killing a brahmin. Didn't women menstruate before this happened? How did they give birth before this happened?
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Why do Indian women wear bangles?

Why do Indian women, especially married women, wear bangles?
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Why Gayatri mantra is widely recited by non-bramhins nowadays which was once the stronghold of only the brahmins?

Is there any reason for release of Gayatri mantra to non brahmins and even to women? I think such practice is irregular. Who is responsible for deviation from very ancient practice and making it ...
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Why do women not wear Yagnopaveetham (Janeu or Poonal)?

In this question it is said that the three strands of the poonal signify the debts to parents, teachers and sages. If so, aren't these debts also meant for women? Why is it that women do not wear ...
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Why Garuda Purana and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad ask to beat women?

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 6.4.7 If she does not willingly yield her body to him, he should buy her with presents. If she is still unyielding, he should strike her with a stick or with his hand ...
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How can Draupadi be a pathivrata (dutiful wife) while being married to 5 men?

What are the qualities and requirements needed to be a pathivrata? Draupadi is considered to be one of the Panchkannyas, and a great pathivrata too. This link says why Draupadi married 5 persons (the ...
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Is there any verse to have nice wife?

Many of my friends married recently and all of them were either unhappy or divorced. I was wondering if there is any mantra or verse that ask god to provide very nice wife. Is there any verse to have ...
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Can women do Pitru Tarpanam?

Pitrus are our ancestors who have deceased.And "Tarpanam" means "to satiate". Pitru Tarpanam is done to please our deceased ancestors with offerings of black sesame seeds mixed with water. It can be ...
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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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How are Devdasi and Sanyasin different?

According to some comments on the question Are women allowed to be Hindu sanyasis/monks? Some people believe that Devdasi and Sanyasin are near synonyms, and others that they are very different. ...
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What do the scriptures say about the qualities of an ideal bride? [duplicate]

According to the Shastras - are there any qualities of an woman that should be kept in mind, by a man before taking the decision of marriage?
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How the Gotra of a woman is changed during marriage?

Gotra of women will change from her father's Gotra to husband's Gotra. How this will happen? Is there any Mantra?
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Are women allowed to let their hair loose? Why are Goddesses depicted with their hair untied?

Pictures commonly found across the internet depict Goddesses with their hair untied. Example: My knowledge is that women shouldn't have their hair untied. I've also heard in discourses (pravachanams) ...
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What is the source of the Panchakanya sloka?

Does anyone know from which scripture this sloka is cited? Wikipedia doesn't help much. I've heard this sloka almost everywhere so I'm curious and want to find out it's source. अहल्या द्रौपदी ...
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Female warriors in the Epics?

I was wondering whether the scriptures mention any special classification for female warriors. The general classification of rathi, maharathi, etc... are applied generally to warriors as seen in this ...
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Why Devi Bhagavata Purana, being a Purana for feminine deity, insults women?

Devi Bhagavatam 2.6.46 अपुत्रस्य गतिर्नास्ति स्वर्गे गन्तुं परन्तप। येन केनाप्युपायेन पुत्रस्य जननं चरेत्॥ ४६ ॥ Pandu, living in ascetics' Hermitage, heard mistakenly thus- A sonless ...

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