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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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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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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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How is the Antim Sanskar of unmarried hindu Women done?

What is the procedure of Antim Sanskar when a unmarried women dies? Does she dress like a bride? Who gives the agni to her pyre?
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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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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

A soldier killing an enemy is not violence because it's done as a part of the war (Yuddha Dharma), or police killing criminals is not violence to reduce the burden on society. Similarly, in what ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do sanyasa scriptures degrade women?

I found many anti-women verses in "so called" Sanyasa-upanishads. I am disappointed to see such hatred and prejudice towards women. Women are compared with objects, animals and what not ! ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Why did Yudhishthira give 2,640,000 female slaves to Brahmanas?

This question is NOT a duplicate of the above. My question "Why did Yudhishthira give 2,640,000 female slaves to Brahmanas?" is different from "Was slavery allowed in Mahabarata times?" In the ...
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What is the meaning of Atharva veda 4:34:2?

This is what I found on a Hindu critique blog vedkabhed on Wordpress. अनस्थाः पूताः पवनेन शुद्धाः शुचयः शुचिमपि यन्ति लोकम् | नैषां शिश्र्नं प्र दहति जातवेदाः स्वर्गे लोके बहु स्त्रैणमेषाम् || ...
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What types of [non-intimate] friendly touches are allowed with other women?

As per scriptures, is it allowed for men to touch either married or unmarried women, not from own family, with or without her permission? The touch I used here refers to handshakes, keeping hands on ...
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Guru Dattatreya Parayan

Being a woman, can I read the whole Sri Guru Charitra, which is known as GuruDatta Parayana, in the coming Datta Jayanti (Festival) ? In our home, my father used to read it every year by following ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why does Uma Samhita, Chapter 24 of Shiva Purana insult Women?

The 24 Chapter of Uma Samhita is purely dedicated to insulting women. Here is summary of the verses of the chapter- You won't believe what has been said- 15-16: No one is more sinful than a woman. ...
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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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Why some Hindu Scriptures are against women?

Lord Indra himself has said, 'The mind of woman cannot be disciplined; she has very little intelligence.' " Rig Veda 8.33.17 Women are powerless, have no inheritance, and speak more humbly than even ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does Geeta have gender and caste discrimination verses?

In Geeta, Chapter 9 verses 32 and 33 have implications related to the superiority of particular varna and gender over the others. The verse states that "EVEN Women and Shudra can attain God". Does ...
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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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Which days recommended for a women to do headbath?

Which days of a week are recommended for women to do head bath? Are there any forbidden days to do head bath for a women?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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