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Did Sītā and Draupadi wear maṅgalasūtra (मङ्गलसूत्र)? What's the origin of wearing maṅgalasūtra and toe rings?

Did Sītā and Draupadi wear maṅgalasūtra (मङ्गलसूत्र) and toe rings (पादाङ्गुलीयक)? What's the origin of the practice of a married woman wearing a maṅgalasūtra around her neck? Also, what about ...
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Do women face problem in conceiving if she wears rudraksh, does rudraksh has negative effect for women? [duplicate]

I have bought 2 Mukhi and 9 Mukhi rudraksh recently and I was wearing it. I hadn’t felt any negative effect till now. But one of the priest told me that wearing rudraksh creates problem in pregnancy. ...
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Is libido in men greater than women? Or is it the other way round?

There is a popular notion that men crave for sex more than women. And medical science seems to agree with it. But what do Hindu scriptures say about this? For example, the Mahābhārata version ...
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Why are women not allowed in the Kartikeya Temple at Pushkar?

Recently I went to Pushkar. I visited a temple of Lord Kartikeya where women aren't allowed. What is the reason behind this?
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What is the difference between Sati and Jauhar?

Is Jauhar the same as Sati? If not what is the difference and what is the origin of these terms?
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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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Which scripture say any woman having intercourse with 5 different men is a prostitute?

From this answer, I found The celebrated Pandu, tempted by the desire of having more children wished to speak again unto his wedded wife (for invoking some other god). But Kunti addressed him, ...
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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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Did Adi Shankara say that women and low castes cannot attain moksha?

According to a Facebook post, Adi Shankara taught his followers that women and low caste people are exempted from attaining moksha. This is what the bizarre post said: Vedanta holds that this ...
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Men are treated as god for women or both treated as same according to hinduism? [duplicate]

I have listened to both of them true. but I want to know what the Hindu scriptures say about it. Is there any scripture says that men are equivalent to god for women? and Is there any scripture ...
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Do any scriptures say that women must worship God instead of their husbands and become self-dependent?

Usually Hindu scriptures have stressed at woman being subservient to their husbands and they can never be independent et cetera. The reason behind this must be because (especially in that ...
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Any examples of remarried widows (punarbhū) in Hindu scripture?

Here are the dictionary meanings of the word पुनर्भू (punarbhū): mfn. being renewed, restored to life or youth RV. AV. f. a virgin widow re-married AV. &c f. re-existence W. I'm ...
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Aren't girls allowed to have twin-braid hairstyle?

I came across a facebook post that today schools instruct girl students to have twin braid hairstyle due to lack of knowledge in Sastras, but actually as per Sastras it is prohibited. Is it true? If ...
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Do children get contaminated by touching menstruating women?

Do children get contaminated by touching mother while she is in menstruation? If a mother is in isolation but the child comes and touches her, again goes and touch other persons, will it contaminate ...
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Is the object of Putrakāmeṣṭi only a son or a child of either gender?

Is the object of Putrakāmeṣṭi only a son or a child of any gender? For example, if a couple already have a girl child, can they still perform putrakāmeṣṭi desiring a son? Any examples from our ...
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Are women allowed to undergo upanayana? [duplicate]

It is generally accepted that only males can undergo upanayana and that women do not have the right it. However, according to the Wikipedia article on upanayana, women in some regions are allowed to ...
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Is it a sin for a girl if she marries after puberty?

I have heard from some people that scriptures sanction marriage for girls before puberty. Some people also say that it is sinful for a girl to marry after puberty and that such girls should atone for ...
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What does Padma Purana I.43.128b-133b say?

What does Padma Purana I.43.128b-133b say? Does it say the following: Joining her lotus-like hands and concealing her face the beloved of the Mountain saluted the sage, a heap of lustre…Then the ...
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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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What curse did Earth, Water, and Trees get by taking Indra's sin of Brahmahatya of Viśvarūpa upon themselves?

I learnt that women got menstruation for taking 1/4th of Indra's sin of Brahmahatya. What curse did the other three entities get?
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What does Atharva Veda 14.1.20 say?

What does Atharva Veda 14.1.20 say? Is it anyhow related to women?
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Are women allowed to wear rudrakshas?

Almost all Sadhus and Sannyasis that we see wear malas made of rudrakshas.I think for them the reasons are spiritual. But even a common man can wear a rudraksha.For them the reasons can be spiritual ...
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What is the definition of Sati Nari in kaliyug?

In the Ramayana, we call Sita a Sati Nari, I listen it from my childhood days. As I don't know what Sita was doing or having so that she call as Sati. But In Kaliyuga we are here up to what we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 do Indian women wear Bichhia (Toe Rings)?

There are various traditions followed in India like married Indian women wear toe rings. It is worn as a symbol of the married state by Hindu women. Indian tradition says that married women are ...
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How many husbands are permitted to a woman (polyandry) in ancient history?

According to our scriptures, a man can have more than one wife. May be this is one of the reasons many Gods have two or more wives. Does any scripture mention what is the reason for men having ...
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Contradictions between Shiva Purana and Linga Purana

Women are not allowed to worship Shiva in Linga Purana: Linga Purana 2.20.2 The Sudras can avail of the performing of the worship through the priest. The ladies are not authorized to worship Shiva, ...
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Why Manusmriti and Mahabharata say women are living lies?

Manusmriti 9:17 शय्याऽऽसनमलङ्कारं कामं क्रोधमनार्जवम् । द्रोहभावं कुचर्यां च स्त्रीभ्यो मनुरकल्पयत् ॥ १७ ॥ śayyā''sanamalaṅkāraṃ kāmaṃ krodhamanārjavam | drohabhāvaṃ kucaryāṃ ca strībhyo ...
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Which activities are forbidden in Hinduism for women compared to men?

Women are not allowed to do several activities during their menstrual period. Apart from those, are there any activities forbidden for women permanently compared to men? Example: There are very ...
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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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What is Hinduism's view on gender-equality and feminism?

Hinduism has been generally regarded by many western scholars to be supporting male dominance because of texts such as Manusmriti. However, such texts have been found in various versions with some ...
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Why Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 9 Chapter 14 insults women too much?

SB 9.14.36 Urvaśī said: My dear King, you are a man, a hero. Don’t be impatient and give up your life. Be sober and don’t allow the senses to overcome you like foxes. Don’t let the foxes eat ...
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When does all water become impure as a result of sharing Indra's guilt of brahminicide?

As per the Puranic story being discussed in this post Indra, after killing the demon called Vritra, acquired the brahmahatya dosha. His gulit was thereafter shared by women, earth, water and the trees....
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Where is it mentioned about story and reason for women periods (menstruation) in our religious texts? [duplicate]

I came across a story in which once Brihaspati left Indra and due to that Indra appointed another Brahmin for a Yagna and since he was half Asur (born from Asur mother, therefore, he made Yagna ...
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Do the Vedas support the concept of a maiden choosing a husband for herself?

This question contains a link to a blog which tries to prove that the position of a Hindu woman is not that respectful in the society. One of the points it makes is that a Hindu woman can't choose a ...
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Regulations on women in Vedic India

I have come across a lot of more-religious-less-historic books pertaining to history, which claim that the position of women from the beginning of Vedic civilisation, was ascribed by the scriptures, ...
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Can married women do abishekam on shivalingam at home?

We have a very small thumb size, black colour shivalingam at home. Can my mother and me do abishekam on it? Also I want to know the difference between laghurudram and Mahārudram .Which helps in ...
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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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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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Why does Hinduism advocate Kanya-Dan over Putra-Dan?

Why do Hindu women leave their parents' house and go to husbands or in-laws place after marriage? While this is a custom among almost all the religions; I'm interested in knowing if there is any ...
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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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Why should wife take approval from husband before starting a vrata?

In fourth Chapter, Purvardha, Kashikhanda of Skanda Mahapurana, Lopamudra, wife of sage Agastya explains the characteristics of an ideal wife. In one of the shlokas, she says as follows: भर्ता देवो ...
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Nose piercing in Hinduism

I have read that Hindus usually pierce nose on the left side. Why is it so? Is there any bad omen related to right side nose piercing?