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Did Shiva's army molest women during Daksha Yajna?

In Shiva Purana I heard it's mentioned that Shiva's army consisting of Bhūtas (bhūta gaṇa), Vetālas etc., molested many women who attended the Daksha Yagna. Is this true? If yes, how is this action ...
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Did Draupadī cry when Arjuna brought Subhadrā home? What about Kauśalyā and Sumitra in Daśaratha's case?

It must be a very odd feeling for the senior wives of Hindu kings when one fine day the king suddenly comes home with a new wife, who's mostly younger to his existing wives. I heard that Draupadī ...
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References from scriptures about prohibition of menstruating women from temples, pujas etc

I am doing a research on this topic and searching for references for it. I am especially looking for references to Ashaucha related to menses, any specific guideline regarding what actions are ...
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Did Yudhiṣṭhira sacrifice old women (female slaves) as part of his aśvamedha-yajña?

From Aśvamedha-parva of Mahābhārata, Ch. LXXXV: Then the mighty-armed Bhimasena, at the command of the king, sent out messengers to the great kings of the Earth. Those best of kings, came to the ...
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Rules of achamana to be followed by the Sudras and the Strees(women)

What is achamana? From wiki: Achamanam (achamana, achmana) is one of the most important rituals in the Hindu tradition. It is a male purification ritual that is believed to cure all physical ...
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In their old age, who should take care of Hindu parents who don't have any sons?

We see many Hindu couples who don't have a single male child also. Now assume one such couple have a single girl child and they find a suitable groom for her, get her married and send her off to the ...
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Should you consider your elder brother's wife who's younger to you as your sister or your mother?

In Hindu tradition, should you consider your elder brother's wife who's younger to you as your sister or as your mother? E.g., can you prostate before her (i.e., do sāśtāṅga namaskāra) as you would ...
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Are Yoginis wild erotic creatures? Is there any truth in it?

As far as I understand, yogini simply refers to a female yogi or a female rishi. Who are yoginis according to Hindu scriptures? Devdutt Pattnaik, one of the populist writers on Hinduism, in his book ...
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Consequence of women chanting mantras

What are the consequences of women chanting mantras? Do scriptures say anything about this?
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Why are women and men asked to sit separate in religious gatherings? [closed]

I regularly attend a religious sabha in which men sit on the right and women on the left (sometimes its men in-front and women at the back). Why are we suggested to sit seperate? Is it because we ...
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Why women are not allowed to attend Funerals

Why are women not allowed at the shamshan ghat ? Can they perform the final rites of their parent if she is only child to their parents ?
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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 women restricted from entering temples during menstruation? [duplicate]

Women are restricted from entering temples or any other holy places during their menstruation. Why so? This is the normal biological function of every female of every mammalian species. If talking ...
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Why are there restrictions for women in Hindu temples (in general)? [duplicate]

I am here talking in general & not related to a specific temple or place. Why are women not allowed to touch an idol of God or come near it? Is it related to their menstrual cycle? If so, why is ...
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Religious symbol Om on an anklet

I have seen few friends of mine wearing anklets with symbol Om on them these days! Heard somewhere that an Om pendant can't be worn with an anklet. Is that true? If yes, why?
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What is the scriptural significance of the “solah shringar” in Hinduism?

Does it have specific religious meaning which can be substantiated by any of the religious texts? Which particular scriptures put forward the idea of "solah shringar" into writing, if any?
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Are there Hindu-specific rules/norms for the status of women?

I'm not interested in the modern status of women in Hinduism practitioners, instead I'd like to know what the Hindu doctrine says about it. For example, for religions like Christianity there are ...
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Were there women teachers in Gurukulas?

Hindu mythology has mentions of the Gurukula system of education. I have heard how the Guru and the Guru-Patni (Guru's wife) lived with their students. However, the Guru (teacher) is always a man. ...
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What is the importance of Suvasinis [closed]

What is the importance of Suvasinis (married woman) in all Hindu rituals? Why not a widow or a celibate girl participate in Hindu rituals? What is the reason for giving coconut and rice only to ...

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