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What are the differences between goddess and female human beings?

Other than goddess being God and women being human are there any other considerable differences between goddess and women? If yes, can you list them. Also could you please explain why such differences ...
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Can a person be a guru for his own wife?

Is it allowed for a person to be a guru for his own wife? Does any scripture disallows it?
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Is it a sin for a man to have sex with women who aren't his wife(s)?

This section of the Manusmriti on wisdomlib.org talks about what constitutes adultery. In this section, it is clearly said that for a man, adultery constitutes engaging in sex with the wife of ...
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Does Narada Maharishi permit having sex with prostitutes and promiscuous girls? Need commentary

Note, that this question is NOT a duplicate of this, or this, or even this. This verse from the Narada Smriti permits sex with promiscuous women, prostitutes, and unmarried women freely: 12.78 - ...
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Is this verse from the Brihaspati Smriti telling to kill rape victims?

This verse appears to enjoin killing rape victims: When a woman has been enjoyed against her will, she shall be kept in the house well guarded, smeared (with ashes), lying on a low couch, and ...
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Does Hinduism permit having sex with female slaves? [duplicate]

This verse from the Narada Dharma Shastra apparently permits sexual intercourse with promiscuous women, prostitutes, and female slaves: Nārada (12.78).—‘Intercourse is permitted with a wanton woman ...
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Is it a sin to have sex with promiscuous, unmarried women?

According to Hindu scriptures, it is a sin for a man to have sex with most women who aren't his wives. An ancient acharya says that it is permissible (not sinful) to have sex with your wife(s) and ...
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Why did Ramakrishna marry Sarada Devi when he had no intention of leading a married life?

The Wikipedia article on Ramakrishna Paramahansa says: By the time his bride joined him, Ramakrishna had already embraced the monastic life of a sannyasi; as a result, the marriage was never ...
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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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Are women allowed to read Vedas? Are any religious text not meant to be read by women?

Are women allowed to read Vedas? Are any religious text not meant to be read by women? Kindly answer to my mentioned question.
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Guarding of women's quarter in the later Vedic and Puranic eras

We come to learn from the Mahabharata and various puranas that Krishna had 16,000 or 16,100 wives besides his 8 principal consorts. Is there any direct or indirect reference in any of the major/minor ...
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Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food?

In many families, they ask women to take bath before preparing food. Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food? Note: This is regarding morning food and ...
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Performing Pooja, japa etc during wife's monthly period

My question is should the men in the household perform sandhyavandanam,, Pooja and japa when the woman in the family is during her monthly menstrual cycle. We do not have provision to spare the only ...
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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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Does kanyadaan have a Vedic sanction?

In a traditional Hindu marriage, the bride is 'gifted' to the groom by her father Like Godaan (gifting of cow) bhudaan (gifting of land) etc women are treated as objects that can be gifted away ! ...
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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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Do any scriptures mention what would happen if temple restrictions are not followed?

The Supreme Court allowed the entry of women in the Swami Ayappa Temple at Shabarimala and ever since then a lot of protests have erupted in Kerala against the decision. One of the points that is ...
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Didn't the Sati practice exist in India? [duplicate]

There's a YouTube channel called FMF, which makes videos on Indian culture and Hinduism. Recently one of its videos focused on the Sati practice. here's the link to that video. It will also be ...
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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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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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Do scriptures allow men to perform last rites for relatives that are still alive?

According to this news report, a group of Indian men decided to perform last rites for their former wives. They say taking a dip in the Ganga redeems you of all your sins. But a group of Indian men ...
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What is the correct translation, context & interpretation of a verse, which demeans women?

Taittiriya Samhita of Krishna Yajurveda has the following verse. [Translated by Arthur Berriedale Keith and emphasis mine]. From archive.org Women are powerless, have no inheritance, and speak more ...
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Does SB 4.25.41 give a hint to the thing that women like men who are expert in rape?

Often purport are used to understand verses of scripture in clearer way. In purport S.B. 4.25.41, Sri AC Bhaktivedanata Prabhupada comments in the last part of commentary as: In this regard, the ...
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What is the significance of bride leading the groom during Saptapadi?

This question has nothing to do with feminism or anything else. In Vedic or Hindu religion every step has deep meaning or significance. I know the significance of sacred oaths taken during Saptapadi. ...
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What do dharma shastras say about women inheritance?

What do different dharmashastras say about distribution of will among the heirs as well as inheritance by female children and other inheritance laws.
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What is the punishment given for using filthy and vulgar language towards women [duplicate]

What's the punishment given for abusing, using filthy vulgar language towards wife and children according to scriptures?
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Does rAmAyaNa mention women chanting vedic mantras?

In some place I read that the queens KausalyA and Kaikeyi are mentioned chanting vedic mantras. For example they chanted when lord Rama and his brothers were born. Also Sri Kaushalya used to offer ...
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What is Hinduism's view of marital rape?

Marital rape has been one of the most controversial social issues raised by feminists over the last century. It has been widely recognised in the western world as a form of domestic violence and ...
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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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Is the 6th section/Putramantha Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad shruti?

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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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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Names of Brahmavadinis in our puranas and vedas [duplicate]

I want to know about exemplary women who realised brahman and became brahamavadinis mentioned in our puranas and vedas. Few names and their short backstory will suffice.
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Which Hindu scriptures discuss the Sati practice?

My teacher said that the Sati practice was not actually a common practice and does not belong to our dharma. Vedic Religion was there from around 500 BC but Sati started from around 4th century (I ...
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What is 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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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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How various 'Kavach Stotras' from Hindu Puranas can protect women from suffering molestation and other severe crimes? [closed]

We come across various Kavachas or Armours of deities which claim that the one who reads them will be protected. Nowadays we see the crimes against women are ever increasing. Isn't it the right time ...
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Shall we name our girl children after the name of rivers?

Nowadays, we can see many girls are named after the names of rivers like Ganga, Narmadha, etc., Is this allowed in our holy books? Provide your answer along with reference.
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Are Hindu scriptures pro- or anti-dowry?

Do Hindu scriptures discuss the topic of dowry (which Google defines as "property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage")? Do they take pro or anti stance on this practice? ...
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Menstruation myth in Hindu culture [duplicate]

Why are Hindu women not allowed to enter prayer areas like temples while they are menstruating? I want to know that why are they not allowed to worship not asked to be separate from family for three ...
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Does scripture say that widows are inauspicious?

Among other things, I understand that a widow is not allowed to give her son/daughter away in marriage, only a husband-wife couple can do so.
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Which scriptures contain information about Stri Rajya?

Stri Rajya is a matriarchal kingdom located somewhere in Uttarpath and mentioned in several Hindu Scriptures like Kama Sutra and Sanskrit works (based on Hindu Scriptures), like Raghuvamsa and ...
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What are the counter-arguments within Hinduism against the Satī (sahamaraṇa) system?

Are there any counter-arguments within Hinduism against the concept/practice of Satī? I heard that some commentators/interpreters of scripture believe the widow actually goes to hell since self-...
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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 is the queen required to sleep next to the dead horse at the end of Aśvamedha Yajña?

From the Wikipedia article on Aśvamedha Yajña: After this, the horse, a hornless he-goat, a wild ox (go-mrga, Bos gaurus) are bound to sacrificial stakes near the fire, and seventeen other animals ...
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What is the view of different dharma shastras on domestic violence against women?

What do different dharma shastras say about domestic violence against women, is domestic violence treated as sin in majority of them? I would like to know from different dharma shastras especially the ...
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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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Was Satī (sahagamana) limited one particular varṇa (kṣatriya)? Was it also applicable to brāhmaṇa and other women?

When it was allowed, was the practice of Satī a.k.a sahagamana meaning 'going with' or sahamaraṇa ('dying with') limited to one particular varṇa, the kṣatriya? Or was it applicable to brāhmaṇa and ...
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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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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 ...