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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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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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In what ways vedas give equal respect to women?

Hindu texts present diverse and conflicting views on the position of women, ranging from feminine leadership as the highest goddess, to limiting her role to an obedient daughter, housewife and mother. ...
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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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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 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 forbidden to recite the Chandipath?

Chandipath recitation is a very common practice in Bengal. However, I have seen many people saying the practice is only restricted to males and that women are forbidden to recite it. What is the ...
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What is the context of Adi Shankara's statement “Woman is the gateway to hell” found in his work Prashnottari?

While reading the article "Bhoga, Moksha and Jivanmukti in Tantra" on Kamakotimandali, i was surprised to know that in one of his works Adi Shankara said "Women are like the gates to hell". I want to ...
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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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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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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 pregnant women allowed to go to temples?

Is it allowed for pregnant women to go to temples? If not allowed, what are the restrictions? And are those restrictions based on scriptures or just traditions followed? Much appreciate religious ...
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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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Why was kidnapping such a prevalent custom of marrying women in ancient aryavarta?

Bhishma abducted women: Meanwhile the son of the ocean-going Ganga heard that king Devaka had a daughter endued with youth and beauty and begotten upon a Sudra wife. Bringing her from her father's ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 do some Hindu scriptures say sonless women must be abandoned?

Garuda Purana 1.115.64 ”A barren woman shall be abandoned in the eighth year after marriage; a woman whose children die in infancy shall be abandoned in the ninth year; a woman who gives birth ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...