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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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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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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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Which scriptures deal with rules for widows?

Widows are not allowed to wear colour sarees and are not allowed to participate in functions, they are also prohibited from touching certain plants. What is the exact reason behind this and can ...
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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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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 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 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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Names of female scholars from Vaidic and Upanishadic times, or “Brahmavadinis”

Wikipedia provides the names of some of the "Brahmavadinis" (ब्रह्मवादिनी) or female scholars of ancient times, who studied topics related to brahman (ब्रह्म) and took part in debates and discussions ...
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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 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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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 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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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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Is there any verse to have nice wife?

Many of my friends married recently and all of them were either unhappy or divorced. I was wondering if there is any mantra or verse that ask god to provide very nice wife. Is there any verse to have ...
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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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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 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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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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Consequence of women chanting mantras

What are the consequences of women chanting mantras? Do scriptures say anything about this?
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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 do Indian women wear bangles?

Why do Indian women, especially married women, wear bangles?
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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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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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Why are women not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple?

What is the story/concept behind denial of fertile women (aged between 12 and 50) from entering the Sabarimala temple? Isn't this a discrimination against women? Is it a sin to allow women into the ...
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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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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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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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Why are women not allowed to chant the Gayatri mantra?

Many say that girls/women are not supposed to chant the Gayatri mantra. Is there any specific reason for this? Since it is one of the most powerful mantras, would it be good if women also chant the ...
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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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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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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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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

With popular belief Krishna advices Yudhisthira to tell lie to Drona about "Killing of Ashwatthama" for the sake of saving remaining Paandava army from being annihilated. But according to ...
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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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Rules for wearing yagyopavit by women (yes it is possible)

I was going through this post answered by @Keshav Srinivasan , the following photograph (2nd in the answer) Depicts Shriman Narayana with his two wives, now begins my question is the goddess are ...
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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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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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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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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

Many people use the practice of Sati (सती) as a weapon against Hinduism to point out that it is full of bad practices. I have heard that it was limited to one particular community in one of the states ...
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Can I perform Puja in home during menstruation of anyone in my home? [duplicate]

I would like to know whether I can perform Puja to Lord Shiva during menstruation period of my sister in my home? I think, she cannot perform Puja but what about myself being a male member in her ...
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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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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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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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Origins of the dowry system

In many religions, a practice/custom or tradition starts with a noble intention, mainly due to prevalent social needs. But with time it is corrupted, or digresses or even becomes obsolete. With that ...
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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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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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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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How are Devdasi and Sanyasin different?

According to some comments on the question Are women allowed to be Hindu sanyasis/monks? Some people believe that Devdasi and Sanyasin are near synonyms, and others that they are very different. ...
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Are women allowed to be Hindu sanyasis/monks?

Many religions have a history of disallowing women (or men, in some cases) from being religious leaders. What level of leadership are women allowed to hold in Hinduism? Is there anything ...
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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. ...