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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. ...
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Why are menstruating women (at least in the Brahmin community) asked to be separate from the family for three days?

I am just curious for what religious reasons there might have been. In certain sects of Hinduism, women are asked to not enter the kitchen, eat and sleep separately from the rest of the family, not ...

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