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Why do Hindus feed milk to snakes?

Varaha Purana suggests to bathe the images of Naga in milk on Naga Panchami and it doesn't mention anything about feeding milk to snakes. If one remains austere on that day, give us all that is sour ...
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Which scriptures say that the Kings and Kshatriyas are allowed to hunt animals?

Bhishma says this to Yudhishthira in Mahabharata Book 13 of Anushasana parva Chapter CXVI http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b081.htm "Bhishma said, 'It is even so, O mighty-armed one, as thou ...
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What is Hinduism's stand on bestiality?

I'm adding my own answer based on the Parashara Smriti.Looking for more answers from other users with valid Scriptural quotes. Chapter 10 of Parashara Smriti is titled ...
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Shani Dev and Crow

Shani Deva's vahana is Grudha to be precise i.e a vulture and not a crow. Here is Sanaischara Kavacham : Asya Sri Sanaischara kavacham Maha manthrasya Kasyap Rishi , anushtup Chanda , ...
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What are some of the practices of having pets as per Hinduism?

Some pets like dogs, cats, birds are usually kept in houses. But certain animals are not allowed according to the Shastras. A verse in the Skanda Purana says people who keep pets like cats, cocks, ...
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What is the source of this sloka which is prohibiting keeping pets at home?

Vishnu Purana: Book 2: Chapter 6 has a similar verse which is slightly different but has a similar meaning. mārjārakukkuṭacchāgaśvavarāhavihaṃgamān / (21.1) poṣayannarakaṃ yāti tam eva dvijasattama //...
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Way of beheading before consuming meat

Even if one beheads the animal in one go still it will be an act of just a killing and not a sacrifice. If sacrifice is being performed as per scriptures then first the animal is to be bathed then it ...
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Is it wise to kill an insect just because it is bothering you

It is foolish to assume that one can get away with killing an insect(for whatever reasons it might be) or it(the act) does not create sins of any significant amount. Manu Smriti(Chapter 3 slokas 68,...
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Can animals attain moksha?

Well,they probably can get Moksha too.Its all upto Parameswara to decide. Manu Smriti says that even insects & plants can attain higher worlds(i.e heavens) by austerities!.So,if they can attain ...
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Is sitting on a camel in a dream inauspicious?

I don't think there is anything inauspicious about riding camels because, in Yuddha Kanda, Indrajit's Rakshasa army rode atop camels among other war animals: तं प्रस्थितं महात्मानमनुजग्मुर्महाबलाः| ...
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Did the story of Mahabharata start (and end) with a dog?

Yes, it is true that Mahabharata starts with a dog. The story is mentioned in Adi Parva, Section 3 (Paushya Parva) as follows: Sauti said, "Janamejaya, the son of Parikshit, was, with his ...
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What scriptures describe scorpions born from cow dung?

This information is present in Chapter 7 of Upodghāta Pada, Brahmānda Purana. In this chapter, the birth of many creatures is described. Birth of scorpions is also mentioned. जन्तवस्तुरगादिभ्यो वि...
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What scriptures describe swans separating milk from water?

I found multiple scriptural references to this phenomenon. First of all, in this chapter of the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Surpanakha's brother Khara promises to kill whoever cut off ...
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Is caste system only for humans?

Brahman initially projected Varna/cast in deities, Varna of deities as described in Brihadaranyaka: Brahmin- Agni Kshatriya- Indra, Varuna, the moon, Rudra, Parjanya, Yama, Death, and Isana Vaishya-...
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Why Dattatreya is shown surrounded by 4 dogs and cow?

1. Starting with Cow: CC Madhya 14.223 ananta kāma-dhenu tāhāṅ phire vane vane dugdha-mātra dena, keha nā māge anya dhane “In Vṛndāvana there are cows that fulfill all desires [kāma-...
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What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda?

In the Atharva Veda (denoted by AV here), at least, the tiger is mentioned. It's mentioned as VyAghra. And, the lion as Simha. The following Mantra makes mention of both the tiger and the lion. Ye ...
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How many rebirths does a soul go through?

It must be numerous rebirths. Can not be counted and explicitly stated. Certainly not seven for all cases. Atra janma sahasreshu sahasrairapi pArvati | KadAchit labhyate janturmAnushyam ...
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Why are cows given special importance?

Why cow is given special importance is described in Mahabharata: Anusasana Parva: Chapter 50, 51, 76 to 83 in detail. Here is the English translation of few verses: Yudhishthira asked Bhishma पवि...
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Why are owls considered inauspicious?

Auspicious and inauspicious events can be identified with some changes (such as excitements) in nature. Exited sounds and cooing sounds of birds denote bad and good omens respectively. Owl is ...
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Why are owls considered inauspicious?

Owls and pigeons are mentioned in Vedas(Atharva Veda to be specific) as the messengers of Nirrti,the Goddess of misfortune ,destruction,poverty etc and hence they are considered inauspicious. Nirrti ...
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Why do the gods look like human beings?

why do the gods resemble human beings rather than other animals? I am providing answer of your question from Aitareya Upanishad vreses. It's said in the Upanishad that In the beginning the ...
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What scriptures describe swans separating milk from water?

Swans separating Milk from water is mentioned in Shukla Yajurveda Samhita - Madhyandin Shakha -Chapter 19 - Mantra 73 अद्भ्यः क्षीरं व्यपिबत् क्रुड.डांअङ्गिरसो धिया। ऋतेन सत्यमिन्द्रियं विपानं ...
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What do Vedas say about non-sacrificial killing of animals?

I am answering because the question's body has this " Do vedas or any scripture.. " in it. But what about normal animal killing do it have any restrictions? As you may already expect, normal ...
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Is it true that all animals and plants could talk in Satya Yug? then why not in Kaliyuga?

Animal companions of Rama were not ordinary animals. They were specially created children of gods. http://www.valmikiramayan.net/utf8/baala/sarga17/bala_17_frame.htm When Vishnu attained the sonship ...
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What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda?

Tigers aren't mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita, but they are mentioned in this chapter of the Kaushitaki Upanishad, which is part of the Shankhayana Aranyaka of the Rig Veda: vṛṣṭirbhūtvā varṣati sa ...
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Is there any story in scriptures about the origin of peacocks?

Yes, Vayu Purana, Chapter 69 gives the details about the progeny of Garuda. It mention that peacocks were originated from Garuda with his wife Bhasi. भार्या गरुत्मतश्चापि भासी क्रोझी तथा शुकी। ...
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Do Hindu scriptures talk about how to handle conflicts between prescriptions in scripture and the secular law of the land?

The idea of a secular sphere is of western origin. I must point out that the Jesus teaching about rendering to Caesar is an anachronism and was certainly not spoken by Jesus. The reason to disbelieve ...
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Are buffaloes sacred?

See the following Mantra from the Rig Veda (RV): brahmA devanAm padavih kavinAm (1) rshir viprAnAm mahisho mrgAnAm (2) shyeno grdhrAnAm svadhitir (3) vanAnAm somah pavitramatyeti rebhan (4) ...
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Does Vishnu like animal sacrifices?

The following are Mantras from the Krishna Yajurveda's Book 2 and Book 5. The Mantras are describing which animals are fit to be sacrificed to what Vedic deities. They also give the list of animals ...
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