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TL;DR: May or may not be permitted for Kshatriyas, but forbidden for everyone else, and not encouraged for Kshatriyas either. Technically there is no such thing as premarital intercourse in Hinduism. Whenever two people consummate a relationship, regardless of the circumstances, it is usually classified as a marriage of one sort or another. It's even ...


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Twitching of eyes have great significance in our scriptures. There are various description of auspicious and inauspicious omens in our scriptures and eye twitching is one of them. Twitching of Sita's left body parts is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana Sundara Kanda. In chapter 27 verses 48 to 50. निमित्तभूतमेतत्तु श्रोतुमस्या महत्प्रियम् || ५-२७-४८ ...


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One of the primary reasons is the sin destroying effects the Lord's names. The inspiration for doing this can be linked to the story of Ajamila as described in the Bhagavatam: Ajamila was a pious brahmana. But once he saw a prostitute engaged with a man in the forest and since then he got infatuated. He fell down from his religious activities and went so ...


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No, it's not like that, it can be read on normal days as far as I know. The Garuda Purana has a part known as preta kalpa which describes the journey after death and the related rituals to be done. Those are referred and read during the occasion of the passing away of someone. So it has become a taboo or fear to read it on other days like it has happened ...


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King Bhagirath did Tapas to bring the Holy Ganga to earth in order to wash the ashes of his forefathers and free them from sin. Bhagirath's wish was granted and Ganga was released from the Heavens to earth. But the great speed with which Ganga descended to earth was capable of destroying everything on its way. So, Lord Shiva, to save the world, caught Ganga ...


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Yes, Manusmriti forbids sexual intercourse with a virgin girl (without marriage). It consists provisions for the atonement of this sin. Carnal intercourse with sisters by the same mother, with (unmarried) maidens, with females of the lowest castes, with the wives of a friend, or of a son, they declare to be equal to the violation of a Guru's bed.[59] ...


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Hinduism/Sanatan Dharam is much older than any other practicing religion that's why there is no literature to inter-marry other religions. This is more like a culture question. Culturally People who termed Hinduism as a religion abstain to marry into other religion due to cultural differences and various other reasons like sometime they need to convert to ...


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Scissors symbolises that the Goddess cuts asunder the attachments to this material worlds, much feared by the spiritual souls. The first thing we need to verify is whether Goddess TAra is at all described in scriptures as holding scissors or not. If we can prove that she is not , then there is no need to answer your remaining questions. Goddess TAra is ...


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From mahashivratri.org Lord Shiva is shown sitting on or wearing a tiger skin. The tiger is the vehicle of Shakti, the Goddess of power and force. Shiva is beyond and above any kind of force. He is the master of Shakti. The tiger skin that he wears symbolizes victory over every force. Tiger also represent lust. Thus sitting on Tiger skin, Shiva ...


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Atheism is not the pillar of Hinduism, but only a part of Hinduism. Moreover, the term nastika (atheist) means different in Hinduism than its usual meaning. Generally atheist means a person who doesn't believe in God, afterlife, etc. But in Hinduism atheist means a person who doesn't accept the authority of the Vedas (veda neendako nastika), that is, a ...


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Homosexuality in men is clearly stated as a sin in the Manu Smriti. मैथुनं तु समासेव्य पुंसि योषिति वा द्विजः । गोयानेऽप्सु दिवा चैव सवासाः स्नानमाचरेत् ॥ १७४ ॥ maithunaṃ tu samāsevya puṃsi yoṣiti vā dvijaḥ | goyāne'psu divā caiva savāsāḥ snānamācaret || 174 || If a twice-born man commits an unnatural offence with a male, or has ...


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Not all Bengali Brahmins eat fish. Vaidikas, who migrated from Kannauj, follow the same dietary rules as Brahmins in the rest of the country. The reason for the relaxation of rules among the indigenous brahmins was Kulinism, introduced by King Ballal Sena (1160–1179). This soon led to polygamy, where women of lower castes could be married, which eventually ...


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One of the most visible external symbols of Hindu identity is the mark that many of us wear on our forehead. Origin of this practice is unclear. But, in ancient times, when the Varna system predominated, people used to apply tilaks differently that represented their Varna. Brahmins applied a white chandan mark signifying purity. Kshatriyas wore a red tilak ...


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Setting your hair loose is not suggested not only when you visit temples but also when you are at home. Setting your hair loose is an indication of sorrow, grief, inauspicious things poverty and sins. Draupadi devi in Mahabharata does not tie her hair after her insult from the Kauravas in the kurusabha. She vows that she would only tie a knot to her hair ...


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Based on the nature a person has acquired from material modes; he can be classified to be belonging to one of the varnas. There are 4 varnas Viz. Brahmin,Kshatriya,Vaishya and Shudra. The predominating modes that drive these four classes are: Brahmin-Mode of Goodness Kshatriya-Mode of passion Vaishya -mix of passion and Ignorance Shudra-mode of Ignorance ...


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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 in food and bathes the images of Nagas in milk, they become friendly towards him. Nagas were sent to Patala on Panchama tithi and people celebrate ...


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There are many folk tale behind the drinking of the milk, the famous one is :-; A tale of a farmer living in a village. He had two sons and one of whom killed three snakes during ploughing operations. The mother of the snake took revenge on the same night by biting the farmer, his wife and two children and they all died. Next day the farmer’s only ...


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I believe, organ donation is not a bad practice. Its a religion of Humanity where we can help someone even after your death. Its one way you can help someone after your death. As per my knowledge every religion encourage or support blood donation and its similar to organ donation after your death. Interestingly, reports about the use of body parts to ...


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We do have a "bhojan mantra" which we should chant before eating food: ओम् यन्तु नदयोः वर्षन्तु पर्जंया सुपिप्पला ओषधयोः भवन्तुः । अन्नवताम् ओदनवताम् मामिक्षवताम् एशाम् राजा भूयासन् ।। ओदन् मुत्ब्रुवते परमेष्ठीवा एषः यदोदनः । परमामेवैनम् श्रियंगमयति ।।1।। Om Yantu Nadyo Varshantu Parjnyah Supipala Aosadhyao Bhavantu । AnnVata ...


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No. A married woman is not allowed to remove mangal sutra for the sake of convenience. As you have said in the question, we see many people who do not wear mangal sutra to offices and to some social gatherings. But it is not allowed to remove it by her own will. This also applies to men who are not wearing Yagnopaveetha(sacred thread). It is not an ordinary ...


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Hanuman is very well known for his physical strength. The name Bajrang is acquired by Him due to this reason. There are numerous references to this strength in Valmiki Ramayana. Bajra is a cultural variation of Vajra. Anga means a body. Vajraanga means one with a body like the Vajra. Here, Vajra can be interpreted as strong and also as strong as the ...


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Nothing specific, but Manu Smriti says this: 8.299. A wife, a son, a slave, a pupil, and a (younger) brother of the full blood, who have committed faults, may be beaten with a rope or a split bamboo, But, in another chapter, it also says this: 4.164. Let him, when angry, not raise a stick against another man, nor strike (anybody) except a son or a ...


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Why this is only unacceptable to Hindus. No not only to the Hindus but it is well known in rest of the world that Aryan Invasion Theory is wrong. It looks like you are more impressed with the 120 year myth created by F. Max Muller in 1848. And is biased towards western Indologist ,ignoring new research conducted by Hindu scholars and their opinions ...


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As per the scripture, river Ganga is considered sacred because it has arisen from the feet of Vishnu and destroys the sins of a person: caraṇābjasamudbhutā gaṃgā nameti viśrutā pāpāanāṃ sthūlarāśīnāṃ naśinī śeti nārada [Padma Pu. - 6.22.3] Meaning O Narada, renowned as Ganga, it has arisen from the lotus like feet (of Vishnu) and destroys ...


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The misnomer of Hinduism adds to the confusion. The word Hinduism was coined by Muslims coming from the west who could not pronounce the "s" in Sindhu river. Therefore, they called everyone living east of the river as Indus, or Hindus. Therefore, Hinduism could refer to the entire geographical culture of the Indian subcontinent. Within the culture of ...


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Mleccha is a Sanskrit word which means 'barbarian, uncultured, foreigner, non-Vedic'. Aloka Parashara in his book, Mlecchas in Early India describes it as, Mleccha (and its equivalent milakkha) are usually translated as foreigner or barbarian. A translation which is inadequate in so many ways but not least because it implies that it was a word used by ...


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The Vedas, in particular, do not have a limited (narrow) vision of patriotism. The Vedas clearly say that we all are the children of Mother Earth. Hence, we should love the whole earth as our motherland and not just our own country. MAta Bhumih Putro Aham PrithivyAha . Meaning The earth is my mother, I her son. Atharva Veda Samhita, Kanda ...


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Such actions can be done in following ways: Unintentional One doesn't intend to harm, but due to some indirect actions, a person ends up damaging something. This doesn't result in anything as there was no purpose behind it. Some people feel sorry and some don't. Both are OK. The Qn is not about this category, so not discussing much. Intentional Many ...


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I read this and to me makes sense. Hanuman is called Bajrang Bali. I tried to understand why he was so called. This name is being used mostly in Northern India and less in Southern India, indicating Lord Hanuman. According to my understanding, the original word might be VAJRAANGABALI. If we split this word, we will get 3 words. VAJRA + ANGA + ...


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Apart from the verse found in Triyugi Narayan Mani's answer above there is another verse in the Manu Smriti that clearly condemns pre-marital sex. It is said that only virgins are fit for marriages: 8.226. The nuptial texts are applied solely to virgins, (and) nowhere among men to females who have lost their virginity, for such (females) are excluded ...


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