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Is there any significace of twitching of eyes?

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 ...
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Vedas and Vedic dharma on homosexuality

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 ...
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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

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 ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

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 (...
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How is "Patriotism" seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

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 ...
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Can a married woman take out her Mangala Sutra and keep it anywhere?

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 ...
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Is there any mention of "Scissors" in the Hindu literature?

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 ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

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: ...
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What is the relationship between Hinduism and atheism?

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'...
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Is there a scriptural basis for Out-of-India hypothesis?

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 ...
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Why are women advised to tie their hair in temples?

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. ...
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How is "Patriotism" seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

In Hinduism, Earth and Bharatvarsh is considered as mother. And, in general, everyone love their mother. Vishnu Purana says: उत्तरम् यत् समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रे: चैव दक्षिणम्। वर्षम् तद् भारतम् नाम भारती ...
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Are we encouraged to become a brahmin?

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 ...
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Can a married woman take out her Mangala Sutra and keep it anywhere?

This is to supplement Sree Charan's correct answer with quotes from Shastras. The Manu Smriti says that there is no Vedic sacrament for women.But what is Vedic sacrament for men the nuptial (wedding) ...
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Why is Lord Hanuman also referred as "Bajaranga Bali"?

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 ...
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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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Why is Lord Hanuman also referred as "Bajaranga Bali"?

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 ...
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What is the proper way to say 'good bye' in Hinduism?

In our culture we never say Good bye , we say come back again , I am Gujarati we used to say come back again, In Gujarati we says "chaalo aavjo(ચલો અવોજો)" means come back again. And "...
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What does the word "mlechha" (म्लेच्छ) mean in the context of Hinduism?

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) ...
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How can one save Sanatana Dharma?

You can not really save Dharma. You can follow it. And, by following it, you're doing what's required of you. Like, from Devi Bhagavatam 11.1: Deliverance of one's Self depends verily on his own ...
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Why Hindus wear red tilak and sandal wood tilak on foreheads?

Tilak, a mark of Hindu Sanatan Dharma, comes from the Sanskrit word ‘til’ which means sesame seed. The sesame seed has great importance in yagnas and charity. A tilak is imprinted on a person’s ...
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The story behind Names of Hindu calender Months?

These 12 months are derived from the name of nakshtras. As I discuss in my answer here, the names of nakshtras are itself stated in Atharva Veda. In a particular month there is high probability of ...
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How is "Patriotism" seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

There are shlokas in Hindu scriptures which may be interpreted as patriotic. It seems that the gods sing songs to this purport. Those who live in this part of the world called Bharata are in fact ...
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A Comprehensive book on Hinduism

There is no one comprehensive book in Hinduism. You should read a low level introductory book that nevertheless gives a decent overview of Hinduism. Otherwise you will have difficulty in ...
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Do RV 8.33.19 and 10.85.30 suggest women should wear a veil in the presence of men?

This is what the Rig Veda hymns say: reference Mandal 10 Sutak 85 Mantra 30 The hindi version clearly states that in certain condition if the husband engages with his wife then his body too will be ...
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How Monsoon Season or Rainy Season (वर्षा ऋतू) has been described in Ancient scriptures of Hinduism?

The rainy season is described in Harivamsa Mahatmya, which is Khila of Mahabharata in details. The story is told by Sage Vaishampayan to Janmejay as below: vaishaMpAyana said: (O janamejaya), ...
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Is there a scriptural basis for Out-of-India hypothesis?

In addition to @SwiftPushkar's excellent answer: Argument A1) http://nature.com/articles/srep26555 from "nature" journal established that Harappan civilization is 8000 years old and collapsed due to ...
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Are there famous deities/gods or spiritual supremo, who had a daughter?

From creation chapters of various Puranas, we find that there were more daughters than sons. For example, Svāyambhuva Manu (the father of mankind) had 3 daughters (Ākūti, Devahūti and Prasūti) and 2 ...

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