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Shaving/Haircut also called Kshoura Karma is not allowed on all days. When shaving beard, start from right side. then cut the mustache, armpits and then at last haircut. Then shave whichever hairs are are to be shaven and then cut the nails at the end. Ekadasi, Chaturdasi, Amavasya, Poornima, Sankranti, Vyatipaata, days of Vrata and sraaddha, Tuesday and ...


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I am answering only this part: Does any Hindu scripture illuminate on this issue? Most of the customs in Hindu families are practiced according to Dharma-Shastras and Grihya-Sutras. Baudhayana Dharmasutra, PRASNA I, ADHYÂYA 1, KANDIKÂ 2 declares that people from South India can marry with the daughter of their maternal uncle. We will explain those (peculiar)...


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The Yajyopavita is worn by those who after Upanayana study Vedas and live life by practicing Vedic duties. In the olden days, many women underwent Upanayana and studied Vedas. They were called Brahmavadinis. But, many women who had no interest in learning Vedas, underwent Marriage. Even older smritis like Harita Smriti mentions women having Upanayanam. ...


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Here is what this chapter of the Manu Smriti recommends: A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases him, or a man of twenty-four a girl eight years of age; if (the performance of) his duties would (otherwise) be impeded, (he must marry) sooner. Bhishma says much the same thing in this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the ...


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This web page says that the chanting of the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata was once done by Chandrashekhara Bharati II, a former Sharankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt, in order to produce rain. And his explanation was that Vyasa had embedded a mantra to Varuna within the Virata Parva: The book "Guru Krupa Vilasam" mentions an interesting incident in ...


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In addition to the above answers, I would like to add mine: In Vedic Era, which continued upto Mahabharata period, i.e, 3102 B.C., women used to perform SANDHYA rites. Thereafter, due to reasons not available, women were prohibited from doing so. In Srimad Ramayana, we come across an indirect reference to Sita performing Sandya rites. While searching for ...


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Hinduism is almost always Vedic, even if the customs, method of worship, etc. change. It is true that performance of Vedic Yajna, rituals, etc. have decreased, but that's only obvious for this age of Kali. However, this doesn't mean that Vedic traditions have been forgot. Veda mantras constitute three kandas or sections (kanda trayatmika veda). They are: ...


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The preface of the book "ESSENCE OF VIRAT PARVA OF MAHA BHARATA" states that it is believed that recitation of the Durga Stuti done by Yudhishthira just before entering the Virata Kingdom is capable of bringing even unseasonal rains. There is a strong belief that reading of Virat Parva of Maha Bharata would not only entail enrichment of one’s thought ...


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The following describes how Srivaishnavas wear the Urdhvapundra. Other Vaishnava Sampradayas may have different practices. Srivaishnavas who have not undergone basic diksha/initiation called Samashrayana wear only one Urdhvapundra on the forehead. Those that are initiated wear 12 at different parts of the body. According to the Srivaishnava Sadachara ...


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Those whose father is alive should NOT shave. There isn't anything like this. You are not allowed to have a clean shave (shaving moustache) if your elder brother is alive. Only brahmins are not allowed to have a clean head, as they need shikha. others can have clean head without any issue. We should not Shave on Thursday(because wealth might go away) ...


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Hindu pooja has its own significance. The pooja articles are arranged in 5 layers, usually most of the people these days don't do such things as many don't know about it. It is arranged according to the five layers of the cosmic elements. They layer follow as: First layer consists of plate for offerings (naivedya) and another for puja, which is for earth ...


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The Manu Smriti declares: Manu Smriti 12.83. Studying the Veda, (practising) austerities, (the acquisition of true) knowledge, the subjugation of the organs, abstention from doing injury, and serving the Guru are the best means for attaining supreme bliss. And,this service to Guru is four-fold as told in the Kularnava Tantra(KT): Service to the ...


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Since AyyappA is not a puranic deva, the fables and legends around him are not found in purana and upanishads, rather exclusively in kshetra-puranas or local temple histories. AyyappA is said to have a conversation with Shani about him (Shani) causing trouble to people, on which Shani replied that it's his dharma to do so. On this, AyyappA asked for Shani ...


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Yes. Female teachers are there in hinduism. World-mother Jagadamba Parvati herself taught Banasur's daughter Usha. Parvati taught Usha dancing, singing, fighting and all Vedas also. Another mother guru is Gayatri Mata, she is considered as mother of Vedas for all brahmins in hinduism. In Gurukulam, female rishis were there. One of them is Gargi Vachaknavi, ...


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I could not find the exact reference of not using saree of any other colors except white. EDIT-On the contrary I found from here that widow women should wear yellow atleast while performing a specific Vrata. So, whether scriptures at all prescribe widows wearing white garments is debatable. It is prescribed that ceratin Vratas are meant to be observed by ...


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When the boy comes of age for Marriage,after the Vratham, Kankana Dharanam and Nandi, the Boy goes to Kasi(Benares, Varanasi ,the Holy City of The Hindus, to meditate on the Brahman, The Reality.(Symbolically) The bride’s father intervenes and requests the Bridegroom not to undertake the trip,become a Grihastha as Grihathaasrama is the fundamental Stage of ...


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Yes it is used in north India as well.That white rice version only the one you shared in the link. It is used as one of the offerings to deities while doing Pooja (Worship). It is also used to make beautiful Alpana designs at the door of the houses. It is used to put as Tilak on forehead as well.


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These are known as asucha related to birth (sutika) and death (mrutika). There are many rules and regulations regarding these. I briefly give answers to only what you have asked: The reason behind this belief is that, birth and death create impurity for blood related kinsmen. Temples being residing place of gods, who like purity, entering temples are ...


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It can be worn even today. Some institutions like Arya samaj and Gayatri parivar are doing some work to promote it. As per Haarita sutra, those women who are Brahma Vaadini have right for initiation, Vedic studies , Fire establishment and bhiksha etc. द्विऽविधाः स्त्रियो ब्रह्मवादिन्यः सदीवध्वश्च । तत्र ब्रह्मवादिनीनामुपनयनम्योन्धनं वेदाध्ययनं ...


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The mention of such a pole decked with finery and dedicated to Indra comes from the Adivansavatarana Parva of Mahabharata though it doesn't really connect it with Yugadi. However, it does mention it being used for annual celebrations so that could be the connection. It is related to the Puru king Vasu Uparichar and how Indra was so pleased with him that he ...


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You are basically asking about Abhyanga Snana (oil massage followed by bath). And scriptures definitely talk about that.. The book Dharma Bindu (hosted by the Kamakoti.org) has the details: Bharadwaaja Maharshi details these snanas as follows: Abhyanga snaapane yogyaa vaaraaye tithibhissaha, Kathyate tethunaa spashtam pushtaye balavriddhaye/ ...


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A girl is wed to someone in order to help him propagate his vamsha and thus continue the gotra which is established by the ancient rishis. Also it enables one to perform the core vedic rituals like Agnihotra and various sacrifices for which spouse is mandatory. However, in certain circumstances the girl can continue to live with the parent if she has no ...


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Giving away of the maiden daughter in marriage is called the "KanyA DAnam" or "the gift of maiden daughter". It is the greatest gift a father can make. And, after a gift has been made the giver loses ownership over it. So, that's why the daughter can not stay any longer with her parents after marriage. She has to live with her husband who's the recipient of ...


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Is there a scripturally recommended age of marriage for men? For dvijas (brahmin, kshatriya, and vaishya), it's immediately after Vedic study is completed. The time when Vedic study is completed is entirely flexible: Gautama (2. 52. 54).—‘One should keep up his studentship over one Veda, for twelve years;—or for twelve years over each Veda;—or over all, ...


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An interesting statement against slavery is found in this excerpt from Shabara's commentary on the Purva Mimamsa Sutras, the defining text of the Purva Mimamsa school of philosophy. The context in discussing the Vishwajit Yagna, a Yagna where you're supposed to give away all your possessions to other people, and the question arises whether that means that ...


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Bodily hair is considered "dead skin" and incompatible with spiritual practice / rituals in the Vedas. mṛtām eva tvacam amedhyām apahatya yajñiyo bhūtvā medham upaiti (Taittiriya Samhita 6.1.1.2) Thus practitioners of Vedic yajnas would periodically shave bodily hair. Even though the practice of daily Vedic yajans has almost become extinct, the ...


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Yes, still there are many Hindus who follow Vedic traditions (might not be following with 100% accuracy but still they follow). I myself know few people who do Nitya Agnihotra, read Vedas daily, perform Sandya Vandana and try to lead their life as said in Vedas. There are even Veda Patashala's in India. List of Veda pathasala's in Andhra Pradesh are in link ...


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The objective , Purpose and importance of Shradha is greatly discussed in Garuda Purana -– Preta Kanda – Chapter 10 –Discussion between Krishna and Garuda on Shradha. (श्रीकृष्णगरुड संवादे श्राद्धस्य तृप्तिदत्वनिरूपणं). In which Garuda asks Shree Krishna questions about Shradha , Importance of it , Why one should perform Shradha ceremony regularly at ...


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If they are brothers then the rule is that the younger must not marry before the elder. Regarding marrying at the same time, nothing is mentioned anywhere AFAIK. This is mentioned in all the Smritis. Here I'm using the Parashara Smriti (PS) as my reference. An elder brother remaining unmarried while a younger marries, and that same younger brother ...


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