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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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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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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 1925 at ...


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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 (...


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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. I am not able to give references as they are not popular people


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From kamakoti.org - Kanchi Periyavar - "Pradanam prak rtuh" - before puberty, which is normally around age 12 for girls. There is also a prayaschittam for performing after puberty. You can ask your brihaspati/purohit. The aim is to ensure that the foundation of marriage is based on innocent attraction and attachment before kama/carnal desire enters mind. ...


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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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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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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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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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There is no instruction that the hairs on those parts should be shaved off. In fact we have the following verse: Manu Smriti 4.144. Except when sick he must not touch the cavities (of the body) without a reason, and he must avoid (to touch) the hair on the secret (parts) So, it is quite clear that there is no rule that the hairs on those parts ...


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According to the Vishnu Purana, it is recommended for grooms to choose brides who are a third of their age: If he must marry, he must select a maiden who is third of his age, one who has not too much hair but is not without any, one who is not very black nor yellow complexioned and who is not from birth a cripple or deformed. (Vishnu Purana, Book III, ...


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I don't have any opinion for this Qn. Just to be clear that, "marriage" doesn't necessarily mean "sex" with a girl. It's more of a mental bonding, where girl starts seeing her husband as her protector and master. Presenting a reference from Mahabharata AnushAsana parva: A person of thirty years of age should wed a girl of ten years of age called a ...


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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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It's all custom. Sometimes its the sannyas lineage, sometimes its what your guru did, and sometimes just personal choice. I know some that grow their hair for sometime and then shave it after so much time just to grow it again. The real point is not to take care of the body too much, not spend time and effort taking care of the body which is impermanent and ...


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