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Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?

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 ...
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What is the recommended age for marriage for girls as per Shastra?

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 ...
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Cross-cousin marriage and hinduism

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 ...
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What has Virāṭa Parva pārāyaṇa got to do with rains?

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 ...
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What does Sanatana Dharma say regarding shaving pubic and anus hair?

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 ...
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What has Virāṭa Parva pārāyaṇa got to do with rains?

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 ...
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Requirements for wearing Tilak

The following describes how Srivaishnavas wear the Urdhvapundra. Other Vaishnava Sampradayas may have different practices. Srivaishnavas who have not undergone basic diksha/initiation called ...
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Why do widows wear white sarees after their husband's death?

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 ...
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Why do Sabarimala devotees wear Black clothes ?

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 ...
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Why Dakshina is given to Guru?

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 ...
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What are days I can have an oil massage (abhyangana snana) on head or on body?

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: ...
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Reason behind Kashi Yatra in Indian Wedding

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.(...
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Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?

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....
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What is the recommended age for marriage for girls as per Shastra?

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 ...
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Is Akshata used in North India?

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 ...
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Why should a girl leave her home after marriage?

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 ...
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Why do women not wear Yagnopaveetham (Janeu or Poonal)?

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 ...
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What should we do when we accidentally kill an animal?

The Smritis give us penances for all sorts of sins committed.Some even give you penances for accidentally killing animals.But many of these penances will look outdated or at least will be difficult ...
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What is the recommended age for marriage for girls as per Shastra?

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 ...
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Which Hindu scriptures mention Indradwaja or Brahmadwaja?

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 ...
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Was slavery allowed in Mahabarata times?

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 ...
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Can a Brahmin shave off his mustache on his daughter's engagement,or marriage?

It is not recommended that a Brahmin should have a mustache to start with. So, yes he can shave it off. See the following verses from the Baudhayana Dharma Sutras 4.5.7: Now I will proclaim the ...
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Why should a girl leave her home after marriage?

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 ...
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Does Hinduism allow siblings to have their marriages at the same time?

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. ...
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What do our scriptures say about naming a child?

Naming of the child is an important ceremony in Hinduism. As per scriptures, it is required to be performed when the child attains a particular age (in days). Manu Smriti 2.30. But let (the father ...
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Does the notion of people being in temporary non-sacred or polluted status exist outside the South?

Those periods, when impurities prevail due to birth or death that occurred in a family, are called the Asaucha period and it is a scriptural thing so all Hindus irrespective of the region they belong ...
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Cremation by child whose parents alive

If a person has only daughters, the daughter's son can perform the last rites of the maternal grandparents. He who has no son may make his daughter an ‘appointed daughter’ in the following manner: [...
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Head shaving when father is alive

Completely shaving the head is allowed for a student (a person living in the Brahmachari phase of life). So, it is allowed even if the father is alive. Students may shave their heads completely, wear ...
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Is there a scripturally recommended age of marriage for men?

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 ...
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