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There are countless verses in scriptures which counter this verse. Parashara Smriti is a Smriti text and Puranas are also Smriti text thus they have equal authority. Thus we can counter this verse by using Puranic verses as Authority. Although there are countless counter verses in every Puranas. I have here used only Padma Purana. Padma Purana Brahma ...


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That's because eating onions is forbidden not just during fasts, but at all times. Here's what this chapter of the Manu Smriti says: laśunaṃ gṛñjanaṃ caiva palāṇḍuṃ kavakāni ca | abhakṣyāṇi dvijātīnāmamedhyaprabhavāni ca || Garlic, leeks and onions, mushrooms and (all plants), springing from impure (substances), are unfit to be eaten by twice-...


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One reason for fasting is to atone for one's papa (usually translated as sin). For example, in Mahabharata Santi Parva, section 36, Vyasa said, By penances, religious rites, and gifts, O Bharata, a man may wash off his sins if he does not commit them again. By subsisting upon only one meal a day, that procured by mendicancy, by doing all his acts ...


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Narada purana says that anyone can perform Ekadasi Vrat. They include Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Sudras and also women I shall describe another Vrata well known in all the three worlds, which subdues all sins and which bestows all the desired benefits. O Brahmana, to those who perform this rite with devotion to Visnu, (whether they are) Brahmanas, or ...


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Fasting is just one kind of a vrat. Vrat generally means observing with determination (vow) the rules of the scriptures: śastrodito hi niyamo vrataṃ tacca tapo matam [Agni Puran - 175.2] Certainly, rules ordained by the scriptures are called vrata. That too is also said as tapa. Depending upon what vow is observed it can be Satyavrat (vow to be ...


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First of all, i had to do a Google search to know what Gyaras (ekAdashi) actually is. :D I am using KAmakoti website as my reference here: Why rice is prohibited on this day even who has not taken fast? It is because on the ekAdashi day the pApa purusha ( the personification of all sins) takes shelter in the grains. yAni kAni cha pApAni ...


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All the Tithis have respective over ruling Deities. I am giving few such over-lordships here as found in the VarAha PurAna. Pratipada-Agni Dwiteeya-Aswini Kumaras Tritiya-Goddess Gowri Chaturthi-Lord Ganesha Panchami-Nagas Sashti-Karthikeya or Skanda '''''''''''''''''''''''''''' Purnima-Moon God Amavasya-Pitras. ...


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The heart of the śloka is not exactly that. It is reflected in Kāśī Khaṇḍa Chapter Four, Lōpāmudrā says the duties of a Pativratā as व्रतोपवासनियमं पतिमुल्लङ्घ्य या चरेत् । आयुष्यं हरते भर्त्तु र्मृता निरयमृच्छति ॥ ३५ ॥ If a woman observes vratā, upvāsa etc., without the approval of husband (disregarding the wish of husband) reduces the life span of ...


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What you say is not true. Fasting is definitely a part of Krishna Janmashtami celebrations just like it is a part of the Rama Navami celebrations. Some devotees fast the entire day & night whereas some fast only upto midnight which is the time to perform the Puja to Bala Krishna(Baby Krishna). Some devotees break their fast by consuming the Prasadam ...


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Possible reasons could be Religious Importance Shravan is supposed to be the holiest month of the Hindu calendar. It is full of festivals and minor celebrations. Festivals include Janmastmi, Raksha Bandhan, Naag Panchami, Onam, Kajori Purnima, etc. Shravan is the holy month of Lord Shiva. Every Monday (day of week dedicated to Lord Shiva) is called ...


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Day starts from sunrise. One day and night together makes an ahorAtra. For vrata and other auspicious occasion we have to consider sunrise as the.start of the day. It is advised to get up about two muhurta before the sunrise in order to finish day to day chorus and get ready for rituals like sandhyA. One muhurta as per Astrology is about 48 minutes. Let us ...


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The fasts followed today are somewhat different from those mentioned in the earliest scriptures of Hinduism so I would share what the older scriptures mention about them. The Law Books such as the Manusmriti prescribe elaborate rules and procedures to practice fasting which may either be done to gain some spiritual merit or as a means for atonement. For ...


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Religious reason for not Cutting & Shaving: It would stem from a tradition. There probably is no proof, but it probably stemmed from/is akin to being a nazareth. Most people have some type of tradition that they practice to honor traditions of old. Scientific reason for not Shaving: Shaving is not done in Shravan Maas because during that time, the ...


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In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana it is said that one who observes fasting on Ekadasi day is freed from all kinds of reactions to sinful activities and advances in pious life. Origin of Ekadasi In the fourteenth chapter of Padma Purana, in the section named Kriya-sagara-sara, Srila Vyasadeva explains the origin of Ekadasi to Sage Jaimini as follows: At the ...


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By doing Vrat, evil/bad qualities get destroyed and good qualities emerge. By performing Vrat one gets eligibility for Diksha/Initiation. After initiation, one will grow and progress, consequently s/he will find good faith towards Satya and ultimately such faith leads to the Satya. According to Shukla Yajurveda, Adhyaya 9: व्रतेन प्राप्यते दीक्षा दक्षिणा ...


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Hindu fasting is from sunrise till sunrise the next day on which the fast is supposed to be broken.That day is called the Parana day.Breaking a fast for a hindu is as important as doing the fast.(For example not breaking an Ekadashi fast within the prescribed parana time is considered an offence) But fasting from dawn to dusk(sunset) is also prescribed in ...


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For Vratas, usually grains are avoided throughout the day. Carbohydrate rich diet, fruits, and milk etc. are to be consumed by the devotee. As Sago is a starch hence it is allowed to be consumed for vratas like Ekadashi. Sago (Metroxylon sagu) starch accumulates in the pith of the sago palm stem from the base upwards. At maturity, the trunk is fully ...


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There are many stories but one story i know is same as what you have shared in the question. One day, Bhagwan(Lord) Shiva and Parwati went on a tour. They arrived at a temple in a place called Amrawati. Goddess Parwati asked Mahadev to play a game of Chausar (a dice game). When they were about to play the game, a brahman came and started preparing for ...


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Your mother is right about almost every point she told you. I eat meal at one time a day. It is necessary to eat food on Hanuman ji's fast. You can eat fruits through out the day as Hanuman ji was a fruitarian himself. Make sure that before the dinner you offer some sweet to Shri Raam ji and Hanuman ji. Taking service or help from a lady is ...


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Skanda is Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati's son,younger brother of Ganapaty, also known by names such as Karthikeya,Shanmuga etc. The Puranas say that Karthikeya was born on Sukla Shashti tithi in the MArgasirsha month.Hence the name Skanda Shasti,which is the day/vrata dedicated to Lord Karthikeya.Just like the Ekadashi Tithis are dedicated to Vratas ...


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Amavasya is [new] moon day and Purnima is full moon day in Hindu calendars. Both Amavasya and Purnima are considered equally strong in Hindu beliefs. In the olden days people would always fast on Amavasya. It is said that if one can fast on an Amavasya that is on a Monday then all their wishes will be fulfilled. It is believed that whatever you wish for will ...


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On Amavasya many people fast and offer puja to the souls of their forefathers. They also offer water to the departed souls. The Fifteen days before the Navratri there is Amavasya which is called Mahalaya. This is the time which is called Pitri paksha and is considered as a very good time to offer prayers to the departed souls and ensure that they rest in ...


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As per our scriptures,each of the 15 different Tithis are ruled by some specific Deites.For example ,Moon rule the Purnima,the Nagas rule the Panchami and in particular the Pitras(ancestors) rule the Amavasya tithi. So,fasting,doing charity and also doing Pitra Tarpanam(offering black sesame and water offerings) on Amavasya appease the Pitras. The Varaha ...


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Fasting is a way of stomach + mind purification. In a philosophical way it's also "Tyaag"; i.e. giving away (certain) desires. Ideally during fasting, foods itself are not allowed. But in modern times, we have taken some liberties. At least those consumable foods are prescribed to be of "Saatvik" nature. Salty/Spicy food are of "Rajasic" nature which ...


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According to Skanda Purana Part six -Book Two - Vaishnav Kanda -Section five - Margashirsha Mahatmya -Chapter 13.Importance of Jagrana during Ekadashi Vrata, One should not sleep during both during day or night in Ekadashi Vrata. Skanda Purana gives the possible explanation of this as follows. जागरं ये च कुर्वंति कर्मणा मनसा गिरा ।। न तेषां पुनरावृत्ति...


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The following verse shows that fasting leads to accumulation of merit (Punya or good Karma). Manu 2.188. He who performs the vow (of studentship) shall constantly subsist on alms, (but) not eat the food of one (person only); the subsistence of a student on begged food is declared to be equal (in merit) to fasting. And verses like the ones given below show ...


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Your question is genuine but the problem is that as you said in weekends you are suggest to do fasting but in weekends you are doing nothing and not concentrate on any work and your mind is free to think anything and generally it happen that whatever thing we wanted to do (like fasting) such conditions comes in which you are forced to cross it and negative ...


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Scientific Reason During Shravana monsoon is at its peak and there is less sunlight, it makes digestive system weak. During this period, water-borne diseases spread rapidly. Fasts detoxify the system. Religious Reason It is believed that one who carries out the Shravan Somvara Vrat has their prayers answered. During the day devotees consume only non-...


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