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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Navaratri basically represents a celebration of the Goddess Durga, with nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights Navratri is “Nine Nights festival”. The commencement of spring and autumn are considered to be an important junction of atmospheric and solar influences, and this is the reason why these two periods are taken as sacred prospects for ...


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There is a sacred book in Datta Sampradaya called GuruCharitra which is based on life of Datta Avatar Swami Nrusimha Saraswati, in this book Swami Nrusimha Saraswati has preached women to do Vrata. There stories about Shani-Pradosh(शनि प्रदोष),Somvar Vrat,Ekadhashi vrat,Anant-Chaturdashi vrat in this book. Guru Charitra


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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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It is generally considered by Hindus now-a-days that the day begins with the sun rise. But in Vedic period the day began with dawn (Usha kal) exactly when redness appear in the sky indicating the rise of Sun. This is the period which was called then as Pratah Savan for worship. RigVeda describes three Savans of a day but I could find only two of them so far ...


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There is actually one. Because of Bhima's giant appetite he was not able to fast for a complete day, so Krishna explained that if could fast once a year on Jyestha Shukla Ekadashi, which is the hottest and longest solar day of the year, it would be equal to have fasted all the various ekadasis of the year. So, this is considered a sort of prayaschitta for ...


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