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Did Parashurama perform any expiation for killing his mother?

After Killing his mother Renuka, Parasurama asked some of his wishes to his father. One of the wish is that he(Parasurama) might not be affected by any sin for killing his mother. Along with this wish,...
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What are the Prajapatya, Chandrayana, and Krcchra penances?

Prajapatya, Chandrayana and Krcchra are the penances done for the expiation of some certain sins as you have described in your question. Prajapatya is defined in Manu Smriti, Chapter 11, Verse 211 as:...
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What is the expiation for saying lie(s)?

It depends on where the lie has been said and in which circumstances. For example, Karna lied to his Guru Parashurama about his caste. Now, such a lie is considered by Manu as a grave offence. ...
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Can you get rid of bad karma by self harm?

There are various methods of getting rid of committed sins. Like confession as approved by scriptures, recitation of mantras and scriptures, repentance, austerities etc. See: Manu Smriti 11.227. By ...
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Who is the Rishi who cut off his own hands for stealing?

The sage who cut off his own hands was Likhita and his elder brother is Shankha. The story of these two sages is said to Yudhishtira by Sage Vyasa to remind his duty of chastising. This story occurs ...
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Do farmers have the right to kill pests?

It can not be mentioned as disallowed because it is unavoidable. But at the same time, it is recognized as a sin, and to remedy that sin, prescriptions are also being provided. See the following ...
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How did lord Rama perform penance for Ravana after killing him?

Did he ever felt sorry for killing Ravana? Yes, this is described in PADMA PURANA: PATALAKHANDA: Chapter 8. Agastya Advices Rama to Perform Horse Sacrifice. When Agastya narrated Ravana's story, ...
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How to reconcile prāyaścitta (expiation) involving death with suicide (itself a big sin)?

As shown in this answer one definition of ShAstra (scripture) is the following: ShAsanAdanisham devi varnAshramanivAsinAm | TAranAt sarva pApebhyoh ShAstra mityabhidhiyate || O Devi! Because ...
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What are the consequences of not doing shraddha for the departed ancestors?

The ancestral offerings are more important than the performance of rites dedicated to gods. Anyone not doing them properly becomes impure and hence unfit to perform any other rituals. And, this ...
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Is cutting trees a sin?

When you destroy life-forms, whether plants or animals, for entirely your own needs, then then that is regarded as a sin or bad karma in Hinduism. Manu Smriti also asks the ruler (or King) to impose ...
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What is Virahatya (Killing of a hero)?

One of the meanings of vīra is son. It also mean warrior or Kshatriya. And, one of the meanings of vīrahatyā is murder of son. Also, other translation of Manu Smriti 11.41 verse is as below A ...
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Do farmers have the right to kill pests?

Yes, farmers have the right to kill pests. Providing food to humans trumps the sin due to violence against pests. Agriculture also kills small creatures Tuladhara said, ‘People regard the ...
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Is it a sin for a girl if she marries after puberty?

It is not a sin for the girl. It is a sin for the father. Because, as per the Smritis, a young girl is not allowed to act independently or take independent decisions. At that time, when marriage is ...
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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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Can you get rid of bad karma by self harm?

There are methods to reduce the effect of bad karmas. Yudhisthira says,'…a perpetrated sin is expiated by auspicious acts, by publishing it wildly, by repentance, by alms-giving, by penances, by ...
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Can you get rid of bad karma by self harm?

Can one get rid of their bad karma by self-inflicting pain? DISCLAIMER: Do not try the following at home although Manusmṛti recommends it. Also, your state/local laws may not allow this. For a ...
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How can killing a Human being and killing an Animal be on the same level?

There is this following verse (11.140) which supports the commentator's interpretation (mentioned in this answer), that when a number of animals have been killed, one must perform the penance of ...
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What is the prayaschitta for failing to keep an Ekadashi fast?

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 ...
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How can a man completely get relieved of curses and sins?

By reciting 1008 names of Mahadeva. Vyasa told Yudhisthira that if if you recite the 1008 names of Mahadeva, he will be gratified and he will be otain the fruit of your wishes. "Vaisampayana ...
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How can a man completely get relieved of curses and sins?

A practical and easy prayaschitta measure that is effective in removing all kinds of sins is called Tula Purusha. It involves the making of gifts(donation of) any substance equal to one's own weight ...
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How to recover from lost caste status after crossing an ocean?

By undertaking a sea voyage one losses caste. Such people should be avoided at Sraddhas as said in Smritis like Manu etc. The Baudhayana Dharma Sutras (BDS) also gives the remedy of that sin. 1 ...
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Do farmers have the right to kill pests?

Yes. Why not? Why would you think it better to save a small insect rather than to see a human slowly starve to death?? Do you not think the karma of killing a small insect is less than the karma of ...
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How did lord Rama perform penance for Ravana after killing him?

There is no brahmahatya for rAma even if he had killed a "brAhmaNa" rAvaNa because as per this chapter of Adi parva mahAbhArata such a killing was permitted in case of a war initiated by ...
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What prayaschitta can be done when last rites are not performed for the departed soul?

Please accept my condolences on your's grandmother's departure. It is unfortunate that no rites were done just because she didn't have a son. I have to address this first before talking about ...
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What does Yoga vasishtha say about karma? Can present life good karma trump past life karma

As Vasishtha explains to Rama, the purest desires [=karma/action] gradually leads one to a state of lasting welfare in this world (life). And if one has trouble directing one’s destiny in such a way, ...
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Sins and parihara for killing Brahmin

I am reproducing the question part: Dasharatha killed a brahmin (unintentionally) and didn't leave his kingdom for forest. Pandu killed brahmin and left kingdom. Rama killed Ravana, a ...
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What are the recommended remedies for childless couples who are eager?

The remedy for the couples who doesn't have child is mentioned in Chapter 63 - Of Varaha Purana - PutraPrapti Vrata. This vrata is worshiping Lord Vishnu as Shree Krishna. Here is the entire Vrata ...
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What is the prayaschitta for chanting the Gayatri Mantra without initiation?

In the language of the Smritis, one who's not initiated into the Gayatri is a Sudra or a Vratya and both are equal as far as rights regarding rituals, chanting Vedic Mantras are concerned. But, i ...
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Do inevitable prarabdhas exist?

Yes. For normal/average human beings, barring some 'exceptional exceptions' there exists some "inevitable prarabdha". For instance, consider the following excerpt from the Garuda Purana. ...
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How can killing a Human being and killing an Animal be on the same level?

Medhatithi in his commentary for this verse says: Inasmuch as the expiation prescribed is a heavy one, it should be understood as applying to a case where all these animals have been killed. The ...
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