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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, Parasurama's father Jamadagni granted all wishes asked by Parasurama. Thus Parasurama is unaffected by the sin for killing his mother and hence there is no ...


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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 in 23rd chapter of Rajadharmanusasana Parva of Shanti Parva of Mahabharata. These were two sages named Shankha and Likhita lived in different hermitages. Both ...


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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: त्र्यहं प्रातस्त्र्यहं सायं त्र्यहमद्यादयाचितम् । त्र्यहं परं च नाश्नीयात् प्राजापत्यं चरन् द्विजः ॥ २११ ॥ tryahaṃ prātastryahaṃ sāyaṃ ...


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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, Rama felt very much sorry about killing Ravana born in a brahmana-family. Agastya tried to convince Rama that Ravana was a servant in Vaikuntha and he obtained ...


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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 verses from the Parashara Smriti's 2nd Chapter: अयोमुखेन काष्ठेन तदेकाहेन लाङ्गली । पाशकोमत्स्य घाती च व्याधः शाकुनिकस्तथा ॥९॥ A hunter who makes his ...


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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. 11.55. Falsely attributing to oneself high birth, giving information to the king (regarding a crime), and falsely accusing one’s teacher, (are offences) equal ...


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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 Brahmana who, being an Agnihotrin, voluntarily neglects the sacred fires, shall perform a lunar penance during one month; for that (offence) is equal to the ...


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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 prayaschitta. In his book "Pithru Poojanam" (there is no online link for this book, sorry), Brahmasri Rajagopala Ganapaadi has mentioned a hierarchy of relations who ...


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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 to perform for someone living in this age. In any case here are a few of them: By [consciously] killing a frog, mongoose, crow, cat, boar, mouse or a dog, ...


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As shown in this answer one definition of ShAstra (scripture) is the following: ShAsanAdanisham devi varnAshramanivAsinAm | TAranAt sarva pApebhyoh ShAstra mityabhidhiyate || O Devi! Because it constantly rules (ShAsana) all dwellers of all the orders of life, and because it protects (TArana or TrAna) all from all kinds of demerits, it is ...


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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 profession of agriculture to be sinless. That profession, however, is certainly frought with cruelty. The iron-faced plough wounds the soil and many creatures ...


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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 Next, the sins causing loss of caste: stealing a Brahmin’s property or a deposit; undertaking a sea voyage; bearing false witness with regard to land; trading ...


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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 supposed to occur, she should be under the control and protection of her father and so it's the father's responsibility to marry her off at the correct time. ...


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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 contributing to the death of a human? Krishna says in the Gita 18.47-48 (Swami Nikhilananda translator): Better is one's own dharma, though imperfect, than ...


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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 with the description of Homa you enquired from varaha Purana. Agastya Said - 1 : O king now listen to the brief account of the Putra-Prapti Vrata , ...


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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 have read in a book (which is not a scripture but based on them), that if a Sudra (basically take it to mean an uninitiated person and not something derogatory) ...


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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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Here is what this chapter of the Manu Smriti says: He who has slain a Sudra, shall perform that whole penance during six months, or he may also give ten white cows and one bull to a Brahmana. Having killed a cat, an ichneumon, a blue jay, a frog, a dog, an iguana, an owl, or a crow, he shall perform the penance for the murder of a Sudra; Or he may ...


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How is prāyaścitta different from daṇḍa? Are both complementary to each other? Prayaschitta and regal punishments (danda) both serve the same purpose: destroying the sin of the crime or sinful activity that was committed. According to Hinduism, the king's duty is to enforce dharma and prevent adharma (sins); there is no separation of church and state. ...


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Whether an action is done intentionally or unintentionally, the result will be the same. Moreover, a sin committed intentionally will have serious consequences, which are very difficult to get over. After introducing himself to be a messenger of Sri Raama, Sri Hanuman advises and gives stern warning to Ravana, duly quoting the effects of Dharma and Adharma....


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Hinduism allows one to fast unto death under certain circumstances. The prince, the ape Angada, was immensely wise, with thick and long arms and shoulders like that of a lion or a bull. He spoke these words, 'All of us followed the instructions of the king of the apes and left. O apes! Do you not realize that we spent an entire month inside the ...


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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 to a male human being .Most people make such donations to temples of male Gods. The chandrayana penance, the eating of unripe barley, the form of ...


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Simple answer is really long time (millions of kalpas). Scriptural answer is: भुङ्के हि स्वकृतं कर्म सर्वत्रापि च भारते। शुभाशुभं च यत्किचित्स्वकर्मफलभुक्पुमान् ॥१६॥ नाभुक्तं क्षीयते कर्मकल्पकोटिशतैरपि। अवश्यमेव भोक्तव्यं कृतं कर्म शुभाशुभम् ॥१७॥ One gets the result of one's own deeds in the land of Bharata. Whatever good or bad deeds are ...


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