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How to read Hindu Scriptures.?

The following sentence from question motivated/inspired me to introduce following two steps: Ok, I understand there are lot of Hindu scriptures. Step-1 Know about Hindu scriptures. First of ...
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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

No. Sanātana Dharma doesn't allow chanting "translation" of Veda Mantras. Samhitas are core portions of Vedas. They are directly heard by sages in deep tapasya (transcendental meditation). One must ...
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Have any Hindu philosophers attempted to solve the Riddle of Epicurus?

The cruelty and evil seen in the world are the results of Karmic factors of Jeevas and God can't be blamed for that. It is stated in Brahma Sutra 2.1.34 as: Inequality (of dispensation) and ...
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By what prayer Arjuna prayed Lord Shiva while obtaining Pashupatastra?

When Arjuna recognized that the Kirata is none other than Mahadeva. Then he prayed Mahadeva with this Prayer as described in this chapter of Mahabharata: कपर्दिन् सर्वदेवेश भगनेत्रनिपातन । देवदेव ...
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Why are women not allowed to chant the Gayatri mantra?

It is perfectly acceptable, and what's more, it is desirable for women to chant Gayatri Mantra. How come? It is because, the dharma for this Kali Yuga, is not against it. Sanatan dharma is described ...
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How did Ashwatthama pray to and invoke Lord Shiva on the last night of the war?

The camp of Pandavas was protected by a very dreadful form of Lord Shiva which Ashwattahama witnessed while he was entering the camp as described in this chapter of Saupitaka Parva: Sanjaya said, &...
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Any mantras that are not of Sanskrit origin?

In South India,in the temples of the Lord Vishnu, the lord is often worshipped using tamil verses which were written by the great saints of Sri Vaishnavism Azhwars.Most important and famous one is the ...
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Have any Hindu philosophers attempted to solve the Riddle of Epicurus?

Swami Vivekananda says in his Complete Works, V1, section Karma Yoga: This world is neither good nor evil; each man manufactures a world for himself. If a blind man begins to think of the world, it ...
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How to read Hindu Scriptures.?

You should read a low level introductory book that nevertheless gives a decent overview of Hinduism. Otherwise you will have difficulty in understanding Hindu scriptures. Books like 'The Hindu mind' ...
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Which mantra or shloka to be chanted while taking a bath?

There is stotram comprised of 12 names of Ganga Devi. It is said that whoever recites this stotram (before taking bath) in front of any water body Gangaji immediately obliges and comes into that water ...
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What are the benefits of chanting the Shiva Mahimna Strotram?

The Shiva Mahimna Stotra ( शिवमहिम्न) is very popular among the devotees of Lord Shiva and is considered one of the best among all Stotras in offered Lord Shiva stotras . The legend behind ...
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Why do we use bananas and coconuts as offerings while praying?

I think it is not important which fruits you uses by the pooja. But it is important that all fruits are fresh, clean and satvic from the art. The bananas and the coconuts are cheap in India and ...
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Why do we use bananas and coconuts as offerings while praying?

Because the scriptures recommend these fruits to be offered to deities. From the chapter of the Devi Bhagvatam (DB) that describes how to perform the Navaratri festival we get the recommended list of ...
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Maa Tara Tarapith prayers and chants in Sanskrit

Goddess TArA is the 2nd MahAvidyA. (IMO the following answer will be helpful for you to read: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/20742/4732) Stotras are found mainly in PurAnas/ItihAsas and in ...
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What are the benefits of chanting the Shiva Mahimna Strotram?

Although 1 of the post already answer this Question I am appending few more benefits mentioned in the Shiva Mahimna Strotram itself. एककालं द्विकालं वा त्रिकालं यः पठेन्नरः। सर्वपाप-विनिर्मुक्तः शि...
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Soil for Maa Durga puja

In Tantras, we find the mention of Navakanyas or Kulanganas, who are generally nine women who come from different backgrounds and represent the total feminine spectrum of the society. This reflects ...
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Postures of body while worship the god or during prayer?

I'm not sure if Puranas and Vedas provide the Scientific explanation/speculation for various position of hands and fingers while worshiping the God. Very less information is present about Chakras in ...
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Have any Hindu philosophers attempted to solve the Riddle of Epicurus?

The answer to the riddle has been given in the Gita. Brahman is unattached and it's primordial nature, the shakti of Brahman, which brings forth the creation. Brahman does not interfere in the ...
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Why are women not allowed to chant the Gayatri mantra?

In the book, Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life, Swami Chandrasekarendra Saraswati explains why some of the Hindu samskāras are not prescribed for women and people belonging to the fourth varna. ...
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If God is both omniscient and omnibenevolent, then, why do we need to pray?

There are no contradictions with God being omniscient and omnibenevolent and we still needing to do our bit of effort to attract his grace. Lord Shiva, in the two verses given below, has nicely ...
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Mantras/prayers to be chanted by parent for the well being of children

Yes, there are. The presiding deity of children is said to be Goddess Shasti. She is Devasena--the consort of Lord Karthikeya. In Bengal, many mothers fast during the Shasti Vrata for ensuring ...
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How do mantras works?

It is not surprising that it is working and you are realizing the benefits. Because, according to Tantras, there is no difference whatsoever between Devata and his Mantra. YathA devas tathA ...
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Mantras, Prayer for Health?

There are some special types of Stotras called Kavachas (literally "armours"), where the presiding deity is requested to protect the devotee's various body parts. So, possibly you can take help of ...
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Mantra Rajapada Stotram

Sri Mantra Raja Pada Stotra is from Ahirbudhyna Samhita, a Pancharatra text. It was told by Lord Shiva himself. The stotra with the meaning goes as: पाञ्चरात्र आगमीय अहिर्बुध्न्य संहितात् श्री ...
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Shri Krishna arpan mastu

It isn't necessary that all prayers and rituals should end with "Shree Krishnarpanamastu". There were also rituals before the birth of Lord Krishna. "Shree Krishnarpanamastu" means "I offer this ...
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Any mantras that are not of Sanskrit origin?

Certainly there are non sanskrit mantras as well. If you look at Natha sampradaya, they have tradition of Shabara mantras which contain hindi, sadhukkadi, avadhi, and urdu words in addition to ...
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How to pray to Brahman?

To Summarize, Conceptually, Praying can be through your Mind, Sense organs, Your action, or through Mouth. 1) You are praying because you want something and use sense organs, action, Utter mantra etc....
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Does God help only if Punya deposit is available?

In Kurma Purana, Lord Shiva states that he always grants protection to his devotees. Parama Shiva asserted: Naaham Tapobhirvividhairna Daanena na cheyjyayaa, Shakyo hi Purushair jaaturmutey ...
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