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Who was Parâvasu the former Hotri for Asuras?

According to Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Tirtha-yatra Parva: SECTION CXXXV, Paravasu and Arvavasu were the son of Raivya (or Raibhya). "Lomasa said, 'Bharadwaja and Raivya were two friends. ...
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Who owns a Hindu temple according to Hindu scriptures?

A temple is among few such places that does not have any owner. This is according to Usana Smriti. So, Mr Swami is right with what he said. Forests, mountains, sacred shrines, sacrificial places, all ...
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Which are seven Hotā mentioned in Śiva Saṅkalpa Sūkta?

The sapta hotas are body, organs of actions, organs of perceptions, mind, intelligence, soul and supreme-soul. Quoting it from : Yajurveda 34/4 (87) YENEDAM BHUTAM BHUVANAM BHAVISHYAT PARIGRIHITA ...
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Is preaching recommended or mandatory to a temple priest?

In the Smritis, the temple priests are in fact considered fallen/degraded. Probably because they earn through the act of worshipping. Manu Smriti 3.152. Physicians, temple-priests, sellers of meat, ...
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Who gets the remnants of homa/sacrifice/puja?

Rudra (Shiva) is said to preside over sacrificial remnants, which is known as Ritual Remnant - Ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट) or śeṣa, or vāstu; and thus, as such he's the one who "metaphysically" ...
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Who gets the remnants of homa/sacrifice/puja?

Here are three classifications of Rituals. Case 1. A Vedic Yajna. For example Satarudiya Homam. Case 2. A Agamic Kriya created from Kalpam. For example Sahasralinga Archana or Abhishekam. Case 3. A ...
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Ritwijas and Purohitas becoming Kshatriya

Ritwij is defined in Manu 2.143 as follows: agnadhyeam paka-yajnan agni-stoma-adikan makhan | yah karoti vrito yasya sa tasya ritwig iha uchyate || 2.143. He who, being (duly) chosen (for the purpose)...
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Why are Tirupati temple priests restricted from traveling overseas?

As I discuss in my question here, the Tirupati priests are members of the Vaikhanasa sect. So they wouldn't follow the Baudhayana Dharma Sutras, but rather the Vaikhanasa Dharma Sutras, which you can ...
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What is the story of the three previous Agnis who passed away?

I found this in the Brhaddevata: Deeply grateful for the wonderful questions and the intelligent queriers. It seems that there are 3 or 5 brothers. I speculate, that the asuras had destroyed three ...
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Who are the Rajpurohits?

The term 'Rajpurohit' basically means 'Royal Priest', which is priest of the royal family, so in other words priest of the king and the kingdom. Yes, Drona and Kripa were indeed the Royal Priests/...
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What is the need of a priest in Vedas?

In his book Indian Philosophy: A Critical Survey, Chandradhar Sharma writes (p 14), available here - https://archive.org/details/IndianPhilosophyACriticalSurvey : The name 'Veda' (knowledge) stands ...
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Why Priest give flowers and again take them back with money?

This practice is not a good one.It is started by some people with the need (or greed) of money. The puja done here is Mantra Pushpam (Taittiriya Aranyaka Prapathaka 1, Anuvaka 22 Mantras 1-10). In ...
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Who or which fire is it that consumes a dead body on the funeral pyre.?

The 4 types/steps/padas of fires are.: Atharva Sikha Upanishad.: स एभ्योथर्वा प्रत्युवाच । ओमित्येतदक्षरमादौ प्रयुक्तं ध्यानं ध्यायितव्यमित्येतदक्षरं परं ब्रह्मास्य पादाश्चत्वारो वेदाश्चतुष्पादि...
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Why isn't there a female Shankaracharya in Hinduism?

Three letters written by Sri Vaishnava acharyas opposing ISKCON's decision to appoint female diksha gurus illustrate why Hindu women, in general, cannot become chief priests, acharyas or ...
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Which are seven Hotā mentioned in Śiva Saṅkalpa Sūkta?

येनेदं भूतं भुवनं भविष्यत् परिगृहिततममृतेन सर्वम् । येन यज्ञस्तायते सप्तहोता तन्मे मनः शिवसंकल्पमस्तु ।। Seven entities are the one which helps and involved in knowing supreme GOD or spreading his ...
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What is the story of the three previous Agnis who passed away?

Answer from a different perspective. There are 3 or 4 or 5 agnis. The 1st 3 agnis are as follows.: Atharva Sikha Upanishad.: 1.3 The first syllable Aa, indicates earth, the Rig Veda along with its ...
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