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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

Nothing specific, but Manu Smriti says this: 8.299. A wife, a son, a slave, a pupil, and a (younger) brother of the full blood, who have committed faults, may be beaten with a rope or a split ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

No. It doesn't support cow sacrifice though cow sacrifice is allowed during Yagnas. Bibek Debroy's translation of BORI critical edition is critical edition of Mahabharta. You can read Anushasana ...
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Which scripture says that a sannyāsi can liberate 21 generations of ancestors without performing the śrāddha?

The book Dharma Bindu(Essence of all Dharma Shastras) quotes Daksha Prajapati,in the context of discussing "Sannyasa Dharma": Dakshan Prajapati affirms: Trimshatparaamstrim shadaparaan ...
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How do we clear our debts?

There are three types of debts as of Pitris, Devas and Rishis. One can be freed from debt of Pitris by providing a son, from debt of Devas by doing sacrifices and from debt of Rishis by pupil-ship. It ...
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How do the departed souls get the food given by their siblings?

Summary- Though the gross offerings remain here, the essence of these offerings is delivered to the departed ancestors. The ones who carry the offering to them are called the Pitr devatas and the ...
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How will we know the end of first part of the Kali yuga?

Nothing very definitive but some indications are given in the Bhavisya Purana: Then Bali and Kalki Devi approached Narayana in the form of Vamana who in turn enabled a Brahmana called Kama Sharma ...
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Why are there religious restrictions on women?

It is because of the male chauvinistic people in the society who have snatched all the religious right from the women including that of the vedic studies and vedic rituals etc. In the recent ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

Here is an Agamic mantra (or Tantric mantra) dedicated to Lord Indra taken from the Mantradeva Prakashika. Im IndraYa Hrith | asya Brahmarishi Pangtischandaha Indro DevatA Im Bijam Ayethi ...
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How do we clear our debts?

The three debts (as already said in the other answers) are: Deva Rina, Rishi Rina and Pitru Rina. Manu Smriti 4.257. When he has paid, according to the law, his debts to the great sages, to the ...
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What are the benefits of doing sandhyavandanam?

After the initiation into the Gayatri Mantra (i.e after Upanayana), for the Dvijas, performing Sandhya becomes a Nitya Karma - which means a rite that one has to perform daily without fail. Failure ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

No, this is the wrong information given by Zakir naik. But I would like to thank him to read the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata or I want to give him a suggestion that he should read properly and ...
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Is bathing without cloth a sin?

Is there any textual evidence(in Hindu scriptures) to bath with clothes only? Or it is the rule added according to time? There is textual evidence. Manu Smriti,Chapter 4 Verse 45: 4.45. Let him ...
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What is the story of the origin of Sraadha ritual?

The same question has been asked by Yudhishthira to Bhishma in Mahabharata, Anushashana Parva, SECTION XCI. "Yudhishthira said, 'By whom was the Sraddha first conceived and at what time? What also ...
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Why do we bury dead body of a Sannyasi rather than burn it?

For the Sannyasis, there is an explanation given in the so-called Sannyasa Upanishads, which are all minor Upanishads. I am quoting from the Paingala Upanishad that is linked with the Shukla ...
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Why Hindus wear red tilak and sandal wood tilak on foreheads?

Tilak, a mark of Hindu Sanatan Dharma, comes from the Sanskrit word ‘til’ which means sesame seed. The sesame seed has great importance in yagnas and charity. A tilak is imprinted on a person’s ...
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Why is the Sloka "Suklambaradharam Vishnum..." used as Ganapaty Dhyanam when it is clearly a Dhyana Sloka for Lord Vishnu?

शुक्लाम्बरधरम् विष्णुम् शशि वर्णम् चतुर्भुजम् | प्रसन्नवदनम् ध्यायेत् सर्व विघ्नोपशान्तये || "shuklamvaram dharam vishnum sashivarnam chaturvujam | prasanna vadanam dhyayet sarva ...
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Similarities and differences in the four vedas

In order to understand similarities and difference in four Vedas, I think it is necessary/recommended to know why and how Veda is divided into four Vedas. Following answer will help you to know & ...
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Conditions for changing sacred thread?

The Manu Smriti simply says to change the thread when its damaged. Manu Smriti 2.64. His girdle, the skin (which serves as his upper garment), his staff, his sacrificial thread, (and) his water-...
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Is there a scriptural basis for the celebration of Kojagari Purnima?

Yes there is. Chapter 124 (pg 30) of Volume 4 of Narada Purana mentions various vratas performed on Full Moon days. One such is Kojagiri Purnima. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on this day. Lamps are ...
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Which scriptures mention about Sutak dosha (various prohibitions on child birth)?

which scriptures mention about Sutak dosha? Manu Smriti, Chapter 5 declares ten days of Sutaka (impurity) for Sapinda. A man who hears of a (Sapinda) relative's death, or of the birth of a son ...
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Do all Non-Hindus remain as Pretas after death?

Usana Smriti's Chapter 7 has the following verse: It is laid down that Sapindikaran, S'raddha should be preceeded by the Daiva, (i.e., offerings made to the Deities). There one should invite the ...
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Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water?

Parashar Smriti, Chapter 12 source 1 source 2 says , during eclipse all waters become pure like Ganges. सर्वं गंगा समं तोयं राहुग्रस्ते दिवाकरे। सोमग्रहे तथैवोक्तं स्नानदानादि कर्मसु।। When the sun ...
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What do Scriptures say about doing Puja/Archanas in "Mleccha Deshas"?

In my opinion, I don't think scriptures talks about the exact location of Mleccha Desha. Different people talks about it differently. Like in Kishkindha Kanda, Ramayana: तत्र म्लेच्छान् पुलिन्दान् च ...
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How can a Chandala purify himself?

There might be various methods described in Puranas, Itihasas and Smritis regarding rituals or methods for purification of Chandala. However here I prefer to quote a method given in the Vedas. ...
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Attaining the Post of Brahma

It is only the view of Shaivas, Vaisnavas etc.. who think Lord Brahma is a post and one can achieve it by doing Karmas/Yajnas. For the Hiranyagarbhas; Lord Brahma is the ultimate reality and is the ...
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What are some mantras which are dedicated to Lord Indra?

Are there mantras (vedic/tantric/puranic) available for worship of Lord Indra? I found one Mantra in the Paushya Parva of Mahabhrata , Which is hymn in praise of Indra - Indra stuti (इन्द्र स्तुति)...
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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

As Medhātithi explains, it's only allowed under exceptional conditions. What is enjoined here is the method of keeping the persons on the right path, and not actual beating; so that chastisement ...
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What is Ratha Saptami?

Magha sukla Paksha saptami is known as Ratha Saptami & is considered as the most auspicous day to worship Lord Surya.It is also believed that Surya Deva started illuminating the whole world on the ...
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Time to perform Sandhyavandanam

Sri Chandrasekhara Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham says in Hindu Dharma The Universal Way of Life says Daytime, we have seen, is divided into eight parts. But it can also be divided into ...
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Rules of achamana to be followed by the Sudras and the Strees(women)

Yes ,both women and the Sudras are allowed to perform Achamana.The Shastras allow it. Manu Smriti 2.60. Let him first sip water thrice; next twice wipe his mouth; and, lastly, touch with water ...
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