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Because every Brahmin does aachman in the name of Vishnu That is obviously not true. First of all, the Smarta achamana, which is prescribed in Manu Smriti and several other Smritis, does not require any mantras to be chanted. Simply sipping the water is sufficient. And, since Smritis talk only about Vedic rituals, so we can conclude in Vedic rituals this ...


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The Manu Smriti verse quoted in the question talks about situations where killing animals is sanctioned. One of them is Madhuparka. There are several meanings to Madhuparka. Madhuparka is a rite during a marriage. The bride's family welcomes the bridegroom's family by giving a drink made of honey, curd or clarified butter. After this drink is offered, a ...


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I am answering only the question that is in the body. Madhuparka is not a sacrifice as you think. Madhuparka is a mixture of honey, milk - a sweet offering prescribed to be done to guests in a Hindu tradition. See the meaning of Madhuparka from a dictionary. मधुपर्क m. madhuparka offering of honey and milk मधुपर्क m. madhuparka ...


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A Naishtika Brahmachari is perpetual student. He lives till his death the life that is meant for a student. Does Naishtika Brahmacharya also involve 'Agni-tyaga'? No, because after all it is a stage of studentship (Brahmacharya). So, he has to continue performing his duties as a student. living at the teacher’s house, the life of a sage, and ...


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Antim sanskar is also referred to as Antyeṣṭi (अन्त्येष्टि) is a composite Sanskrit word of antya and iṣṭi, which respectively mean "last" and "sacrifice". Together, the word means the "last sacrifice". Similarly, the phrase Antima Sanskara literally means "last sacred ceremony, or last rite of passage". Regarding your question who performs the last rites ...


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The english word hour has its' origins in the sanskrit word hora. Brihat Parashara hora shastra is one of the ancient jyotish texts which by the name itself proves the antiquity of the word hora. Jyotish shastra also says that there are 24 horas (hours) in a day. The only difference between hora and hour is that hora starts at the time of sun rise and ...


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The title of your question is asking for unmarried girls. And my answer is for that query. If you are asking about married ladies then your question is an exact duplicate of :Who should do Antim Sanskar (funeral rites) of married woman? For Unmarried girls: According to Baudhayana such women should NOT be cremated. But at the same time it also says that ...


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Here is a partial answer: Varuna, Agneya, Vayabya etc - these forms of baths are mentioned in various scriptures. My reference here is Pararshara Smriti's 12th chapter. SnAnAni pancha punyAni kirtitAni manishibhihi | Agneyam vArunam brAhmam vAyabyam divyameva cha || The learned have declared five kinds of bathing to purificatory : ...


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However same the conceptual aspects of Sandhya Vandana for all the veda, they are slightly different for different Vedic lines and also even within the same Vedas like Shukla and Krishna Yajur vedas.. Between Rig + Yajur and Sama vedas the mantras for the following are different, Praasanam- drinking a small drop of water while uttering Mantra to purify ...


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The similar question was asked by Yudhisthira Yudhisthira said: Which would be (i.e. is) the Ekadasl in the bright half of Asadha? What is the name and the manner of it? (i.e. in which manner is it observed?) Tell me about it in detail. Lord Krishna answered this question in detail which can be found in PADMA-PURANA: UTTARAKHANDA: Chapter 53 ...


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In History of Dharmaśāstra, Vol. II Part I, P. V. Kane says that Śaunaka smṛti (a dharma śāstra work attributed to Śaunaka) is one of the earliest references to this mantra. Maṅgalasūtra-bandhana: (tying a string having golden and other beads on it round the neck of the bride). This is now regarded as the most important ornament which no woman ...


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Sri Chandrasekhara Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham said once that the proper time to do sandhyavandanam is hinted in the tamil saying " Kaanaamal konaamal kandu kodu". There is one important step in Sandhyavandhanam named Argya Pradhaanam (means giving Argyam to Sun God). As per this Tamil saying this Argya Pradhaanam is to be given along with ...


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After Upanayana performing Sandhya three times a day is a Nitya Karma for a Dvija. So, a Dvija has to do that without fail everyday. When the Asaucha period (birth or death related impurity) runs in the family, even on those days he has to perform Sandhya (but Mantras should not be chanted loudly during those days). From Devi Bhagavatam Book 11, Chapter 3: ...


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You can look at my answer here. It was for a different question, but it covers what you asked for. Yes, daughter can do the last rites, but only when all the others in precedence above her are either non-existent, or unwilling to do the rites. Even in the case that she is supposed to do it, she cannot, being a woman, do the cremation or the rituals by ...


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As far as I know, people do not generally read Bhagavad Gita for Pitr Shanti. However, I did answer to a similar question, which was on prayaschitta for not performing rites and that also comes under the category fo Pitr Shanti. The following activities are recommended for Pitr shanti, apart from Shraddha karma. These are mentioned in a book named "Pithru ...


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Bhuta can mean all beings in this context or the spirits. Bhuta Yajna is basically done to satisfy the spirits but animals and all other beings also receive their shares of the Bali. What is the definition of Bhuta Yajna? It's the Bali offering to the spirits i.e. the goblins and also to all the beings. One should know, as great Sacrifices, ...


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You are basically asking for EVERYTHING .. so one whole Smriti might be required for answering. In short, the Brahmins should perform the Shat Karma daily. A Brahman, who is given to observe the six duties of his caste, who worships the deities and hospitably receives the guests ; whose meals consist of what remains after(daily) offerings made (on ...


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In the scripture Bhavishyottara Purana, god Krishna narrates significance of Shayani Ekadashi to Yudhishthira, as the creator-god Brahma narrated the significance to his son Narada once. The story of king Mandata is narrated in this context. The pious king's country had faced drought for three years, but the king was unable to find a solution to please the ...


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All the things you have asked has been mentioned in the scriptures. Krishna Yajurveda mentions the names of various kind of Vedic Yajnas and the fruits that are obtained upon their performance. Smritis also elaborate how to perform some the basic Yajnas alongwith giving the appropriate ingredients and mantras. .... (sacrifices) with the help of the ...


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You can not ask for scientific reasons here as it will be considered as off-topic. But you can ask for significance or just reasons behind some practice. The waist band is prescribed in the scriptures in the dress code. It is called the "Kati Sutra". Without wearing this Kati Sutra one is not qualified to perform Srauta and Smarta rituals. That is why you'...


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Does the story about Ṛbhus indicate practice of religious rituals other than Spirituality in Vedic era? Yes, many people in the Vedic era did Kamya karmas, or yajnas for material rewards like wealth or heaven (swarga). The traditional understanding is that the Vedas consist of two parts: the karma kanda, and the jnana kanda. The karma kanda talks about ...


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Can someone do Upanayan ritual later in life say post 25 years of age? Yes, but you have to do prayaschitta before that. It is true that after the age limit, one cannot normally do Upanayana. Manusmriti: For the Brāhmaṇa the Sāvitrī does not lapse till the sixteenth year; for the Kṣatriya till the twenty-second year; and for the Vaiśya till the twenty-...


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Garuda Purana describes the method of breaking brahmarandhra. 56-50. Whether half or wholly burnt, his skull should be split open, in the case of householders with a piece of wood, in that of ascetics with a cocoanut. His son, so that he may attain the world of the forefathers, having split open the brahmarandra should make an oblation of ...


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