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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 is stated in Satapatha Brahma 1.7.2. Verily, whoever exists, he, in being born, is born as (owing) a debt to the gods, to the Rishis, to the fathers, ...


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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 means accumulation of sins and falling from the caste etc. Benefits of performing it daily is obviously getting rid of all the sins, remaining healthy, and ...


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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 manes, and to the gods, let him make over everything to his son and dwell (in his house), not caring for any worldly concerns. The method of clearing these ...


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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 book Nitya Karma Puja Prakash quotes the following verse from the Devi Bhagavatam, according to which, the evening Sandhya should be done facing the west. Pratah sandhyam sanakshtram madhyanhe madhya bhaskaram | Sasuryam pashcimam sandhyam tistrah sandhya upasate || In evening as long as the stars don't rise in the sky one should worship ...


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As you may be knowing that during Anga/Kara Nyasas Mantras like Om, Swaha, Vashat, Vaushat, Bhurbhuvasuvar (which has portions of the Gayatri Mantra) etc should be recited. But, according to scriptures, uninitiated persons (in your case without Upanayana) should not chant any of those Mantras. Actually, the only Mantra he is allowed to chant is Swadha which ...


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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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Note that scriptures like Manu Smriti do not specify whether we have to form a Mudra in the right hand while sipping water during Achamana. But some other scriptures do. The Mudra is called the Go Karna Mudra (Go=cow, Karna=ear). From Devi Bhagavatam 11.16: 25-50. While sipping the Âchaman water on the right hand, touch the right hand with your ...


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The 3 debts are actually : Deva Runa - debt to Devas (who give us rains, food). Fulfilled by doing Yagnas. In modern day, sandhya-vandana and aradhana. Service to Divya Kshetras, Temples, Bhagavatas & Brahmanas. Rishi Runa - debt to Rishis (who give us mantras, vedas). Fulfilled by brahmacharya (celibacy) and chanting, learning & teaching Vedas, ...


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To be initiated into Sri Vaishnavism you need to do Samashrayanam, AKA Panchasamskaram, a ritual which among other things involves the branding of the shoulders with symbols of Vishnu’s Shankha and Chakra. Here is a video of the ritual. This ritual can be performed with any Sri Vaishnava Acharya. Here is a list of Sri Vaishnava Acharyas along with their ...


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Dhuni is basically a sacred fire burned in a site and a part of fire worship. In Nath tradition sadhus (celibate monks) in their later life settle at one place and ignite and worship sacred fire in the pit using various substances which is known as Dhuni. As you have inquired this sacred Dhuni is not a simple burning of wood . In the Nath-Sampradaya ...


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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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The particular sexual interaction “Then they draw out the penis of the horse and place it in the vagina of the chief queen...” is nowhere to be found in the paralel English translation by Julius Eggeling. It could be something made up by a biased translator. It also doesn't mention anything about the horse being slaughtered. Finally, the below translation ...


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For a person who has committed suicide no Shraddha should be performed. Manu Smriti 5.89. Libations of water shall not be offered to those who (neglect the prescribed rites and may be said to) have been born in vain, to those born in consequence of an illegal mixture of the castes, to those who are ascetics (of heretical sects), and to those who ...


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Yes definitely. The faith counts. However this doesn't mean we should do imperfectly, but even if done imperfectly with faith it really counts. Lord Krishna addresses this question in the Gita. In Gita 18.48, we find, Translation: Every endeavor is covered by some fault, just as fire is covered by smoke. Therefore one should not give up the work born of ...


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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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One should make 'Gokarna Mudra' (i.e. cow's ear) while performing Achamanam. 'Nitya karma pooja prakash' by Geeta Press Gorakhpur contains the process. pdf is available at this link Attached pic is self explanatory. In short, it is like this (for those who are not versed with Hindi/Sanskrut text) -- "Make the shape of palm to resemble like cow's ...


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Sounds like a haldi ceremony with local variations... The yellow powder is likely turmeric. Turmeric has traditionally been used in the subcontinent as an antiseptic and an exfoliating agent. Plus, symbolically, yellow is the color of spring or vasant, which symbolizes union and fertility. The other elements probably have localized connotations. The ...


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While engaging myself in reading Kalki Purana as my favorite pastime under the three modes of material nature of Prakriti, I stumbled upon the following verse which will be said by Kalki (supposedly upcoming incarnation of Vishnu) It is the duty of those who are twice-born to mark the forehead with tilaka made of clay, ash, or sandalwood paste. Marking ...


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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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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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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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The Grihya Sutras do mention the rituals for all samskars but it is the Mahabharat that gives the original ritual that was performed for Shraadh ceremony. Mahabharat, Anushashan Parva, Section XCI mentions the original ritual to have been performed that began the practice of Shraadh: "Bhishma said, 'Listen to me, O ruler of men (Yuddhishthira), as I tell ...


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