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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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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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All deities have a list of prescribed (Vihita) and proscribed (Nishiddha) offerings, flowers etc. And, Lord Vishnu is also not an exception in this regard. There are certain flowers that must not be offered to Lord Vishnu. The book "Nitya Karma PujA PrakAsh (GitA Press)" ( on p 372) gives the names of some flowers that are not to be offered to Lord Vishnu: ...


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No. There is no such thing. If that is the case, then Vishnu the creator doesn't create anything which won't be any use to him. If you offer any flower with pure devotion from the bottom of your heart then the Pooja is fulfilled. If you offer Gold flowers without devotion then the pooja is useless.


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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 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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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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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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There are a few mantras and mudrAs associated with the ritual of offering Bhoga (food) to deity. Various books detail the procedure like Nityotsva, ShAktAnanda Tarangini or even in Nitya Karma PujA PrakAsh. I'm quoting from Anhika Krityam, 3rd Khandam by ShyAmAcharan SharmA (better known as ShyAmAcharan Kaviratna VAridhi). The procedure is as follows: ...


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What we offer to the deities is called UpachAra. When a particular UpachAra can not be arranged for, then a substitute (anukalpa) is always prescribed. Quoting from Anhika Kritya (by ShyAmA Charan Kavi-Ratna VAridhi), first BhAga, 1st Khanda (p 30): Substitute for honey (madhu) is jaggery; for ghee it is sesame oil; for all things it is jaba (barley); ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There is a general belief in Hinduism that we should give some gap between marriage of one member to another member in the same family. This also has a scriptural basis. I could not find anything related to brothers marriage in same family but the general rule of giving a gap should be maintained. ( Bold emphasis mine) From Narada Purana chapter 56 which ...


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Funeral ceremonies and oblations have been mentioned in the dharmashastras which are derived from Vedas. Specifically For the day count reference specifically Vishnu Smriti Ch 19 and Ch 22. First comes day 4. On the fourth day they must collect the bones that have been left. And they must throw them into water from the Ganges. There is a ...


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Following Yama and Niyama WILL BE a starting point for getting grace of the God/Guru. However, there will not be any fixed methodology for attaining the grace of the God/Guru. And, there will not be any fixed time limit within which the grace of the God/Guru is assured. It varies from person to person. Even for a SPIRITUALLY advanced person like Swami ...


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Brahma muhartha varies wrt sunrise timings. There is a small time delta between sunrise timings between Mumbai and Delhi. So, It varies a bit. Brahma muhurtha kala starts everyday at ~3.75 naligas before suryodhaya and ends at ~2.5 naligas after suryodhaya. Assume, if sunrise is at 6am IST, then brahma muhurta starts at ~4:25am IST and ends at ~7am IST. ...


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According to Vaidic scholars in my city, the one whose parents are still alive can not perform these rituals you are talking about. Let's see what you can do.... According to my Guru one should read Bhagvad Geeta's seventh chapter every day in Pitru Paksha and offer it's Punya to his ancestors by praying so. Also one should chant 1 mala of the Mantra ओम ...


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What you saw is probably a modern form of the mekhalā (girdle) which is tied to boys during upanayana (initiation). The Manusmṛti says the tying of the girdle is done as part of a saṃskāra called Mauñjībandhana: gārbhairhomairjātakarmacauḍamauñjīnibandhanaiḥ | baijikaṃ gārbhikaṃ cainaṃ dvijānāmapamṛjyate || 2.27 || Of twice-born men the ...


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Any Pitru karma done should only given to Pradyumana, Sankarshna, Vasudeva form of lord Narayana on Vishnu pada only. This was demonstrated by Bhisma in Mahabharata, despite knowing that his fathers hand asking the Pinda he gave it vishnu pada only, only vishnu have right to give or take to concerned Pitrus, so gothra doesnt matter.. you have that Prachita ...


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Since you live in Asia, it is still jambu dweepa. Jambu Dweepa is divided into 9 Varsha: Bharat Kshetra Mahavideha Kshetra Airavat Kshetra Ramyakwas Hariwas Hairanyvat Kshetra Haimavat Kshetra Devkuru Uttarkuru Bangkok will come under Bharatha varsha, bangkok khande... could be the choice


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