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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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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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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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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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