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Is the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

I personally believe that a mother would never ask someone to kill her own children moreover she would ask to kill the wrong and the negative things within each individual. What you feel is ...
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Is the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

It's not mandatory to sacrifice animals in Devi or Kaali worship. But goat or animal sacrifice is considered as non-killing. The animals which are sacrificed to the Divine Mother will go to heaven. ...
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Why is the queen required to sleep next to the dead horse at the end of Aśvamedha Yajña?

That translation on wikipedia is of Griffith and other colonial British translators and is completely wrong. Basically there is one verse from Shatapatha Brahmana and four verses from Yajur Veda which ...
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Why Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) was practised in ancient times?

The Purushamedha Yagna does not involve human sacrifice. The Purushamedha Yagna is a mock-human sacrifice where a bunch of humans are tied up, but then released at the end. Here is what this chapter ...
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What happens to the horse after the Ashvamedha Yagya?

It is strangled to death, as a sacrificial animal in the yaga ritual. The Shatapatha Brahmana describes in great detail the Vedic rituals regarding; the preparation of altars, ceremonial objects, ...
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Do Vedas allow sacrificing innocent animals in the name of GOD?

The answer of your question is given by Shree-Krishna in Shreemad Bhagvat Maha Purana. ( Canto 11 ,Chapter 21 , Shlokas 29-30) SB 11.21: Lord Kṛṣṇa’s Explanation of the Vedic Path. Here ते मे मतमवि...
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Which 299 animals were sacrificed in the Ashwamedha besides the Horse?

The detail list of all animals, birds and marine creatures which were tied in Yajna-Shala is present in Ashwamedha Prakarana of Vajaseniya samhita of Shukla Yajurveda. The 24 adhyay of Shukla ...
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Do Hindu scriptures talk about how to handle conflicts between prescriptions in scripture and the secular law of the land?

The idea of a secular sphere is of western origin. I must point out that the Jesus teaching about rendering to Caesar is an anachronism and was certainly not spoken by Jesus. The reason to disbelieve ...
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Does Vishnu like animal sacrifices?

The following are Mantras from the Krishna Yajurveda's Book 2 and Book 5. The Mantras are describing which animals are fit to be sacrificed to what Vedic deities. They also give the list of animals ...
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Which 299 animals were sacrificed in the Ashwamedha besides the Horse?

This chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes the animals sacrificed in an Ashwamedha Yagna: For this (day) there are those sacrificial animals--'A horse, a hornless he-...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

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 ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

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 ...
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Are there any animal sacrifices specifically for Vishnu?

Like any verses such as "He who desires prosperity should offer a goat to Vishnu"? Yes definitely we have such Mantras for Vishnu in the Krishna Yajurveda. One I have already used in this ...
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Five sacrifices of domesticity

It is talking about householders and the necessity of doing the Pancha Mahayajnas daily. For a householder it's stated that there are five slaughter houses in their home itself. Manu 3.68. A ...
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How is animal or human sacrifice justified?

According Hindu scriptures,in general,animals are meant to be sacrificed.Its their only means to attain higher abodes(heavens etc)(However,it is condemned in few scriptures as well in which they ...
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Why is the queen required to sleep next to the dead horse at the end of Aśvamedha Yajña?

Why is the queen required to sleep next to the dead horse at the end of Aśvamedha Yajña? Because it is a fertility rite that rejuvenates the kingdom and makes it prosper. There are material and ...
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Who is this King Bhavya who lived on the banks of Indus?

I am herewith providing more details of the story of King Bhavya or King Swanaya mentioned in Rig-Veda mandala 1- Sukta 126. The story is present in both this as well as in previous sukta i.e. ...
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Do the Devas and Pitrs like eating meat?

That the Pitris love eating meat is clear from the following Manu Smriti verses. They remain heavily satisfied specially when they are offered different kinds of meat. 3.267. The ancestors of ...
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Is sacrifice required for devotion?

There can be various types of Bhakti (devotion). The Gunas are three in number so Bhakti can be Tamasik, Rajasik and Sattvik to start with. And, higher than those there is Para Bhakti (supreme ...
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Is the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

Preface- Balis are not only given to Kali or similar deities but even in rituals for Vishnu, Ganapati or any deity even Yakshas, & Brahmarakahas, Bali is a compulsion. Thus Bali peethams are seen ...
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Why animals other than Goat, Chicken and pigs are not given as animal sacrfice?

There are many more animals other than the ones mentioned in the question, that can be sacrificed. Sacrificing animals for both Gods and Manes is prescribed in scriptures. The Manu Smriti mentions ...
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How do Vedic fire rituals like Yajnas and agnihotra help the environment?

Yagna produces rain(by satisfying gods) which is a necessity for life on earth, so yagna helps ecosystem/environment to sustain itself. You should look at context, Sri Krishna is showing importance ...
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Whose translation of AV 7.5.5 is this?

The translation quoted by me here is based on Sriram Sharma's Hindi translation of AV. I translated it myself to English. Atharveda: Part-1 काण्ड-७ सूक्त-८ १७५४. मुग्धा देवा उत शुनायजन्तोत गोरङ्गैः ...
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Five sacrifices of domesticity

Swami Sivananda in his "All about Hinduism" writes There are five great daily sacrifices that are to be performed by every householder. They are: (i) Brahma Yajna, called also Veda Yajna, ...
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Are the human sacrifice based practises by "tantrika babas" a part of any tantra system, as popularly shown in the tv shows?

Yes of course, human sacrifice or nar-bali is a part of Shakti and Shiva traditions. This is given in the Bhagavata Purana aka Kalika Purana itself. There is a lot of information on this. Some verses ...
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Gold as substitute for Agni in sacrifices

Gold is an off spring of Agni (Fire) as mentioned in scriptures. So that is probably the connection which allows gold to be used as a substitute of fire. For example see: 16 Gold is the firstborn of ...
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Who gets the remnants of homa/sacrifice/puja?

Rudra (Shiva) is said to preside over sacrificial remnants, which is known as Ritual Remnant - Ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट) or śeṣa, or vāstu; and thus, as such he's the one who "metaphysically" ...
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