Only a Pativrata alone can enter the pyre upon the death of her husband. That too, if she has young children, or she is pregnant, or she is menstruating, even a Pativrata too cannot undergo Sati.
I will provide verses from scriptures which discuss Sati practice:
Parasara Smriti 4.32
If a woman follows her departed lord, by burning
herself on the ...
Yes, there is a genuine reason for killing the washerman. Krishna killed the washerman to stop his blasphemy and then to give Moksha. The washerman talked bad words regarding Rama's relationship with Sita during his previous birth but Rama didn't choose to punish the washerman for that.
The particular story regarding washerman is found in the following ...
You can find that in Brahmavaivarta Purana: Ganapati Khanada: Chapter 18:
[Kashayapa] Finding his son falling pronounced a curse on Shiva that the way in which you have killed my son similarly the head of your son will also be shattered.
The closest description of the brāhmaṇa types I could find is from Śānti-parva of Mahābhārata:
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Yudhishthira said, 'O grandsire, amongst Brahmanas some are engaged in the duties proper to their order, while others are engaged in other duties. Tell me the difference between these two classes!'
Bhishma said, 'Those Brahmanas, O king,...
There is a mantra for Indra to be found in the ancient Indian tradition of Natya-Shastra. Before any performance in the theater, it was customary to worship (puja) and offer certain food articles to the gods and deities. This ceremony was considered “as meritorious as a Vedic sacrifice”.
For Indra, the specific mantra runs as follows:
Viewing pornography is a sin according to Hinduism
The definition of pornography is
Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or
display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual
The following words by Vinayaka to Parashurama clarifies that viewing pornography is a sin
Whether out of carnal ...
Sri Rama reached Ayodhya in Chaitra month ( March-April), but not on Kaartika Amavasya.
The vanaras sent in Southern direction in Sarad Ritu (September - October) lost their way and enters in a Big cave and finally reach a big mansion. After coming out of that cave and reaching Ocean, they found that much time was lost and already Vasanta Ritu - Spring ...