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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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Why is God's name used for people?

One of the primary reasons is the sin destroying effects the Lord's names. The inspiration for doing this can be linked to the story of Ajamila as described in the Bhagavatam: Ajamila was a pious ...
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What is the Guru Parampara of Kashmiri Shaivism?

In chapter 36 of Sri Tantraloka, Sri Abhinavagupta describes in detail how the Guru-Shishya Transmission took place: 1) Bhairava 2) Bhairavi Devi 3) Swachhanda Bhairava 4) Laakul ...
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Why can Garuda Purana be read on specific days only?

No, it's not like that, it can be read on normal days as far as I know. The Garuda Purana has a part known as preta kalpa which describes the journey after death and the related rituals to be done. ...
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What are the Saptapadi or the seven promises of marriage?

The seven steps around the fire represents seven promises taken by newly married couple in the presence of the fire. In Hindu religion, he is believed as the maintainer of life. He carries the fruits ...
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Can a married woman take out her Mangala Sutra and keep it anywhere?

No. A married woman is not allowed to remove mangal sutra for the sake of convenience. As you have said in the question, we see many people who do not wear mangal sutra to offices and to some social ...
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Is there any mention of "Scissors" in the Hindu literature?

Scissors symbolises that the Goddess cuts asunder the attachments to this material worlds, much feared by the spiritual souls. The first thing we need to verify is whether Goddess TAra is at all ...
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Are Sudras not allowed to study any scriptures of Hindusim?

Are sudras allowed to read scriptures other than Vedas ? Yes they are allowed to read and hear some Scriptures like the Puranas,Itihasas etc. From Devi Bhagavatam: 18-24. At every Manvantara, in ...
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Are Sudras not allowed to study any scriptures of Hindusim?

I am supplementing the answer given by defining the term Sudra. These teachings are not to be imparted to persons who are wicked, haughty, barbarous, foul in conduct, hypocritical, given to ...
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Why do Hindus feed milk to snakes?

There are many folk tale behind the drinking of the milk, the famous one is :-; A tale of a farmer living in a village. He had two sons and one of whom killed three snakes during ploughing ...
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Can a married woman take out her Mangala Sutra and keep it anywhere?

This is to supplement Sree Charan's correct answer with quotes from Shastras. The Manu Smriti says that there is no Vedic sacrament for women.But what is Vedic sacrament for men the nuptial (wedding) ...
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Why do Hindus feed milk to snakes?

Varaha Purana suggests to bathe the images of Naga in milk on Naga Panchami and it doesn't mention anything about feeding milk to snakes. If one remains austere on that day, give us all that is sour ...
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Why do Hindus shave a baby's head (first hair cut)?

As per the scripture, it is done for the spiritual benefit of the child in the first or the third year after his/her birth: As per the direction of the revealed texts, the chuda karma (tonsure) ...
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What is the significance of the saffron color?

Quoting from About.com If there is any color that can symbolize all aspects of Hinduism, it's saffron - the color of Agni or fire, which reflects the Supreme Being. As such, the fire altar is ...
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What is the proper way to say 'good bye' in Hinduism?

In our culture we never say Good bye , we say come back again , I am Gujarati we used to say come back again, In Gujarati we says "chaalo aavjo(ચલો અવોજો)" means come back again. And "...
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Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving?

First of all dealing with Apatra Dana or charity given to the undeserving candidate.This is condemned in Scriptures. From the book "Essence of Dharma Bindu " Devala Maharshi clarifies: Charity ...
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Why do Vedas have śākhās? Are all of them apauruṣeyā?

Q-2. why did he divide them further? It's explained at Sakhas now Studied!: Krsna Dvaipayana knew all the 1, 180 sakhas( recensions) of the Vedas revealed to the world by various sages. They were ...
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Why is God's name used for people?

I guess this practice was started mainly to take care of the following: To ensure that you utter the name of God through daily social communications in case you don't have time to go to temples and ...
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The story and Principle of adding "shree" "श्री" before our sacred religious books?

Lord Shiva says in KulArnava Tantram that Sri should always be added at the start while addressing Gurus, Shastras and the Holy places. SriGurum KulashAstrAni PujyasthAnAni YAni cha || BhaktyA ...
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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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Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving?

This chapter of the Manu Smriti explains the circumstances in which you should and should not give to someone: One should give, according to one's ability, wealth to Brahmanas learned in the Veda ...
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"If you talk of righteousness, spiritualism, then India comes first". Why?

This is from the concluding cheaper of the book Journey from Many to One / Essentials of Advaita Vedanta by Swami Bhaskarananda. I found this relevant to your question. Hinduism, the oldest of all ...
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Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving?

Is it Adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and whom we are giving. We find exact answers to the above questions in our Purana’s also.. Puranic literature discusses about ...
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If a brahmin has qualities of sudra should he be prohibited from duties of a brahmin?

Yaksha asked Yudhishtir the following question- राजन् कुलेन वृत्तेन स्वाध्यायेन शृतेन वा। ब्राह्मण्यं केन भवति? प्रब्रूह्मोतत्सुनिश्चितं Meaning: King, how does one become a Brahmin: by birth? ...
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Is the concept of "Holy Cow" found in the Vedic literature?

Holy Cow is from Vedic literature? Yes most certainly it is. In Vedas Cows are equated to the nectar of immortality (Amrita) and also to the supreme Vedic deities like Indra etc. It's also stated ...
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What is the overall take of Hinduism on menstruation?

There is also a belief that menstruation was not initially happening in women but it started as a result of sin of Indra which was shared by women. However, then a bigger question arises. What about ...
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Mythology vs itihasa?

We need to see what term is used for those scriptures in our scriptures. We should stick to it. The word used is "Itihasa" only. Here are various references from various scriptures: One ...
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Does Vedic Hinduism exist today?

Hinduism is almost always Vedic, even if the customs, method of worship, etc. change. It is true that performance of Vedic Yajna, rituals, etc. have decreased, but that's only obvious for this age of ...
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Why does one get their head tonsured and offer the hair to Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati?

A small but popular story is there for this. When Lord Sri Venkateshawara (MahaVishnu/Balaji) was inside the snake-antHill on Tirumala , one sacred cow is to come and give milk to the Lord daily (...
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What is the Apasthambha sutra? And is eating cow meat considered holy according to it?

The Grihya Sutras are scriptures that detail the rules and regulations regarding Vedic domestic rituals for householders (Griha - House in Sanskrit). There are various such Sutras written by different ...
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