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Who were the ancient women Rishikas in Vedas? What are the verses in Vedic scriptures which allow women to read Vedas?

Prof Mookerji in his "Ancient Indian Education (Brahmanical and Buddhist)" Page 51 says Women were then admitted to full religions rites and consequently to complete educational facilities. ...
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Why is ISKCON giving upanayana samskara to shudras and mlecchas when it is contrary to Ramanujacharya's teachings?

As ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC) clarified recently while appointing female dīkṣā gurus, they rely on the teachings of Swami Prabhupada and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and not that of ...
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After Brahmopadesham, what all things someone becomes eligible to perform?

After Brahmopadesham or Upanayana one becomes a Dvija and he is then eligible to recite Vedas, perform Sandhya, perform certain Vedic rituals and Vratas. Manu Smriti 2.171. They call the teacher (...
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What happens if a person without Upanayana gets married?

A twice-born person, without having the Upanayana within the prescribed time, is called a Vratya in the scriptures. He is treated like an uninitiated person (a Shudra) although he might be a Brahmin ...
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Length of sacred thread

Baudhāyana Dharmasastra 1.5.8 The sacrificial thread (shall be made) of Kusa grass, or cotton, (and consist) of thrice three strings. (It shall hang down) to the navel.(Upavita) (In putting it on) he ...
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What age should a Shudra do Upanayana?

It is not mentioned in any scriptures because Shudras are not qualified for Upanayana as per Hindu scriptures. Manu Smriti 2.36. In the eighth year after conception, one should perform the initiation ...
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What is required for a Westerner who agrees with Advaita Vedanta to attain a good rebirth?

Gita gives the minimum needed to avoid a bad rebirth. Lust, anger and greed - this triad leads to the destruction of man's spiritual nature. They form the gateway to hell; they should be abandoned. ...
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What is the reason behind men/women tying a waist band?

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 ...
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Who were the ancient women Rishikas in Vedas? What are the verses in Vedic scriptures which allow women to read Vedas?

There is a great deal of misinformation going around about 20-27 female authors of the Vedas being "rishikas" / human women. Let's get this clear over 99% of the Vedas are authored by males. ...
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Can someone do Upanayan ritual later in life say post 25 years of age?

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. ...
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What does Parashara Smriti tell about Upanayana Samskara?

Parashara Smriti is missing the Achara Kanda, that any Smriti must have. So, it does not say anything regarding the details of how the Upanayana ceremony should be performed. But it does talk about ...
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What is required for a Westerner who agrees with Advaita Vedanta to attain a good rebirth?

Please read, contemplate and abide as per the teachings of nondualism in these books - Tatva bodha (Chinmaya mission) or internet achive Atma Bodha (same) Aparkoshanubhuti (same) -Drg Drishya Vivek (...
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What is the penance for a Brahmana who will get his Yagnopaveeta Samskara done after the prescribed time?

Āpastamba is referring to the brahma-charya-vidhíḥ that he described later on in Praśna I, Paṭala 1, Khaṇḍa 2. Now (follow) the rules for the studentship. He shall obey his teacher, except (when ...
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Sandhyavandanam for those not initiated (without Upanayanam) using Puranas. It is possible?

Regarding 2, if you're not initiated for gayatri, you can chant manas gayatri instead from Ramacharitmanas: जनकसुता जग जननि जानकी। अतिसय प्रिय करुनानिधान की॥ ताके जुग पद कमल मनावउँ। जासु कृपाँ निरमल ...
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Initiation to Start Studying Vedas

Chandogya Upanishad VIII.15.1 says (Swami Gambhirananda translator): Brahma imparted this knowledge that was such to Prajpati, Prajpati (imparted it) to Manu, (and) Manu to the creatures. Having ...
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What is the reason behind men/women tying a waist band?

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 ...
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