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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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