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The same question has been asked by Yudhishthira to Bhishma in Mahabharata, Anushashana Parva, SECTION XCI. "Yudhishthira said, 'By whom was the Sraddha first conceived and at what time? What also is its essence? During the time when the world was peopled by only the descendants of Bhrigu and Angiras; who was the muni that established the Sraddha? What ...


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In ancient times, most women would have no education in the Vedas, and they would just become housewives. But in contrast to these women, known as Sadyovadinis, there was a very small number of women, known as Brahmavadini, who would abandon the material lifestyle that was the norm for women and instead went to a Ashram and learn the Vedas just as men did. ...


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Soma is indeed an important section of vedas as rightly pointed by you. Soma is also a name of herb/hervs, drink, deity etc. The importance of soma is so much that even the Devas are desperate to drink it. In many vedic sections we see stories and mantras which invite/tempt the celestial gods to come to earth for drinking this divine drink. Over the time ...


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AtharvaVeda Parishistam contains a separate chapter for the rituals consisting of Pashupat Vrata. In the AtharvaVeda Parishistam chapter 31 it is stated: शुभं मोक्षकरं पुण्यं प्रियम् पाशुपतेर् व्रतम् ।। (AVPari 31.10) The auspicious fruitful Pashupat Vrata which bestows Moksha. AtharvaVeda Parishistam chapter 40 fully describes Pashupat Vrata in ...


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Valmiki Ramayana: Ayodhya Kanda - Sarga 20 answers your questions: सा क्षौम वसना ह्ऱ्ष्टा नित्यम् व्रत परायणा | अग्निम् जुहोति स्म तदा मन्त्रवत् क्ऱ्त मन्गला || २-२०-१५ Kausalya, who was interested to practise religious vows regularly was appearing auspiciously by wearing a white silk sari and gladly performing sacrificial ceremony in a sacred ...


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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, ritual recitations, and the Soma libation, along with the symbolic attributes of every aspect of the rituals. Following are the excerpts of the ritual of the '...


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The book Nitya Karma Puja Prakash quotes the following verse from the Devi Bhagavatam, according to which, the evening Sandhya should be done facing the west. Pratah sandhyam sanakshtram madhyanhe madhya bhaskaram | Sasuryam pashcimam sandhyam tistrah sandhya upasate || In evening as long as the stars don't rise in the sky one should worship ...


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As you may be knowing that during Anga/Kara Nyasas Mantras like Om, Swaha, Vashat, Vaushat, Bhurbhuvasuvar (which has portions of the Gayatri Mantra) etc should be recited. But, according to scriptures, uninitiated persons (in your case without Upanayana) should not chant any of those Mantras. Actually, the only Mantra he is allowed to chant is Swadha which ...


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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 during a marriage. The bride's family welcomes the bridegroom's family by giving a drink made of honey, curd or clarified butter. After this drink is offered, a ...


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The Manu Smriti simply says to change the thread when its damaged. Manu Smriti 2.64. His girdle, the skin (which serves as his upper garment), his staff, his sacrificial thread, (and) his water-pot he must throw into water, when they have been damaged, and take others, reciting sacred formulas. EDIT- Some further conditions when the sacred thread ...


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Aswamedha yajna was a royal rite. It was done only by the Kings to spread their glory throughout the world and for the benefit of their kingdom (rāṣṭram vā aśvamedhaḥ). Regarding its origin and usage of horses the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says: सोऽकामयत: मेध्यं म इदं स्याद् , आत्मन्व्यनेन स्यामिति ततोऽश्वः समभवद् यदश्वत् , तन्मेध्यमभूदिति तदेवा...


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I think it's Taittirīya Saṃhitā (TS 1.5.2.1) not the Brāhmaṇa you are referring to. Translation of the verse from here: i. 5. 2. He who removes the fire casts away the sacrifice and cattle. The sacrificial cake is offered on five potsherds; the sacrifice is fivefold, cattle are fivefold; verily he wins the sacrifice and cattle. Now he who removes ...


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Note that scriptures like Manu Smriti do not specify whether we have to form a Mudra in the right hand while sipping water during Achamana. But some other scriptures do. The Mudra is called the Go Karna Mudra (Go=cow, Karna=ear). From Devi Bhagavatam 11.16: 25-50. While sipping the Âchaman water on the right hand, touch the right hand with your ...


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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 tradition. See the meaning of Madhuparka from a dictionary. मधुपर्क m. madhuparka offering of honey and milk मधुपर्क m. madhuparka ...


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You are right in surmising that the Putrakaameshthi Yagya may not have been required after the Ashwamedha as mentioned in this verse: चिन्तयानस्य तस्य एवम् बुद्धिः आसीन् महात्मनः | सुतार्थम् वाजिमेधेन किम् अर्थम् न यजामि अहम् || १-८-२ To that anguished great-soul, a thought occurred this way, "To beget sons, why should not I perform Horse ritual...[...


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No the injunctions are not just for the Brahmins. The Grihya Sutras in fact prescribe rules for the first three Varna even though the Parashar Smriti actually mentions the roles and responsibilities of all the four castes. As mentioned in the ÂPASTAMBA'S YAGÑA-PARIBHÂSHÂ-SÛTRAS: Again the SANKHAYAN GRIHYA SUTRA Khanda 28 states: After one year the ...


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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 of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda says: And as to why it is called Purushamedha: The stronghold (pur) doubtless is these worlds, and the Purusha (...


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Shikha is most important particularly to maharshis and seers because of their long term meditations/tapasya practices as their crowns or Sahasrara chakra are mostly open and thus vulnerable to common weather conditions and are susceptible to colds and heat and also to shield away entities. It is a common phenomenon among long term meditators to have ...


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The particular sexual interaction “Then they draw out the penis of the horse and place it in the vagina of the chief queen...” is nowhere to be found in the paralel English translation by Julius Eggeling. It could be something made up by a biased translator. It also doesn't mention anything about the horse being slaughtered. Finally, the below translation ...


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Havana: Havana means the act of offering oblations in fire. Homa has exactly the same meaning. From Sanskrit Dictionary, few meanings of Havana are as follows: हवन n. havana invocation हवन m. havana god of fire हवन m. havana fire-receptacle हवन n. havana summons हवन n. havana ...


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According to Gobhila Grihya Sutra: 1.4.4, first oblation is sacred to Prajapati. 1 He then should silently offer the Balis. Let him speak only what refers to the due preparation of the food. With guests he may converse, if he likes. He then should take some portion of food which is fit for sacrifice, should pour over it some liquid fit for ...


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सङ्कल्प - Samkalpa - is a Sanskrit word meaning a resolution; a free will or a determination. The word Sankalpa itself means good intention, an oath or a resolution to do something, a solemn pledge to do something good.All Yagnas and worships are accomplished after taking a vow for its performance. Sankalpa is nothing but an expression of feeling which the ...


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mantras there are many praises in rig-veda a hymn i got in rig-veda is a hymn to sage vashistha i f you see vedas you will find a lot of praises but the term saptrishi is not used in vedas. but in brahmanas aranyakas etc. only 5 verses i am giving here:— HYMN XXXIII Vasiṣṭha. THESE who wear hair-knots on the right, the movers of holy thought, ...


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Para-Brahma Upanishad is one of the 108 Upanishads which deals with Sanyasin. It is said to be included in Atharva Veda. According to Parabrahma Upanishad, Pranava is the substitute of Shikha for the Sanyasin. Disregarding the external phenomenal world, tuft and sacred thread he shall hold on to the tuft and sacred thread in the form of the sacred ...


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Talking to practitioners and examining this prayoga text, aupaasana and vaishvadeva are usually done with separate pUrvanga-s and uttarAnga-s. It appears that the these are significantly shortened (no idhmAdhAnam, possibly not even AjyabhAga, no jayAdi etc..). I suppose that the traditional argument in favor of doing so is as follows: sviShTakRt oblation ...


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Do you have an Abhivaadaye shloka that is taught to you during your Bhrahmopadesam ? That will explain all that you are looking for. That typically has the form: Abhivaadaye shri <pravaras here> trayaarsheya-pravraanvitaaha <gotram here> gotrah <sutram here> sutrah <veda here>-shaakadhyaayii shri <name> sharma naama ahamasmi ...


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Vedas do not have any gender based discrimination. When it comes to vaidika dharma and practices both men and women enjoy same freedom. However, after the advent of sanyasa, the society slowly turned towards more male dominated and male chauvinistic in nature. Slowly women were deprived from their basic religious and social rights which were sanctioned by ...


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Ashwamedha Yajna was done to empower your kingdom and glory, so the ashwa(Horse) was Sacrafice(send Free to go anywhere). And what so ever the land the Horse was going to cover would be considered as a Integral part of the Kingdom of the person/King who had performed the ritual of Ashwamedha Yajna(Yudhisther and Pariksheet had done for the said cause). If ...


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