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Why are menstruating women (at least in the Brahmin community) asked to be separate from the family for three days?

Menstruation is considered to be "muci," or impure. For many brahminical families, temple worship and puja were their primary occupations. One cannot worship the Deity or perform rituals if one is ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

The "Sati Pratha" has been extolled in Hindu Sastras but none mention it as something mandatory. So,it is upto the wives to decide and can't be enforced upon them as a "Sastra Vachan"(a directive ...
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Under which circumstances physical punishment to wife is allowed?

Nothing specific, but Manu Smriti says this: 8.299. A wife, a son, a slave, a pupil, and a (younger) brother of the full blood, who have committed faults, may be beaten with a rope or a split ...
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Are there any Gods who are girls?

Bālā Tripurasundarī or Kumārika is a form of Adi Shakti who is worshipped in the form of a girl who is around 9 years old. She is worshipped by people during the first two days of Navaratri. Girls of ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

According to Swami Vivekananda the practice was limited and was outlawed in the mid 19th century. He says that although the British took steps to formally outlaw it, it was already being condemned at ...
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Relevance of "Dhol Ganwar Shudra Pashu Nari, Sakal Taadana Ke Adhikari"

This is one of the most misinterpreted verses of Ramcharitmanas. Tulsidas had no intention of showing women low by citing this verse. We have to see the context of the verse: This verse isn't told by ...
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Were women cursed with menstruation?

Were women cursed by any sage or god with menstruation? What is the story of women being cursed with menstruation? I think that is not a curse given to women by any sage or god, but women themselves ...
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Are these verses from Garuda Purana and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad asking men to beat women? If not, how should they be interpreted?

Garuda purana 1.109.31 is a verse taken From manu smriti, also it's taken without its context Manu says this 8.299. A wife, a son, a slave, a pupil, and a (younger) brother of the full blood, who ...
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Are there any verses which pray for the birth of daughter in Vedas?

It is not that the Vedas only praise the birth of a male child alone. There are instances where female progeny is also praised. Further, it is important to know that the word "putra" does not ...
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Why do some Hindu scriptures say sonless women must be abandoned?

No. It's not true. No Hindu scriptures say sonless women must be abandoned or can be abandoned .This is just a wrong translation of the verses. These verses do not mean abandoning , discarding , ...
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Is this verse from the Brihaspati Smriti telling to kill rape victims?

Well, not only it is contradicting with common sense, it is also clearly against what Atri Rishi has to say in the Atri Smriti: When, after delivery, the menstrual blood is seen, the woman becomes ...
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Are married women allowed to fast religiously(vrata)?

There are countless verses in scriptures which counter this verse. Parashara Smriti is a Smriti text and Puranas are also Smriti text thus they have equal authority. Thus we can counter this verse by ...
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Why Gayatri mantra is widely recited by non-bramhins nowadays which was once the stronghold of only the brahmins?

gAyatri mantra HAS TO BE recited by non brahmins also, Kshatriyas and vysyas too have right for vedic initiation/upanayana. Secondly women too have right to study and chant vedas and conduct vedic ...
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Are women allowed to be Hindu sanyasis/monks?

Yes woman are allowed to become monks/sanyasinis/rishikas. Hinduism is probably the only living religion which considers God to be feminine. And in ancient times many vedic rishis were women. The ...
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Why are menstruating women (at least in the Brahmin community) asked to be separate from the family for three days?

The practice of separating menstruating women from the household is based in the concept of Ritual Purity & Ritual Contamination in the Vedic tradition. Ritual Purity and its understanding is a ...
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Why do women not wear Yagnopaveetham (Janeu or Poonal)?

The Yajyopavita is worn by those who after Upanayana study Vedas and live life by practicing Vedic duties. In the olden days, many women underwent Upanayana and studied Vedas. They were called ...
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Why Devi Bhagavata Purana, being a Purana for feminine deity, insults women?

अपुत्रस्य गतिर्नास्ति स्वर्गो नैव च नैव च। पुत्रादन्यतरन्नास्ति परलोकस्य साधनम् ॥ १५ ॥ मन्वादिभिश्च मुनिभिर्धर्मशास्त्रेषु भाषितम् । पुत्रवान्स्वर्गमाप्नोति नापुत्रस्तु कथञ्चन ॥ १६ ॥ There ...
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Does SB 4.25.41 give a hint to the thing that women like men who are expert in rape?

No it doesn't say so. Translation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.25.41 is as follows: O my dear hero, who in this world will not accept a husband like you? You are so famous, so magnanimous, so beautiful and ...
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What does this statement mean in the Atri Smriti about the Devas enjoying girls?

This is not what Atri Smriti or Vishnu Purana says. This is directly from Rigveda Samhita. Smritis generally have the info which is taken from the Vedas. Sages usually refer to Vedas when they say ...
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Is there any verse to have nice wife?

From Markendya Purana there is Argalastrotram created by Vishnu sage. There is a verse in that. Taken from Durga saptashati of Markandeya Purana . पत्नीं मनोरमाम देहि मनोवृत्तानुसारिणिम तारिणी...
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Can women be priestesses?

Right from the Vedic times till this date, women are not prohibited from learning vedas. There have been many women purohits (priests who have expertise in rituals outside of temples) in the past and ...
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Why are menstruating women (at least in the Brahmin community) asked to be separate from the family for three days?

In addition to what has been answered by @cheenbabes - To quote specifically it is still followed in 2014 when it is no longer a reason. Are there any other, religious reasons for this? In many ...
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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

From the text quoted in this answer, I got the answer finally. Like how we are mistaken to equate "killing = violence" due to its nature, we often mistaken "correct information" as "truth" and "...
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Why are women advised to tie their hair in temples?

Setting your hair loose is not suggested not only when you visit temples but also when you are at home. Setting your hair loose is an indication of sorrow, grief, inauspicious things poverty and sins. ...
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Can women do Pitru Tarpanam?

Yes, they are allowed to do. Garuḍa Purāṇam, Preta Kalpa Chapter Eight says (Source 1 and Source 2) गरुड उवाच - स्वामिन्कस्याधिकारोऽत्र सर्व एवौर्ध्वदेहिके । क्रियाः कतिविधाः प्रोक्ता ...
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Why are there religious restrictions on women?

It is because of the male chauvinistic people in the society who have snatched all the religious right from the women including that of the vedic studies and vedic rituals etc. In the recent ...
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Why do sanyasa scriptures degrade women?

Sanyas Upanishads were written for male spiritual aspirants and thus talk of women being dangerous to males. Women are allowed to be monks. Just as women are dangerous for men who are spiritual ...
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Are there any verses which pray for the birth of daughter in Vedas?

There is a verse in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 6.4.17 , Which says - अथ य इच्छेद्दुहिता मे पण्डिता जायेत , सर्वमायु-रियादिति, तिलौदनं पाचयित्वा सर्पिम्षन्तमश्रीयाताम् ; इश्वरौ जनयितवै ||१७|| ...
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