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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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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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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

The "Sati Pratha" has been praised in Hindu Shastras but it is voluntary, not mandatory. So,it is upto the wives to decide and can't be enforced upon them as a "Sastra Vachan"(a ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Were women cursed with menstruation?

Chapter 32 Preta Khanda of Garuda Purana says Brahma gave 1/4th of Indra's Brahmahatya sin to women. ऋतुकाले च नारीणां वज्जर्यं दिनचतुष्टयम्॥ यतस्तिस्मिन् ब्रह्महत्यां पुरावृत्रसमुत्थिताम्॥ ७॥ The ...
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What is Hinduism's view on gender-equality and feminism?

Some signs of Kali Yuga as mentioned in Parashara Smriti's 1st chapter touch upo the issue here: ............ 30 & 31. "Religion has been overthrown by irreligion ; and truth ...
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Are husband and wife, associated/affected by each others' sins?

Husband being associated in wife's sins The wife's sins definitely affect the husband. This is mentioned in the scriptures. Mantridoshascha rAjAnam jAyAdoshah patim yathA | TathA prApnotyasandeham ...
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Why do Sannyasis avoid looking at women?

For sannyāsis, not looking at women is only the starting point, it is not the destination. They are actually trying to slay their indriyas to the point that they are unaffected by the opposite sex. ...
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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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Were women cursed with menstruation?

It was not actually a curse.The women took some share of Indra's sin/guilt.The story given in the Vashishta Dharma Sutras is related to Indra's killing of the demon Vritraasura & is as follows: ...
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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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Why does Uma Samhita, Chapter 24 of Shiva Purana insult Women?

We should read or understand Chapters 22, 23 and 24 of Uma Samhita of Shiva Purana completely to get proper meaning. In these 3 chapters, Vyasa asks Sanatkumara to explain things so that he can get ...
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Why some Hindu Scriptures are against women?

Rig Veda 8.33.17 is a poetic verse and conversation between Indra and poet. Just looking at whole thing will give you an idea that it's not talking bad about "all" women. [Poet:] He finds no ...
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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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