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 unclean. The concern was that women would contaminate the offerings prepared.
Manu-smriti / Discourse V - Sources of Evil / Section IX - Other forms of Impurity
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 the time by various Hindu intellectuals of the time and steps were being taken to stop the practice.
Sathi was a cultural practice. It is not a religious ...
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 Ram or Tulsidas himself. This was told by "sea god" in fearful state begging his life. He can tell anything in life saving condition. Furthermore ...
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 age 8 are respected and regarded as the form of Bala Tripura Sundari. They are bought new clothes. It is believed that this Goddess can be easily pleased ...
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 accepted the menstruation cycle to make Indra free of his sin along with Prithivi, Jal, and Vruksha (earth, water and trees).
There is a story described in ...
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 major aspect of any religious tradition. At its heart, there is a belief that humans exist in a natural state of uncleanliness, and this 'uncleanness' is not just ...
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 necessarily mean only male child but could mean child in general. Similarly in many places word "man" does not only indicate men but all of the mankind including men ...
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 , suspending of women or wife. Let's see how.
The verses you have mentioned are:
Shounka counsels on forswearing bad wives in Verse 64, Achara Kanda, Chapter ...
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 from Scriptures).
The Parashara Smriti(in Chapter 4),for example says,that :
If a woman follows her departed lord, by burning herself on the same
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 Brahmavadinis. But, many women who had no interest in learning Vedas, underwent Marriage.
Even older smritis like Harita Smriti mentions women having Upanayanam. ...
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 sects within Hinduism, It is a command of God. Like in Swaminarayan sect, it is mentioned in the Shikshapatri Verse 174.
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 notable female rishikas who contributed to the composition of the
Vedic scriptures are: The Rig Veda mentions Romasha, Lopamudra, Apala,
Kadru, Visvavara, ...
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.
Draupadi devi in Mahabharata does not tie her hair after her insult from the Kauravas in the kurusabha. She vows that she would only tie a knot to her hair ...
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 using Puranic verses as Authority.
Although there are countless counter verses in every Puranas. I have here used only Padma Purana.
Padma Purana Brahma ...
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 have committed faults, may be beaten with a rope or a
Its not promoting violence similarly in next verse manu says
Manu 8.300 But only on ...
अपुत्रस्य गतिर्नास्ति स्वर्गो नैव च नैव च। पुत्रादन्यतरन्नास्ति
परलोकस्य साधनम् ॥ १५ ॥ मन्वादिभिश्च मुनिभिर्धर्मशास्त्रेषु भाषितम्
। पुत्रवान्स्वर्गमाप्नोति नापुत्रस्तु कथञ्चन ॥ १६ ॥
There is no prospect in the after birth of the sonless; never, never
will Heaven be his. Without son, there is none other who can be of
help in the next world. ...
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 rites. So it is good that non brahmins too are taking interest in this else the divine knowledge of vedas would keep on reducing among the masses.
It's true that the scriptures indeed prescribe principles, ideologies and ways of life which are pro-male. But it's based on physical & mental attributes associated with male-female body & mind.
In other context, during Anushasana Parva, Bhishma also described women in highest regard:
Respect, kind treatment, and everything else that is ...
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 तारिणीमदुर्गसंसारसागरस्य
patnim manoramaam dehi manovrittanusarineem taarineem durgasansar sagarasye kulodbhavaam
Give me a wife in harmony with ...
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
purified like pure gold. (192)
If despite her complete unwillingness, a woman is known deceitfully, forcibly or stealthily, that woman, unaffected by ...
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 information like this.
The verse cited in Atri Smriti or Jyoti Nirbandha is referring to RigVeda Mandala 10 Sukta 85 mantras 37 to 43. To be more precise 40 ...
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 present.
However we rarely encounter women pujaris (temple priests) because of the following physiological and sociological reasons:
Puja should be done only ...
It's not about keeping it fair that even men should wear some form of accessory indicating they are married. Wearing a mangal-sutra is a tradition similar to a sister tying a rakhee on her brother's wrist to remind him of his duty to protect her. Even in that case, there is no equivalent of rakhee that a sister has to wear.
I hope that answers the question.
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 "incorrect information" as "falsehood". But Krishna clarifies it to be "utter-able" and "unutterable" respectively:
Behold, however, truth as practised is ...
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.
Śaṅkarācārya says in Vivekachūdāmani:
The deer, the elephant, the moth, the fish and the honey-bee---these five meet death because of their bondage to one of ...
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 first four days of menstrual flow of blood shall be avoided when
the sin of a Brahmin's slaughter resides in her.
ब्रह्मा शक्रात् समुक्तार्य्य ...
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||
He who wishes that daughter to be born to him who would be a scholar
and attain a full term of life , should have rice cooked with sesamum.
Now its clear ...
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
indeed by that which is false ; kings have been overpowered by thieves
; males have been subdued by females ; the worship of fire is dying
out ; respect to ...