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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

This question can be answered into two aspects: 1) Why is Linga form worshipped ? 2) Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in Linga form ? 1) Why is Linga form worshipped ? Among the 18 major ...
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Is Shalagram worship forbidden to non-Brahmins?

No. It is not forbidden. The importance of Gandaki river is explained in chapter 20 of Patala Khanda of Padma Purana. In that chapter, the importance of śālagrāma is also said. The disc born (...
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Why do Hindus feed milk to snakes?

Varaha Purana suggests to bathe the images of Naga in milk on Naga Panchami and it doesn't mention anything about feeding milk to snakes. If one remains austere on that day, give us all that is sour ...
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Does prayer remove bad deeds of past lives?

Prayer, PujA (worship) etc can remove sins committed in infinite number of our past lives. Here is a proof that prayer in the form Mantra Japa can do it: Lakshyadwayen pApAni saptajanmakritAnyapi |...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

As per the advice that most Gurus give, it's not beneficial to worship multiple deities for any particular individual. One must only worship his/her Ishta Devata and stick with it's worship only (...
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Queries on Śrī Lalitā Sahasranāma Phalaśruti

This KAmAkotimanadali page tries to determine "lalitA sahasranAma - adhikAra nirNaya". That means trying to determine who all are competent to recite the stotram. That means not all are competent to ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

The purpose of worshiping multiple Gods is because of multiple desires fulfillment. For example worship of Indra is done in order to please him for rain. Worship of Kuber is done for the wealth etc. ...
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What is the significance of Sashtang Namaskar?

Ashtanga is "eight limbs". SAshtanga is "with eight limbs". So, prostration which is done by involving the eight particular limbs of body is called the ShAshtanga Namaskara. Here is the formal ...
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How to determine whether a Banalinga is genuine or not?

I read in a spiritual book(Soota Sanhita,Veermitrodaya) that there are two ways to determine whether a Banalinga is original or not.In the first rule you place it in one of the plates of a torsion ...
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Worship of one god and worship of Shri Ram

It is difficult to understand the meaning of this verse when you pull it out of context. When reading this verse one needs to read the other verses starting with verse 15 and ending with verse 28. ...
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What are the different branches of Shaktism?

One of the major Tantrik scripture is called the VishnukrAntA. It has within itself several other major Tantik scriptures like Nila Tantram, Niruttara Tantram and many others. Now, AFAIK, it's only ...
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What do we gain from chanting the names of Lord Shiva?

Though, there are numerous scriptures have glorified the name of Lord Shiva in detail but since you are asking for specific gain of chanting his name, so I am answering only that. By chanting the five-...
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Why do Hindus remove their footwear before entering temples?

Since no answer gives any reference from any scriptures, i am adding my own. The reason is scriptural injunction. That is, scriptures ask us not to wear shoes where idols are placed. There are 5 ...
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Why is Ganga considered sacred? Why do so many devotees worship this river?

Valmiki Ramayana states that Ganga is considered sacred because it came by touching Anga (Head) of Lord Shiva: तत्र ऋषि गण गन्धर्वा वसुधा तल वासिनः १-४३-२६ भव अंग पतितम् तोयम् पवित्रम् इति ...
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Why is lord Ganesha worshipped first before any puja?

The story is mentioned in Shiva Mahapurana, Rudra Samhita (Kumara Khanda), Chapter 18. When Lord Ganesha brought back to life after his head was chopped off by Lord Shiva, then Goddess Parvati adored ...
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Rules of achamana to be followed by the Sudras and the Strees(women)

Yes ,both women and the Sudras are allowed to perform Achamana.The Shastras allow it. Manu Smriti 2.60. Let him first sip water thrice; next twice wipe his mouth; and, lastly, touch with water ...
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Which deities should be honored for their protection of waters?

It has to be Lord Varuna, who rules over water, water bodies and even the aquatic animals. On an auspicious day one should place a pitcher, in the West, covered with a blue cloth and decorated ...
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Worshipping Lord Sharabha in Tantra

It is a noteworthy diety in shakta and shaiva tantric traditions. Also usually known by names like Sri Sharabheshwara or Sri Pakshiraaj. less audience is aware of such deities. It is also linked with ...
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Why is Lord Shiva always worshiped alongwith Shakti and never alone?

The following verse found in the VAmakeswara Tantra explains in short why Shiva is not worshiped alone. shaktyA vinA shive sUkShme nAma dhAma na vidyate | jnAtenApi mahAdevi sharma karma na ...
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What are the different branches of Shaktism?

According to Wikipedia, Shaktism or Shaktidharma (Sanskrit: Śāktaṃ, शाक्तं; lit., "doctrine of power" or "doctrine of the Goddess") is a denomination of Hinduism that focuses worship upon Shakti or ...
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What are the benefits of undertaking a pilgrimage to Pushkar Tirtha?

Story of Puskara Tirtha is mentioned in detail in Shristi Khanda of Padma Purana. When Savitri was late for Yajna, Brahma married a Gayatri at this Pushkara site. In anger, Savitri cursed all Gods ...
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Can anyone suggest mantras for worshiping Mata Sita and Sri Radha Rani?

There is Gayatri Mantras for various deities mentioned here. Gayatri mantra for Devi Radha is as follows: ॐ वृषभानुजायै विद्महे कृष्णप्रियायै धीमहि तन्नो राधा प्रचोदयात्॥ Om Vrishabhanujayai ...
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Who was Srividya upasaka Sri Bhuvanananda Natha?

He was a well known name in the upasana mandalis of Sri Vidya in the southern india. He was also the guru of Kanchi Paramacharya before his sanyasa. Many people from his parampara has become well ...
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What is the difference between worshiping an idol or image and worshiping God?

My question is, What is difference between Worshiping God and Idol? There is no difference at all. Worshiping God in an idol is one of the many methods of worshiping him. There are many methods of ...
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Did Lord Vishnu pray to Lord Ganesha? If yes, in which scripture is it written?

The story of Vishnu worshiping Ganesha is given in Chapter 18(pg 205) of Ganesha Purana Upasanakhanda. Since the story is a bit long I'm referencing only relevant parts of it. The story begins with ...
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What is Lord Vishnu's favourite food?

There is nothing like not favourite item to the Lord. Every item is a favourite to Him. The most important thing the Lord sees in us is devotion while accepting an offering. In Bhagavad Gita, He says ...
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Should we pray to Kubera a Yaksha?

It is not that if you worship Kubera you will become evil minded or something just because he is a Yaksha. He is one of the Dasha DikpAlas (ten guardians of directions) too and he guards the northern ...
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What is the earliest source available to the worship of Prana?

AtharvaVeda Samhita contains Prana Sukta in 11.4 which glorifies Prana: Homage to Prāna, him who hath dominion o'er the universe, Who hath become the Sovran Lord of all, on whom the whole ...
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Why do we need to do Three time praying(trikal sandhya)

SandhyA has to do with sandhi i.e conjunction. This time is considered very important by the seers for spiritual endeavors. Sandhyavandanam is the nityakarma or daily practice recommended in shastras. ...
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