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1. DIVINE WORSHIP (WORSHIPPING THE GOD)

1. At the temple of ‘Ganesha’ when we chant the slokams ‘Suklam Bharadharam’ we strike our head with our knuckles. Is there any count to do this or are we to do this till we finish the entire chanting of the sloka?

2. Can we perform Archana to lord Ganesha with the Thulasi? (Basil)

3. What is the procedure to do Abhishekam (Holy Bath) to lord Shiva and what are the twelve items can be used for this purpose?

4. Are we to do daily ‘Abhishekam’ to the idols we worship at our house?

2. POOJA.

5. Which is better to use, whether ghee or oil to light lamp in temples?

6. When we don’t get a specific mantra for a specific deity for Archana can we chant the mantras of other deities during archana?

7. During Dhanur masa pooja we do nivedhanam before sun rise. Can we consume this after the sunrise? Will it not be affected with ‘Yadayama Dosham’? (Impurity for old stuffs).

8. Is it essential that Samprokshanam (Installation ceremony) has to be performed for a newly bought Salagramam before starting the daily pooja at our house?

9. Is there any set rule to pluck the Basil leaves from the plant and to do archana with Basil Leaves?

10. Is there any sloka to pluck the Bilva leaf from the tree?

3. HOMAM.

11. Can we do homams during evenings and night times?

12. When you start ‘Aupaasanam’ with a fresh fire, do you need to do the homam for previous day evening along with todays morning homam?

13. What is Thila Homam? Can we do this at our house?

14. Why do we do ‘Prathyangara Homam’?

15. Some people say that it is good to create the fire out of churning the logs of papal tree against each other and to do the marriage from this fire and to start Aupasana Homam from the same fire. Is it correct?

4. MANTHRAS

16. I am very eager to get an Upadesham of a manthra.Which is the right time for it?

17. It is essential that only through Guru, we should initiate the mantra and do the japam of the same?

18. What happens if we change the swaram or letters of mantras? Is it not enough that we chant these mantras with pure heart?

19. What are the types of seating we can use for doing manthrajapam? Can you explain the different results of various seating?

5. IN TEMPLES.

20. How to do Pradakshinam in temples? What is the number of Pradakshinams for different Gods?

21. What is Somasutra Pradakshinam? And How to do the same?

22. Can we do pradakshinam with Chappals on our feet?

23. Why do, we do the early morning pooja in all temples only during Margazhi month (Dhanur Masya)?

24. In our temples, after the daily pooja ends, and when we tell Swasthi Vachanam what we have to say in Sanskrit? To attain world peace, plenty of water, lot of pooja, homams and total welfare of the people of our country and as well as for the world?

6. FOR LADIES.

25. Can ladies do pranayamam?

26. During Navarathri, can ladies do pooja alone for Devi?

27. Can ladies do parayanam of Srimad Ramayanam and Bhagavatham etc?

28. Can females have manthropadesam from an Acharya? How to decide, the manthram for their japam?

29. What is Sashtanga Namaskaram? Can ladies do this type of namaskaram?

30. Can ladies do panchakshara Manthra japam alone?

31. On which days ladies can change their Sacred Thread of Mangalyam?

32. Can a wife call her husband by name?

33. Is there any specific manthram
 

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Q-103 WHY WE DIFFERENTIATE PEOPLE AS VAISHNAVA, SMARTHA, OR MADHVA?

Q-104 IS IT A MUST THAT WE SHOULD BUY GOLD ON THE DAY OF ‘AKSHAYA THRITIYAI’?

Q-105 WE CELEBRATE SRI RAMA NAVAMI IN TWO WAYS SUCH AS ‘GARBHOTHSAVAM’ AND ‘JANANOTHSAVAM. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Q-106 WHY MALES WEAR DHOTHI AS PANCHA KATCHA AND FEMALES WEAR SARI WITH MADISAR?

Q-107 CAN WE GIFT (DANAM) IN THE NIGHT?

Q-108 CAN WE TEACH VEDA MANTRAS TO THE BOYS BEFORE PERFORMING UPANAYANAM FOR THEM?

Q-109 CAN EVERYBODY OBSERVE UPAVASAM (FASTING) ON EKADASI DAY? WHEN CAN WE START THIS?

Q-110 WHY WE CALL VAIKUNTA EKADASI AS ‘MUKKOTA EKADASI’?

Q-111 WHY WE SHOULD NOT SLEEP WHEN SUN RISES ?

Q-112 WE SHOULD SLEEP IN WHICH DIRECTION?

Q-113 IF THE FOOD IS COOKED BEFORE THE ECLIPSE, CAN WE CONSUME IT AFTER THE ECLIPSE?

Q-114 CAN WE EAT IN THE LOTUS LEAF?

Q-115 HOW TO PREPARE ‘PANCHA GAVYAM’ (MIXTURE OF FIVE PRODUCTS FROM COW)?

Q-116 CAN WE SING THE VEDA MANTRAS IN MUSICAL TUNES TO PLEASE AUDIENCE?

Q-117 CAN WE PROSTRATE (‘NAMASKARAM’) TO A PERSON ELDER BY SIX MONTHS?

Q-118 DURING PROSTRATING (NAMASKARAM), WHEN CAN WE SAY ‘ABHIVADAYE’ (REVERENTIAL SALUTATIONS) AND TO WHOM?

Q-119 WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE WORD ‘DRONA KALASAM’ MENTIONED IN ‘CHAMAKAM’ PART OF YAJUR VEDA?

Q-121 I AM UNABLE TO ARRANGE MARRIAGE OF MY DAUGHTER FOR A LONG PERIOD IN SPITE OF MY HECTIC EFFORTS. WHAT IS THE REMEDY FOR THIS?

Q-122 MY SON’S MARRIAGE IS GETTING DELAYED . WHAT CAN I DO FOR THIS?

Q-123 MY DAUGHTER COULD NOT GET A CHILD EVEN AFTER SO MANY DAYS OF HER MARRIAGE, WHAT CAN I DO FOR THIS ?

Q-124 MY DAUGHTER IS LIVING AWAY FROM HER HUSBAND . IS THERE ANY WAY TO UNITE THEM?

Q-125 WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO MAKE OUR CHILDREN GOOD AND OBEDIENT?

Q-126 I SUFFER FROM INDIGESTION. WHAT CAN I DO FOR THIS?

Q-127 I GET LOT OF TROUBLE AND FEAR FROM MY ENEMIES. WHAT CAN I DO FOR THIS?

Q-128 WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR MY SON TO EXCEL IN HIS STUDIES?

Q-129 WHAT SHOULD I DO TO AVOID EYE PROBLEMS AND ANY EYE RELATED DISEASES?

Q-130 IF WE HAVE TO TRAVEL DURING DAYS OF "CHANDRASHTAMA", WHAT SHOULD WE DO AS A REMEDY?

Q-64: WHICH IS THE PROPER TIME TO PERFORM ‘THARPANAM’ ON NEW MOON DAYS AND ALSO SHRADHAM (ANNUAL CEREMONY TO DEPARTED SOULS) ?

Q-65: WHEN WE PERFORM THARPANAM DURING NEW MOON DAY, SHOULD WE TAKE BATH ONCE AGAIN AFTER DAILY PUJA AND MORNING BATH ALREADY TAKEN?

Q-66. HOW TO DISPOSE THE WATER AND SESAME AFTER DOING THARPANAM?

Q-67: WHEN WE TRAVEL OUT OF STATION, IF WE ARE UNABLE TO DO THARPANAMS ON ANY NEW MOON DAY, CAN WE DO THE SAME ON ANY OTHER DAY? IS IT A SIN TO MISS THARPANAM?

Q-68: WHEN CAN WE USE BLACK SESAME FOR THARPANAMS?

Q-69: IS THERE ANY SPECIFICATION ON HOW MUCH BLACK SESAME TO BE ADDED WIT WATER FOR THARPANAM?

Q-70: AMONG THARPANAM AND AUPASANAM, WHICH IS TO BE DONE FIRST ON MONTH BEGININING?

Q-71 WHICH IS THE MOST SUITABLE TIME TO DO THARPANAM DURING THE LUNAR AND SOLAR ECLIPSES?

Q-72 WHAT IS KNOWN AS ‘SHANNAVATHI THARPANAM‘ AND WHEN SHOULD WE DO THIS ?

Q-73. WHEN WE CAN START OUR SHANNAVATHI THARPANAM ?

Q-74 CAN WE DO THARPANAM ON NEW MOON DAY OCCURING IMMEDIATELY A MARRIAGE OR UPANAYANAM?

Q-75 AN EXTRA MONTH (‘ADHIK MASAM‘) HAS OCCURED IN 2005. THEREFORE, DURING SANKALPA FOR MAHALAYA PAKSHAM, SHOULD WE SAY "PANCHAMA" OR "SAPTHAMA" PARA PAKSHA" FOR THARPANAM IN MAHALAYA PAKSHAM IN 2005?

Q-76 SOME PEOPLE SAY that we need not do Brahma Yagnam during Tharpanam on the Tamil month BEGINING. Is it CORRECT?

Q-77 THERE IS NO CUSTOM IN OUR FAMILY TO DO EITHER HIRANYA SRADDHAM OR THARPANAM DURING MAHALAYA PAKSHAM. Can I do Mahalayam NOW?

Q-78 PEOPLE SAY THAT AFTER VISITING BANARAS AND AFTER PERFORMING GAYA SHRADDHAM, WE NEED NOT DO SHRADDHAM EVERY YEAR. IS IT CORRECT?

Q-79 I COULD NOT DO THE ANNUAL SRADDHAM FOR MY FATHER ON THE EXACT DAY OF THITHI. CAN I DO IT ON SOME OTHER DAY ?

Q-80 WHAT IS THE MANTHRA FOR SQUEEZING THE WET CLOTH AFTER FINISHING SHRADDHAM? WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO FOLLOW DURING THIS TIME?

Q-81 WE TAKE ONLY THITHY AS A PROPER DAY TO PERFORM SHRADHAM TO OUR FOREFATHERS. WHY NOT WE FOLLOW THE ANNIVERSARY OF FOREFATHERS AS PER ENGLISH OR TAMIL MONTH?

Q-82 I HAVE PERFORMED SRADDHAM FOR MY PARENTS FOR 25 YEARS. HOW MANY MORE YEARS I SHOULD DO THIS?

Q-83 I COULD NOT DO SRADDHAM ON THE DAY OF THITHI DUE TO SOME PROBLEM. BUT I HAVE GIVEN FOOD FOR SOME PEOPLE IN A CHARITY HOME. IS IT ENOUGH ?

Q-84 WHAT CAN I DO IF I DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PERFORM SHRADHAM?

Q-85 WHEN THERE IS SOME IMPURITY (THEETU OR AASOUCHAM) IN MY HOUSE DUE TO SOME BIRTH OR DEATH OF A RELATIVE, CAN I PERFORM SRADDHAM IN MY HOUSE?

Q-86 I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO DO SRADDHAM ON THE EXACT DAY. WHAT CAN I DO NOW?

Q-88 CAN WE INVOKE A Brahmin OF SAME GOTHRA (lineage) OF THE DOER (kartha) for shradham?

Q- 89 WHAT ARE THE RULES TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE DOER (KARTA) OF SHRADHA?

Q-90 WHO ARE THE ‘NAANDHI PITHRUS’ (FOREFATHERS) ?

Q-91 CAN WE DO "NAANDHI SRADDHAM" DURING ANY AUSPICIOUS FUNCTIONS LIKE MARRIAGES OR UPANAYANAM, as tHIS seems to be AN INAUSPICIOUS RITUAL?

Q-92 SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CUSTOM OF DOING NAANDHI IN THEIR FAMILY FUNCTIONS. IS IT RIGHT TO AVOID NAANDHI IN THEIR FUNCTIONS?

Q-93 WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS IN WHICH WE SHOULD PERFORM "NAANDHI"?

Q-94 HOW AND WHEN TO DO "NAANDHI"?

Q-95 CAN WE PERFORM "NAANDHI" WHEN OUR FATHER IS ALIVE?

Q-96 WHO SHOULD DO NAANDHI DURING ONE’S MARRIAGE?

Q-97 WHEN A THIRD PERSON OF DIFFERENT GOTHRA (LINEAGE) OTHER THAN HIS FATHER PERFORMS UPANAYANAM OF A BOY, IS NANDHI DONE FOR THE FOREFATHERS OF THE DOER OR THE BOY?

Q-98 CAN WE DO "NAANDHI" ON THE PREVIOUS DAY OF THE MARRIAGE OR UPANAYANAM?

Q-99 I HAVE NO SON OR DAUGHTER. WHO WILL DO THE LAST RITES TO ME AFTER MY DEATH?

Q-100 WHEN our relative has passed away, NoNE OF THE family cAME forward to do the LAST RITES. Can we ask anybody ELSE to PERFORM LAST RITES by paying some money?

Q-101 WHAT IS THE DATE OF THE EVENT OF ANY BIRTH OR DEATH OCCURING IN MID NIGHT?

Q-102 A POPULAR JOURNAL FROM A REPUTED MUTT HAS SAID THAT WE CAN DO SHRADHAM IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES ALSO. IS IT CORRECT?

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Worshipping the God

131. Some people wear lot of jewels, decorate themselves lavishly and perform the pooja. Is that correct?

132. Can we do abishekam for idols of God with hot water?

133. Can we do nivedhanam in mud utensils?

134. What is meant by Saduravrithi tharpanam? What is the benefit of this?

135. When we do archana with flowers, should we place the flower in upright position or should we place the flower facing downwards towards ground?

136. In pooja, while we place mandra pushpam, should we use both the hands or should we use only right hand?

137. While performing pooha, homam, japam should we wear sacred paste like viboothi or thiruman?

In Temples

138. During  Festival days in temples why vigrahams of god go procession on the streets? While utsav time, can we perform archana inside the temple?

139. Is it necessary that we should sit for sometime while we leave, after making darshan in Shiva temple?

140. How many times we can get the prasada theertham that is provided in temples? One time or three times?

141.In Shiva temples, we find different kinds of vigrahas (idols). What are they?

Pooja

142. Which is the best direction to perform Pooja?

143. Why should we ring the bell while performing Pooja?

144. Why the top of the pooja bell is always structured with Nadhi or Kardudalwar?

145. While doing pooja, at what time we should ring the bell? Can we ring the bell during karpura aradhana?

146. During Navarathiri we should perform pooja for 9 days. But for some years Navarthiri happens only for 8 days. What can be done?

147. During Navarathiri what kind of children we need to consider for kanya pooja?

148. Can we use candles to lit lamps for performing pooja?

149. Can we do archana the next coming days with flowers which are bought during previous days?

150. Should we use five fingers on the right hand while performing archana?

151. What is the best flower to perform archana or pooja for Shiva and Vishnu?

152. Should we give prasadham to anybody after the pooja at home is finished? Is there any mantra or sloga for this?

Homam

153. If somebody performs homam for me, will I get the benefit of the homam?

154. If somebody performs homam for me, should I be present at the homam place?

155. Can the parents do poja, homam pariharams for their children?

156. What are the things can be used for Sandi homam?

157. What is meant by Kooshmanda homam?
What is the benefit?

158. What is meant by Oupasana homam?

159. Can women perform Oupasana homam?

160. What is meant by Oupasanakni? What is the difference between Oupasanakni and Lougikakni?

161.Can we perform navagriha homam in Oupasanagni?

Bathing

162. On certain auspicious days if it is not possible to take head bath what shall we do?

163. Can we take bath in warm water during eclipse days? Or should we take bath in Cauvery like river?

Food habits

164. Which is the best direction to sit and eat food?

165. During eclipse, till what time we can have food? Is there any exception for patients?

166. Some people drink by sipping while they participate in yagas like Somayaga. Is this correct?

167. After fasting, if we take food outside (or in somebody's house) the next day, will we get the benefit of fasting?

168. The person who performs sratham should not eat parannam for few days. What is Parannam?

 Auspicious ceremonies

169. What should be done and not to be done on birth star day? Can we perform son's marriage on birth star day?

170. Can we perform daughter's marriage on birth star day (for Swathi)?

171. When both husband and wife sit by the side of each other in podium (mandap) during marriage, on which side the wife should sit?

172. Should we definitely perform Sashtiapthapoorthi (60 year celebration)?

173. During Sashtiapthapoorthi, should we perform Sri Rudra yegadasini?

174. In which age we should perform Sadabishekam (80 year celebration)? At the age of 80? At the age of 81? How can we calculate thousand pirai?

175. If a person does not have husband / wife, can that person perform Sashtiapthapoorthi or Sadabishekam

176. What is meant by Bheemaradhashanthi? When this should be done?

177. Is there any Shanthi homam to be done at the age of 40 or 50?

178. Can we perform Sri Rudra yegadasi - Sashtiapthapoorthi  - Sadabishekam on Amavasai day?

179. What is meant by Ukra radha shanthi?

180. Can a person marry a girl who has Moolam as birth star?

181. It is known that we should perform the first year and 60 year completion ceremony only on birth star day (janma nakshathiram). But if the birth star happens on 2 days consecutively, on which day we should perform the ceremony?

182. Can we perform sacred thread wearing ceremony (upanayanam) on Rathasapthami day or Akshay thrithiyai day?

183. Can we perform daughter's marriage on birth star day?

184. What is meant by Vaasthu? Why should we worship him?

185. Can anybody perform Upanayanam for a boy?

Jothisham (Astrology)

186. What is meant by Panjangam?

187. In Panjangam it is denoted as 'Avama' as well as 'Thrithinaspruk'. What are these?

188. This year (2008) there is eclispse on Amavasai day which falls before Navarathiri. So what is the best time to make kalasa sthabanam for Golu steps?

189. What should be done and not to be done on lunar / solar eclipse days?

190. In temples 'Panjanga padanam' ceremony is held on every New Year. What it is?

191.  In calendar and in panjangam two yogas are indicated for same day. How can we distinguish them?

192. What can be done if we happen to travel during Chandrashtam or Rahu kalam or Yama kandam?

193. What is meant by Mala month?

194. How can we choose best date for travel?

195. Some people say that on certain week days we should not travel on certain directions. Is it correct?

SANDEHA NIVARANEE  Part- 5

96. Is it necessary that one should wear viboothi or thiruman on forehead while performing ancestral rituals like Amavasai tharpanam or sratham?

197. Should we need to perform Amavasai tharpanam or Griha tharpanam when there is death or birth in the family?

198. Can we perform pithru tharpanam like Amavasai and other days in brass plates? Which metal plate is the best?

199. If parent's sratham falls on the same day of Amavasai, should we perform Amavasai tharpanam along with sratham? Which one we should do first?

200. While performing Amavasai tharpanam is it right to chant the sangalpam, "Dharcha sratham thila tharpana roopane athya karishye"?

201. Shall the brothers perform sratham together? Or they should  perform the sartham only independently?

202. The brahmana who conducts the sratham get angry. Due to this the sratham performer loses interest or affinity towards it, why?

203. If sratham is conducted in remote places where banana leaves are not available, shall we serve food in mud plates?

204. What is meant by Oona Masigam? When this should be done?

205. What should we do with the Pindam that is used for Sratham? Can we serve to crow or put in water?

206. For first one year after death, if the elder son is not able to perform the monthly rituals or masigam every month, can the younger son perform it?

207. If a person takes food in sratham on first day, can he take food in other sratham next day? 

208. Somebody says that the crow while eating sratham pindam should not face southern side. Is it right?

209. Should sratham be performed every year by making homam and serving food? Or is there some other way to perform sratham?

210. Is it very good to perform the sratham in Gaya? What is the religious faith behind it?

211. Somebody says that if we perform the sratham for ancestors once in Gaya, we need not perform sratham every year. Is it true?

212. In Kasi, Rameswaram, Gaya etc where we perform the Stratham, the brahmanas living there are not pure according to brahminical culture. What can we do?

213. Is it necessary to perform tharpanam on the next of the sratham?

214. What is meant by Ashtaka - Anvashtaka sratham?

215. On sratham day, if the wife is not pure, can we perform Aupasana homam?

216. The person who performs karama for the deceased should he take salt less food?

217. If it happens to perform karma for a relative, if the gothram is not known, how can we perform it?

218. Is there any sloga to chant while we climb Thirupathi hill?

219. Is there any mantram to chant while we daily serve rice (annam) for crow?

220. What dosha (sin) will affect a person who lies and acts as false witness for the incident which he has not seen?

221. Is human population the reason for the occurrence of earthquake? Is there any easy way for an individual person to protect from earthquake?

222.  What can we do to prevent the bad dreams which occur during early morning, from becoming true?

223. If we need to go away in between while performing Jabam, Homam etc what can we do?

224. I get pain in my eyes often. What is the pariharam (to get relief) for this?

225. What is the pariharam if we happen to sneeze or tumble while we start going out? 

226. What is the pariharam if we get bad dreams often?

227. Is there any sloga to get the girl's marriage fixed quickly to a good alliance?

228. Nowadays, daily we have to shave ourselves. What is the pariharmam for this?

229. What can we do for the quick sale of the marketable products?

230. Who is called as fool?

231. Is it good to perform the pooja, japam, homam etc with fewer expenses using honest earnings or is it good to perform them with extravagance using the money earned in dishonest way?

232. How to pronounce the Tamil word SRI IYYAPPAN in Sanskrit?

233. Some people look and behave as illiterate even though they are highly literate. Why?

234. What is the opinion of Sasthra about killing the animals and eating the flesh of animals?

235. Can we wear Basil (Thulasi) garland? What is the way to wear?

236. Can we wear Sandal paste and Viboothi at the same time on forehead?

237. What is meant by Harivasaram?

238. What are the things not to be done on fasting day?

239. During "Mala month", what has to be done? What is not to be done?

240. What should be the length of the sacred thread (Poonool)?

241. While we perform the karma rituals, should we wear the Dharpa pavithram in the right hand at the tip of the finger or at the end of the finger?

 242. Before we wear new sacred thread, in the mantra "Ubaveetham pinnathanthu" to remove the old sacred thread, some people chant "Visrujami jale" and some people chant "Visrujami nahi". Which one is correct?

243. Should we wear Yagnobaveetham only after performing yagnobaveetha rituals?

244. Is there any slogan to wear Gopi chanthanam (sandal paste)?

245. If the wife is pregnant what are the things the husband should not do and from when?

246. Shall we do sandya vandanam in the morning (during sun rise) without taking bath?

247. To pray and attain blessings/merits of god there are many ways like japam, homam, parayanam etc. Which is the best way we need to adapt?

248. Can a person foresee the end of life by himself / herself?

249. In all the shanthi mantrams what is the meaning of chanting 3 times the shanthi mantra like "Om Shanthi: Shanthi: Shanthi:"?

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