While placing in front of God, Why one shouldn’t keep the flame of Diya (lamp) towards Southern direction?
It is believed to be the death direction of Yama (God of Death). Yama is never worshipped in Hinduism.
Why is it necessary to remove cap from our head before praying to God?
When we pray, a divine energy from Bramharandhra (crevice in the crown of the head) is attracted to our body and to gain that energy we remove our cap.
Why shouldn’t one remove or collect litter with the help of broom in the evening?
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth, Fortune and Prosperity) enter our house in the evening. Thus, cleaning with broom at evening is like insulting Goddess Lakshmi.
In same house why one should not keep and worship multiple idols of same god? (for example 2 Ganpati, 2 Shivlinga or 3 Goddesses etc.)
In Hinduism, people worship their parents as God. As there cannot be two parents, how can we worship multiple idols of same god!
Gayatri Mantra must be chanted by sitting on a mat? Why it should not be chanted while walking on a road or while doing other work?
Gayatri Mantra has an eternal importance. It is only fruitful when chanted with concentration and with full devotion and dedication. It is impossible to focus on chanting while driving a car or walking on a road or while doing other work.
Why one should not mix ghee and oil together in a diya (lamp) and offer it to God?
Ghee is Sattvic and pure in Nature, whereas Oil is Rajasicand impure in nature. If combined they will form Tamasic element and this could lead to unfortunate or ill-omened consequences.
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Why should not we keep idols of God or their images facing to the South or facing each other?
It is believed that the waves of glory or reverence coming out of idols or images are propagated outwards and this could lead to enemy Dosha (fault, defect or enemy trouble).
Why should not one touch his or her forehead to the flower which was offered to Lord Vishnu?
Flower is counted as one of the sacred offerings to God. Once it is offered to God Vishnu, it attains immense power and Chaitanya (spiritual consciousness) coming out of the Lord Vishnu’s forehead. This power is unbearable and hence one should not touch that flower or put it on our forehead.
Why one must not share his or her prayer beads and meditationmat with others?
As we offer prayer or chant or meditate, prayer beads and meditation mats also get involved in our connection with the God. If we share them with others, others will gain from our prayers and we will miss the benefits of blessings.
Why we should never step over a person who is sleeping?
It is believed that sleeping body symbolizes or epitomizes Lord Shiva. One must not cross or step over the body as it is considered as the insult of Lord Shiva.