Practicing Hindus set aside time to pray a minimum of twice per day. The ritualistic prayers are held at dawn and at dusk. Especially devout Hindus pray more often.Continue Reading
Orthodox Hindus recite a Sanskrit prayer known as the Rig Veda of the Gayatri. This mantra is for the sun. It is recited at the beginning of each dawn and dusk prayer time.
Hindus conduct their religious and worship rituals in the sanctuary of their own homes. A home-based prayer shrine is a room completely dedicated to religious endeavors. It typically contains a lighting lamp, idol images and foodstuffs for offerings.Learn more about Religion
The dietary restrictions of Hindus vary among practitioners: nearly all abstain from eating beef, and some follow a predominantly vegetarian diet, while others, such as Shaktas, consume meat, provided it comes from animals sacrificed in rituals. Among Hindus, Shaivites and Shaktas have the most lenient diets and may include meat products in their meals, while more conservative Hindu branches such as Vaishna abide by theological rules that dictate permissible and impermissible foods.Full Answer >
Hindus worship by venerating religious icons and images called "murtis," and by reciting prayers called "mantras." Hindu worship is simply called "puja," which literally means "honor."Full Answer >
Hindus believe in samsara, an eternal cycle of birth, life and deaths or reincarnation, explains How Stuff Works. In Hinduism, each individual soul is considered immortal or eternal. Samsara is controlled by karma, which, in Hinduism, is the moral law of action and reaction. All Hindus believe that each individual accumulates karma during his lifetime and the present condition of the human body and soul is affected by past actions.Full Answer >
Most Hindus follow a strict vegetarian diet and abstain from meat, eggs, poultry and other food considered intoxicating, such as alcoholic beverages and caffeine. In addition to maintaining a vegetarian diet, many Hindus refrain from eating food that is spicy or sour. Some practitioners, usually the most devout, eliminate onions, mushrooms and leeks from their diets as well.Full Answer >