Hinduism - What Is A Niyoga?


("appointment") is a Sanskrit word that means "appointment." In order to conceive a son, a childless widow might have intercourse with her deceased husband's brother or another "assigned" man.

The infant is considered the deceased man's son, and his lineage is preserved.

In the dharma literature, there is much disagreement concerning the validity of this practice.

Some of these writings allow it, but only under certain circumstances, while others categorically forbid it.

One of the rituals deemed Kalivarjya, or "forbidden in the Kali [Age]," is Niyoga.

Kalivarjya was a legal method used to prohibit certain religious acts that were specified in holy literature but were no longer acceptable in modern times.

It first arose in the twelfth century.

~Kiran Atma

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