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Hinduism - What Is Nitya Karma?

 

("ongoing [ritual] activity") The three categories of ritual activity are naimittika karma, kamya karma, and naimittika karma.

Nitya karma is a kind of ritual activity that is mandated at regular set intervals, frequently on a daily basis; doing them does not provide religious merit, but failing to do so is considered a religious sin.

The Gayatri Mantra, for example, is a nitya karma that every "twice-born" man who has undergone the teenage religious initiation known as the "second birth" must say at morning and evening devotion (sandhya).

The Five Great Sacrifices (panchama hayajna), which are daily religious requirements for a "twice-born" householder and are seldom done nowadays, are another nitya karma.

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Hinduism - What Is Naimittika Karma?

 


("every now and then [ritual] activity") Nitya karma and kamya karma are the other two categories of general ritual activity.

Naimittika karma rituals are based on a specific cause (naimittika); when certain conditions happen, the ritual must be performed.

When a kid is born, for example, specific ceremonies must be performed.

The rite, however, is not essential until a birth has occurred.


~Kiran Atma


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