Rules for Sexual Activity Vishnu Purāṇa. 3:11:
- In proper time, under the influence of an auspicious planet and in
an auspicious moment or on even nights (tithis) one should have sex
with his own wife.
112 – 113. One should not approach a woman who is unbathed, sick,
menstruating, unwilling, angry, un-recommended, pregnant, unskilled
(adaksinam), in love with another (anya-kamam), lacking in libido
(akamam) nor committed to another (anya-yoshitam), nor if she is
hungry or over-fed. He too should also be free from all these
- When engaging in sexual intercourse (vyavayam) one should have
taken a bath, be adorned with a garland and perfumes, and be in an
aroused and affectionate mood, not disturbed by anxiety.
- The special days on which the use of body-oils, meat and sex is
prohibited is the eighth and fourteenth lunar days, new moon and fullmoon and the entrance of the sun into a new zodiac sign (sankranti).
116 – 117. On these occasions according to the Scriptures the wise
should control their appetites and engage in the worship of the gods, in sacrifice, meditation and japa (recitation of mantras). And he, who acts otherwise, will be doomed to a hell where he will be constrained to live upon faeces and urine.
118 – 119. Intercourse should not take place in any orifice other than a
vagina (anya-yonau), nor with other species (avayonau), nor should one use accessories (upayukta) or aphrodisiacs (aushadhi). Intercourse should not be done in a temple, at cross-roads, in cow sheds, in a cremation ground, in a garden or in water.
- On the occasions (parvas) mentioned previously, as well as at the
times of sun-set and sun-rise (sandhya) the wise should not engage in
- A man should not have sex with the wife of another, and not even
think adulterous thoughts, nor should even discuss it with her.
After having fully enjoyed the union, my (Krishna’s) devotee should
bathe himself and put on fresh garments. (Varaha Purana 142.33)
A woman is not defiled by a lover nor a brahmin by Vedic rites, nor
water by urine and excrement, nor fire by consuming impure
substances. (Vasistha 28;1)
Though tainted by sin, whether she be quarrelsome, or have left the
house, or have been raped, or kidnapped, a wife should never be
abandoned; to forsake her is not prescribed by the sacred law. Let him
wait for the time of her courses, by her temporary uncleanness she
becomes pure. (Vasistha 28 2-3)
A man who avoids women on the (six) disapproved nights21 and on the other nights is regarded as chaste, no matter which of the four stages of life he is in. (Manu 3:50)