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Mahavidyas (Great Wisdoms) or Dasha-Mahavidyas are a group of ten aspects of Adi Parashakti in Hinduism. They are Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneswari, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamala. They are worshiped with great zeal in the Agamic or Tantric traditions of Hinduism.

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What are the Stotras and ruling deities of the Navagrahas?

Sometimes the Navagrahas have a bad influence on a persons life. To pacify these planets what are the stotrams of each of the Navagrahas that can be chanted by the house holders. What are the ...
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Which scripture should I read to know more about Mother Kali?

I am fascinated by 10 Mahavidya forms of omnipotent mother Jagad-Amba and out of 10, I am captivated, enchanted, and bewitched by the form of Mother Kali. Is there any Granth which explicitly talks ...
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Who is this Mahavidya in the picture?

I have recently noticed in the picture of Jagadhatri, that there are 11 Mahavidyas. Most of us have already know about the 10 Mahavidyas (expect the circled one). But, who is that that circled ...
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Some tantrik text books and sampradaya for mahavidya upasana

As a resident of West Bengal , India, I have only seen the Dakshineswar Kali Devi , and the tarapith tara Devi, the two foremost mahavidyas. But where can I find the temples of all the other ...
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What are the experiences and benefits of worshipping the mahavidyas?

Each of the mahavidyas have different physical features. Can anyone share what are the experiences felt by the practitioners while doing the sadhana or ashttotara nama japa of the mahavidyas, and what ...
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If All the doctrines outside Vedas are useless and False, Why is a Mahavidya Goddess like Tara pleased only when worshipped through an unvedic Achara?

Manusmriti says - 12.95. All those traditions (smriti) and those despicable systems of philosophy, which are not based on the Veda, produce no reward after death; for they are declared to be founded ...
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I want to find out which form of mahavidya to worship according to shaktism/tantra

So I have read that in tantra or kula path, each person is given a specific form of maha vidya to worship ( By their gurus i think). I dont have a guru and I dont mean to do tantra without a guru but ...
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Dhumra Ganapati in Dhumavati Sadhana

I am seeking a deeper understanding of Dhumavati Sadhana. In this mahavidya there is Dhumra Ganapati to be worshipped before. I'm seeking more resources about this form of Ganapati and it's mantras. ...
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Who is dhumavati? How can one worship her in common household?

What are the benefits of worshipping dhumavati mahavidya? Can it be done in any common household? Also is there any Bhakti ways of doing it? She appears to be sort of similar to alakshmi so why should ...
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What are the Bhakti ways of worshipping the mahavidyas?

I am interested to achieve higher things in both the material and spiritual world. I have been trying to find about the mahavidyas and other deities . From this I came to know that to achieve higher ...
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How can I offer worship to Maa Baglamukhi?

Why am I asking this question? I don't have a Guru! also I began my Upasana with Lord Krishna! it is now that I am guided to worship Maa Baglamukhi! But again one simply doesn't worship Dasmahavidyas ...
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Bhuvaneswari Yantra - which is the correct version?

In Rudrayamala Tantram, bhuvaneswari yantra is described like below. In another famous book on mahavidyas - The Ten Great Cosmic powers, by S Sankaranarayan , the yantra is depicted as below, 8 ...
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Can I worship Chinnamasta?

I am very fascinated towards Maa chinnamasta! But after searching about her,I found out that she is the most terrible deity to invoke without a Guru I came across a mantra on youtube 'Chinnamasta ...
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Is it true that the following goddesses are mentioned as Mahavidyas?

I found the following goddesses mentioned as Mahavidyas in wisdomlib. These goddesses are Chandeshvari, Laghusyama, Triputa, Vanadurga, Shulini, Ashvarudha, Trilokyavijaya, Mahavarahi and Annapurna. ...
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Chinnmasta/Chinnmastika Clarification

A number of the sites I’m perusing say Chinnamasta is originally a Buddhist goddess who was later over centuries incorporated into the Hindu pantheon. A number of religious scholar types asserting ...
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What correspondences of Grahas to different Mahavidyas are correct?

Correspondences common on the Internet come from some unknown source. And Sanjay Rath for some reason repeats it in his books and magazine. However, Kokilarnava Tantra 25:54-282 contains significantly ...
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What is the difference between Shodasi and Shodasakasri?

From a long time I thought that the shodasi in dasamahavidyas and shodasakshari given in the Srividya tradition are same but when going through the YouTube video of a guru he mentioned in between that ...
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What's the relation between Chhinnamasta and Kali?

What's the relation between Chhinnamasta and Kali ?
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Which of the Dasha Mahavidyas are associated with each day of Navrathri?

In what order do the Dasha Mahavidyas correspond to each day of Navrathri?
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Are there any associations between Dus (Dasha) Mahavidyas and Shreman Narayana and or Shree Vishnu?

In the many manifestations of Maa Shakti as Adi ParaShakti, we encounter the Dus Mahavidyas which some practicioners in tantra sadhana consider also to perform the bhakti and the sadhana towards Maa ...
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Putting Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture with other gods and recite mantras

Can Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture be put in pooja room with other gods? I don't know anything about MahaVidya but want to do Mata Shadoshi puja. Is there any special rule to do her puja and if not ...
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Can someone tell me the chapter and verse of mund mala tantra where dashavatar is said to be incarnated from dasa mahavidya

There was a post that in mundamala tantra and todal tantra there is mention of 10 mahavidya as dashaavatar. The verses of todal tantra is already given But I need verses of mundmala tantra, chapter ...
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What is the story behind the celebration of the Magha Navaratri?

I read somewhere that tomorrow is the beginning of the Magha Navaratri in which the Mahavidyas are worshipped. What is the story behind this celebration can anyone share something from the Puranas or ...
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About Goddess Ashvaroodha Devi

Has anyone heard about Aswarooda Devi? if yes, please explain the importance of this Goddess. is the worship only for some special purposes? or can it be a part of daily prayer? What's her ...
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Goddesses with skull-cup in one hand

Can any experts here, please enlighten me, who are the Goddesses,having skull-cup in one hand. Though I heard that Goddess Kaali & Chanmunda are two of them. But why are they carrying skull cup- *...
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Is there a connection between the Navadurga and the Dashmahavidya?

Navratri festival is going on and we are told about the nine forms of the Goddess also called Nava-Durga that are worshipped in these 9 days. However, I just recently came to know that some people ...
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How safe it is to perform Das Mahavidya anushthanas or sadhanas?

I want to perform Das Mahavidya sadhanas. But I don't know how safe are they? Does anyone has experience of such sadhnas? Which mahavidya sadhna is beneficial to attain success in any field?
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Which scripture mentions Vasishth praying to Tantrik Goddess Tara?

The Tarapith Temple in West Bengal Goddess Tara, one of the Dash-Mahavidyashas, and has an interesting legend associated with it: Another oral legend about the temple states that sage Vashishtha ...
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Is Goddess Kali ever represented in the form of a child?

We know that Goddess Parvati is worshiped in her child or Kumari form and in north India Kanya-pujan is done at the end of Navratri as a symbolic offering to the goddess. To some extent the ...
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Difference between Bhuvaneswari and Lalitha devi & their location

What is the difference between Bhuvaneswari and Lalitha devi? Who is actually in Manidweepam? In Devi Bhagavat it is said that Bhuvaneswari resides in Mandidweepam but many say that it is Lalitha devi....
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Are the 10 Mahavidyas an expansion of Goddess Sati or that of Goddess Shakambhari?

There are two broad stories about the origins of the Mahavidyas: The Shakta Mahabhagwat Puran states that they emerged from the body of Sati: Sati, the daughter of Daksha and first wife of god ...
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What is the relation between Dash Mahavidyas and Dashavatar?

Various Tantrik texts like Mundamala Tantra and Todal Tantra mention the Dash Mahavidyas in respect to the Dashavatar. For example in Todal Tantra CHapter 10 we find the following declaration: "...
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In which scriptures can we find the original stories of the Mahavidyas?

The Dash Mahavidyas are an enigmatic group of goddesses worshiped majorly in the Tantrik disciplines but except Kali, the origins of most are unclear. In which scriptures can we find more about the ...
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Is their an association between Chhinnamasta & Indra and/or Vairochan Buddha?

One of the Dash Mahavidyas - Chhinnamasta - is known as Vajra-Vairochini. How did she get to be associated with the Vajra that is exclusively shown in the hands of Indra? Indra is also associated with ...
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Who is Bagalamukhi?

Is Bagalamukhi Parvati's different incarnation or other form of Sakthi? Which scriptures or Puranas has the story of Bagalamukhi?
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Questions about the image of goddess Chhinnamasta? [duplicate]

What is the mythological story behind Chhinnamasta? Is there any philosophical meaning behind this image shown below ? What benefits can one earn by worshiping this form?
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What is the connection between Kali and Kaliyug?

What is the connection between Kali and Kaliyug? Kaalii is the goddess that takes the darkness away (Kali) but which scripture does it come from? And is there an explanation of the close connection of ...
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Who is Goddess Shyamala?

Goddess Shyamala is worshipped by the Tamils in Batam, Indonesia. Can someone give me her story? Does it have any scriptural basis or is it a folklore?
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What is the story of Devi Chhinamastika?

One of the Mahavidyas is named Chinnamastika/Chinnamasta devi , I want to know about her. What is her story of origin and why did she appear as one of the Mahavidyas?
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What are the Mahavidya deities?

Where did the 10 forms of Durga known as the Mahavidyas originate from? Why are they lesser known and not worshipped as much as the traditional 'Navadurga'?
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