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Devi is the feminine form of the Divine worshipped as Parvati, Lakshmi, Saraswati and many other forms. Also, known as Shakti.

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Importance of Bhairav in Kul

Kuldevi is considered to be important in day to day worship. Also, heard about Kul-Bhairav, shankar and ganesh specific to the particular Kul along with Kuldevi. What is significance of the ...
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What body part of goddess Sati fell on Dakshineswar Kali temple and Kalighat Kali temple?

What body part of goddess Sati fell on Dakshineswar Kali temple and Kalighat Kali temple of 20 km from each other?
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Who are these Vedic goddesses mentioned as spouses of Devas?

Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 22 enumerates many goddesses as the souses of the gods: 9 O Agni, hither bring to us the willing Spouses of the Gods, And Tvaṣṭar, to the Soma draught. 10 Most youthful ...
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Who is devi in devi suktam?

Is the goddess of devi suktam Durga? is she same as adi shakti, or is adi shakti the goddess of devi suktam different from Durga.
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Why does Devi Mantras contain the name of the Demons She slayed?

Goddess Durga got her name after slaying the Demon Durgamasur, there are mantras such as "Om Durgaye namaha", She got the name Mahishashura Mardini after slaying Demon Mahishashur, again there are ...
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Was Seeta ji born as a blessing from Shiva?

We know that Shri Rama took birth to rid the three worlds of the tyranny of Ravana. But I recently came across a verse in the Valmiki Ramayan that says that Seeta was also born for the same purpose! ...
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What is the military count of the army mentioned in devI mahaAtmayam?

In devi mahaAtmayam we find details of battles between demons and goddesses. Some of the famous ones are Mahishasura Shumbha nishumbha ChanDa-munDa I think these armies were higher in number than ...
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Did Lord Rama really worship Devi Ambika?

While the story of Rama worshipping Shiva has been subjected to immense controversy in South India for centuries, there has been a similar debate in Bengal (where I have been born and brought up) ...
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History behind Mahishasura Mardini Stotram?

I was listening to this powerful stotram on YouTube. Don't know why but there were tears in my eyes it's so powerful! For knowledge sake just wanted to know some facts about it for instance: Who ...
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What is non-Brahman said in Devi Atharvashirsha?

There is Bhaumashvini (भौमाश्विनि) Yoga also known as Amrit Siddhi Yoga Today. (Ashvini Nakshatra on Tuesday). Chanting of Devi Atharvashirsha (also known as Devi Upanishad) has great significance as ...
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In any of the works of Adi Shankaracharya is it mentioned that any deity apart from Sriman Narayana to be supreme/Saguna Brahman/Ishwara?

I have mainly seen Adi Shankaracharya calling Narayana to be the only supreme/Saguna Brahman/Ishwara whereas his followers i.e. Smarthas believe that Adi Shankaracharya saw Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, Surya, ...
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Chanting Devi Mahathyam/Durga Saptashati

I would like to chant the Devi Mahathyam but may not be able to do the full text together in a single sitting or in a day. So if I am to split the chapters across days, are there any prescribed format ...
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in which verse of gita, has krishna declared that he is shiva, vishnu, brahma, devi & supreme

Shiva: In which verse of gita, krishna has declared either that krishna is "shiva" or declared that "shiva" origiates from him? Vishnu: In which verse of gita , krishna has declared either that ...
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Is there a concept of Triple Goddess in Hinduism according to stages of life?

All Devi worshippers are aware of the three main forms of the goddess - Ma Kali, Ma Lakshmi & Ma Saraswati. They can be considered as triple goddesses that correspond to the male Holy Trinity. A ...
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What was the name of the form of Devi before Lalitha Devi?

After the death of manmadha for continuity of world devi herself took the bow and arrow and bow of manmadha and took a new form called Lalitha devi. What was the before form name of the form of Devi ...
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Was Goddess Gayatri really a cowherdess?

According to this Skanda Purana stoy Goddess Gayatri was actually a milkmaid who was married to Brahma when Saraswati took time to get ready for a Yagna that they were supposed to perform together: ...
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What is the importance of Goddess Radha in Shaktism?

The 39th Chapter of the 9th Book of Devi Bhagavatam mentions the following about the origin of both Radha and Lakshmi from Krishna: 4-33. Nârâyana said :-- Of old, in the beginning of the Prâkritik ...
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Who is Goddess Hri?

Hri is a Goddess mentioned in some scripture, though she is not a famous goddess there are places where she is mentioned like Natsyashastra 3(86,87) let mothers such as Sarasvati, Dhriti, Medha,Hri,...
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What is the significance of amritaghateshwara temple?

The.famous temple of abirami (goddess)-amrita ghateshwara (shiva) at Tirukkadiyur has an interesting fact that it also contains Lord Vishnu temple alongside. It has many miraculous and special stories ...
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What do we know of Parvati's sisters Ekaparna & Ekapatala?

I came across the following passage in the Harivamsha: The king of the mountains had three daughters through Mena: Aparna, Ekaparna and Ekapatala as the third. These three performed austerities ...
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Who killed Banasura - Lord Krishna or Devi?

There seems to be some confusion between different accounts of the Banasura fight - some state that Krishna killed him while others mention that he let him live when Shiva interceded on the demon's ...
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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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Who is Ratri devi? Is she same or different from Devi Kaali?

Here is Ratri Suktam from Rig Veda CXXVII 1.WITH all her eyes the Goddess Night looks forth approaching many a spot: She hath put all her glories on. 2 Immortal. she hath filled the waste, ...
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What are the original forms of Mahakali,Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati?

According to 'Pradhanic rahasya' of Durgasaptasati, goddess Adi Shakti has three incarnations - Mahalakshmi, Mahakali, MahaSaraswati,but they are described to have four arms each which is a ...
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What is the actual name of these mysterious goddesses?

In the Gondwana region of India, which stretches from Madhya Pradesh to Chhattisgarh, I read about few mysterious Goddesses in the tribal area. The tribes make use of the powers acquired by these ...
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Is bitter gourd permitted to be used in Devi alankar?

In Navaratri, Devi is decorated with alankara (ornaments, garlands) made of vegetables. Is the vegetable bitter gourd permitted?
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Why do we wear different colors on different days of Navratri?

Each day of Navratri is associated with a different color as mentioned in this article. How are Navratri colours decided and why do they change every year? The first colour of the Navratri ...
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Are there more than one origins of Ma Kali?

There are multiple stories related to the origin of Goddess Mahakali: The Rudra Samhita 2.53 of the Shiva Mahapuran mentions that when Nandi informed Shiva about Sati's death, he became very furious. ...
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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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Is Radha really a Hindu goddess or not? [duplicate]

I am confused about Goddess Radha's existence in the Hindu Puranas. A few books that I read mention her as Lord Krishna's lover and that she is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi while some others ...
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Durga Devi dream - meaning for woman? [closed]

I am a 22 year old Polish woman, non-hindu. Last night I had a dream about Durga Devi. The world was taken over by demons, it was all on fire, huge fire and flames everywhere. Me and some 2 other ...
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Who is Adi Parashakthi? Is this the creator of the Trimurtis?

Paramatma is said to be one is Eternal,Formless and etc,... Source of Creation. We also know Adi Parashakthi and is said to be the Divine Mother and source of Energy. Also said to be Creator of ...
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What is the meaning of Vishnu maya in Tantrokta Devi Suktam?

In tantrokta devi suktam, (durga saptashati) it has been mentioned as "Ya devi sarva bhuteshu Vishnumayeti shabdita....". What is "Vishnu maya" here?
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Who is Sarasvati's daughter Kotara?

According to this extract from the Uttarakhanda of Padma Purana there is a Goddess named Kotara/Kotaraksi that was worshiped by Aniruddha (Krishna's son) during his battle against Banasura. Krishna ...
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Which scriptures describe Dadhichi hiding Kshatriya children from Parashurama?

This Wikipedia page on Dadhichi says that he saved some Kshatriya children from Parashurama's wrath by hiding them in the Hinglaj Devi Temple. This site and this wiki page on Hinglaj Mata gives an ...
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What are the symbolisms behind Lord Shiva speaking tantras and agamas to Devi?

Those who are acquainted with Shakta Tantras and Agamas will find that the common feature in all these scriptures is that they are mostly spoken by Lord Shiva upon requests made by His consort or Devi ...
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Who are these goddesses?

In the Devi Bhagvata Purana, in the rules for performing the Kumari Puja, it said that girls embody certain goddesses according to their age: 41-43. The virgin aged two years is named the Kumârî ; ...
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Who was Kohlaasura? How did Mother Lakshmi kill him?

What is story behind him? Is the story written in some Scriptures? How did Mother kill him?
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Does chanting Mahishasura Mardini stotram bestow occult powers?

Are there occult powers attributed to chanting the holy Mahishasura Mardini stotram? The reason behind asking this is - 1. some mantras/shlokas are chanted for invoking the specific deity for ...
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Why Divine Mother's (Kali) tongue is out of mouth?

Why always it is seen Maa Kali's tongue out side from mouth ?
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Are the Sri Yantras that are devoid of color fillings defective?

Sri Yantra is probably the most well-known among all yantras. It is also called the king of yantras. The presiding deity of the yantra is Sri Lalita Mahatripurasundari or Sri Rajarajeswari Devi. A ...
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In which chapter of Brahmanda puraana is Shri Lalita Sahasranama present?

Lalita Sahasra naama stotram belongs to Uttarakhanda of Brahmanda Puraana. Which chapter is it present?
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I am devoted to God, but doubts keep on coming in my mind about existence of God. Please save me. I want real devotion. [closed]

I am so much devoted to my Mother ShriLalita Maheshwari AdShakti. When I was small I loved God, but as I reached 13-14 years, I thought that the concept of religion, God and others is a superstition, ...
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Is Goddess Brahmacharini an avatara of Mata Durga?

The second day of Navaratri is observed on the Dwitya Tithi. On this day Goddess Brahmacharini is worshiped. Who is Goddess Brahmacharini and what is the mythological story behind worshiping ...
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What are the spiritual benefits of worshipping goddess Gouri?

As goddess Gouri is connected to feminine aspects of brain (emotions, love, devotion etc). Will worshipping goddess Gouri helps us to ( helps mean being lubricant or catalyst ) make us femininely ...
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Who are these yoginis?

The yoginis are a group that consistsof 64 goddesses. Some The Sixty-four Yogini as depicted in the complete Hirapur shrine are: •Bahurupa •Tara •Narmada •Yamuna •Shanti ...
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What are the purposes of Devi's five main forms from the Devi Bhagavata Purana?

The purposes of Shiva's Pancha Bramha Avatars are stated here. However, what are the purposes of Devi's five forms? On a side note, what is the need for five devi's when there already are the Tri ...
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Are there any avatars of Devi mentioned in Vedas but not in scriptures(e.g. puranas) and vice versa

Are there any avatars of Devi which are not mentioned in Vedas but there is a mention of them in puranas. Also are there any avatars, which are not a part of puranas and itihasas but in shrutis(Vedas, ...
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Did Goddess Vaisno Devi live without food during her 9 months stay in the cave in Ardhakuwari?

The legend of Sri Vaishno Devi temple says, Matha Vaishno Devi stayed in Ardhkuwari, Katra,Jammu and Kashmir for 9 months in this cave, so was it without taking any food?