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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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What scriptures mention the goddess Linga Bhairavi?

Sadhguru, of the Isha Foundation, promotes worshipping the 'Linga-Bhairavi' form of the Divine Mother goddess. As per the Isha Foundation's official statement: Linga Bhairavi Fire of the Feminine ...
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What's the story of goddess Khīr Bhavānī / Kheer Bhawani (खीर भवानी) of Kashmir?

Khīr Bhavānī (खीर भवानी, क्षीर भवानी या राज्ञा देवी ), literally means - ‘‘Goddess who eats khīr,’’ or rice pudding, is a very popular deity in the Kashmir regions of India, whose temple stands on an ...
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What's Mahā-mokṣa? Which scriptures refer to the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya mantra as the “Mahā-Mokṣa mantra (महा-मोक्ष मंत्र)”?

In some of the books and blogs, I came across the term "Mahā-Mokṣa (महामोक्ष) Mantra" being used for the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya Mantra. For instance: This book says - In Sanātan Hinduism, this ...
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Who is Chaturpadh Devi?

Which god/goddess or energy is known as chaturpad devi? Is there any description available or what is her form and qualities? It would be great if anybody could answer it! Thank you
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What are the scriptural meanings or definitions of the following qualities mentioned in devi stotram?

The following qualities are mentioned in devi stotra. Buddhi, Nidra, Kshudha, Chhaya, Shakti, Trishna, kshanti, Jaati, Lajja, Shanti, Shraddha, Kaanti, Lakshmi, Vritti, Smriti, Daya, Pushti, Maatru, ...
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What are all the rupas of devi to manifest in us according to devi stotra?

For many days, I am aware of stotra of the form Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu "____"-rupena samsthitha ; Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namo Namaha When I search about it I came across the ...
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Looking for scriptural reference of Shanta Durga

There is a form of mother Durga by name Shanta Durga which is worshiped almost everywhere in Goa. In fact, many houses name are after mother's name. When we enquire there about it from local people, ...
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Which Goddess is this whose idols were discovered recently in Kashmir?

There was recent news about the accidental discovery of two idols of Devi Durga in Kashmir, one of which has been dated 1200 years old while the other is 1300 years old. 1,200-year-old Goddess Durga ...
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Which scripture talks about 'Hreem' bija mantra other than Devi bhagvatam? I am talking about Hreem/Devi Pranava/Tantrokt Paranava

In devi bhagvat I saw some description of Devi Pranava Hreem.But those were not sufficient. I want to know the power of Hreem. And what does it can do. I want to destroy all of my sins of every birth. ...
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Who's devi Koutavi who shielded Banasura from Krishna?

Koutavi (also identified as Vijaya) in Harivamsa tries to shield Banasura from Shri Krishna by standing before the Lord. She even sheds her clothes and stands naked in front of Krishna, pleading for ...
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Why Hindu Gods do not protect Hindus anymore in the modern day?

I read a book on atrocities performed on Hindus in the past 200 years by invaders. By reading it, anybody's faith will be shaken to the core. For example, there is one account was of a Muslim invader ...
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Are there any methods to ask one's Ishta for a sign or direction when stuck before multiple alternatives with apparently equivalent pros and cons?

Are there any methods enjoined in scripture or the traditional commentaries as to how to ask one's Ishta (chosen personification of god) for a sign or direction when stuck before multiple alternatives ...
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Goddess kubjika importance in trika shaivism

Kubjika important in trika shaivism
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What are the two Mahapuranas which dedicated to goddess mentioned in Skanda purana

I heard there 10 puranas for shiva and 2 puranas for goddess mentioned in skanda purana. What are the two puranas dedicated to goddess.
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Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths?

Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths? If yes, please provide the list and source.
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In which manvantara did Devi Durga kill Mahishasura and other demons?

In which manvantara were the demons Mahishasura, Shumbha, Nishumbha and Raktabija killed?
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Are there any list of Nagardevta/gramdevta of famous Indian cities?

A Nagardevta/Gramadevta is guardian deity of village who is worshipped by people of that Grama(village) and the deity protects the village. I am wondering who are the Nagardevta/gramadevta of famous ...
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Is it true that Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones? What is this story?

Someone said that in a YouTube Comments that Devi Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones. I don't know if this is true. What is the story related to it?
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Who is that Bhuvaneshwari devi as mentioned in Srimad Devi Bhagavatam?

As all shaktas know that the Deity of Devi Bhagavatam is Adya shakti Bhuvaneshwari. But there are some confusions though. In devi bhagvatam devi Bhuvaneshwari is called as Moolprakriti from whom 5 ...
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What is the meaning of Uma?

Consort of Lord Shiva is mostly known by her name 'Parvati'. But in Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas we find the name of 'Uma' being used. Right from the 5th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram which starts with 'नमः ...
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Is there any reference / mention about Jeen Mataji in Hindu epics or Vedas?

My mother believe in Jeen Mataji. I've also visited the temple in childhood. But I feel it's just a belief made by people of Rajasthan state. (Not saying it's a bad thing). But I'm not sure about it. ...
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Who is the deity of Devi Puran (A.k.a Mahabhagwat)?can you explain more?

According to Devi Puran Mahabhagwat, when vyas ji wanted to know the param tatva, he started to meditate on Shakti at the top of himalaya. After hard penance devi appeared as Akashvaani and said vyas ...
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Who is more important for Devi? - Her consort or son?

Whom does Devi love more? Her consort or her Children? Please don't say both! Please.Say only one. Devi once said to devtas that she can even give her life for her child. And please provide, if events ...
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Please explain devi as Supreme Para brahman. Only devi.. Devi only..nothing else [duplicate]

Devi bhagvatam says"everything merges back into Moolprakriti after mahapralaya.She is the real supreme tatva according to vedas and then after only Parashakti remains".Then my question is ...
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Is the form of Devi complete in herself? Does she need Purusha to become complete?

All Puranas and speeches from different devotees made me super confusing. I only want to think as Devitatva as Supreme Parabrahman. Are there scriptures which say that Devitatva is supreme? I'm ...
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Who are these creatures/entities - Sahajā, Kulajā, Mālā, Ḍākinī, Śhākinī (From Devī Kavacham: Durgā Saptaśhati)?

The Devī Kavacham (from Durgā Saptaśhati) protects us from Sahajā, Kulajā, Mālā, Ḍākinī, Śhākinī. सहजा कुलजा माला डाकिनी शाकिनी तथा। अन्तरिक्षचरा घोरा डाकिन्यश्‍च महाबलाः ॥ ५०॥ Sahajā Kulajā Mālā ...
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Can someone please provide the method of worship for Manasa Devi?

I have read that Manasa Devi is worshipped using a cactus, tree branch or snake idol. Is this correct? Can someone please provide more information regarding the correct procedure to worship Manasa ...
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Can someone please provide the stotra of Manasa Devi in Sanskrit?

Please provide the stotra of Manasa Devi in Sanskrit, along with a translation in English if possible?
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If Kundalini awakening is the most potent form of Yoga and requires intense sadhana, what is this ‘westernised version’ being followed by just anyone?

This is rather a confusing stance for me. It’s usually said Kundalini awakening needs proper receptivity and grace, guru initiation is one out of the many necessary methods to reach there and ...
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Why are bali/sacrifices of non-Asuric animals & humans so satisfying to Kaali Mata?

The most common sacrifice is the goat and the Buffalo/Mahisha is the second most common. Both are Asuric. Kali maa loves to receive the sacrifice of Asuras of any kind. Do lion & tiger also have ...
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Why does Swapneshwari Devi give us seemingly nonsensical dreams? [closed]

Lots of dream meanings are given in Hinduism but some dreams are just pure nonsense! So who is giving Swapneshwari Devi the order to give these dreams and with what objective? Why does she send ...
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What Vivekananda really saw in vision during his meditation in Kanyakumari and his prophecies about Hinduism?

Swami Vivekananda before his chicago visit made a visit to south india, while southern Indian trip itself is very interesting as he even wrote about it a lot, I want to focus on his Kanyakumari visit ...
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Can Kuldevi give liberation that is moksha?

So many deities can as part of the panchdev, Trinity, shakti, suriya dev, Ganesha, Murugan and so. Shakti is one is the case as same for kuldevi/dev? and assist being a guru.
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Form of Devi attached to Ardhanarishwera form of Shiva

As per this video, Devi Siddhidatri, 9th form of Goddess Durga is attached to Ardhanarishwera form of Shiva. Is it correct? If not, then which form of devi Durga is she? Looking for scriptural ...
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I am trying to find the meaning of the word मासितरत्नों that i came across in shrimad devi puran can anyone please explain?

जहां एक स्वर्णजटित, मासितरत्नों की आभा से मंडित मनोरम सिंहासन this is present in third skanda. I have already tried googling but have not found it .
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What's the connection between the Red Sandalwood and the Deví (Shakti)?

I have heard at several places the intrinsic link between the Deví (Durga/Uma/Shakti) and the Red Sandalwood (Rakta-Chandan - रक्त चंदन ). Several "pandits" or astrologers advice doing the ...
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Are Shiva, Parvati, and their children, the only Gods who dwell on Earth?

I was referring to Mount Kailasha. Among the Trimurti, Vishnu, along with Lakshmi, and Brahma, along with Sarasvati, appear to dwell in other realms. So do the other Gods.
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Are all Gods and Goddesses omnipresent?

NOTE: I am not just talking about Krishna, but all Devatās. Most answers here tend to be Vaishnava-centric, and only cite examples involving Krishna or Vishnu.
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What are the differences between "Deva", "Bhagavan", and "Ishvara"?

All that I know is that "Deva"/"Devi" refers to individual Gods and Goddesses, but we also use the term "Ishvara" and "Bhagavan". Aren't these two terms just ...
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How to become a disciple of Devi and see her as Guru?

This question the accepted answer to which further links to this blog post details a procedure for one to became a disciple of Lord Dakshinamurthy. This discipleship is mainly for the purpose of ...
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Who were the parents of Bhumi Devi(Prithvi)?

Who were the parents of Bhumi Devi,the Goddess of Earth? (If any) Can someone say in which purana her origin is mentioned?
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What is the story of Rishika Vagambharni who had reached the stage of identifying herself with Devi through her Saadhana?

While chanting Devishukta of Rigveda (10.125) in recently passed Navaratri time, I came to know about daughter of Ṛṣi Aṃbhṛṇa​, named Vāk (also known as Vāk + Aṃbhṛṇa​ = Vāgāṃbhṛṇi). It is said that ...
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What mantras for pursuing kama/artha life?

I was taught gayatri mantra at a young age and I do it daily as it helps a lot with my daily meditation In hinduism, moksha is the ultimate goal. But also there is the role of artha, kama, and Dharma. ...
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What is the chronological order of events mentioned in Devi Mahtmya/Durga Shaptshati?

Devi Mahatmya or Durga Shaptshati is one of the most important Shakta scriptures. It is present in Markandeya Purana. Basically it tells the story of King Suratha and a Vaishya who go to Medha Rishi ...
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Sri Bhuvaneshwari scriptural references?

Where can the first historical references of Sri Bhuvaneshvari be found? Is there any reference that precedes the Mahavidyas?
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Why do many Gods and Goddesses bear a serpent? [duplicate]

I've observed that many Gods in one form or the other bear a serpent. For example, Devi Durga holds a serpent in one hand. Is there a spiritual significance to this?
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Does Devi wear the sacred thread? And do any dhyana shlokas of her mention her wearing it?

I want to know if Devi wears the Janeu. I've seen pictures of her with it, I want to know if any scriptures mention her wearing one.
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Is this real image of Kaanchi Kamakshi?

I just want to know if this is the real image of Kanchi Kamakshi or an image of goddess from some other temple. Anyone who visited the temple please answer me. I am thinking this is not a real image ...
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Lalitha Devi, Gayatri, Durga and Raja Rajeshwari, are they different forms of Parvathi? [duplicate]

There is Lalitha Sahasranama. Then there is Gayantri Mantra chanted everyday. Then there is Durga widely worshipped in Bengal and other areas. Raja Rajeshwari is widely worshipped mostly i southern ...
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Text of Sri Bhuvaneshwari Ashtakam

I have heard the audio of Sri Bhuvaneshwati Ashtakam here https://youtu.be/IzzZOwqAL1k but didn't find text version of it. Can someone point me the text (English transliteration if possible) of Sri ...
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