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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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Can I use unorthodox methods to worship Devi Maa?

Recently I experienced a very intense devotion towards Devi Maa, I surrendered myself to her completely. I'm consumed by a deep longing for her, I don't know what they call this but I feel like I want ...
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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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What is there in the vision of god?

We have had remarkable saints like Ramakrishna and Bamakhepa who had the divine vision of goddess. I wanted to know what is there in such a vision , such that they lose tastes in all the other ...
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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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Reference Request: Wild boar and a foolish son of a king who later became wise

What's the source of this story? I don't remember the exact wordings - but I am somewhat familiar with certain lines of it A rishi angered, cursed a king that his son would be born as a murkha (or ...
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Who is Supreme Brahman?

In many Upanishad's such as the Skanda, Ganapati and Ganesha Upanishads, the principle deities of that Upanishad are proclaimed as the supreme Supreme Brahman but how can more than one deity be the ...
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Did the concept of Grama devatas exist in earlier Yugas?

Did the concept of Grama-Devis/Devatas ( local/folk deities )exist in the Yugas prior to Kaliyug?
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What is the Guhya Upanishad mentioned in the Kurma purana?

In The Kurma Purana, in a discourse between Himavan and Devi (Parvati), Himavan while praising the vibhutis of Devi praises her as follows - सर्वोपनिषदां देवि गुह्योपनिषदुच्यते । ईशानश्चासि कल्पानां ...
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Can Chanting the Lalita saharanama actually grant any benefits when it's interpolated?

I have seen several 'anecdotal' sources on the internet that claim that the The Lalita sahasranama popularly attrituted to the Lalitamahatmya of the Brahmanda purana grants material and spiritual ...
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Vedic devi shuktam or Tantrik? Can I choose any one?

I found two Devi shuktams. Vedic - om aham rudrebhirvasubhiscaramyahamadityairuta visvadevaih। aham mitravaruhobha bibharmyahamindragni ahamasvinobha।।1।। Tantrik - Ya devi sarva bhuteshu... I want to ...
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Can One Worship God as a Wife?

Mirabai Worshipped God as a Husband. Saints of the Radhavallabha sect Worship God as sakhi or swamini. There are some devotees who Worship God as their mother, and even others who worship God in the ...
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About worshipping Gods with mentally concieved offerings

The Laliopakhyaana contains the following statement - 84-87a. If one cannot afford, one should always worship Ambikā with articles mentally conceived and imagined. - Lalitopakhyana Chapter 43 So my ...
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Resource for Uma Samhita Tantram

I am looking for the Uma Samhita Tantram. It can be in Sanskrit, Hindi, English, or Telugu.
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How do I pray to Maa Durga?

I really want to pray to maa Durga but I don't have any Guru and any sort of initiation. I can't and don't want to use mantras. I tried searching about naam jap but couldn't find any proper ...
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Forms of Parvati/Durga that depict her riding a wolf

Agni Purana, in 'Describing the Characteristics of An Idol of Devi Parvati' says the following:- 10b-13. (In the worship of the manifest form of the goddess) (the goddess should be worshipped) as ...
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Is Goddess Durga Brahman or Maya? Why is she termed as Brahman in some places and maya in others?

In the Harivamsa For instance, There occurs a stuti of Durga, where She is Praised as Brahman in chapter 3 of The Vishnu Parva, Verse 32. But In the Same Harivamsa, in another stuti of hers in ...
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kula devi/devata of Shree Rama?

Is there any mention of Kula Devi or Devata name of Shree Rama in Srimad Valmiki Ramayana?
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Can i chant the Ashtottara nama of Maa Lakshmi for better finanacial situation?

my family's financial condition has been quite bad since a very long time(10+ years), we are in huge debts and are in a hand to mouth situation living by just by the grace of god. can i chant the 108 ...
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About Devi helps Vishnu during any of his avatars

In this chapter of Skanda Purana, Devi said to Bhima, that when Vishnu incarnates, Devi helps him at the time. Whenever there is decline and decay of Dharma, Hari incarnates and at that time I assist ...
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Who are Siddha Lakshmi and Svapneshwari?

I recently heard about two goddesses called Siddha Lakshmi and Svapneshwari. But, who are these deities? Do any scriptures mention them?
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Full version of this mantra I heard in my dream: "Tarune deveem rasa..."

Today (Tuesday, Sept 5th, 2023), I learned a mantra during a dream. When I woke I remembered only part of that mantra from my dream. This is all I can remember: Tarune deveem rasa... I think that ...
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Rishi Viswamitra created a new heaven, could not produce food for him and his family?

So i was reading srimad devi bhagavata purana in which its mentioned the story of Trisanku and sage viswamitra. in that story its stated sage viswamitra's family was living in raja Trisanku's kingdom ...
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Nama mantras for Devi Parvati in shaanta swarup without bija aksharashas?

Can someone list down some nana mantras of Devi Parvati which do not contain Bija aksharas,and that which meditate on Mother’s calm forms? Thank you.
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Who are the Gaṇas?

Devi Mahatmya says that gaṇas came out of the Devi and fought for her. (Devi Mahatmya 2.52) And the deep breaths, which Ambikā fighting in the battle breathed forth, came into real being at once as ...
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Devi ganga journey

Hey guys I'm looking for information on devi ganga whole journey from her creation in Goloka and breakdown of the journey to earth. What purana or scriptures will be good. And even better if there is ...
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Is it okay to Chant Devi Durga mantra "OM DUM DURGAYE NAMAH" to aid in sleeping?

Is it appropriate to chant the Durga mantra "Om Dum Durgayei Namaha" to aid in sleeping.
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Worship of multiple Devis/avatars?

Please understand from the outset that I am a Westerner who is very new to the idea of bringing Hindu precepts into my life formally, so anything foolish or ignorant I say should be taken with that in ...
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What is meant Bhagvad Gita 7.23?Isn't god one?

"Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My ...
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Are Nataraja, Pancha Bhuta Lingas, Mookambika. and Meenakshi mentioned in any scriptures?

Nataraja, the Panchabuta Lingas, Mookambika, and Meenakshi are some well-known deities in South India. Do any Hindu scriptures mention them?
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Why is Mariamman sometimes depicted as having red skin?

Mariamman is a fertility goddess primarily worshipped in Southern India. My family in Coimbatore lives near one of her temples, and the last time I visited, I noticed that they'd changed the Murti. ...
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What are all the Authentic Tantra Scriptures accepted by the Srikula branch of Shaktism?

Can someone list all the authentic Tantra Scriptures that are accepted by the Srikula Branch of Shaktism?
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Iconographic attributes of Devi Durga?

I use a translator, I speak Spanish. Could someone please describe the attributes of the image you sent? Arms, Head, lion horse, the headdress on his head? Who are the ones that show up there? And if ...
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Online English version of the Karveer Mahatmyam

Namaste. Can anyone tell me where can I read the English version of the Karveer Mahatmyam, please? I can only find a few sources, but they are only in the Marathi language. Grateful if anyone could ...
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Is this shloka a misintrepretetion of BG 4:7 or it is present in any sacred text?

I found this shloka while reading a novel. Yadā yadā hi dharmasya glanirbhavati suvrata | Abhyutthānamadharmasya tadā prakrtṛsambhavaḥ || This shloka is very similar to BG 4:7. Is this shloka a ...
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How were Chanda and Munda born?

Chanda and Munda were asuras who were killed by Kali. This is alluded to in many hymns and prayers to Devi, such as in the Mahishasura Mardini Stotram and the Lalita Sahasranamam. But there is little ...
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Full text of the 'Sri Mahalakshmi Dhyanam & Stotram'

I recently came across a piece of paper in my parents' home that is entitled 'Sri Mahalaxmi Dhyanamum Stotramum'. (It is written in English) The first line is: 'sahasratala padmasta karnikaa ...
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what is the difference between Adi Shakti and Adi Parashakti?

Are Adi Shakti and Adi Para-Shakti synonyms or there's some difference between them as per Shaiva sects and Shakta sects? if so, what is the difference?
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Which king was blessed by Aadi Shakti with a daughter?

A long time back, I read a story of Devi Adi Shakti giving a boon to a King, saying that he would get a daughter. Maybe I read it in Devi Mahatmya or some other text, my memory has gone leaky. Can ...
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Any sloka/strota to improve my skills?

I want to be an actor but my acting skills aren't that great is there any sloka/strota/prayer which can help me with it
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Jogani Maa Who Is Chinnmastika?

Am obsessed w/ Chinnmasta Maa so constantly looking up stuffs bout her, and for several months now, been coming across lots of artworks of Gujarati Jogani Maa, Jogni Maa. I’m not from Gujarat so never ...
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Madhurya Bhav Towards Goddess : Main Concern Would Be Romantic Feelings?

Reading through this thread and a couple others on here : Madhurya bhava towards goddesses such as Radha, Parvati, etc., So the main concern with the Goddess would be romantic and lustful type ...
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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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How many avatars of Adi Shakti are mentioned in Mahabharata?

I know Durga, Kalaratri and Bhadrakali are mentioned in Mahabharata and they are the avatars of Adi Shakti. But, are others avatars of Adi Shakti mentioned in the Mahabharata?
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How many Devi Sahasranamas are there in scriptures?

How many Sahasranamas dedicated to Devi are there in scriptures?
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Is there any story of Devi like this mentioned in Shakta scriptures?

We know that there are many sects in Hinduism and also each sect has a supreme deity. In the puranas, sometimes we get to see about the compassionate side of the gods/goddesses. In the Bhagavata ...
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Tamasic and sattvic roopas of Devi Durga

In temples around Udupi and Mangalore, there are many Durga Parameshwari temples in which Goddess Durga is portrayed in different forms and types. Forms include : Mahisha Mardini (killing the bull - ...
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Who is Brahmari Devi?

Brahmari Devi is the goddess of Black bees, hornets and wasps Is she an incarnation of Parvati? Which Puranas mention about Brahmari Devi? Why did Devi ma take this incarnation?
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Is any mention about Siddhambika in scriptures?

I have heard about Goddess Siddhambika, from a temple in Juna Disa. But, Does any scriptures mention about this goddess?
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Who is Devi Kali? Is she among the 64 yoginis or Devi herself? And who killed Asuras?

As per this answer, the list of the main 64 yoginis, a group of Sahacharis of the Devi, includes personalities like Bhadrakali and Kalaratri. Which indicates the Devi Kali could be separate from Devi ...
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Who is Goddess Vanadurga?

I have heard about the goddess called Vanadurga and I want to know about this goddess. So, my question is:- Who is Goddess Vanadurga? Is any mention of this goddess in scripture? Please clear my ...
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