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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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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 the lives of Parvati's sisters Ekaparna & Ekapatala?

The Vayu Purana mentions Parvati as having four sisters: I also came across the following passage in the Harivamsha: The king of the mountains had three daughters through Mena: Aparna, ...
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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 purana is Shri Lalita Sahasranama present?

The Lalita Sahasranama Stotra belongs to the Uttarakhanda (latter part) of the Brahmanda Purana. In which chapter can I find the work??
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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?
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Where does the Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana state that it is the best among the 18 main Puranas?

The importance of the Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana can be ascertained from the following two passages: The Srimad Devi Bhagavatam, also known as Devi Purana, was composed into 12 chapters, ...
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Is there any hierarchy for Devi's incarnations?

In this question's answer, the hierarchies of Lord Vishnu's incarnations are listed. Is there a similar hierarchy for Devi's incarnations? If yes, what is that hierarchy?
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Is the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

I personally believe that a mother would never ask someone to kill her own children; moreover she would ask to kill the wrong and the negative things within each individual. I have been told in my ...
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On reading stotrams from hand-written manuscripts

I'm very fond of reading stotrams.So,what i do is download the stotram of my choice in devanagari sanskrit and then write it down in personal copybooks in transliterated english.This method suits me....
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Reflection of “Yada yada hi dharmasya…” in Durga Saptashati?

Bhagvad Gita is a 701 versed text which is inside Mahabharata. And similarly Durga Saptashati (Sapta =7 and Shat =100) is also 7×100= 700 versed text which is inside Markandeya Purana which is also ...
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What is Siddha Kunjika Stotra?

While reading i came across name of a Devi-Stotra called "Siddha Kunjika Stotra"(सिद्धकुन्जिका स्तोत्रं ) ,it's said that lord Shiva himself told this stotra to godess parvati. So i would like to ...
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During Navratri can Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva be prayed?

The nine days of Navaratri is auspicious for doing Devi worship. Legend says that Devis reside in each houses at this time. If we pray to Lord Vishnu or Lord Brahma or Lord Shiva will the prayer yield ...
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Story of Mookambika Temple from Puranas

Mookambika Temple at Kollur, Karnataka is a temple dedicated to Mookambika Devi. The story of it goes like Devi killed Mookasura, so it is called Mookambika Devi. It is believed that the story of ...
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Do any Deities, other than the Pancha Mahadevatas, have Swayambhu representations?

The Pancha Mahadevatas are Ganapaty,Shiva,Vishnu,Devi(Ambika) & Surya. There is a Smarta tradition of worshiping them together in the Panchayatana Puja..In this Puja instead of idols or images of ...
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Is Devasena Shasti?

From this question,we know that Kartikeya has two wives,Devasena and Valli. However,this question is mainly on Devaseena as well as another goddess, Shasti. She mentioned in the Devi Bhagvata Purana ...
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Who will Kalki marry?

As you all know, Kalki is the avatar that Vishnu will take to end the Kali Yuga. In the Kalki Purana,it is stated that his wife will be Padma,an incarnation of Lakshmi. However,as per the lore of ...
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What are the names given to the Devi in the Tripura Upanishad of the Rig Veda?

Devi or Shakti is the feminine form of the Divine. What are the names given to the Devi in the Tripura Upanishad of the Rig Veda?