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Durga (Sanskrit: दुर्गा) is the most popular incarnation of Devi, also known as Mother Adi-Parashakti.

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Lemon lamp offering to maa durga

I went to a maa durga temple and found devotees offering lemon lamp to maa. Anyone is aware it's based on which scripture?
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What is the source of Durga Chalisa.?

I just saw Durga Chalisa for the first time in my life. I never heard about it before. I am a practising Shakta. But still, I never heard about it. Here is a link. It is in Hindi. What is the source ...
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commentry on durga dwatrimsha namavali stotram

Can anyone share a reference on some good commentary on durga dwatrimsha namavali stotram? Most the references i find directly gives meanings without root word or sandhi.
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Any mantra/strota to increase courage and have a warrior like will?

Is there any mantra / strota which make you fearless and give warrior like courage
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What are some ways to increase confidence and become mentally strong?

Are there any mantra/strota to gain confidence and mental stability
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Why does Bhavishya Puran say that Shiva or Vishnu can be glorified in front of each other but not in front of Durga?

The Bhavisya Purāna has the following quote - वासुदेवामतश्चापि रुद्रमाहात्म्यवर्णनम् ।। रुद्राग्रे वासुदेवस्य कीर्तनं पुण्यवर्धनम् ।। 2.1.7.३० ।। दुर्गाग्रे शिवसूर्यस्य वैष्णवाख्यानमेव च ।। यः करोति ...
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How to give lime bali to durga?

What is the correct procedure for nimbu bali for Durga? Can we do this daily or only on special occassions?
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Source of Durga Dwatrimsha Namavali Stotram

I came across 32 names Stotram of Devi Durga. Here is the reference. Can anyone share the scripture reference? Is it present in Devi Bhagavatam ?
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What is the dhyana mantra of Devi Durga?

Please provide the dhyana mantra of Devi Durga along with transliteration and if possible translation. Also, mention the original source.
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Chausath Yogini Sadhana : 64 Yogini

Could someone refer me to which Hindu texts explain the details of how to perform Chausath Yogini Sadhana ? There is a lot for this on social media sites, but not sure where they’re getting their info ...
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The twelve Kalis?

Is there a link to a simple explanation of the twelve Kalis in Kashmir Shaivism ? I’m finding contradictory info online. Has some proper Hinduism academic persons or acharya written treatise on this ? ...
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How does one take birth as a dakini, shakini, yakshini, yogini?

Related to the other question I posted about what comes after human life. Just wondering what are the requirements to be born as dakini/shakini or as a yogini or yakshini ? What makes someone born in ...
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What is the lifespan of a yogini, yakshini?

As dakini/shakini are attendants of Ma Kali, and yogini also, for Devi (Durga) In their own lok, yakshini are there too. Just wondering what is the lifespan of these beings ? Thank you for any ...
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Which deity is associated with knowledge, intelligence ,omniscience ,intellect all at once?

We know that Rama devotee Hanuman is the bestower of knowledge, Maa Saraswati is the bestower of literature, Maa Durga and lord Shiva as the bestower of omniscience and omnipotence and Lord Ganesha as ...
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From which scripture is this Mahiṣāsura Mardini Stotram come from? [duplicate]

अयि गिरिनन्दिनि नन्दितमेदिनि विश्वविनोदिनि नन्दिनुते गिरिवरविन्ध्यशिरोऽधिनिवासिनि विष्णुविलासिनि जिष्णुनुते । भगवति हे शितिकण्ठकुटुम्बिनि भूरिकुटुम्बिनि भूरिकृते जय जय हे महिषासुरमर्दिनि रम्यकपर्दिनि ...
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I want to start Durga Devi Sadhana

If there is anyone who is doing Durga Sadhana could you please share some info. Is there any mantra that needs to be recited daily? I find reciting 32 names of Durga Devi stotram is one approach. but ...
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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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Durga Gayatri Manta

Can anyone chant the Durga Gayatri Manta? Are there any restrictions or that have to be followed while chanting this Mantra?
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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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Does durga mata become happy if her bhakta wears tulsi mala?

Does durga mata become happy if her bhakta wears tulsi?
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Name of the lion vahana of Maa Kamakhya or Maa Durga

What is the name of the lion vahana of Maa Kamakhya or Maa Durga? I have heard the name of the vahana is Mahasingha or Dawon, but is there any scriptural reference that gives the accurate name of the ...
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Did Adi Shakti kill Kaitabha?

This chapter of Mahabharata mentions that Durga killed Kaitabha. I bow to thee that art fond of battle! O Uma, Sakambhari, O thou that art white in hue, O thou that art black in hue, O thou that hast ...
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Do I need a need to add om and namah when chanting the durga name or can be it done like radha or ram, just as the name?

This may sound like a stupid question to all around. I have been trying to add naam japa of maa in my life. I’m just curios as to if it done with the full mantra always o”om durgaye namah” or is just ...
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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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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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Where can I find the reference to Ashta Shaktis of Devi Durga?

There are eight Shaktis of Devi Durga who are worshipped during the Ashtami of Durgapuja. They are: Ugrachanda, Prachanda, Chandogra, Chandanayika, Atichanda, Chamunda, Chanda and Chandavati. They ...
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Where is word Allah used to invoke Maa Durga?

Well in one of recent videos I heard Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda claiming that the 'Allah is a Sanskrit word which is used to invoke Maa Durga' Does any one have any information ...
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Was it Parvati who became Durga?

As far as I know Parvati and Kali are the same person .It was Parvati who became Kali. Are Durga and Parvati also same person ? Was it Parvati who became Durga ? Are they the same woman ? Or Are they ...
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Benifit of chanting devi suktam individually?

In an article on hindupedia website which talks about strota chintamani it says to chant ya devi sarva bhuteshu smirti rupenaa" 108 times for 40 days to improve memory does same applies to things ...
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Favorite Fruit, Flower, Leaf For Durga Maa & Kali Maa

Googled this several times in the past and again recently. Is it always red hibiscus for flower in puja ? Could someone tell me which is best fruit to offer for Devi Maa Thx
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Do Tantra Texts Or Hindu Texts Mention Eco-Friendly Kali/Durga Idols Visarjan

Festival idols question : Hey guys, do Hinduism texts say anything about carrying out puja rituals in a way that is eco-friendly ? Kinda alarming to see the visarjan of Kali/Durga Maa idols. So much ...
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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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Hindu Texts Kali Wearing Sari ? Idols Question

Just wondering about this, in many Kali Puja, Shyama Puja ceremonies they have Kali murti atop MahaDev as per usual. But she is sometimes wearing full on rich brocade sari with almost bridal level ...
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Who is Langura worshipped in Devi temples?

This is in continuation with my previous question of representation of Lord Hanuman in Shakta traditions with Maa Durga and Lord Bhairava. You can find this question here : Lord Hanuman in Shaktism. ...
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Lord Hanuman in Shaktism

I have seen various pictures of Maa Durga with Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairava. Infact I have even seen in Devi temples having shrine of Lord Hanuman right with Maa Shakti. While Lord Bhairava has His ...
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Durga devi associated with Anthills

In South India, I have visited many Devi(amman) temples which are associated with Anthills like the Putlur Amman temple - The suburb is famous for the temple dedicated to Goddess Angala Parameswari (...
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The story of Goddess Nimishamba

I have visited a temple in Paris, Chennai Where the presiding deity is Devi Nimishamba, I wanted to know the History of God and found Wikipedia which mentions Goddess Nimishamba is considered the ...
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Narasimha is a form of Devi Durga?

In the Durga Chalisa, it says that: धरा रूप नरसिंह को अम्बा प्रकट भई फाडकर खम्बा रक्षा करि प्रह्लाद बचायो हिरण्याक्ष को स्वर्ग पठायो You Assumed the Form of Lord Narasimha, And Appeared Breaking ...
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Significance of Ratri in Navaratri

The nine Nights popularly Navaratri is popularly celebrated for Ma Durga, Is there any reason why is it named "ratri" which means "Nights", and the significance of the number nine? ...
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What to do on navratri?

What are the best thing to do on navratri, Any type of yoga,or mantra(pls don't suggest any which need initiation) or anything else
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Favorite Color of Devi (Kali/Durga/Mansa)

Perusing topics on here and came across this thread discussing favorite color of Narayan for Vishnu-bhakt : Favourite colour of Vishnu Ideal to know for choosing which flowers for arpit and such, ...
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Mata Ka Jagrata Tradition (Mata Ki Chowki)

Is there some religious history or scriptural mention re all-night prayer of Devi w/ Mata Ka Jagrata ? Like how and where the tradition of it started ? I was reading that Kali Puja was started by King ...
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Shakambhari Navrathri

I had thought there were four Navrathri every year, the two gupt ones then the two well-known ones in spring/fall. These are the ones I was observing as starting down devi-bhakti path. However now ...
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Names/list of prominent or well known bhakts of Devi in India

I’ve been a Hindu-mytho addict for many years now so listened to and watched/read many stories from Hinduism with notable and respected Shiv-bhakts and Vishnu-bhakts. So, lots of info re bhakts of ...
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Do Shakta beliefs explain Hindu cycles of time?

Hey guys I had to delete my first account, I was the new Shakta one with the vegan puja questions. My question here is : Are there places in the Shakta texts where cycles of time are explained ? Like ...
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What to do with lemon given at Durga temples?

Few temples in south India offer lemons to the Village goddess (a form of Durga/kaali) while worshipping. When I went to a temple yesterday, they are giving lemons each to all the devotees. What is ...
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Are there any rules to be followed while chanting Devi Kavacham?

I used to read the Devi Kavacham from Saptashati daily but stopped as I was unaware of the rules and was not formally initiated into it. Are there any prescribed rules? Also, can someone share the ...
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How are the Dakinis associated with Kali

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayan_(witch) The above Wikipedia article mentions "Dakinis have been described in medieval Hindu texts such as the Bhagavata Purana, Brahma Purana, Markandeya ...
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