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

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Soil for Maa Durga puja

Like many other Hindu pujas (prayers), the Maa Durga puja is celebrated by creating an idol for her. But, even though I saw it happen in many movies (Devas, Aanand), I never understood why the soil ...
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What is the story of Yashoda's daughter fighting the rebirths of the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha?

As I discuss in this answer, the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha once defeated the gods and took over the three worlds. The gods went to Mount Kailash to ask Durga for help. After they said a prayer to ...
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Maya and Lord Shiva

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 2:49-3:03 Quoting HG: This tatva(Lord Shiva’s) is unaffected by Maya;it is neither beyond(transcending) Maya,neither is it polluted by Maya,it is pure. ...
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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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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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Can some Stuti mantras give siddhis? Do these verses need initiation & Guru Diksha if they start with OM?

Like the famous "Om Jayanti Mangla Kali Bhadra Kali Kapalini" verses. ॐ जयंती मंगला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी
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Benefits of devi 'Durga' naam jap with proofs scriptural reference from sāshtras

I want to know the benefits and results of chanting Durgâ name only. Can we chant Durgâ name without guru dikșha? And, what if I chant it constantly for some years? Can I get siddhi from it? Will my ...
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Is there any Vedic reference of Lord Shiva or Lord Rudra worshipping Maa Siddhidatri to attain Siddhis?

Here is what I found on Wikipedia: Siddhidhatri is the ninth form of the Goddess Durga or Parvati, the meaning of her name is as follows: Siddhi means supernatural power or meditative ability, and ...
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Prophecies in Durga Saptashati

There are various prophecies made Mother Durga in 11 chapter of Durga Saptashati (also known as Devi Mahatmya or Chandi path) present in Markandeya Purana. These prophecies are made by Devi after ...
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What is the position of Durga in Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

What is the position of Durga in Gaudiya Vaishnavism? Is there need to worship her? Can she be worshiped?
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Which scripture mentions the verse “Sanghe Shakti Kali Yuge” used by RSS?

The verse "Sanghe Shakti Kali Yuge" means " Unity is strength in Kali Yuga". It's mostly used by RSS(which is also known as Sangha) and other Sangh Parivar organizations ...
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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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Was Goddess Durga really an avatar of Shiva's wife Goddess Parvati?

When Goddess Durga comes out from Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva & other goddesses, where was Goddess Parvati then? I am asking this question because Parvati was an avatar of Goddess Adi Parashakti and ...
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Does the Devi Bhagavatam say that Lakshmi and Saraswati are daughters of Parvati?

While reading what ISKCON has to say over the authenticity of the Devi Bhagavatam, I found some people saying that the controversial Purana saying that Lakshmi and Saraswati to be the daughters of Maa ...
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Why we see Goddess Durga sometimes sitting on a tiger and sometimes on a lion?

I don't know why we see Goddess Durga sometimes sitting on a lion and sometimes on a tiger? Which animal was actually Durga's mount (vahana)? Is it Tiger or Lion?
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Why do only the mounts of Shiva and Vishnu have actual names (Nandi and Garuda)?

Do the VAhanas of Durga (lion), Ganesha (mouse), and Skanda (peacock) have names of their own, just like Shiva's mount is named "Nandi"?
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Durga Kavach - Please confirm the correct version

I've been asked to read Durga Kavach daily. Until now, I was reading this: https://www.drikpanchang.com/lyrics/durga-saptashati/patha-vidhi/devi-kavacham/durga-saptashati-devi-kavacham.html But today ...
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Is there any verse declaring Maa Parvati or Maa Durga as supreme goddess?

Can anyone provide me the verse which indicates Maa Parvati as supreme Goddess?
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Durga Devi's Weapon that killed Mahishasura?

The Legend of Durga , slaying the demon Mahisha talks about that the gods combined their energies (shakti) into the female form of Durga, a fierce manifestation of the Goddess (Devi). She received all ...
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Does any scripture provide any inner meaning of worshipping Devi Durga to appease Rahu?

In Hindu astrology Rahu represents materialism, mischief, fear, insatisfaction, obsession and confusion/illusion. Rahu is also associated with politicians and occult sciences. There are many questions ...
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Is Mahishasura Mardini Lakshmi or Durga?

Who is the killer of Mahishasura? Is it Durga or Lakshmi? My confusion arises after finding out that Lakshmi killed Mahishsura in the Devi Mahatmaya. Goddess Mahalakshmi is the presiding Goddess of ...
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Is there a mention of Nava-Durga in Vedic scriptures?

The Wikipedia page on Ma Katyayini mentions: She is first mentioned in the Taittiriya Aranyaka part of the Yajurveda. Skanda Purana mentions her being created out of the spontaneous anger of Gods, ...
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About Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Kaali Maa

Did anywhere history record that, Kaali maa appeared in front of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa? Whats the significance of the picture,image we see in net, where Kaali Maa appeared before Paramahamsa. is it ...
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Why is goddess Kali shown topless?

We've often seen in many photos that Goddess Kali is topless or half-nude. What is the meaning of this image? Is this image questioning Hinduism's morality level?
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Do I need initiation to say a beeja/bija mantra? [duplicate]

I wanted to know if I can say the Durga bija mantra “duṃ” Can I say this mantra while getting the full effects of the mantra without initiation? “oṃ duṃ durgāyai nama:”
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Argala stotram, shadanga nyasa

I've been chanting durgasaptashati using a format widely prevalent in Kerala. In the Argala stotram shadanga nyasa portion it is given as 'am gam lam ithyadi shadanga nyasa'(अं गं ळं इत्यादि षडङ्ग ...
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What was the symbolism of Ashwatthama's story?

It is well known that Mahabharata can be seen as an allegory for human life.  The characters of Yuddhishthira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva are frequently discussed in this context. Even ...
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How Nava-Durga correspond to NavaGraha?

I have read somewhere that each NavaGraha is presided by a Durga. I want to know which Devi presides over which planet.
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What is the fast timing in navratri?

The time of starting the fast and the time it ends in IST. Like if I ate something on the fasting day after 12 AM then will it be spoilt ?
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How many times and what all we can eat in Navratri?

I want to know that how many times in a day we can eat when we are doing Navratri fast? Some are saying that we can have sattvik any number of times and some are saying two times. Please help me with ...
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Did Krishna or Rama ever worship Narayana/Vishnu?

It seems that incarnations of Lord vishnu always worship Lord shiva. Is it because it is embarrassing to worship themselves?Or because shiva being their kula Daivam? Or Is it because shiva is the same ...
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What are the lyrics of goddess Durga's dhyan mantra?

Can anybody please provide me the full lyrics of durga dhyan mantra (jatajoota samayukta) with meaning. It will be better, if the main shlokas can be provided in Devanagari.
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What is the Vahana of Goddess Durga as per Devi Bhagavatham? [duplicate]

What is the scripturally correct vAhana of Durga Ma? I have seen Her pictures astride on both the lion and tiger. Please clarify from Devi Bhagavatham. I am equally interested in knowing why tiger is ...
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What is the Secret of Durga Saptashati - Devi mahatmya?

From few months I have been reading/listening 'Durga Kavach' / 'Bhagavati Strota' / 'Siddha Kunjika Strota'. I was aware of that there is a vedic book for Devi. So I decided to explore that too, ie. ...
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Why did Lord Rama pray to Goddess Durga? [duplicate]

Lord Rama is an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Goddess Durga being the external (Maya) potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, why did Lord Rama perform a Yagya of Goddess ...
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The yogic or tantric significance of devi mahatmya

What is the yogic or tantric significance of the Durga Saptashati or the devi mahatmya? Specifically, the devi mahatmya prima facie seems to be about the qualities of devi and her confrontations ...
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What is implied by the Tribhanga form of God or Goddess?

Lord Sri Krishna is known as 'Tribhanga MurAri', as shown in the enclosed image. As per the Dhyana-Mantra of Goddess Durga, She is also having a Tribhanga form. What exactly is meant or signified by ...
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Which scriptures say that “Durga Devi is ignorant about Spiritual Life”?

As per the question : What is the source of "ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param" (of all methods of worship, Viṣṇu worship is the topmost)? His Holiness Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami ...
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Did Lord Rama 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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Did Goddess Lakshmi or Goddess Saraswati (not Adishakthi or Durga) kill any demons?

I know Parvati Devi killed Demon Mahishasura with help of other Shaktis by manifesting into Goddess Durga. So, Adishakti killed Mahishasura through Parvathi Devi. I think same is the case with Goddess ...
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Is “Tamasi” a name of Durga?

Where does this name come from? Is the name being used in an endearing or otherwise positive manner?
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What are the differences between goddess and female human beings?

Other than goddess being God and women being human are there any other considerable differences between goddess and women? If yes, can you list them. Also could you please explain why such differences ...
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When did Sri Krishna worship Goddess Durga?

In the Argalastotra of Sri Srri Chandi (which is a part of the Markandeya Purana) we get: कृष्णेन संस्तुते देवि शश्वद्भक्त्या सदाम्विके Meaning : O Goddess! Lord Krishna worshipped you regularly with ...
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Do any biographies of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mention Him to be the founder of the Durga Puja tradition in Odisha?

According to this Gaudiya Vaishnava site, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu brought the tradition of Durga Puja in Odisha: It is a misconception among many Gaudiya Vaishnavas that worship of Lord Shiva or ...
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Why called Akala Bodhana

In chapter 10, sloka 12 of Sri Sri Chandi, devi says : शरत्काले महापूजा क्रियते या च वार्षिकी meaning that in the sarat (autumn) seaon, my great annual puja is done. So in the very Chandi, Sri Sri ...
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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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Wouldn't most of the incarnations of Devi be of Sati, not Parvati?

As discussed in this question Parvati Devi married in the Vaivasvata Manvantara, before which Shiva was married to Sati Devi. Since most asura wars happened in previous Manvantaras, would that mean ...
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Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram?

Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram? Was it Adi Sankaracharya ?
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What is the Lalitha Sahasranaamam?

What is Lalitha Sahasranaamam? Why is it important? During what times of day can one recite it? What are the important verses in it? What is the history of it?
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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 ...