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

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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 is vAk (the speech) in Rig Veda 10:125?

The Rig Veda hymn 10:125 tells about the supreme Goddess. So is this hymn addressed to Goddess DurgA or the female power Of Universe (Shakti) Or vAk (वाक्), the speech? Who is vAk Goddess described ...
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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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What is the story of Devi Chhinamastika?

One of the Mahavidyas is named Chinnamastika/Chinnamasta devi , I want to know about her. What is her story of origin and why did she appear as one of the Mahavidyas?
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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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Who are Adi Shakti and Durga?

The many names of the Goddess are Adi Shakti, Shakti, Durga and Devi. Are they the same person? Here is what I have gathered from numerous sources such as Wikipedia: Durga, who is known as Parvati, ...
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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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Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram?

Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram? Was it Adi Sankaracharya ?
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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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References to the Kaumari form of Devi

Kaumari is considered as one of the Sapta Matrikas (7 forms of Divine Mother). She is also associated with the Kanya Kumari form of Devi. The references to the Kaumari form of Devi are found in - ...
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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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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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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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Are the 10 Mahavidyas an expansion of Goddess Sati or that of Goddess Shakambhari?

There are two broad stories about the origins of the Mahavidyas: The Shakta Mahabhagwat Puran states that they emerged from the body of Sati: Sati, the daughter of Daksha and first wife of god ...
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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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What is the meaning of seeing Devi Durga in dream for non-Hindu?

I saw Devi Durga twice in dream this week. In the dream, I was offering pooja to the Devi, I am Muslim. what is the meaning of the dream according to Hinduism? what does seeing Hindu god in the dream ...
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To whom the Durga suktam Of Rig veda is addressed To?

The Durga or Agni Suktam is an ancient hymn Of Rig Veda. So is this hymn addressed to Agni deva or Durga maa? If it is addressed to Agni deva then why it calls Agni as destroyer of hurdle as Durga maa?...
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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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Why is only Durga associated with Devi?

As we have already established in this question, Devi(AdiShakti) incarnates as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Shaivas associate Durga with Devi as she is Shiva (their ishta devata)'s consort. However, ...
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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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Is there a connection between the Navadurga and the Dashmahavidya?

Navratri festival is going on and we are told about the nine forms of the Goddess also called Nava-Durga that are worshipped in these 9 days. However, I just recently came to know that some people ...
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Meaning of साम्ब ("Samba") with Sadashiva

In some prays to God Shiva, Like "Shiva Aksharmala", there is prefix "Samba" (in Sanskrit सांब) is mentioned. It seems the meaning of word "Samba" (सांब) is "attended by ambA" Source: This Link Now,...
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What are the benefits of reciting Durga Saptashati Devi Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram?

Navarathri is a very important festival of the Hindus. This is a festival during which Devi ie Goddess Durga, is worshipped for nine nights. Goddess Durga is worshipped in various forms on each ...
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Who is Goddess Shyamala?

Goddess Shyamala is worshipped by the Tamils in Batam, Indonesia. Can someone give me her story? Does it have any scriptural basis or is it a folklore?
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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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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 Goddess Durga was worshiped on dusshera?

Dusshera is the day the Ravana was killed by the Rama, but Hindus worship Goddess Durga instead of Rama on dusshera ? Why so?
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What is the story of Goddess Shitala?

What is the story of Goddess Shitala? She is mainly worshiped in North India, West Bengal, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
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Who is mother Durga, why was she prayed by all gods including Vishnu to be reborn as Parvathi?

Mother Durga was reborn as Parvathi, the daughter of Mena and Himalaya. So why did the Gods including Vishnu pray to mother Durga to be reborn as Parvathi. Why were they happy of the marriage of Mena ...
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Who is Shivananda Swami?

There are popular aartis, that are sung in North, which have initials of Swami Shivananda in their end. For example So, my question is, who is "Swami Shivananda", composer of such Aartis?
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What were the boons given by Goddess Durga to prince Yudhishthira?

It is heard that during the exile period of the Pandavas, prince Yudhishthira did meditation and invoked the blessings of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga appeared infront of prince Yudhishthira and gave ...
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Significance of Chaitra Navratri?

Significance of Chaitra Navratri ? Rituals to be followed ? Why people keep fast on chaitra navratri and reason behind it ? Why it is celebrated for nine days and nights ?
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Brahma Vishnu and Shiva are under the cycle of Birth and Death?

Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Puran, Skand 3, Adhyay 5, page no.123 God Vishnu prayed to Durga: said that I (Vishnu), Brahma, and Shankar are existing by your grace. We have birth (aavirbhaav) and death (...
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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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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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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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