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

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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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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 is decided ...
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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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Which Hindu scriptures talk about pacifying ill effects of Rahu by worshipping Lord Hanuman or Goddess Durga or Goddess Chinnmasta?

There are many sources available on internet (see this which claim that worshipping Goddess Chinnmasta pleases Rahu, so the ill effects of Rahu are pacified by worshipping her. Many websites (like ...
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In which manvantara did Devi Durga kill Mahishasura and other demons?

In which manvantara were the demons Mahishasura, Shumbha, Nishumbha and Raktabija killed?
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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 ...
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Can someone give translation to Arya Durga Ashtakam?

This is the Arya Durga Ashtakam- Arya Durga Ashtakam Kindly give its translation.
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What scriptures describe Parashurama's mother's head being attached to a low-caste woman's body?

I'm currently visiting India, and as I was leaving my native village of Poondi (which I discuss in my questions here and here), I passed by a temple which was built at a location visited by the ...
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Looking for scriptural reference of Shanta Durga

There is a form of mother Durga by name Shanta Durga which is worshiped almost everywhere in Goa. In fact, many houses name are after mother's name. When we enquire there about it from local people, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the story of Paurnamasi and Nandimukhi?

Sri Rupa Gosvami, the disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, has written two very beautiful plays called Vidagdha Madhava - Clever Krsna and Lalita Madhava - Charming Krsna. Vidagdha Madhava describes the ...
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Where may I find references to Maa Durga's arrival and departure vehicle?

I have heard Maa Durga's arrival and departure vehicle (like horse, elephant, palanquin) depends on the days of the week when the festival starts and ends. And there is a significance of any such ...
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Can someone please provide the meaning and source of Durga Mantra Om Dum Durgayei Namaha?

Can someone please provide the meaning and source of Durga Mantra Om Dum Durgayei Namaha? What is the meaning of the beej akshar Dum? Why is the suffix -yei added after Durga? Can you please state the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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What is the story of Kalighat Temple in Kolkata,West Bengal?

In Kolkata which is the capital of West Bengal,there is a big temple named ''Kalighat'' which is a temple of Goddess Kali and in this temple there is also a Shakti Peetha. What is the story of this ...
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Which scripture talks about 'Hreem' bija mantra other than Devi bhagvatam? I am talking about Hreem/Devi Pranava/Tantrokt Paranava

In devi bhagvat I saw some description of Devi Pranava Hreem.But those were not sufficient. I want to know the power of Hreem. And what does it can do. I want to destroy all of my sins of every birth. ...
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Why is Lord Hanuman Ji shown as carrying a flag in front of Goddess Durga?

There is a popular story (shown in this video), according to which Lord Hanuman gained the favor of Goddess Kali by coming for her rescue. Lord Hanuman Ji also became known popularly as LANGAR VEER ...
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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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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 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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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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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 favorite oblation to matha kaalratri?

I need to know which oblation maatha Kalratri likes much.
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Which is the mool mantra of Purna Parabrahma Devi Maha Durga?

What is the best mantra to meditate on Parabrahma Maha Durga? Is it Hreem? Note: I am not talking about Ganeshjanani Durga/Consort of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the one who is the parabrahma. If ...
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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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What is the Position of Lord Shiva and Parvati in Vallabha Sampradaya?

I'm aware that Vallabha Sampradaya is a Vaishnavite sect that views Lord Krishna as the Supreme. That being said I'm very much curious to know how Uma-Maheshwara are seen in this sect.