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A female deity, e.g., Parvati, Lakshmi, Durga etc.

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Gods and Super Humans [closed]

I read somewhere, long back, that before Humans existed, there were Super-Humans on this earth. This was after the Dinosaurs got extinct and this was a way of Nature to re-start life on earth after ...
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Where does the baDabanala tantra recognize vajravarahi as a Buddhist diety originally? [closed]

From the article "VajravArAhI" at the Kamakotimandali website: BhagavatI bimbAmbikA recognizes the fact that the deity is Buddhist in origin, as does baDabAnala tantra, and both prescribe ...
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Why is the month of Aadi considered auspicious for the Goddess Parvati (Ambaal)?

The month of Aadi in the Tamil calendar is considered particularly auspicious for the Goddess Parvati, i.e. Ambaal. Why is this so? (In case it matters, my perspective comes from that of a Tamil ...
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Is there any literary proof that “Takshvi” is another for name Goddess Laxmi?

Is there any literary proof that "Takshvi" is another name for Goddess Laxmi ?
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Karma accumulation by violence against cows

Does killing a cow accumulate karmas equivalent to suffering those many lives equivalent to the number of hairs on the cow? (Hairs on a typical cow are millions/trillions in numbers) Is there any ...
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Who is Maa Gouri?

I used a website to see what my birth chart says about my ishta deva/devi. I am most connected with Durga, but my results said Goddess Mahalakshmi and Maa Gouri.
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Why is Goddess Kali's depiction so scary? Do we get less scared of her image as we shed our ego?

I was wondering why Goddess Kali's image is so scary. She is said to be a mother that is compassionate and loving to her children.
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Is Kiranya a name of goddesses

I saw the name किरणः in some sahastranaamas of goddesses. Is Kiranya the name of any goddesses in Hinduism according to scriptures? Is it related to किरणः?
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Is there any relation between Revati nakshatra and goddesses Revati

Revati is one of the nakshatra in Hinduism, especially astrology. Revati is a goddess in Hinsuism and is a wife to lord Balarama. Is there any relation between the Revati goddess nd the star Revati?...
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What is the story behind the celebration of the Magha Navaratri?

I read somewhere that tomorrow is the beginning of the Magha Navaratri in which the Mahavidyas are worshipped. What is the story behind this celebration can anyone share something from the Puranas or ...
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Does god appear in visible form to eyes while granting boon?

There are numerous incidents in scriptures where God or goddesses appear to a devotee after performing penance (tapasya) on the name of that particular God or particular goddesses inorder to ask for ...
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Who are the forest deities mentioned in the Aranya Kanda?

According to the Valmiki Ramayana, Ravana abducts Sita by carrying her forcibly. By looking at Ravana grabbing Sita, forest deities were terrorised. tam dṛṣṭvā giri śṛṃga ābham tīkṣṇa daṃṣṭram ...
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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 story of the female goddess with an elephant head called Vinayaki?

I recently heard about the Goddess Vinayaki but my search over the internet didn't give me a proper answer about her. Who is she and what is her story according to scripture? Note: It's not dupe of ...
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Clarification about eligibility to perform Saraswathi kavacha from devi baghavatham

Consider the following words from Chapter 4 - On the hymn, worship and Kavaca of Sarasvatī Devī of devi baghavatham regarding Saraswathi kavacha One is worship one’s spiritual Teacher (Guru Deva) ...
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Why is God represented as male or female deities in Hinduism?

Why is God represented as male or female deities in Hinduism when the impersonal Brahman of the Upanishads is neither male nor female
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Who is the river goddess Pampa?

I was reading an article on Vijayanagar empire and came across the mention of a ceremony where the river goddess Pampa is married to Virupaksha or Shiva. Do any scriptures mention this story?
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Neela Saraswathi and Nila Devi

I came across some websites that mention that Goddess Neela Saraswathi and Nila Devi, the third wife of Lord Vishnu, could be the same. The websites are here and here. Is this fact mentioned in any ...
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Where all gods left? [duplicate]

As per my knowledge, at the start of Kaliyuga all gods left from earth and no one knows where they went. Till Kaliyuga they were staying on earth so where they all went and how/when will they come ...
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Who is Goddess Tvarita?

Recently I have heard about goddess named "Tvarita" and I want to know this form of goddess. So my questions are: Who is goddess Tvarita and why she is called so? How she is depicted in the ...
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Which god is responsible for smarana in humans?

A person may have so much knowledge and the required knowledge has to be remembered at a particular time to accomplish a task. It is called as smarana (getting remembrance). Which god is responsible ...
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Does any scripture mention that forms of God or Goddess are symbolic?

Often I read different interpretations of the Forms of God. For example, the ten hands of Durga repesent the ten directions, the standing of Kali over Shiva repesent the Saguna Brahman or Prakriti ...
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Is there any avatar supposed to be born between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki?

I am curious if an avatar between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki is supposed to be born no matter of what god we are talking, no matter if its an incarnation of Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, ...
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Who is this Devi?

Who is this Devi holding parrot in one hand? Kindly provide the authentic dhyana sloka.
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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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Where to get the dhyana-Mantras of the eight Devis associated with Sri Yantra?

Sri Yantra has various Devi-s associated with it.Their names are Tripura, Tripureshi, Tripurasundari,Tripuravasini,Tripurashri,Tripuramalini,Tripurasiddha,Tripuramba and Mahatripurasundari. Where do ...
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Which God is known as God of Silence?

Which God or Goddess is known as God of Silence in Hindu Religion?
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Who is “Umayah” and “Devi” in the following mantra?

i found this mantra on a Book (Devi Bagavatam). But I cannot find the meaning for Umayah. The total form was : OM Saraswatheyah Namaha.(1) OM SriLakshmiyayah Namaha. (2) OM Umayah Namaha. (3) ...
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Significance and meaning of Krom bija mantra

There are some moolamantras, which involves krom . Whats the significance of this bija mantra. Does it represents any Goddess or any God. and the way, klim bija mantra represents attraction, does ...
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Does every Lords including Lord Shiva worship each other in different scriptures? Why? [duplicate]

Does every Form of God worship Other Forms like Shakti worships Vishnu and Vishnu worships Shakti? Is it true for Lord Shiva also? What is the reason?
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Who is NityA Devi Goddess

Would like to know more about NityA Devi Goddess. Does this Goddess belongs to DasaMahavidyas? if not, any relation with Goddessess in SriVidya Krama. Is the below , Her dhyana ? ...
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Can a human being become God and live forever? [duplicate]

Can a human being become God and live forever? Have this incident happened before in the history? (a normal being becoming God and stays as God till now)
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Are there instances of considering any Goddess as a female lover?

As per this link below, the gopis considered Krishna as their male lover, as part of their devotion to him - https://www.vedabase.com/en/sb/10/29/10-11 Raasa leela is also described in scriptures ...
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Question about Mother Parvati and Maa Tara?

i would like some explanation about this picture. The legend tell that Mother Parvati became Maa Tara to save the Lord from the Halahala. My question is: Does this picture represent Mother Parvati ...
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Scriptural references for the family goddess of Indian famous mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan

The following paragraphs says that Ramanujan credited his mathematical capabilities to the goddess Namagiri Thayar A deeply religious Hindu, Ramanujan credited his substantial mathematical ...
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Why do we not find any image of Durga/Kali/Shakti image in renowned Sri Vishnu/Krishna temples?

All the temples of Maa Kali/Durga/Shakti I visited have some idol of Sri Krishna/Vishnu being worshipped in the same temple complex. But excepting the Puri Sri Sri Jagannath Temple, I never found any ...
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How to reconcile the lakshanas of a siddha from the Vedanta and the tantras?

In the shabasadhana of the tantra, the sadhaka normally worships Mahavidyas ie devatas like Kali, Tara etc, who are Brahma according to the Tantras. After the sadhaka gets siddhi, he has to remain ...
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Need help identifying Hindu Goddess

Could someone please help me to identify the Goddess presented in the image? But as you can see, She has two arms, and Her right hand is raised as if She is offering a blessing. Please tell me who ...
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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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What is the meaning of RashmimAlA Mantras

What are RashmimAlA Mantras? What's the importance of these mantras and Only Goddesses have these mantras ?
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About Goddess Ashvaroodha Devi

Has anyone heard about Aswarooda Devi? if yes, please explain the importance of this Goddess. is the worship only for some special purposes? or can it be a part of daily prayer? What's her ...
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Goddesses with skull-cup in one hand

Can any experts here, please enlighten me, who are the Goddesses,having skull-cup in one hand. Though I heard that Goddess Kaali & Chanmunda are two of them. But why are they carrying skull cup- *...
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Do gods and goddesses know all languages?

Is it true that gods and goddesses know all languages? If true, where it has been mentioned?
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Who is the goddess Ahoi worshipped on Ahoi Ashtami?

Today is Ahoi Ashtami in northern India in which women keep fasts for their children's well-being just like they do for their husbands on Karva-chauth. While they break the fast on Karva-chauth after ...
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About this Goddess -Skull Cup and Paasam in HER hands

Has any one heard about this Goddess, who is having "Paasam" in one hand and "Skull-cup" in another hand and having 3 eyes and sitting on a Lotus. "kamalaasanastham" ... Is this goddess a ...
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Is there any mythological/scriptural reference linking Periyachi with Narasimha

I recently came across the deity Periyachi Amman (See pic). The iconography is very reminiscent of Narasimha (see other pic), though the story is rather different. However, the net import of the story ...
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Sarasvatii - a goddess or a river first?

Historians (Marxists) claim that Rig Vedic Sarasvati is an imaginary river born out of minds of Rig Vedic Rishis, because there is no physical evidence of this river as Yamuna has. We, the adherent of ...
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What is the meaning of this Atharva Veda hymn on bottle-gourd, drums and camel?

Atharva Veda Book 20 has this curious hymn that I couldn't make sense of: Then too the single bottle-gourd, the bottle-gourd dug from the earth, The lute dug up from out the ground: this ...
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Who is the goddess depicted as “Bharat Mata” & why is she having Indian tricolor flag?

What is the story of Bharat Mata? What's her connection with the Indian national flag?
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The gods and goddesses of the Universe [closed]

The Universe is continuously expanding, with new suns and planets. Do all the planets have a deity and how are these gods born are they the sons and daughter's of gods from other planets ?