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

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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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What is the meaning of Swadha?

Many mantras have "swaha" Or "Namah" at the end of them. I know that, we chant Swaha at the end of some mantra while performing "havana" or "homam" (as some ...
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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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What is the story of "Kali Maa"?

Will anyone please tell me the origin of Kali Maa? What is the relation between Shiva and Parvati?
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If Radha and Krishna aren't married, why do we worship Them together, like Sita-Rama?

We all know that Lord Krishna didn't marry his lover Radha, but we still consider her as the consort of Lord Krishna. My question is why do we worship them together?
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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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Which all Gods and Goddesses are being referred in Vedas?

I found that many people get confused between Vedas and Puranas due to the reason that a certain deity is being referred in Puranas/other books but there is no reference of him/her in Vedas. So, I ...
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Are there any Gods who are girls?

I like to listen to the song. God is a girl. So, I got curious. Are there any Goddesses in any scriptures who are girls. By girls I mean those that they look like around 13 years old.
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What is the difference between Suktam, Strotam, Gayatri and Ashtakam?

What is the purpose behind each of these variations while worshiping a particular deity? Which one should be used to worship or pray to a deity? For example, for Goddess Laxmi, there are Sri Suktam, ...
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Is there any god / deity for the mathematics?

"An equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God." Famous mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan was a very religious person. So much that, despite having health issues in ...
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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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Are idols only imagination or someone had really seen God(s)

I'm always thinking how Lord Krishna is seen different in every photo , sculpture idol etc . Was there anyone who drew the first painting of him or what we see everywhere is only imagination?
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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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Is nature a deity in Hinduism?

In my understanding, nature is the supreme power to be worshiped. Is there any scriptural basis for nature being the Supreme God or Goddess?
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Do Gods know what we are thinking? [closed]

I am not just talking about our thoughts about them (deities), but just our thoughts in general, and the things that are in our minds (not talking about religion). I am asking this because deities are ...
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Were there any temples in Satya yuga?

Is there any reference of temple of lord in the time of Satya Yuga? Around that time people used to worship which God/Goddess?
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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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What is the origin of this Saraswati prayer found in various Stotras & Stutis?

I have recited this prayer to Goddess Saraswati since childhood: yA kundendu tushhArahAradhavalA yA shubhravastrAvR^itA yA vINAvaradaNDamaNDitakarA yA shvetapadmAsanA yA brahmAchyutasha....
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Understanding Maya or Prakriti as the Supreme Goddess. Or the difference between the two. Also why is a female goddess personified as Maya?

Gist: Understanding Prakriti or Maya. Is she Jada or chetana or both. Since supreme goddess is Maya, Maya is not necessarily a bad or scary thing as is commonly stated. this answer too speaks very ...
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Is there a concept of Triple Goddess in Hinduism according to stages of life?

All Devi worshippers are aware of the three main forms of the goddess - Ma Kali, Ma Lakshmi & Ma Saraswati. They can be considered as triple goddesses that correspond to the male Holy Trinity. A ...
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Is Goddess Kali ever represented in the form of a child?

We know that Goddess Parvati is worshiped in her child or Kumari form and in north India Kanya-pujan is done at the end of Navratri as a symbolic offering to the goddess. To some extent the ...
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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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Do gods and fairies not blink?

Few years before I read an article which belongs to some fairies story. And I came to know that fairies/god's/deities doesn't blink like as human. Is it true or an artificial story? If it is true, can ...
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Are there any temples exclusively for women?

I have listen that, there are some specific god's and temples where women are not allowed to go and touch the idols. And men only can worship them, or go to their temple or touch them like Shani Dev ...
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Is there any God/Deity of Electricity?

For all the natural & social aspects like water, fire, animals, wind, earth, trees, engineering, sex, day/night, knowledge, maths, strength -- we have certain kind of deity. Ancient civilization ...
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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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Who is Indra's friend Vrishakapi whom Shachi doesn't like?

Indra is mostly portrayed as a warrior in the Vedas but there is one verse that talks about his domestic troubles in a rather human fashion. Rig Ved verse 10.86 gives us this interesting story where ...
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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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Which goddess (Ishta devi/Kula devi) sits legs folded & holding shiva linga?

Goddess sitting and holding shivling on one hand. And sitting folding both legs.Please help me find this goddess and details about the temple I'll find her if possible.
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Who was Chhati Maiya?

There is a festival in Bihar named Chhat Puja in which people go to rivers, take bath and worship Lord Surya. They also worship a goddess called Chhati Maiya and that is why this festival name is ...
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What is Siddha Kunjika Stotra?

While reading i came across name of a Devi-Stotra called "Siddha Kunjika Stotra"(सिद्धकुन्जिका स्तोत्रं ) ,it's said that lord Shiva himself told this stotra to godess parvati. So i would like to ...
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Can we have a vision of 'any' god with 13 crore nama japa?

It is well known that the Rama Nama Japa is capable of giving moksha and the number is also given by Ramdas to be exactly 13 crores. Sri Samarth Ramdas assures the aspirant that if he takes ―Sri Ram ...
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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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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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Are women allowed to let their hair loose? Why are Goddesses depicted with their hair untied?

Pictures commonly found across the internet depict Goddesses with their hair untied. Example: My knowledge is that women shouldn't have their hair untied. I've also heard in discourses (pravachanams) ...
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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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What do we know of the lives of Parvati's sisters Ekaparna & Ekapatala?

The Vayu Purana mentions Parvati as having four sisters: I also came across the following passage in the Harivamsha: The king of the mountains had three daughters through Mena: Aparna, ...
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Which Hindu texts contains the story of Santoshi Mata and about her other legends?

I checked wikipedia and according to it there is no scriptual reference of Santoshi Mata in Hindu texts and she just gained popularity after 1960 movie 'Jai Santoshi Maa'. After reading the wiki ...
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Is Radha really a Hindu goddess or not? [duplicate]

I am confused about Goddess Radha's existence in the Hindu Puranas. A few books that I read mention her as Lord Krishna's lover and that she is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi while some others ...
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Does anyone know the name of this goddess?

The following image is of an unknown goddess. Does anyone know the name of this goddess? Sitting on the shoulder of Vetala with a sickle in right hand and a severed head in left hand.
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Is Goddess Brahmacharini an avatara of Mata Durga?

The second day of Navaratri is observed on the Dwitya Tithi. On this day Goddess Brahmacharini is worshiped. Who is Goddess Brahmacharini and what is the mythological story behind worshiping ...
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Is any god name eligible for nama japa?

Although, in general, it takes more time than mantra japa to achieve results in nama japa, nama japa is a great path for all people in Kaliyuga. It is extremely simple and needs no strict rules and ...
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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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What is a chalisa and what is the importance of chalisa?

In Hindu dharma we have many gods and deity's and also we have different chalisas for them like Shiv Chalisa, Hanuman Chalisa and others. My question is - what is a chalisa and what is its ...
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Is there any goddess named Pataal Bhairavi?

I watched the movie the other day named "pataal bhairavi " but in the movie, she looked like Maa Kali. Is there any goddess named Pataal Bhairavi?
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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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Questions about the image of goddess Chhinnamasta? [duplicate]

What is the mythological story behind Chhinnamasta? Is there any philosophical meaning behind this image shown below ? What benefits can one earn by worshiping this form?
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Who was Ahimsâ dévî?

I read an article on the french version of Wikipedia where it was said that Ahimsâ was personified as a goddess with Ahimsâ dévî, wife of the Dharma god. I understand what Ahimsâ is but I have ...
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What is the story of Goddess Kali fighting with Ravana?

There is a story of Goddess Kali fighting with Ravana. What are the details of this encounter between the two?
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How is Ganga related to Lord Shiva?

I came across 2 books one of which said that Ganga is married to Shiva while the other one said she is married to a Gandharva. So what is the correct relation between Ganga and Lord Shiva?
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