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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Reason for no female incarnations without accompanying male gods?

Almost all the incarnations of female goddesses such as Sita, Rukmini, and Satya etc., have an accompanying male gods Rama, Krishna etc., There are many male avatars such as Matsya, Kurma, Vamana, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...