Questions tagged [goddess]

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

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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Do any other scriptures tell the story of Goddess Aranyani mentioned in Vedas?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 146 is dedicated to the forest goddess called Aranyani: 1 GODDESS of wild and forest who seemest to vanish from the sight. How is it that thou seekest not the village? Art ...
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Who is Goddess Hri?

Hri is a Goddess mentioned in some scripture, though she is not a famous goddess there are places where she is mentioned like Natsyashastra 3(86,87) let mothers such as Sarasvati, Dhriti, Medha,Hri,...
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Is Devasena Shasti?

From this question,we know that Kartikeya has two wives,Devasena and Valli. However,this question is mainly on Devaseena as well as another goddess, Shasti. She mentioned in the Devi Bhagvata Purana ...
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What is the temple for a “family goddess” in Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself?

I think there's a temple to some goddess in the vicinity of Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself. Let me explain. As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V....
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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 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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Did Goddess Vaisno Devi live without food during her 9 months stay in the cave in Ardhakuwari?

The legend of Sri Vaishno Devi temple says, Matha Vaishno Devi stayed in Ardhkuwari, Katra,Jammu and Kashmir for 9 months in this cave, so was it without taking any food?
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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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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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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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Pancha Navaratri

Can Somebody Tell Me, About any Puranic or any other Shashtra Reference of Pancha Mahanavaratri as per this blog https://www.kamakotimandali.com/srividya/navarari.html
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What was the name of the form of Devi before Lalitha Devi?

After the death of manmadha for continuity of world devi herself took the bow and arrow and bow of manmadha and took a new form called Lalitha devi. What was the before form name of the form of Devi ...
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Which deities should not be worshiped in the house and why?

Are there any gods or goddess who should not be worshiped in the house? And for what reason they should not be worshiped?
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example of bhakt relation/love to God/Goddess,where God/Goddess is the feminine beloved/premika

1) humans(not avatara) like Meera, Andal etc viewed God as husband/male beloved(premi) and worshipped/loved Him as such. 2) as per this link https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/krishna-is-husband-of-...
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Who are the daughters of Lord Shiva? What are their stories?

We all know that Shiva has two sons, Kartikeya and Ganesha. But I heard that he has three daughters too. I also heard that these daughters are worshipped in some parts of India. Is this true? If yes, ...
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Kaal Bhairav idol vs Hanuman idol in Goddess temples

I have seen that at some temples especially of Mother Paravati, there are statues of Kaal Bhairav whereas in others there are statues of Hanumanji. Why is this difference? Is it because the shakti ...
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Draupadi's connections with Sri Krsna and Agni Dev?

Goddess Draupadi-Panchali is sometimes referred to as Krsnaa, and sometimes as Agniputri or Agnijoytsna. Does this mean she has some sort of family or karmic connection with Sri Krsna and/or Agni Dev? ...
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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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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 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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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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Change in status of Lord Vishnu's wives according to Brahma vaivartha purana

The Brahma Vaivarta Purana mentions the exchange of curses among the Goddesses - Lakshmi, Saraswathi & Ganga when they were wives of Lord Vishnu. Will they get back to their original positions ...