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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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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 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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Instances of devotee granting boon to deity

It is normal and expected that a devotee receives boon from deities like Siva, Vishnu etc., But, I came across an incident in Mahabharata, in which Garuda grants boon to Vishnu. "And the son of ...
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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 deities other than Brahma, Vishnu, Devi etc. have the power to create other universes?

I am aware that in many Hindu texts, famously the Puranas, explained that the gods Brahma creates universes constantly, Vishnu constantly creates universes by inhaling and exhaling also infinite ...
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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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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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Reason behind crossed eyes of Gnana Saraswati Devi

In Sanatan Dharma, the forms and shapes of any goddess are not random. Great rishis experience the form and shape of Goddesses along with the knowledge of details of those particular forms and shapes. ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Are there any other incidents/writings that explicitly support the existence of 'crores' of divine beings?

Many experts in Sanathan dharma may hold different opinions on the existence of thirty-three crore of gods/goddesses. Our site has also questions related to it 1,2. Although this question is not ...
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What's the story of goddess Khīr Bhavānī / Kheer Bhawani (खीर भवानी) of Kashmir?

Khīr Bhavānī (खीर भवानी, क्षीर भवानी या राज्ञा देवी ), literally means - ‘‘Goddess who eats khīr,’’ or rice pudding, is a very popular deity in the Kashmir regions of India, whose temple stands on an ...
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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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Do grama devathas have capability of giving moksha?

Krishna, Rama, Hanuman, Siva, etc., are capable of giving moksha to an aspirant. Is it valid for Grama Devatas (village goddess) as well?
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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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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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What to do with lemon given at Durga temples?

Few temples in south india offer lemons to Village goddess (form of Durga/kaali) while worshipping. When I went to a temple yesterday, they are giving lemons each to all the devotees. What is the ...
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Is there a database of all the divine, human and demonic characters in Hindu scriptures and Mythology?

We have so many the divine, human and demonic characters in Hindu scriptures and Mythology. Is there a database of all these characters? If not I was thinking of creating one but I know that this will ...
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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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Are tathastu devatas(ashwini devatas) real? Will they fulfill everything we utter?

It is said to me that tathastu devatas come around 5'O clock or sometime in the evening. At that time, we should speak only good and positive words because, those gods will make our wish come true. So,...
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The eighteen faced goddess

I was drawing a comparison between a local goddess from Kullu in Himalaya, one from mainstream Hinduism. Could you help me with it? Here's the information the temple priest gave me, and here I quote, ...
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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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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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Who is Chaturpadh Devi?

Which god/goddess or energy is known as chaturpad devi? Is there any description available or what is her form and qualities? It would be great if anybody could answer it! Thank you
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According to our manuscripts, what traits should a devotee have inorder to meet the divine

How a real devotee should be. What are the traits that are needed for a devotee to make his worshipping deity appear before him?
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Can a Goddess give birth to an ugly child?

Goddesses are all powerful, all knowing, all present. So my question is can a Goddess give birth to an ugly child? (Ugly child means a child with disgusting features like face with pimples, protruding ...
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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 ...
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Which god/goddess is associated with creative thinking and writing

Is there any particular god or goddess who could be worshipped for creative thinking and writing other than matha saraswati?
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