Questions tagged [goddess]

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

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What's the difference between puja (पूजा), vandana (वंदना) and stuti (स्तुति)

There are some synonyms for puja (पूजा) like vandana (वंदना), archana (अर्चना) and stuti (स्तुति). Is there any difference among them?
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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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Why do certain goddesses exist in the form of rivers?

In hindu mythology, many rivers are referred to as goddesses for example Ganga and Saraswati. Is there any curse given to them so that they all were in river form? What is the story behind it?
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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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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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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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Why Hindus kill animals for Goddess Mahakali In Nepal and India? [duplicate]

Why Hindus kill animals for Goddess "Mahakali" in Nepal and India? God never want to kill any animals.
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What is the Birthstar of Goddess Bhoodevi?

Please let me know the birthstar of Goddess Bhoodevi Nachiyar. I have once heard that she is born under Revathi Nakshatra. I want to know because, my sister got an alliance and the boy belongs to ...
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Is this a Hindu deity?

Is this a Hindu Goddess? If yes which one and what do they represent?
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Which Hindu god/deity has most temples?

Is there any authentic data captured by a reputed institute or organization, that clearly shows which Hindu God/Deity has highest no. of temples in India? Does any Government body or NGO keep track ...
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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 “Kali Maa”?

Will anyone please tell me the origin of Kali Maa? What is the relation between Shiva and Parvati?
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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 sort of havan ahuti) like om shrim maha ...
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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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Why some of God and goddess sitting on Lotus flower?

As you can see in many pictures of god and goddess sitting or standing on lotus flower. Is there any specific reason on sitting or standing on lotus flower? And in some pictures of god and goddess ...
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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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Any cryptic message in photos of Hindu Gods? [closed]

Is there any cryptic information in the photos of our Gods? Did we lost in the years of invasion? Example: Muruga has two wives. Valli and Devasena. Sometimes he is with Ayudhas. Sometimes alone.
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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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What is the significance of deity forms of navrathri?

I know that Navrathri is 9 days occasion on which Goddess shows different deity forms each day. But I am not sure what is the significance of these nine deity forms and why Goddess decided to take ...
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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 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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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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Are there any female trinities in Hinduism?

Every Hindu is well aware of (male) trinities, but I have also heard that there are female trinities too. Is that correct?

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