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Kali is the ferocious form of Durga, created to slay a demon called Mahishasura. She got the name Mahishasuramardhini for this. She is black in appearance and wears a garland of skulls.

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How are Dakinis associated with Kali

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayan_(witch) The above wikipedia article mentions "Dakinis have been described in medieval Hindu texts such as the Bhagavata Purana, Brahma Purana, Markandeya ...
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What type of Jyotish do Shaktas use?

Vaishnavas are known to follow Bhrigu and Lomasha Jyotish. Shaivas follow Shiva Jyotish. Smartas, and sometimes Vaishnavas with Shaivas, follow Parashara Jyotish. And what type of Jyotish is followed ...
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Where is Adya-Kali mentioned?

In addition to the Mahanirvana Tantra and Taradipika Tantra, what other tantric texts talk about the so-called Adya-Kali?
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What is the symbolic meaning of Goddess Kali's garland and girdle?

Long back, I read in a Bengali article that her garland of skulls represents 51 Sanskrit alphabets. Together it represents the visible universe, which is nothing but a collection of names and forms (...
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BamaKhepa/Tarapith & Different Types of Bhakti

Reading about different Shakta saints/mystics,  Trailanga Svami, NigamAnand ParamHans & Bamakhepa at Tarapith, trained by Swami Kailashpati, and I came across these descriptions below. In addition ...
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Amavasya Kali Puja

Another question from beginner level here, if anyone might have info : Ok, so I knew some people a while back who kept Kali puja & vrat every Amavasya. So like twelve-thirteen times a year, I ...
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Could someone perhaps direct me to info regarding Smashan Kali & Guhya Kali?

I'm looking for scriptural info about Guhya Kali and Smashan Kali with translations if possible (Yogini Tantra and the like.) As in what the Tantra background/stories are for these forms of Kali, and ...
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Regarding meat eating

Is there any process or procedure available in Hinduism before eating meat like halal in Islam or some other process in Christianity? Any prayer or deity to be remembered before eating meat? Please ...
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Regarding Bhadra Kali

This wikipedia article describes kali as being the God of Time and Death - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali What do they mean by describing her to be the God of time? Any scriptures/mantras related ...
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Was Goddess kali mentioned in the Vedas

Goddess kali is one of the most important Goddesses in Hinduism. She is mentioned a lot in Purans, but is she mentioned in the Vedas also?
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What is the description and attribute of Maa Kali?

It is well known fact that Ramakrishna Paramahams saw and talked with mother Kali. She use to pamper him like a child and sometimes he use to feed prasadam to her. I suspect, if we are lucky enough to ...
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Is it mentioned to not keep the following idol without offerings?

I heard from several people to not keep the idle of maa kali anywhere if we are not providing any offerings. And if we keep the idol then it will harm the surroundings. Is it true? Does it have any ...
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Can we have pic of Kaali mata in our home?

Recently i got love/faith in Adi Shakti specially in form of Kaali Maa i want to pooja and place pic of kaali maa in home but i am scared form nature of Kaali maa is Prachand my parents are also ...
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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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Is it True that Vivekananda admitted in a letter to Ms. Christina Greenstidel to sacrificing a goat? [closed]

The letter at issue was written by Swami Vivekananda to Ms. Christina Greenstidel on Nov. 12, 1901, and it contained these words: 'Day before yesterday, however, came the Puja of Kali. We had an ...
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What's the relation between Chhinnamasta and Kali?

What's the relation between Chhinnamasta and Kali ?
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Complete and correct version of Siddha Kunjika Stotra

Can anyone please help with the complete and correct version of Siddha Kunjika stotra from Rudrayamala Tantra. In famous publications like Geeta press, complete version is not given. This is the ...
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Kreem Beej Mantra Sadhana

What is Kreem Beej Mantra Sadhana, can it be used for the recovery of a person. I want to know everything about the mantra, the pros and cons of it, and whether I have to offer any puja to Kali? If ...
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Is Krishna-Kali (a combined form of Krishna and Kali, worshipped in West Bengal) male or female?

It is NOT like Ardhanarishvara, which shows the left-side being Shiva, and the right being Parvati. Instead, Krishna-Kali is just one form, resembling both Kali and Krishna, without any indication of ...
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Does Kali Purusha get Moksha in the end?

I know that Time is cyclical in Hindu mythology. So, does Kali-Purusha (कलि-पुरुष) (the personification of the demon after whom Kali Yuga is named) get Moksha after the end of Kaliyuga? And if so, who ...
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Reference form kalika Purana

Puri Shankara charya told that mayavadi means kapalika in YouTube video It is true means I want reference that kapalikas are mayavadi in kalika Purana
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Do you need diksha to offer to kali?

I heard you do and that you must only offer purified food?
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Why are buffaloes sacrificed during Maa Kali's Puja?

First of all, this isn't meant to hurt anyone's sentiment. In which scripture, is the ritual mentioned? Secondly, is it allowed to take the meat in the form of prasad? Why or why not? [1] Edit (4/...
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Can someone tell me the chapter and verse of mund mala tantra where dashavatar is said to be incarnated from dasa mahavidya

There was a post that in mundamala tantra and todal tantra there is mention of 10 mahavidya as dashaavatar. The verses of todal tantra is already given But I need verses of mundmala tantra, chapter ...
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Importance of Kleem bija mantra in Kali Kula and Vaishnava Sect

Any acharyas here, please elaborate the Importance of Kleem bija mantra in Kali Kula and Vaishnava Sect. There are many Gopala mantras with "Kleem" beeja involved. At the sametime, ...
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About Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Kaali Maa

Did anywhere history record that, Kaali maa appeared in front of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa? Whats the significance of the picture,image we see in net, where Kaali Maa appeared before Paramahamsa. is it ...
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The correct Kali Gayatri mantra

Does anyone know the difference between these 3 Kali Gayatri mantras? The First one: om pishachadwajayai vidmahay shoolahasthaya dhimahi tanno kali prachodayat Second: oṃ mahākālyai ca vidmahe ...
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Why is Goddess Kali's depiction so scary? Do we get less scared of her image as we shed our ego?

I was wondering why Goddess Kali's image is so scary. She is said to be a mother that is compassionate and loving to her children.
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Kali beeja mantra

I am confused about the pronunciation of kali beeja mantra. while some articles say the pronunciation is "kreem" but the spelling clearly shows the it should be "kring", also some tantrik say that it ...
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kali and Tripura sundari as both adya shakti in different times?

are there any sri vidya gurus that consider both kali and tripura sundari as adya shakti?why do enlightened masters of different lineages consider one above the other?if they are both enlightened and ...
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What is the name of the form of dakhisna kali that is seen in the copulating position

We often come across this form of dakṣiṇa kālī:- The one below her is kālabhairava, and both kālabhairava and kālī is on top of Shiva. It is said that this is the "highest form" of dakṣiṇa kālī, but ...
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Relation between Chamunda and Kali

Would like to know relation between Chamunda and Kali In one of my previous posts, @Rickross mentioned Kali having /holding kapala whereas Chamunda doesn't hold Kapala. However, when I talked to ...
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who is Goddess TArA

Who is Goddess TArA. Though I heard about HER as one of the Dasa mahavidyas, whats the significance of HER moolamantra and dhyana and upasana as far as our materialistic life is concerned. Also,I ...
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Chamunda mantra chanting benefits

What are the benefits of chanting the Chamunda mantra aim hrim klim .... whether this can be used as a protector mantra from evil effects or give response to those who do bad things?
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Who is RakthaChamundi Devi

Would like to know about RakthaChamundi goddess. Is this Devi different from Chamunda Devi? Seems, there are multiple forms of Chamunda. Does this RakthaChamundi, another fiercefull avatar of ...
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What is the difference between Dakshina Kali and Guhya Kali?

What is the difference between Dakshina Kali and Guhya Kali as per the Tantric Scriptures? Did Goddess Kali assume the Guhya Kali form to slay any demon? One image of Guhya-Kali from one famous ...
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Why is Goddess Kali depicted as standing on Shiva with her tongue out? [duplicate]

There is a popular saying that while she was roaming, her feet fell on her husband and her tongue came out in embarassment. However, multiple sources claim that as 'not true'. What is the correct ...
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A question on Kali-Puja

According to Tantra-Vachana, Kali-Puja should never be done by the priests. If someone gets it done by a priest, the Mother becomes angry and ruins that person: purohitam samAniya yadi pujAdi ...
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Why is the idol of a lizard kept in front of the Divine Mother at Dakshineswar?

As the enclosed image shows, there is an idol of a golden lizard (svarna-godhika) to the left of Mother Bhavatarini at Dakshineswar. What is the scriptural reason of this idol of lizard?
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What is the reason of this two Shivas under Kali?

In some images we see two Shivas under Goddess Kali and in some images She stand on a single Shiva. What is the scriptural reference of the two Shivas ?
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Goddess Kaali as Shri Krishna

It is widely known that Lord Sri Krishna is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Yet recently I came across a story where it is said that Goddess Kaali incarnated as Lord Sri Krishna. Is this mentioned in ...
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Is 'Kali the Mother' a full repesentation of Swamiji's views on the Mother Goddess?

Swami Vivekananda's famous and beautiful poem 'Kali the Mother' depicts a very fierce form of the Divine Mother Kali, Whom Swamiji portrays as 'Terror'. The same is true for the bengali poem 'nachuk ...
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What is the basis of this image of Goddess Kali?

The dhyana-mantra of Dakshina-Kali quoted in Tantra-saara says that She is holding Kharga in Her upper left hand, chinna-munda in lower left hand, abhaya-mudra in upper right hand and vara mudra in ...
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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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What is the form of Srikalika?

According to the chapter three of the Todalatantra, the eight forms of Devi Kalika are 1. Dakshinakali, 2. Siddhakali, 3.Guhyakali, 4.Srikali, 5.Bhadrakali, 6.Chamundakali, 7. Smashankali and 8....
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What body part of goddess Sati fell on Dakshineswar Kali temple and Kalighat Kali temple?

What body part of goddess Sati fell on Dakshineswar Kali temple and Kalighat Kali temple of 20 km from each other?
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What scripture descibes the story of Goddess Kalikrishna?

According to this website, there is a place in Bengal where Goddess Kaali is worshiped as Lord Krishna and Her name is KaliKrishna. It says, once Radha was caught by Her husband when She was with Lord ...
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Why does my Hindu Temple ring its bell so loud for so long?

I stay next to a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Kali. On its rooftop, there is a gigantic bell. The bell is rang every morning at 8am, at noon time and around 6pm. Each session lasting a good 12 ...
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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 Ratri devi? Is she same or different from Devi Kaali?

Here is Ratri Suktam from Rig Veda CXXVII 1.WITH all her eyes the Goddess Night looks forth approaching many a spot: She hath put all her glories on. 2 Immortal. she hath filled the waste, ...
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