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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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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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Any mantra/strota to increase courage and have a warrior like will?

Is there any mantra / strota which make you fearless and give warrior like courage
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Can mantra siddhi once gained be lost due to some reasons?

A Sadhaka gains full mastery over a particular Mantra after obtaining it from a Guru and doing the japa as prescribed. This process is often called "Mantra Sadhana" or "Mantra Puruscharana".Now the ...
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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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Scriptures that advocate that goddess Kamakhya is satisfied by the Bali of goats?

Which scripture and which portion of it , suggests that goddess like Kamakhya and Kali are satisfies by the Bali of animals? Also what is the idea behind Bali and does the practitioner incur any sin ...
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Who is maa Kamakhya?

Maa Kamakhya is a very popular deity and is considered to be the deity of one of the Shakti peethas. What is so significant about this deity and how is she different from maa Kali and other mahavidyas?...
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what is the actual story of Maa Kali ending Raktabheej?

I have heard many versions of it, but this one stuck with me. Did maa kali behead Lord Shiva when he stepped down to calm her? And his head went spinning out of the universe and when kali gained ...
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How to do Prana Prathishta of Maa Kali Idol?

I am preparing to do the Prana Pratishtha of maa kali idol. Please help me to Prana Pratishtha of Maa Kali Idol.
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Chausath Yogini Sadhana : 64 Yogini

Could someone refer me to which Hindu texts explain the details of how to perform Chausath Yogini Sadhana ? There is a lot for this on social media sites, but not sure where they’re getting their info ...
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The twelve Kalis?

Is there a link to a simple explanation of the twelve Kalis in Kashmir Shaivism ? I’m finding contradictory info online. Has some proper Hinduism academic persons or acharya written treatise on this ? ...
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How does one take birth as a dakini, shakini, yakshini, yogini?

Related to the other question I posted about what comes after human life. Just wondering what are the requirements to be born as dakini/shakini or as a yogini or yakshini ? What makes someone born in ...
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What is the lifespan of a yogini, yakshini?

As dakini/shakini are attendants of Ma Kali, and yogini also, for Devi (Durga) In their own lok, yakshini are there too. Just wondering what is the lifespan of these beings ? Thank you for any ...
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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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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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Is the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

I personally believe that a mother would never ask someone to kill her own children; moreover she would ask to kill the wrong and the negative things within each individual. I have been told in my ...
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Is there any mention about kali purush in Bhavishya malika?

As kaliyug is of kali purush and kalki avatar is also for the end of kali purush and kaliyug so in bhavishya malika many predictions are there , i read the small version of bhavishya malika and i didn'...
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Was it Parvati who became Durga?

As far as I know Parvati and Kali are the same person .It was Parvati who became Kali. Are Durga and Parvati also same person ? Was it Parvati who became Durga ? Are they the same woman ? Or Are they ...
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Is there an explicit mention of a curse by Damayanti on Kali in the given excerpt from the Mahabharata?

Considered the following excerpt from Mahabharatha. And Nala upon becoming acquainted with the science of dice, Kali came out of his body, incessantly vomiting from his mouth the virulent poison of ...
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Mansa Devi & Goddess Tradition Animal Sacrifice

Just wondering is animal sacrifice is clearly written in devotion instructions in religious texts for Mansa Devi ? They seem to kill many many goats for her :( Sucks, MansaDevi is one of my faves, I ...
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Why do Bengalis celebrate Kali Puja during Diwali?

I don't know why, during Diwali, the Bengalis celebrate Kali Puja? Why don't they worship Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha?
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Worship of multiple Devis/avatars?

Please understand from the outset that I am a Westerner who is very new to the idea of bringing Hindu precepts into my life formally, so anything foolish or ignorant I say should be taken with that in ...
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What is the relation between Dash Mahavidyas and Dashavatar?

Various Tantrik texts like Mundamala Tantra and Todal Tantra mention the Dash Mahavidyas in respect to the Dashavatar. For example in Todal Tantra CHapter 10 we find the following declaration: "...
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How to increase my concentration for Japa?

Recently, I'm not getting interest to do japa. While I somehow doing the japa internally (Rama nama), I used to get Maa Kalika sometimes in meditation too. Now, I'm not getting interest to do any japa ...
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How to meet lord Ram in real-life?

I'm a Ram Bhakta. I was told to chant Hanuman Chalisa when I was 16 years old by a relative. I was an eccentric person with a lot of temper and bad mood swings. After starting Hanuman Chalisa chant ...
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How were Chanda and Munda born?

Chanda and Munda were asuras who were killed by Kali. This is alluded to in many hymns and prayers to Devi, such as in the Mahishasura Mardini Stotram and the Lalita Sahasranamam. But there is little ...
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Looking for english version of the kalika puran.?

Looking to read the kalika puran. What is the best unabridged/critical English translation to get into.? Links or author name will be greatly appreciated.
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How are the 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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Hindu Symbolism Of Kali Maa Earrings

Kali Maa’s earrings are dead bodies of babies, like this is from Exotic India book excerpt description : “her ornaments are a garland or necklace of severed human heads, girdle of severed human arms, ...
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Strota to increase attraction power?

I've been surfing through the internet about strotas like kali sahasranama/karpuradi stotra, that can increase attraction power of an individual. Is there any other stotra or anything like this?
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How to chant Sahastranama Stotram?

Can anyone pronounce Sahastranama Stotram? Is it ok if I mispronounce some names, can I take the help of YouTube videos to chant?
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Can anyone chant saum sanischaraya namha?

I've been listening to a spiritual master(online) he advised to chant om saum shanischaray namha on Saturday for blessin of Saturn can anyone chant this mantra??
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How to chant ashttotar satnamavali?

I want to know which is a better way to chant ashttotar satnamavali like all 108 names at one time by seeing a book,page or phone (coz obviously I can't remember every name line by line) or chanting ...
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Any sloka/strota to improve my skills?

I want to be an actor but my acting skills aren't that great is there any sloka/strota/prayer which can help me with it
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Benifit of chanting devi suktam individually?

In an article on hindupedia website which talks about strota chintamani it says to chant ya devi sarva bhuteshu smirti rupenaa" 108 times for 40 days to improve memory does same applies to things ...
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Favorite Fruit, Flower, Leaf For Durga Maa & Kali Maa

Googled this several times in the past and again recently. Is it always red hibiscus for flower in puja ? Could someone tell me which is best fruit to offer for Devi Maa Thx
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Why do we see Lord Shiva under the feet of Mother Kali?

Shiva doesn't exist without Shakthi. Shiva and shakthi are one. I recently visited a temple of Mother Kali. I was purplexed to see lord shiva in a smiling face is under the feet of angry Mother Kali. ...
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Can I take back a promise made to kali? [closed]

I(29M) made a promise to goddess kali that I will stop watching porn/masturbation. But I could not keep up this how hard I try. I have been stuck in this for 8 years and in one way or the other I ...
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Is Goddess Kali mentioned in the Mahabharata?

I know Goddess Kali mentioned in Puranas and Tantras too. But, Is any mention of Goddess Kali in Mahabharata?
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Is brahmacharya necessary in bhakti yoga?

I just want to know is brahmacharya necessary in bhakti yoga does any scriptures mention following brahmacharya in bhakti yoga
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Do Tantra Texts Or Hindu Texts Mention Eco-Friendly Kali/Durga Idols Visarjan

Festival idols question : Hey guys, do Hinduism texts say anything about carrying out puja rituals in a way that is eco-friendly ? Kinda alarming to see the visarjan of Kali/Durga Maa idols. So much ...
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Can beej mantra be initiated someone other than guru?

Let's say I want to do kreem mantra sandhna so can someone who's not by guru(but have sidh the kreem mantra) initiate me
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Is true Goddess Kali killed two demons named Kolasura and Ghorasura?

In Wikipedia, I have read Goddess Kali killed two demons named Kolasura and Ghorasura. But, Is it true Goddess Kali killed Kolasura and Ghorasura? What was the story?
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Who is Devi Kali? Is she among the 64 yoginis or Devi herself? And who killed Asuras?

As per this answer, the list of the main 64 yoginis, a group of Sahacharis of the Devi, includes personalities like Bhadrakali and Kalaratri. Which indicates the Devi Kali could be separate from Devi ...
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Hindu Texts Kali Wearing Sari ? Idols Question

Just wondering about this, in many Kali Puja, Shyama Puja ceremonies they have Kali murti atop MahaDev as per usual. But she is sometimes wearing full on rich brocade sari with almost bridal level ...
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In which scriptures can we find the original stories of the Mahavidyas?

The Dash Mahavidyas are an enigmatic group of goddesses worshiped majorly in the Tantrik disciplines but except Kali, the origins of most are unclear. In which scriptures can we find more about the ...
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What to do on navratri?

What are the best thing to do on navratri, Any type of yoga,or mantra(pls don't suggest any which need initiation) or anything else
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How to do trataka on a deity/idol?

I want to know about doing trataka on idol/deity what's the method, what's the benifits and which deity the best to start with
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Forms of Kalika

Is Samshana kali mentioned in Jayadrathayamala tantra? I've heard that Siddhilakshmi is flanked by Samshana kali and Raktakali. Your help will be appreciated.
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Importance/Significance Of Birth Name

Wanted to ask this question : Hey guys, does it say anywhere in shastras or puran or such that the birth name of a bhakt will have influence over their chosen Isht-Dev or path of bhakti ? So like if a ...
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Favorite Color of Devi (Kali/Durga/Mansa)

Perusing topics on here and came across this thread discussing favorite color of Narayan for Vishnu-bhakt : Favourite colour of Vishnu Ideal to know for choosing which flowers for arpit and such, ...