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Shakti is the feminine form of the Divine worshipped as Parvati, Lakshmi, Saraswati and many other forms.

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Is Ashapuri Maa mentioned in any scripture?

We can see temples of Ashapuri Maa at piplav and kutch (mata no madh) As name suggest Ashapuri Maa fullfills desires of person. Wikipedia says Ashapuri Maa is expansion of Shakambhari devi. Is there ...
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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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In North-East India, in the Shakta tradition, what days of the week is the fast for the Devi-bhaktas?

Hopefully this isn't a duplicate of this question : Why each day of the week is dedicated to a particular god? Because I'm asking the vrat-din of specific Shakta tradition in specific region of India (...
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Direction of shiva lingam [duplicate]

I've went to many Lord Shiva temples and seen the lingam in different directions. In some temples, the direction is like this: And in some temples, the direction is like this: Why is there a ...
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Does the 'Red-dot' Tilaka of the Śāktas (शाक्त) have any name?

For Instance: The name of the Tilaka worn by the Śaivas (शैव) is Tripuṇḍra Tilaka (त्रिपुण्ड्र-तिलक). The name of the Tilaka worn by the Vaiṣṇavas (वैष्णव) is Ūrdhvapuṇḍra Tilaka (ऊर्ध्वपुण्ड्र-तिलक)...
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How can a person get the power of going anywhere at will like the Rishis?

Rishis could go anywhere at will like Vyasa. And Krishna-Dwaipayana, when he met his mother as before, informed her as to how he had been deceived by the seniormost of the princesses and how he had ...
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Ninefold devotion? [duplicate]

In 39th verse, 17th Ullasah of Kaularnava Tantra, Shiva defines Purana to divine mother: पुण्यपापादिकथनादाक्षसादिनिवारणात् । नवभक्त्यादिजननात् पुराण इति कथ्यते ।। ३६।। Purana: Because it tells of ...
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What is the source of Saraswati Stotram?

श्वेतपद्मासना देवी श्वेतपुष्पोपशोभिता । श्वेताम्बरधरा नित्या श्वेतगन्धानुलेपना ॥ १॥ श्वेताक्षी शुक्लवस्त्रा च श्वेतचन्दनचर्चिता । वरदा सिद्धगन्धर्वैरृषिभिः स्तूयते सदा ॥ २॥ स्तोत्रेणानेन तां देवीं ...
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Questions relating to shakti peetha--matabajreshwari temple in Kangra

There are some legends that there is a mysterious rock which would radiate lights during nights in old Kangra town, I wonder if this shakti pitha was located on a huge rock? According to some legends,...
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Significance/ Allowability and examples of adding the Pranava against deities’ names

So as per the Skanda Purana, Śaṁkara Saṁhitā, Śivarahasya khaṇḍa, Skanda as a teacher describes the meaning of the Pranava to Lord Shiva, as his student as: सुब्रह्मण्यों स्वरस्यार्थस्त्वं चाहं च सदा...
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Are there Mandalas in Trika Shaivism (like in Tantra Buddhism)?

For example, Lord NilaLohita is surrounded by different forms of Rudra like Bhava, Sarva, Pashupati, Rudra, Mahadeva, and Ishana in different directions in Atharvaveda Vratya Sukta (chapter 15). Are ...
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Are there any living traditions in the tantra and the agama today?

May I request members, if they get the time, to guide on the following: A large number of sampradaya-s in the Tantra and Agama are vanishing/have disappeared, and are now historical details. But ...
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Which out of Shaktism and Shaivism is older?

Which one out of Shaktism and Shaivism is older? I've heard that Shaktism is essentially derived from Shaivism but am not sure how much of that is correct because Shaktism as far as I know has Shakti ...
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Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths?

Is there an official list of Shaktipeeths? If yes, please provide the list and source.
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Which is the mool mantra of Purna Parabrahma Devi Maha Durga?

What is the best mantra to meditate on Parabrahma Maha Durga? Is it Hreem? Note: I am not talking about Ganeshjanani Durga/Consort of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the one who is the parabrahma. If ...
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Who is that Bhuvaneshwari devi as mentioned in Srimad Devi Bhagavatam?

As all shaktas know that the Deity of Devi Bhagavatam is Adya shakti Bhuvaneshwari. But there are some confusions though. In devi bhagvatam devi Bhuvaneshwari is called as Moolprakriti from whom 5 ...
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Which Aghori practices are different from Kapalika (Skull-Bearer) practices?

The legendary Kapalika sadhus, mentioned in Shaiva scriptures (including Puranas) were known for their rituals which took place with skulls and bones involved. Human dead body meat, blood, sacrifice ...
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Have sects like Kaulas, Nath, Aghoris and Kamakhya got skull/bone mantras and rituals from the Kapalikas?

Or did their skull/bone mantras and skull/bone rituals originate on their own?
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Who is the deity of Devi Puran (A.k.a Mahabhagwat)?can you explain more?

According to Devi Puran Mahabhagwat, when vyas ji wanted to know the param tatva, he started to meditate on Shakti at the top of himalaya. After hard penance devi appeared as Akashvaani and said vyas ...
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Who is more important for Devi? - Her consort or son?

Whom does Devi love more? Her consort or her Children? Please don't say both! Please.Say only one. Devi once said to devtas that she can even give her life for her child. And please provide, if events ...
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Please explain devi as Supreme Para brahman. Only devi.. Devi only..nothing else [duplicate]

Devi bhagvatam says"everything merges back into Moolprakriti after mahapralaya.She is the real supreme tatva according to vedas and then after only Parashakti remains".Then my question is ...
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Is the form of Devi complete in herself? Does she need Purusha to become complete?

All Puranas and speeches from different devotees made me super confusing. I only want to think as Devitatva as Supreme Parabrahman. Are there scriptures which say that Devitatva is supreme? I'm ...
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Closeness with spouse/family among the Trimurti

I am asking this question purely on a pictorial stance. Lord Brahma (And Mother Saraswati): Picture of both of them closest that I got is this: Now to Lord Vishnu: Here is a relatively more close ...
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Explanation of the terms Pinda, Pada, Rüpa and the Rūpātīta

In Ullasa 13 of Kaularnava Tantra, verse 76, Shree Shiva says to Shree Devi one of the characteristics of Guru: पिण्डं पदं तथा रूपं रूपातीतं चतुष्टयम यो वा सम्यग्विजानाति स गुरुः कथितः प्रिये ।। ७६ ।।...
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Is there a written Aghori/Aghor Shastra or are teachings based purely on guru-shishya transmission?

If there are shastra that are specific to Aghora can you please name it or them? I know Aghoris have their own mantras but I don't know if they are written down and based purely on memory.
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Why are bali/sacrifices of non-Asuric animals & humans so satisfying to Kaali Mata?

The most common sacrifice is the goat and the Buffalo/Mahisha is the second most common. Both are Asuric. Kali maa loves to receive the sacrifice of Asuras of any kind. Do lion & tiger also have ...
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Do the same energies live in Graveyard (Kabristaan) and Cremation Grounds (Shamshaan Ghaat) or are they different?

Like Bhoot, Pret, MASAAN and other beings? What about dead bodies there? Do they have different energies?
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Can some Stuti mantras give siddhis? Do these verses need initiation & Guru Diksha if they start with OM?

Like the famous "Om Jayanti Mangla Kali Bhadra Kali Kapalini" verses. ॐ जयंती मंगला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी
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Is Kurma Purana really both highly praising and degrading Shaivas at the same time? [closed]

Here I am giving unconfirmed sources. In Kurma Purana II.39.56-62, Shiva says Indeed the holy Pasupata vow has been formerly designed by me for the achievement of liberation. It is the greatest of ...
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What is the significance of Mudra (eating parched grain) in Panchamakara?

Is parched grain specially tamsik?
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What are the famous Catus Peethas according to the early Tantra and Sakta tradition?

Now, the number of Sakta Peethas (seats of the mother-goddess) are 51. But ancient Tantra and Sakta tradition mentioned four important Peethas. These are known as Adi Peethas. What are these Peethas?
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Why Mahadev repeatedly asked Ma Parvati to abandon her body?

During initiation process of Ma Parvati as Mother of very Existence, Mahadev repeatedly asked Ma Parvati to give-up her current body and assume new one and learn required skills whenever she committed ...
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Explanation for the "spinal energy" and other "Kundalini awakening" symptoms?

Lots of people have been sharing first-hand reports of their personal experience of the so-called "Kundalini awakening". The following are a few illustrative anecdotes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ...
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What mantras for pursuing kama/artha life?

I was taught gayatri mantra at a young age and I do it daily as it helps a lot with my daily meditation In hinduism, moksha is the ultimate goal. But also there is the role of artha, kama, and Dharma. ...
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Putting Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture with other gods and recite mantras

Can Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture be put in pooja room with other gods? I don't know anything about MahaVidya but want to do Mata Shadoshi puja. Is there any special rule to do her puja and if not ...
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Creation according to Shaivism

Where can I find a detail description of creation of the universe where Shiv is unexpressed and Shakti is the dynamic expression of the universe we experience?
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What is the significance of ह्रीं HRIM beej mantra?

I have seen the reference of ह्रीं at multiple mantras. What is the exact significance of this mantra and how powerful is this?
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What is the scriptural origin of Shakti Panchakshri mantra Om Hrim Namah Shivaya?

Shakti panchakshri mantra is Om Hrim Namah Shivaya
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which mahanirvana tantra book is he following

I came across this video of samarpananda, where he is explaining about the shakti mantra, I like how the book contains both the encripted slokas in sanskrit and the decrypted hidden meaning. The ...
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Prayer for Energy Shakti?

I'm looking for a Mantra, stotra, anything which gives Energy/Power to Perform a Mental Task or Physical Task, preferably on God of Energy, Adi Shakti Parvati Kali or anyone... Found BalaAtibala ...
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Mantra on God of Energy Shakti?

Any powerful Mantras on God of Energy? Or Mantra for energy so that I never get tired? I know about Bala Atibala. I have had Upanayana.
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Is complete list of Demons sequentially killed by Devi as per Devi mahatyam available?

Is there Full/complete sequential list of Demons that were killed by Devi and which devi swarupam killed which demon as per Devi mahatyam? Why only Devi had to kill the demons? Why not trimurthis not ...
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What is the story of Sri shankar purushottam teertha?

Famous guru in the siddha yoga line of sri narAyaNa tIrtha What was his life story and teaching
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Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?

Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?
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If Sati's body was fully burned, then how 51 shaktipeeth came into existence?

I have read that (according to Shiva Purana) Sati's body was turned into ashes. 6-7. She desired to cast-off her body due to her anger with Dakṣa. She desired to burn off the body and retain the ...
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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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Currently how many types of peethas are there in India?

In India how many different types of peethas such as shakti peethas, Advaita peethas etc., are there now?
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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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Why third eye is vertically placed?

I am bit curious to understand why is the third eye in Shiva/Shakti depicted vertically not horizontally like the other two eyes, is there any specific reason/logic behind that or is it just ...
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