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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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Need to know something about semen in tantras

https://sci-hub.scrongyao.com/10.2307/3176673 this is a research paper on a tantric text which basically says that mixing of semen and menstrual blood was used in initiation rituals in tantra or to ...
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Please help me identify this picture of Devi, who is she?

Her skins looks slightly green? I can't recognise any particular iconography sadly. The text does not seem to help at all and I wonder if it has been added later.
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Lemon lamp offering to maa durga

I went to a maa durga temple and found devotees offering lemon lamp to maa. Anyone is aware it's based on which scripture?
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What is the origin of kosa-kusi?

I have seen in the eastern side of India, that often kosa-kusi is used in puja for achaman and samanya arghya sthapan. I would to know what is the origin of this kosa-kusi, is there any scripture that ...
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Is Hamsa Yogi's Bhagavad Gita commentary really older than Adi Shankara?

In the Shakti Ank Of The Kalyan magazine of Gita Press, I came across the Claim that there's a commentary on Bhagavad Gita by a 'Hamsa Yogi' which is Older than Adi Shankara. This came as perplexing ...
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What is the source of Durga Chalisa.?

I just saw Durga Chalisa for the first time in my life. I never heard about it before. I am a practising Shakta. But still, I never heard about it. Here is a link. It is in Hindi. What is the source ...
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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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What are some ways to increase confidence and become mentally strong?

Are there any mantra/strota to gain confidence and mental stability
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Question on the Sākta conception of Mukti

While reading about the conception of Mukti in Shaktism, I came across the following - This Absolution, advocated by the Sakta philosophers differs only slightly from the Absolution advocated by the ...
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Brahman versus Ishvara for the 5 or 6 main forms

Vishnu, Shiva, Ambika, Ganapati, Skanda, and Surya are five forms of Brahman or Ishvara. If they're five forms of Ishvara how can they marry, start famillies with themselves?
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Why is worshipping multiple idols/symbols of certain deities forbidden in the Narada Purana?

The Narada Purana (I.67.120) says- शंखचक्रशिलालिंगविघ्नसूर्यद्वयं तथा ।। ६७-१२० ।। शक्तित्रयं न चैकत्र पूजयेद्दुःखकारणम् ।। One must not perform simultaneous worship of Two Sankha Chakras or (...
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What is the dhyana mantra of Devi Durga?

Please provide the dhyana mantra of Devi Durga along with transliteration and if possible translation. Also, mention the original source.
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Anushthana of naam japa

I have heard about anusthana of mantra japa. For mantra and anusthana guru is necessary for permission and others valuable reasons. But to get a actual guru in kaliyug is tricky. In other hand, ...
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WHY DO EVERY INDIAN GIRLS DESIRE A HUSBAND LIKE LORD SHIVA?

Why Lord Shiva is treated as ideal husband material by Indian women. Why Every unmarried Girls dream to have a Husband like Mahadeva for an example in our area they do 16 Somvaar Vrat, Shivratri Vrat ...
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I want to start Durga Devi Sadhana

If there is anyone who is doing Durga Sadhana could you please share some info. Is there any mantra that needs to be recited daily? I find reciting 32 names of Durga Devi stotram is one approach. but ...
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How do I pray to Maa Durga?

I really want to pray to maa Durga but I don't have any Guru and any sort of initiation. I can't and don't want to use mantras. I tried searching about naam jap but couldn't find any proper ...
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Is Goddess Durga Brahman or Maya? Why is she termed as Brahman in some places and maya in others?

In the Harivamsa For instance, There occurs a stuti of Durga, where She is Praised as Brahman in chapter 3 of The Vishnu Parva, Verse 32. But In the Same Harivamsa, in another stuti of hers in ...
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Do we have any video proof or some real place where baba/sadhus showing miracles?

I have heard neem karoli baba/ Sai Baba had miraculous powers. But I haven't seen for myself. Is there a video or some sadhu/baba still showing miracles?
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What is Shaktadvaita tradition?

This article from Wikipedia says Devi Bhagavata Purana "promotes bhakti (devotion) towards Mahadevi, integrating themes from the Shaktadvaitavada tradition (syncretism of Samkhya and Advaita ...
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what is the difference between Adi Shakti and Adi Parashakti?

Are Adi Shakti and Adi Para-Shakti synonyms or there's some difference between them as per Shaiva sects and Shakta sects? if so, what is the difference?
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Which king was blessed by Aadi Shakti with a daughter?

A long time back, I read a story of Devi Adi Shakti giving a boon to a King, saying that he would get a daughter. Maybe I read it in Devi Mahatmya or some other text, my memory has gone leaky. Can ...
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Were Vishnu avatarams liberated by Shakti/Siva?

A page on Quora by the name "Dakshina Kali (দক্ষিণা কালী)" commented Matsya was liberated by Matsyasamharamurti, Varaha by Varahasamharamurti, Narasimha by Sharabha, Vamana by Kankalamurti; ...
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How can I offer worship to Maa Baglamukhi?

Why am I asking this question? I don't have a Guru! also I began my Upasana with Lord Krishna! it is now that I am guided to worship Maa Baglamukhi! But again one simply doesn't worship Dasmahavidyas ...
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What's the color of the sahasrara chakra?

In some sources, I read that the Sahasrara chakra is white, in others violet, and in others purple. What is its color, and what's the meaning of the color?
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Can I worship Chinnamasta?

I am very fascinated towards Maa chinnamasta! But after searching about her,I found out that she is the most terrible deity to invoke without a Guru I came across a mantra on youtube 'Chinnamasta ...
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How many Devi Sahasranamas are there in scriptures?

How many Sahasranamas dedicated to Devi are there in scriptures?
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How to completely surrender to my deity?

Hey guys I want to know what it mean to completely surrender to God Right now my life is going the completely wrong way so pls listen to my problems and pls give me some solutions Everything is going ...
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How are all the different Vedantic schools viewed by the Shakta sampradaya?

Recently I happened to read somewhere that Shaktism more or less rejects Vedanta and accepts only Tantra as the supreme authority, This makes me curious to know how all the different Vedantic ...
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How to practice chandra yoga?

Can someone explain Chandra yoga in simple words to me as mentioned in tirumantiram by Tirumala like exactly how to practice it
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What exactly saint tirumalar telling to do here?

Can someone pls explain what saint tirumalar telling to do here in simple words
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Shakta mantras that do not need initiation

Is there any mantra like om namha shivaya or om namo bhagvate vasudevaye for shakta that can be chanted without initiation?
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How to change your samskaras?

I want to know if is there any method to change samsara since samsara has been given so much importance in our culture and scriptures is there any way to get rid of bad samskaras and create good ones
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Representation of Shakti in Hindu Iconography

why in numerous Hindu depictions is the "shakti" of a god often depicted on the god's knees or lap?
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What does this signify ? Why is Parvathy called both - Gauri as well as Kaali?

Here in the video,the character of Parvathy is saying is she is both Karma and well Moksha. She is Light as well as darkness , that she is way as well as the destination . She is begining as well as ...
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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, ...
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Mata Ka Jagrata Tradition (Mata Ki Chowki)

Is there some religious history or scriptural mention re all-night prayer of Devi w/ Mata Ka Jagrata ? Like how and where the tradition of it started ? I was reading that Kali Puja was started by King ...
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Shakambhari Navrathri

I had thought there were four Navrathri every year, the two gupt ones then the two well-known ones in spring/fall. These are the ones I was observing as starting down devi-bhakti path. However now ...
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Chinnmasta/Chinnmastika Clarification

A number of the sites I’m perusing say Chinnamasta is originally a Buddhist goddess who was later over centuries incorporated into the Hindu pantheon. A number of religious scholar types asserting ...
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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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Names/list of prominent or well known bhakts of Devi in India

I’ve been a Hindu-mytho addict for many years now so listened to and watched/read many stories from Hinduism with notable and respected Shiv-bhakts and Vishnu-bhakts. So, lots of info re bhakts of ...
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Do Shakta beliefs explain Hindu cycles of time?

Hey guys I had to delete my first account, I was the new Shakta one with the vegan puja questions. My question here is : Are there places in the Shakta texts where cycles of time are explained ? Like ...
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Who are the two women standing next to Manasa Devi?

I'm a huge Manasa Devi fan. When you see Manasa Devi murtis, often there are two women with her, one on either side. Do you guys know who they are exactly ?
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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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