Questions tagged [shakti]

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

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Who are Pancha brahmas' Lalita Devi sits on and Why are they called so?

Lalita Sahasranama(the thousand names of Lalitha tripura Sundari) is a hymn found in the Uttara Khanda of Brahmanda Purana. In the Lalitha sahasranama, one of the names is Pañcabrahmāsanasthitā ...
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Why does Lalitha Devi sit on Shiva?

Is Shiva really the āsana for Lalitha Devi? How to understand this? Who is her consort? If Shiva is her consort, why did she make him an āsana? Also, what is pancha bramha āsana's significance? Who ...
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What bodies (Koshas or layers) do Devas, Trimurthis and their Shaktis (consorts) have?

The two questions What are Five Layers (Pancha Kosha) of Human? and Where does a Soul attached to the Body? explain various koshas (Sheaths) of human body. Trimurthi and their respective Shaktis are ...
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What are the different branches of Shaktism?

There are many different sects in Hinduism,like Vaishnavism,Shaivaism and Shaktism.Some sects,like Vaishnavism and Shaivaism,have different branches like Gaudiya Vaishnavism,which glorifies Krishna ...
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Is there any hierarchy for Devi's incarnations?

In this question's answer, the hierarchies of Lord Vishnu's incarnations are listed. Is there a similar hierarchy for Devi's incarnations? If yes, what is that hierarchy?
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Why we see Goddess Durga sometimes sitting on a tiger and sometimes on a lion?

I don't know why we see Goddess Durga sometimes sitting on a lion and sometimes on a tiger? Which animal was actually Durga's mount (vahana)? Is it Tiger or Lion?
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Why did Shiva and Adishakti have to separate to create the universe?

Many Puranas reference the separation of Shiva and Adishakti in order to create the universe. Adishakti then took many forms (Sati, Parvati, etc.) and each time married Shiva, so they can be united ...
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Who is vAk (the speech) in Rig Veda 10:125?

The Rig Veda hymn 10:125 tells about the supreme Goddess. So is this hymn addressed to Goddess DurgA or the female power Of Universe (Shakti) Or vAk (वाक्), the speech? Who is vAk Goddess described ...
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how can I start Tantra sAdhnA? which all are the scriptures I need to study to have in-depth knowledge?

I am new here and have many questions. I am interested in Tantric sAdhnA and first I need to study the Tantric scriptures in details. I have studied yogA-VedAnta and Buddhism in detail also mahAmUdrA ...
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Importance of Chinnamasta Sadhana

In which avastha/bhaava does Chinnamasta falls? Does it belong to Srividya Krama? Its heard that, people should not go for this Sadhana for "getting things done" --experiencing materialistic pleasures!...
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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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How are gods and goddesses such as Shiva and Shakti seen in the Vaishnava sampradayas?

How is Shakti/the consort of Shiva (including her various forms such as Kali, Durga, Parvati, Tara, etc.) seen in the various Vaishnava sampradayas? I have read that, since she is the chaste stri of ...
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Who is oldest form of God to be worshipped?

Who is the oldest form of god to be worshipped? Is it Lord Siva or Lord Vishnu or Goddess Shakthi?
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Why is Lord Shiva always worshiped alongwith Shakti and never alone?

Lord Shiva is distinct from other Gods primarily because he is always worshiped not as an idol but in an abstract form of a Lingam . Secondarily, He is always worshiped along with Goddess Shakti (...
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Are there sects for Lakshmi or Saraswati?

There are many sects in Hinduism: Shaivas, Vaishnas and Ganapatyas, to name a few. For the Goddess, there are Shaktas. However, obviously, Shaktas are only glorifying Shakti, the wife of Shiva, more ...
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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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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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When and why did Shiva take Arthanārīśvara form?

The Arthanārīśvara form of śiva is quite famous. It depicts the equality of Male and female energy in the universe. There is also a hymn dedicated to Arthanārīśvara form called Arthanārīśvara stotram ...
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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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What is the concept or History behind Shakti Ganapati?

Shakti Ganapati is a concept wherein Ganesha is accompanied along with Shakti. There are some modern temples especially in Southern India, which attribute Shakti as wife of Ganapati. Even, the ...
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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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Who is Adi Parashakthi? Is this the creator of the Trimurtis?

Paramatma is said to be one is Eternal,Formless and etc,... Source of Creation. We also know Adi Parashakthi and is said to be the Divine Mother and source of Energy. Also said to be Creator of ...
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What is the symbolic meaning behind the siva-sakthi triangle?

What is the symbolic meaning behind the siva-sakthi triangle? I know there are several variations of symbols that can represent her, but what does this upside-down triangle with the dot in 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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what is Samayachara? (I have read it in relation to 'Shri Vidya')

I have come across the term 'Samayachara' but not sure what is it. (Read it in relation to 'Shri Vidya').
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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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Who are Gramadevathas found especially in South India?

Common names of these Gramadevathas are Ankamma, Poleramma etc. What is their relation to Lord Shiva? Can we Worship Lord Shiva along with Gramadevathas? See this blog.
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Who is Bagalamukhi?

Is Bagalamukhi Parvati's different incarnation or other form of Sakthi? Which scriptures or Puranas has the story of Bagalamukhi?
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Who are chamunda and chandika?

Who is Chamunda and Chandika? Are they separate entities? I recently read Durga prayers, so I guess Chandika is incarnation of durgamata. and Ravana asked boon from arvatimata to protect lanka as ...
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Who is Tripura Sundari? [duplicate]

I am from Tripura.Our (unofficial) state goddess is Tripura Sundari devi. Due to the similarity in appearance, people of our state think that she is an another form of Kali. But Wikipedia says that ...
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Why people of Bengal worship Durga also during Basanti Puja?

There is a festival in Bengal region named Basanti Puja in which Bengali people worship Goddess Durga but why they worship Maa Durga in Basanti Puja also,whereas they have time to worship Goddess ...
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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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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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Can someone give translation to Arya Durga Ashtakam?

This is the Arya Durga Ashtakam- Arya Durga Ashtakam Kindly give its translation.
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What happens to the Idols in Temples at end of Kalpa as Rudra destroys Bhuloka at end of Kalpa?

Please don't get offended and i'm just curious. According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Sati self immolated in Swayamabhuva Manvanatara of Pitri Kalpa. She was born again as Parvathi Devi at beginning of ...
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What's the relationship between Durga and Shakti?

From what I read online both Durga and Shakti represent the female principle. What's the difference between them?
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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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Can somebody provide authentic description of fifty-one Shaktipeethas?

There are conflicting evidences regarding the fifty-one Shakti-peethas in different scriptures. The locations and descriptions available on net and youtube are full of mistakes and showing false ...
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What is the story of Shakambari devi?

I want to know the references in puranas for Shakambari devi. Full context of the reasons for Devi taking this Avatara and any asura vadha done as part of it(i.e if it is taken for killing asuras).
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Beyond Satya loka ie. the end to separate existence?

If I am correctly informed, even in Satya loka one continues to exist as an independent being. Is somewhere described if and how is one able to leave individual existence behind and completely merge ...
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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 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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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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What is the significance of Mudra (eating parched grain) in Panchamakara?

Is parched grain specially tamsik?
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Can I chant these stotras without initiation?

Can I chant 1. Mantra matruka stava and 2. Mantra matruka pushpamala stava without initiation as these contain panchadashi mantra (which is to be practiced only after initiation under the guidance of ...
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Why did sage bringi only worship shiva

Why did sage bringi only worship only shiva and not shakti What happened with rishi bringi after shakti took shakti(power ) from sage bringi's body. In durga chalisa there is a line Nishidin dhyan ...
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What was Madhvacharya's argument against the Shaktas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Why does Narayana take incarnation if He says- I dislike taking Avataara?

In ShreemadDeviBhagawatam, First Skandha, Fourth Chapter Conversation between Vishnu and Brahma Vishnu says- शक्तिरूपं महाभाग किं पृच्छसि पुनः पुनः॥ ५२॥ O Highly Fortunate Brahma! even after ...
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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