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Questions about Shaktism (Sanskrit: शाक्तं, literally doctrine of power) a domination that focus worship on Shakti (शक्ति) as the absolute

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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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What are the experiences and benefits of worshipping the mahavidyas?

Each of the mahavidyas have different physical features. Can anyone share what are the experiences felt by the practitioners while doing the sadhana or ashttotara nama japa of the mahavidyas, and what ...
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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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If All the doctrines outside Vedas are useless and False, Why is a Mahavidya Goddess like Tara pleased only when worshipped through an unvedic Achara?

Manusmriti says - 12.95. All those traditions (smriti) and those despicable systems of philosophy, which are not based on the Veda, produce no reward after death; for they are declared to be founded ...
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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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Are Sākta Tantras mentioned/named in any purānas?

From what I have seen It is a Pretty common occurrence to See Vaishnava and Shaiva Puranas mention their respective Agamas by name. E.g. Varaha Purana mentions Narada Pancharatra and similarly Shiva ...
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What is the Guhya Upanishad mentioned in the Kurma purana?

In The Kurma Purana, in a discourse between Himavan and Devi (Parvati), Himavan while praising the vibhutis of Devi praises her as follows - सर्वोपनिषदां देवि गुह्योपनिषदुच्यते । ईशानश्चासि कल्पानां ...
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I want to find out which form of mahavidya to worship according to shaktism/tantra

So I have read that in tantra or kula path, each person is given a specific form of maha vidya to worship ( By their gurus i think). I dont have a guru and I dont mean to do tantra without a guru but ...
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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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Is there any relation between Bhairava (as Himself, not as Shiva) and Krishna/Vishnu? If so can someone please elaborate?

I have heard of the relation between different gods, however in the pantheon of Bhairavas, the association is mostly to do closely with manifestations of Shakti. Therefore it would be interesting to ...
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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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Who are the Gaṇas?

Devi Mahatmya says that gaṇas came out of the Devi and fought for her. (Devi Mahatmya 2.52) And the deep breaths, which Ambikā fighting in the battle breathed forth, came into real being at once as ...
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What is the Difference between Shaiva and Shakta?

Both sects believe in the oneness of Shiva - Shakti as the supreme essence of the vishvam. So what is the difference between the two? Can I have a compare and contrast type answer? Like in what ways ...
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What are all the Authentic Tantra Scriptures accepted by the Srikula branch of Shaktism?

Can someone list all the authentic Tantra Scriptures that are accepted by the Srikula Branch of Shaktism?
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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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Where can I find the reference to Ashta Shaktis of Devi Durga?

There are eight Shaktis of Devi Durga who are worshipped during the Ashtami of Durgapuja. They are: Ugrachanda, Prachanda, Chandogra, Chandanayika, Atichanda, Chamunda, Chanda and Chandavati. They ...
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Who are Jambhini, Tulaja Devi and Mohini?

In this chapter of Devi Bhagavatha says the Dasha Mahavidyas, Kamakshi, Guhyakali, Jambhini, Mohini and Tulaja Devi are emerged from Devi Shakambhari. But, i don't know about Jambhini, Tulaja Devi and ...
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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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Do any of our scriptures mention benefits of having a girl child?

In traditional or even modern-day India, I hear from my elders that the birth of a girl baby is not as welcoming as a boy baby. I also heard from elders that during Punyavachanam a special portion/...
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Where is the Dakshina Kalika Stotram taken from?

The Dakshina Kalika Stotram in Sanskrit is a regularly recited hymn in many Bengali households, especially among Shaktites, that constitute the majority of Bengal. It is mentioned in almost all ...
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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 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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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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Is it true that the following goddesses are mentioned as Mahavidyas?

I found the following goddesses mentioned as Mahavidyas in wisdomlib. These goddesses are Chandeshvari, Laghusyama, Triputa, Vanadurga, Shulini, Ashvarudha, Trilokyavijaya, Mahavarahi and Annapurna. ...
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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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Subtle Body Or Physical Body Abilities

Shakta Saints Flying, Walking On Water, Living Underwater : Hey guys, so as I’ve been looking up different Shakta saints, there are many instances where they’re able to fly in the sky like birds, live ...
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Is Vishalakshi and Devi Vimala mentioned in any scriptures?

I know Vishalakshi is a goddess of Kashi and Vimala a goddess of Puri. But, any scriptures mentioned about this goddesses?
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Who is Langura worshipped in Devi temples?

This is in continuation with my previous question of representation of Lord Hanuman in Shakta traditions with Maa Durga and Lord Bhairava. You can find this question here : Lord Hanuman in Shaktism. ...
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Lord Hanuman in Shaktism

I have seen various pictures of Maa Durga with Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairava. Infact I have even seen in Devi temples having shrine of Lord Hanuman right with Maa Shakti. While Lord Bhairava has His ...
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Why can’t we justify offering animal sacrifice using Bhagwad Gita?

I see offering animal sacrifices to god as a way we humans can put to applications the principles of Chapter 2 .i.e. sankhya yoga in Bhagwad Geeta. 1.Verse 28 says not to lament over the loss of ...
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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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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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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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Panchamundi and Navamundi asanas

I was curious about the Panchamundi and Navamundi asanas. Is the provision of sitting and meditating in those asanas given in tantras of Sri Vidya, Kubjika Tantra or tantras like Jayadrathayamala? ...
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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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Does the great goddess - 'the 'wife of Shiva', manifests with different names in different Kalpas?

In the Skanda Purana Verse 7.1.7.25-40, god Shiva recounts the names of previous births of goddess Parvati across various kalpas, as follows Īśvara said: कल्पेकल्पे महादेवि अवतारं करोषि यत् ॥ तेन ते ...
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Who are Saptamatrikas?

Who are Saptamatrikas? Where we can find the first reference of Saptamatrikas in our scripture? What is the significance of Saptamatrika worship? Please provide references directly from primary ...
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What is the source of the Navadurga Stotram and Stuti?

The Navadurga stotram comprises of nine/ten verses, with each verse describing one aspect of the nine-formed goddess. Quoting from the document hosted by Sanskritdocuments नवदुर्गास्तोत्रम् । देवी ...
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What's the story of goddess Khīr Bhavānī / Kheer Bhawani (खीर भवानी) of Kashmir?

Khīr Bhavānī (खीर भवानी, क्षीर भवानी या राज्ञा देवी ), literally means - ‘‘Goddess who eats khīr,’’ or rice pudding, is a very popular deity in the Kashmir regions of India, whose temple stands on an ...
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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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What's the source, and context of this verse - 'vāmā bhūtvā yajet param (वामा भूत्वा यजेत् परम्)'?

In some articles I encountered this - वामा भूत्वा यजेत् परम् vāmā bhūtvā yajet param If I understand this correctly, this basically means - Every aspirant has to realise the 'latent female ...
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What exactly is Nada, Bindu and Kala?

I have come across the term Nada, Bindu and Kala etc many times and they seem to be talking about various different concepts sometimes personal and sometimes cosmic. In one explanation Bindu is ...
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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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