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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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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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Are Vaishnavas & Smartas completely uninformed about third eye awakening?

Supernatural powers are mainly found in Shaiv & Shaakt scriptures and I don't think a single Vaishnav guru or Shankaracharya has third eye powers. Is third eye completely missing from Vaishnav &...
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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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Does Muṇḍamālā Tantra permit cow sacrifices for Goddess Mātaṅgī?

In the sixth verse of this stotra dedicated to Goddess Mātaṅgī from the Muṇḍamālā Tantra, there seems to be a provision for cow sacrifices: rAtrau pUjA baliyutAM gomAMsa rudhirapriyAm | nAnA.ala~...
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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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How do spirits like Pret have sexual intercourse with humans at night?

Do they have similar bodies and body parts? And does this sex cause some physical problem in the human "victim"? How to tell if a spirit is having sex with you?
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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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Navarna and Dasakshari Chamunda Mantra

What are the Rishi, Chanda, Mantra Devata, Bija, Shakti and Kilaka of the Chamunda Navarna Mantra? Although aware of the popular opinion, this site mentions a completely different set of mantra-angas,...
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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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What is the significance of Mudra (eating parched grain) in Panchamakara?

Is parched grain specially tamsik?
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How should an uniniated person offer non-veg items to their preferred form of God before consumption?

One of the answers to this question mentions that a devotee who has not conquered their desire for non-vegetarian food items should only consume it after offering to God. 2 and 3 speak of when and how ...
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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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Are there any associations between Dus (Dasha) Mahavidyas and Shreman Narayana and or Shree Vishnu?

In the many manifestations of Maa Shakti as Adi ParaShakti, we encounter the Dus Mahavidyas which some practicioners in tantra sadhana consider also to perform the bhakti and the sadhana towards Maa ...
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What is the chronological order of events mentioned in Devi Mahtmya/Durga Shaptshati?

Devi Mahatmya or Durga Shaptshati is one of the most important Shakta scriptures. It is present in Markandeya Purana. Basically it tells the story of King Suratha and a Vaishya who go to Medha Rishi ...
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Is the temple at Tirumala really the abode of the Goddess Bala Tripurasundari?

One astrologer at Kakinada told us that Lord Venkateswara is actually the Goddess Bala Tripurasundari, with long hair at the back. Hence the name Balaji! Here's the experience of Swami Brahmananda at ...
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Where does the baDabanala tantra recognize vajravarahi as a Buddhist diety originally? [closed]

From the article "VajravArAhI" at the Kamakotimandali website: BhagavatI bimbAmbikA recognizes the fact that the deity is Buddhist in origin, as does baDabAnala tantra, and both prescribe ...
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What arguments are made by scholars and non-Śāktas to prove the Devī Bhāgavata isn't a major Purāṇa?

As the title says, what are the arguments usually made by scholars and non-Śāktas (Vaiṣṇavas & others) when they say the Devī Bhāgavata Purāṇa doesn't belong in the list of 18 Mahā-purāṇas?
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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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Who is Maa Gouri?

I used a website to see what my birth chart says about my ishta deva/devi. I am most connected with Durga, but my results said Goddess Mahalakshmi and Maa Gouri.
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Why is Goddess Kali's depiction so scary? Do we get less scared of her image as we shed our ego?

I was wondering why Goddess Kali's image is so scary. She is said to be a mother that is compassionate and loving to her children.
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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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Are there any current female saints in shaktism?

Are there any current saints in Shaktism,like Sarada Devi or like anandamayi maa were for general hinduism? Are there any saints in shaktism right now that are well known?
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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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Relation between Chamunda and Kali

Would like to know relation between Chamunda and Kali In one of my previous posts, @Rickross mentioned Kali having /holding kapala whereas Chamunda doesn't hold Kapala. However, when I talked to ...
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Why Bala Parameswari not included in Dasamahavidyas

As far as i know, SriVidya krama has included Bala mantra upasana. But, why DasaMahavidyas doesn't include mentioning of Bala Parameswari.Though, it has Tripurasundari, Bhuvaneswari, TarA etc.. , ...
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Who is RakthaChamundi Devi

Would like to know about RakthaChamundi goddess. Is this Devi different from Chamunda Devi? Seems, there are multiple forms of Chamunda. Does this RakthaChamundi, another fiercefull avatar of ...
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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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Is alleged claim that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was from a Shakta family have any basis in authentic biographies?

From Chaitanya Charitamrita: śrīhaṭṭa-nivāsī śrī-upendra-miśra-nāma vaiṣṇava, paṇḍita, dhanī, sad-guṇa-pradhāna CC 1.13.56: There was also Śrī Upendra Miśra, a resident of the district of ...
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What is the name of Yoga Nidra Wakeup Conch?

Wondering, if anybody knows the name of the Conch that Uma blows to wake Vishnu from Yoga Nidra? There is a particular conch for that I have heard.
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Where can I read Shakta Agamas online in English?

I'm searching for Shakta Agamas online in English. Can anybody provide me the relevant links or PDFs to read these Agamas? P.S. So far, I could only find Kularnavara Tantra. You can read it here.
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Who is NityA Devi Goddess

Would like to know more about NityA Devi Goddess. Does this Goddess belongs to DasaMahavidyas? if not, any relation with Goddessess in SriVidya Krama. Is the below , Her dhyana ? ...
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How do Shaivas and Shaktas interpret the Vishnu Gayatri mantra?

How do Shaivas and Shaktas interpret the Vishnu Gayatri mantra, which is from the Narayana Suktam of the Yajur Veda: "Narayanaya vidmahe vasudevaya dhimahi | tanno Vishnuh prachodayat" which ...
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Are there any Shaiva or Shakta refutations that "Narayana" is a proper noun?

According to Panini, Sanskrit grammar says that the "Na" in "Narayana" turns it into a proper noun. A proper noun applies to that specific being unlike a common noun, like Shiva, which can apply to ...
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Which denomination do majority of contemporary Hindus adhere to?

I know more Vaishanvas and Shaivas exist in South India and Shaktas are more prominent in the east,But in North what are the major denominations of Hindus?
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