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Tantra, also called Tantrism and Tantric religion, is an ancient Hindu tradition of beliefs and meditation and ritual practices that seeks to channel the divine energy of the macrocosm or godhead into the human microcosm, to attain siddhis and moksha.

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What is the difference between Dakshina Kali and Guhya Kali?

What is the difference between Dakshina Kali and Guhya Kali as per the Tantric Scriptures? Did Goddess Kali assume the Guhya Kali form to slay any demon? One image of Guhya-Kali from one famous ...
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Why is the idol of a lizard kept in front of the Divine Mother at Dakshineswar?

As the enclosed image shows, there is an idol of a golden lizard (svarna-godhika) to the left of Mother Bhavatarini at Dakshineswar. What is the scriptural reason of this idol of lizard?
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What are the age limits for an Agamic initiation? Can a very old person be initiated as well?

For the Vedic initiation (the Upanayana) the prescribed ages (when to perform the initiation) are given in various scriptures like the Manu Smriti etc. And, the age limits till which the disciples can ...
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What are the characteristics of kerala mAntrikam?

It is lesser known fact that the tantra flourished in southern India in the state of Kerala. Like that of Kashmir and Bengal. Kerela tantrism is also specialised and is called as kerala mantrikam or ...
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How many verses are there in Sri TantrAloka?

Sri tantrAloka is a magnum opus text in the Kashmir Shaivism. How many verses and chapters are there? Are there any commentaries available ?
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What is the distinction between yoga as Astika vs Nastika?

There are 6 orthodox (astikas) darshanas, very good explained in Keshav question here. At same time, yoga is based mostly on agamas or tantras, and other kind of writtings: Trika philosophy have ...
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Do we have a Trishati Namavali for Varahi?

Do we have Trishathi Namavali (a stotra consisting of 300 names) for Varahi? I heard it's there in "Uddamaresha Tantra" (not Uddamareshvara Tantra). If anyone can provide any information it will be ...
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Why is the “Dasa Avataram” concept considered a debatable topic on this site while Scriptures make clear mention of them?

Since the concept of Dasavataram doesn't even exist in Hindu scripture, this is sort of a moot question This was posted by Keshav Srinivasan as a comment under this question.Comments with the same ...
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Why people are afraid of Aghoris?

Why people are afraid of Aghoris? Is that because of their face and living style or do they have any supernatural powers? I heard irrespective of religion, anyone can become Aghori. Is that true? ...
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Does Kundalini Shakti once awakened cures all major disorders of mind and body?

Kundalini Jagran is considered as one of the greatest experience of one's life. Does an awakened Kundalini cures diseases of body and mind? How does this happen? How safe it is to awaken the ...
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What is the difference between Mantra-Diksha and Mantra-Chaitanya?

According to the Tantrik scriptures, what is the difference between Mantra-Diksha and Mantra-Chaitanya? As per Tantra, mantra is fruitless unless Mantra-Chaitanya is obtained.
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What does Sri Ramanuja mean by saying "Pasupati-Mata' is 'Anadaraniya'?

According to Sri Ramanujacharya, 'pasupati-mata' is non-adorable as it is against the Vedas: "pasupati-matasya vedavirodhaad asaamanjyasyaad cha anaadaraniyaa iti uchyate" (Ref: Mahaprabhu Sri ...
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How do Hindus regard the Baphomet?

I noticed after looking up the Baphomet that it also has the concept of the left hand path and right hand path which are also similar to Tantra in Hinduism. So I guess my question then becomes, which ...
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Who was Sri Vidya guru Pujyasri Bhaskara Raya?

In the modern times, Pujyasri Bhaskara Raya Makhin is well known and respected by all shaktas across the country. His contribution to Shaktism and other shastras is phenomenal. Is there any details ...
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Can a Vaishnava saint give Shakti mantra mantra initiation to any one or vice versa?

According to the Mantrayogasamhita, different people with different mental inclinations should have different deities as Ishta. Can a Vaishnava Guru give initiation by Shakti mantra or a Shaakta Guru ...
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Is a chakra a supernatural invisible thing, or a symbol for something natural?

I'm western and skeptical. I was born in a spiritualist family where the concept of chakras were used as being a part of spiritual body. But for spiritualists the term "spiritual" is something ...
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Which tantric books illustrate Chakras, nadis, deities in body of purusha?

Which tantric books contain traditional detailed illustrations of Chakras, nadis, as well as deities (both vedic 33, puranic including numerous various names/Manifestations of deities) located on/in ...
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Is there a shrAddha ceremony as per agama? (if any)

We very well know about the shrAddha ceremony in our tradition which is done for the pitr/manes. It is towards their departed souls. Every year it is done during the pitru paksha. However, apart ...
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Why is Dhoomaavatii not to be worshipped in Kali yuga?

Dhoomaavatii is one of the Dasha Mahaa Vidyaas. Extreme warning has been given not to worship her in Kali Yuga. Na Prakashyam Na Prakashyam Na Prakashyam kalau yuge is what the line before the ...
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Why Devi Para-Shakti is not shown with three eyes in many parts of India?

The dhyana mantras of Devi Para-Shakti in different Tantras and Puranas of forms like Durga, Kaali etc describe Devi as three-eyed. But most deities of Devi or even of Shiva outside bengal show Her (...
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Five bhavas as explained by Sri Ramakrishna

The concepts of 'bhava' is different in the Tantras and the Puranas. Sri Chaitanya mentions five bhavas to worship Sri Krishna, each corresponding to a particular relation with God -Santa, Dasya, ...
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Why are Tantras used in fierce ways? To whom they are unaffected?

I have read rickross answers which are stated from tantras and angmas but almost i found nothing scarey in what he writed so how they are used in such a fierce manner? Is there are some type ...
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What is navamundi asana and its significance?

Navamundi is a very special asana with respect to tantric tradition. Swami vishuddhananda paramahansa is believed to have set up this asana in his ashram in kashi. What is this ? What is its ...
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Are the one lakh+ slokas of the KulArnava Tantram really lost or are they still extant under some other titles?

I have the book KulArnava Tantram, which is a ShAkta Agama. It is comprised of 17 chapters (each chapter is called an UllAsha here; so Saptadasha UllAsaha is the last chapter). Each chapter is again ...
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In which agamas/Puranas the 10 mahavidyas are mentioned? [duplicate]

The 10 mahavidyas are- 1)kali-The ultimate form of Brahman 2)Tara-The Goddess as Guide and Protector 3)tripura sundari-The Goddess Who is "Beautiful in the Three Worlds 4)Bhuvaneshwari-The Goddess ...
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In which of his books did Bhaskara Raya say “kaulaat parataram nahi”?

In his texts the great Sri Vidya guru Bhaskara raya says "kaulAt parataram nAhi". In association to the glory of kaula path. In which text is it found? What is its meaning and context?
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How someone know that bad spell is done on him or other person?

Consider, that person X due to some reason did bad spell on person Y. How can Y or other person Z can identify that bad spell is happen on Y by X. Specially if X did spell that make Y ill or mentally ...
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Are there any substitutes for Panchamakara?

"Panchamakara" refers to the five taboo substances used in Tantra. These substances are: • madya (wine) • māṃsa (meat) • matsya (fish) • mudrā (parched grain) • maithuna (sexual intercourse) My ...
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Is the Vāmakeśvara Taṃtra available with English Translation or Sanskrit Text?

The Vāmakeśvara Taṃtra text with its sanskrit text or English translation or both, Is it available online or offline?
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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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Are the Sri Yantras that are devoid of color fillings defective?

Sri Yantra is probably the most well-known among all yantras. It is also called the king of yantras. The presiding deity of the yantra is Sri Lalita Mahatripurasundari or Sri Rajarajeswari Devi. A ...
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What is the difference between Mantra-Siddhi and Bhagavat-Praapti?

What is the difference between Mantra-siddhi that is described primarily in the Tantras as success of the sadhana and Bhagavat-prapti which is thought as the ultimate goal in the dvaita bhava upasana?
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What is the REAL MEANING of cutting Maa Kali by sword of Jnana by Sri Ramakrishna during Advaita Sadhana?

As per Sri Sri Ramakrishna-Leelaprasanga, Sri Ramakrishna while doing medidation under the guidance of Totapuri, cut Maa Kali in two pieces by the sword of jnana when She appeared before Him. He ...
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How is Ishtadevata determined according to the SPIRITUAL SCRIPTURES (NOT ASTROLOGY) [duplicate]

Is Ishsta-devata determined by the family tradition (Kula-Devata) or personal liking or something else? Are there any injunctions of the spiritual scriptures? If it is determined by the injunctions of ...
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What is the meaning of below verses from Vishnu yamala and are similar verses found in any other tantras?

Sanatana Goswami, a Gaudiya Vaishnava acharya quoted in his book Hari Bhakti Vilas, a smrti text for Gaudya Vaishnavas the following verses from Vishnu Yamala in the beginning of 5th Vilasa. ...
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A question on Kali-Puja

According to Tantra-Vachana, Kali-Puja should never be done by the priests. If someone gets it done by a priest, the Mother becomes angry and ruins that person: purohitam samAniya yadi pujAdi ...
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From what tantric book is this illustration from?

From what tantric book is this illustration from
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Why are Vishnu and Narayana mentioned as separate deities in Tantra?

According to he Paschima-Aamnaya of Tantra, Krishna, Gopala, Narayana, and Vishnu are different deities (Sastramulak Bharatiya Shaktisadhana, Upendrakumar Das, RMIC, page 1049). Can anybody provide ...
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What is the basis of this image of Goddess Kali?

The dhyana-mantra of Dakshina-Kali quoted in Tantra-saara says that She is holding Kharga in Her upper left hand, chinna-munda in lower left hand, abhaya-mudra in upper right hand and vara mudra in ...
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Which scriptures mention Dhyana Mantras of the sixty-four Yoginis?

In different places of India, there are temples of sixty-four Yoginis. Can anyone provide names of the scriptures where the detailed dhyana-mantras of these Yoginis and their functions are found? I ...
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Where can I find Vishnu Yamala?

Is Vishnu Yamala available either offline or online in any one of the English / Hindi languages.
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How safe it is to perform Das Mahavidya anushthanas or sadhanas?

I want to perform Das Mahavidya sadhanas. But I don't know how safe are they? Does anyone has experience of such sadhnas? Which mahavidya sadhna is beneficial to attain success in any field?
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Are there ways to count tithis that differs from traditional astrology?

Are there some text (specially tantras, agamas, nigamas, others) which explain how to count tithi in a different way to Vedic Jyotish? Traditionally, fortnight start day after purnima (full moon) or ...
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In search of Tantra Practitioners [closed]

Are there any authentic Tantra practitioners in North America? The ones I've found all seem to be "Neo-tantra".
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What scriptures describe the phenomenon of Fire Eclipses?

Just like Vaishnavas follow Pancharatra Agamas and Shaivites follow Shaiva Agamas, Shakta follow Shakta Agamas, aka Shakta Tantras. (I discuss an exception that proves the rule here.) One such Shakta ...
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Does Advaita accept vamchara followers?

Advaita is philosophy Propagated by Adi Shankaracharya, Adi shankaracharya/Advaita(original) accepts Vedas and Vedanta Prashnatrayi(Bramha Sutras, Shrimad Bhagwad Gita,Upanishads) Scriptures while he(...
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What is the difference between Yantrik, Shastrokata(Vaidik\Puranik) and Tantrik ritual(vidhi)?

What is difference between Yantrik, Shastrokata(Vaidik\Puranik) and Tantrik vidhi? What are advantages and disadvantages of each of them? Does any scripture provides any illustration of them?
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Is initiation of tantrik mantras of many people together in a hall permitted by the scriptures?

Gurus of many organisations across the globe nowadays initiate many individuals collectively in a hall by the same beeja mantra. Very often, these mantras seem constructed and so have no specific ...
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How to reconcile the lakshanas of a siddha from the Vedanta and the tantras?

In the shabasadhana of the tantra, the sadhaka normally worships Mahavidyas ie devatas like Kali, Tara etc, who are Brahma according to the Tantras. After the sadhaka gets siddhi, he has to remain ...
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Does anyone have access to the texts or manuscripts of the Parameswara Tantram and the Vadavanaliya Tantram?

Paarameshwara tantra ( Contains Unmatta bhairava panchanga) Vaadavaanaliya Tantra ( Contains Shweta Kaalii panchanga) Does anyone have access to the texts or manuscripts of these two Tantras? Is it ...