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In which scriptures can we find the original stories of the Mahavidyas?

First of all it's a very very long answer. PurAnic accounts of how the DashamahAvidyAs manifested The following account appears in Devi PurAna, however the same appears also in the BhAgavata PurAna (...
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Which scripture mentions Vasishth praying to Tantrik Goddess Tara?

Quoting from Arthur Avalon's book Shakti and Shakta's chapter 8, named Cinachara: Most important however in the alleged Buddhist connection is the story of Vashishtha to be found in the Tantras. ...
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What are the Mahavidya deities?

Mahavidya are Shakti of Dash Avatara of Shiva. Most people are only aware about Dashavatara of Lord Vishnu. However Shiva Purana Shat Rudra Samhita also gives Dashavatara of Lord Shiva along with ...
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Difference between Bhuvaneswari and Lalitha devi & their location

Both Bhuvaneshwari & Lalita also known as Tripura Sundari & Shodashi, belong to the group of goddesses known as the Dash Mahavidyas. The story of their origin can be found from this question ...
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Are the 10 Mahavidyas an expansion of Goddess Sati or that of Goddess Shakambhari?

As shown in this answer, the Devi PurAna account gives the widely known 10 MahAvidyAs. The account from the Devi BhAgavatam, on the other hand, does not include the origin of 2 MahAvidyas namely- ...
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Who is Bagalamukhi?

Is Bagalamukhi Parvati's different incarnation or other form of Sakthi? Goddess Bagalamukhi is one among the 10 Mahavidyas ( Great Knowledge or Vidya). She is the 8th Mahavidya. When a spiritual ...
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Questions about the image of goddess Chhinnamasta?

ChinnamastA means the one with severed head. In the shAkta tradition, she is the sixth cosmic goddess of the ten "mahAvidyAs". Her form is very fierce and hence has attracted many ...
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What is the connection between Kali and Kaliyug?

In Hinduism (or Sanatana Dharma), there is a beautiful concept where even the non living things and abstract ideas also exist in personified form. It is because Consciousness runs everything as ...
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Who is Goddess Shyamala?

Shyamala Devi is not just a folklore.She is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana.How she was created by Lalita Parameswari is mentioned in the Lalitodhvaba episode(Manifestation of Lalita) of the ...
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Is there a connection between the Navadurga and the Dashmahavidya?

The Nava Durga, if you properly notice are forms of Parvati. As Wikipedia mentions: The nine manifested forms of Goddess Durga (Gauri) or (Parvati) are: Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, ...
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Putting Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture with other gods and recite mantras

Sri Vidya mantras (particularly the Shodashi or Shodakshari mantra) are the most secretive among all mantras. So, the rule is to recite only after getting initiated from a Guru of that Parampara (of ...
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About Goddess Ashvaroodha Devi

AswArudha Devi is mentioned in the 3rd UllAsha (3rd Chapter) of the Nityotsava. This chapter is called Shri Krama. So, AswArudhA worship is done as an Anga-UpAsanA of Shri VidyA. I do not know ...
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What is the relation between Dash Mahavidyas and Dashavatar?

In the last chapter of Todal tantra Parwati Devi asks Shiva about true nature of Das Avataras of the Adi Shakti and then He explains the analogy of Shakti incarnations with Vishnu Avataras. This ...
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Goddesses with skull-cup in one hand

please enlighten me, who are the Goddesses,having skull-cup in one hand Goddess KAli: Goddess Kali has numerous forms such as GuhyakAli, SmashAna KAli, Bhadra KAli, ShyAmA KAli, Dakshina KAli etc. ...
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Who is Goddess Shyamala?

ShyAmalA is one of the chief Tantric goddesses in the Sri vidya krama. She is also one of the mahA-vidyAs of the shakta tradition as she is the mahAvidyA mAtangi herself. She is known with many ...
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Who is Goddess Shyamala?

According to Jahnava Nitai Das of Bhaktivedanta Ashram Shyamala Devi is the form of Durga Devi who assists Lord Krishna in interacting with the material world during His incarnation (as Shyama). ...
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What is the story of Devi Chhinamastika?

I have discussed about the picture and iconography of the goddess in my another answer. It is well known that she is one of prime goddesses in the shakta tradition. She is one of the cosmic ...
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In which scriptures can we find the original stories of the Mahavidyas?

Rickross not mentioned about Bhairavi. I will answer about the mention of Bhairavi. Devi Bhairavi is mentioned in third chapter of Devi Mahatmya. The third chapter of Devi Mahatmya mentiones her ...
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What is the relation between Dash Mahavidyas and Dashavatar?

It's gonna be a long answer, so kindly read fully to the end. So, let's begin with Your questions.: Is there a Logic to these comparison.??? Yes, it's totally logical and authentic. According to ...
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Difference between Bhuvaneswari and Lalitha devi & their location

Manidweepa is like an abode of goddess. Bhuvaneshwari is one of the ten mahavidyas and lalita is also considered as supreme goddess. So in both cases its true that they reside in mani dweepa. For ...
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Is Goddess Kali ever represented in the form of a child?

Indeed there is a Bala form of Bhadrakali (and not Kali). Her description is found in Kerala Agams. Mostly Bhadrakali temples in Kerala worship her in Bala form as in that way it is easy to control ...
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About Goddess Ashvaroodha Devi

Ashvaroodha is a goddess which has a horse as her vehicle. She is popular in the region of Kerala. Her upasana can be daily as well as for special purposes. She is normally worshiped as an anga ...
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Is their an association between Chhinnamasta & Indra and/or Vairochan Buddha?

There is no direct connection between Sri Chinnamasta (vajra-vairochani) and Lord Sri Indra. But Vajra has meaning apart from the powerful weapon. Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt ...
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What is the connection between Kali and Kaliyug?

There is a connection between Kali and Kali yuga, but Kali in this regard is not a goddess but is the personality of Kali, who is the cause of all irreligion, the master of Kali-yuga, who was lower ...
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Who is Goddess Shyamala?

Raja Shyamala Devi or Raja Matangi mata is a goddess in Sri Vidya Upasana. A higher expertise can be achieved by her upasana. She is also mentioned in the Lalita Sahasranama. She is also a source of ...
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