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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 (as per some book that i have): Once the greatest of Yogis, Lord Maheswara worshiped MahAdevi and obtained from her the boon that She will be his wife. ...


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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 Shrutis/ Vedas state: प्रज्ञानं ब्रह्म (Aitreya Upanishad 3.3) Prajnanam Brahma ie. Pure Consciousness is Brahman And Shrutis/Vedas also state: सर्वं ...


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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 respective Shakti. And the respective Shaktis are called Mahavidyas: Shiva Purana Shat Rudra Samhita chapter 17 "Dashavatar of Shiva with Shakti: Nandis’vara ...


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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 aspirant's gross BhogasprihA (desire for pleasures) have been destroyed, Goddess Bagala appears to destroy the inner or the subtle BhogasprihA. And, the symbol of ...


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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 controversies over the meaning. Some have even linked it with black magic etc. Let us see the esoteric meaning of the iconography, The most controversial and important feature is ...


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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, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri. The Dash Mahavidyas are mentioned as forms of Sati (Parvati's previous incarnation) or ...


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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. He is said to have gone to Mahacina (Tibet), which, according to popular belief, is half way to Heaven. Mahadeva is said to be visible at the bottom of the ...


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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 that I had asked earlier. In the book The Ten Great Cosmic Powers a brilliant analysis of each of the Dash Mahavidyas is given and I am sharing the remarks ...


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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- DhumAvati and Bhuvaneswari. The Devi PurAna account gives: Lord Shiva asked " Who are you ShyAmA (the dark complexioned one)? Where is my beloved Sati?" ...


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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 Brahmanda Purana. Quoting from this page: At the end of the Homa, Lalita Devi came out of the Chidagni Homa Kunda, seated on a special chariot called “Chakra ...


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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 whether she is worshipped outside Shri VidyA UpAsanA or not. Her Mantra and DhyAnam are mentioned in the RashmimAlA Mantram section of the 3rd Chapter of the book. ...


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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). For every incarnation of Krishna or Narayana there is a form of Durga that assists Him to interact with the material energy. Narayana is nirguna, He does ...


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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 comparison supports the Vaidik Thought that 'Shiva and Shakti are one'. Due to Agyana one thinks that they are different. And one must not differ between Shiva n ...


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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 devata as a part of Sri vidya upasana. Mantra cannot be revealed here. Not to forget that one must be initiated in her worship for doing the mantra.


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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. The disciples who are initiated into the Bija mantra Krim, shall have to worship the Goddess with the following Dhyanam: ShavArudhAm mahAbhimAm ...


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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 detailed description refer lalita sahasranama. Mani dwipa literally means island of gems


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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 and diamond. Additionally, it is a weapon won in battle which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a ...


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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 than a śūdra, disguised as a king. You can read about that in the Bhagavatam, canto 1, chapters 16 and 17 at http://www.vedabase.com/en/sb/1 I suggest you to ...


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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 education and knowledge like Saraswati Devi.


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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 names like Raja ShyAmalA, Raja mAtangi, matangi, mantriNi etc. All these aspects are similar to goddess Sarasvati. In other words, these are tantric forms of ...


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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 manifestation of parA shakti. The most popular account of Chinnamasta’s origin appears in the Pranatosini-tantra. It states that the goddess Parvati, Siva’s wife, ...


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