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अपुत्रस्य गतिर्नास्ति स्वर्गो नैव च नैव च। पुत्रादन्यतरन्नास्ति परलोकस्य साधनम् ॥ १५ ॥ मन्वादिभिश्च मुनिभिर्धर्मशास्त्रेषु भाषितम् । पुत्रवान्स्वर्गमाप्नोति नापुत्रस्तु कथञ्चन ॥ १६ ॥ There is no prospect in the after birth of the sonless; never, never will Heaven be his. Without son, there is none other who can be of help in the next world. ...


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There is a discussion about the date of the Bagavata Purana in the Introduction to the English translation by Swami Tapasyananda. There was a view that attributed the authorship of the Bhagavata to Vopadeva (13th century). But this theory fails when it is noted that Al beruni, the celebrated Arab scholar (1030 AD), refers to Vaishnava Bhagavata in ...


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There is nothing bizarre or surprising in it. Even the Brahmanda Purana says that Mother Lalita recreates the entire universe and recreates every deities including Lakshmi and Saraswati. H. At the end of this great fire sacrifice, all of you (the performers of the Yaga) should jump in to the Homa Kunda (fire pit). While doing so, you must possess ...


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Yes it mentions. It was composed in the SArasvat Kalpa. 26-40. Vyâsa said :-- O King! Maharsi Nârada thus kindling knowledge in me, went away; I also thought over his words. On the banks of the river Sarasvatî, I composed this Devî Bhâgavat to pass away my time during the excellent period of Sârasvata Kalpa. This Purânam is excellent; it is ...


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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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RAdhA is not a deity of Shaktism. She belongs to Vaishnavism, where she is worshipped along with Krishna. In Shaktism, the principle deities are 1. The Dasa MahAvidyAs (who are mainly worshipped according to Tantras) and 2. Goddess DurgA and her forms like the Nava-DurgAs (who are worshipped by PurAnic methods). Goddess Gauri, AmbikA, AnnapurnA also belong ...


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You can get unabridged Devi Bhagavata Purana and Markandeya Purana in Sanskrit and English with verse by verse translation from IndianScriptures site. Here are links for them. Devibhagavata Purana Markandeya Purana Each Chapter is uploaded as separate pdf file on that site. You can also read Lalita Mahatmya of Brahmanda Purana which describes glory of ...


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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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Swami Vijnanananda in his Foreword to his translation to the Devi Bhagavatam says: What the Srimad Bhagavat is to the Vaisnavas, the Devi Bhagavatam is to the Saktas. The question of the priority of the two Bhagavatas has been often discussed more in the spirit of partisians rather than that of sober scholars. The subject of The coming in this world of ...


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Yes, there are many references in the Devi Bhagavatam to Goloka, most of them in the 9th Skandha. Here is what the first chapter of the 9th Skandha says: This (Highest) Prakriti is recognised as five-fold. When She is engaged in the work of Creation, She appears as :-- (1) Durgâ, the Mother of Ganes’a,  (2) Râdhâ, (3) Laksmî, (4) Sarasvatî and (5) ...


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It is described in the fifteenth chapter of the eleventh canto of the Devi-Bhagavatam: O Muni! The S’iva-haters, the Visnu-haters, the Devî-haters are made to fall to this Kunda. Those who find fault with the Vedas, and blame the Sun, Ganes’a and tyrannise the Brâhmanas fall down to this hell. Those who blame their mothers, fathers, Gurus, elder ...


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Markandeya Purana; Here is Markandeya Purana unabridged in English. And from here you can get it in Sanskrit-Hindi (Sanskrit original slokas with their Hindi translations). Devi Bhagavatam From this page you can read it in unabridged English translated by Swami Vijñanananda. Some other Puranas that have information on Goddess Durga. As is well known ...


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From an Upasmriti called the ViswAmitra Smriti, composed by Rishi ViswAmitra, finally was able to get an accurate textual description of how to form this so called Gokarna Mudra. And, from this textual description it's quite easy to form the Mudra. It's there in a verse found on pp 14 of that PDF (which is in Sanskrit only). I am simply transliterating the ...


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It must have to do with the generation of devotion, surrender etc. According to the following nirukti of Purana (why it is so called), as given by Lord Shiva in the Kularnava Tantram (which is a Shakta Agama text), one of the major features of Puranas is their devotion or bhakti aspect. They serve to build devotion in the readers or hearers' minds. Punya ...


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Yes, the verse is from Padma Purāṇa (Uttara-kāṇḍa, Ch. 252-253: Modes of Viṣṇu's Worship) You can find the Sanskrit verse in this PDF (p. 1079): आराधनानांसर्वेषांविष्णोराराधनंपरम् तस्मात्परतरंदेवितदीयानांसमर्चनम्    १७६ Below, in bold, is the meaning of the verse (from here). To provide some context, I've copied tr. of some adjoining ...


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This is very interesting and good question. We often see the term “Lotus feet” in all our Puranas, Bhakti literature and in various other spiritual books. The term lotus feet represents the Divine feet of Gods, Saints, Gurus, Acharyas and other Spiritual beings. The feet of the Gods , Saints, Gurus, Acharya etc. are compared to the lotus .The concept ...


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This verse you quote at the beginning: aṣṭādaśapurāṇānāṃ śravaṇād yat phalaṃ bhavet | tat phalaṃ samavāpnoti viṣṇoḥ nātra saṃśayaḥ || (MBH 18:06:97) One devoted to Vishnu acquires (through reading this Mahabharata) that merit which is acquired by listening to the eighteen Puranas. There is no doubt in this. ...is not present in the Critical ...


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Yes, the lines you quoted in your question are actually present in original Devi Bhagavata Purana. The passage is a translation of Shloka no. 88 -Chapter4 - Book 9. Below is the original Sanskrit shloka. गुरुमभ्यर्च्य विधिवद्वस्त्रालङ्‌कारचन्दनैः । प्रणम्य दण्डवद्‍भूमौ कवचं धारयेत्सुधीः ॥ 88 ॥ One is worship one’s spiritual Teacher (Guru Deva) ...


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Durga Dhyan Mantra दुर्गाध्यानम् दुर्गाध्यानम् Durga Dhyan Mantra जटाजूटसमायुक्तामर्धेन्दुकृरलक्षणाम् । लोचनात्रयसंयुक्तां पद्नेन्दुसदृशाननाम् ॥१॥ आतसीपुष्पवर्णाभां सुप्रतिष्ठां सुलोचनाम् । नवयौवनसम्पन्नां सर्वाभरणभूषिताम् ॥२॥ उग्रचण्डा प्रचण्डा च चण्डोग्रा चण्डनायिका । चन्डा चण्डवती चैव चण्डरूपाति चण्डिका ॥ Attend to Durga, Who is associated with a ...


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From Devi Bhavagatam Sudarśana, along with his newly wedded wife Śaśikalā, was proceeding to his preceptor's hermitage, when his enemies attack him. Sudarśana began to recite silently the excellent one word seed mantra of the King of Desires (Kāmarāja) and, out of its power, he and his wife remained in the chariot without any fear and sorrow. Thus when ...


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In Devi Purana [Shakti Peetank] of Gita Press Gorakhpur the story of the Trinity Goddesses is narrated. The Three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh decided to acquire their Shaktis and so they engaged in worshiping Devi Adi Shakti in Her true form. Pleased with their austerities the Devi appeared before them in Her fearful form of Kaali. She was huge, her body ...


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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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Gita Press Gorakhpur is an online site that offers books on Indian Religion and Mythology at unbelievable prices. You should check that out.


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The second story seems more reasonable because Shuka's forefathers did not adopt Sanyasa. Vyasa , Parashara and their forefathers were householders. Secondly, in the present time, we see many brahmins of the "Parashara" gotra. Especially in the Northern India. This means that they were descendants of Sri Shuka Deva. As Parashara has one son Vyasa and ...


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