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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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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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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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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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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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You can quote the following conversation between Shumbha and the Devi in Devi Mahatmyam if you want to take the position that the Devi is complete. This is the position of Tantrikas and not Vedantins. The Rsi said: Seeing his brother Nishumbha slain, who was dear to him as his life, and his army being slaughtered, Shumbha angrily said, 'O Durga, who are ...


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There are various quotes in scriptures which say: 'Devi is everything and Devi is all that exists'. Some of the verses are: In the Durga Saptashati, Markandeya Purana when Sumbha accuses Devi of killing Nisumbha by using power of others she replies as: एकैवाहं जगत्यत्र द्वितीया का ममापरा। पश्यैता दुष्ट मय्येव विशन्त्यो मद्विभूतयः॥५॥ I only exist in this ...


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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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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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This chapter of Shiva Purana first gives the name of all 18 Puranas as: अष्टादश पुराणानि प्रणिनाय स्वलीलया ।। ११९ ।। ब्राह्मं पाद्मं वैष्णवञ्च शैवं भागवतं तथा ।। भविष्यं नारदीयं च मार्कंडेयमतः परम् ।। 5.44.१२०।। आग्नेयं ब्रह्मवैवर्त लिंगं वाराहमेव च ।। वामनाख्यं ततः कौर्मं मात्स्यं गारुडमेव च ।।१२१।। स्कान्दं तथैव ब्रह्माण्डाख्यं पुराणं च कीर्तितम् ।। ...


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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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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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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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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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Since OP wants answer only from Devi Bhagavatham,Let me answer from it. Though Lord Rudra, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma are said to be sinners or influenced by karmas, they are not as influenced as we are. So they too can remove our sins if not all (only according to this Purana) to an extent. If you want to get rid of all sins, you should worship Devi. Devi ...


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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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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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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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The mentioned translation is for 21st shloka of Devi Bhagvatam: Book 11: Chapter 1: श्रीनारायण उवाच श्रुतिस्मृती उभे नेत्रे पुराणं हृदयं स्मृतम् । एतत्त्रयोक्त एव स्याद्धर्मो नान्यत्र कुत्रचित् ॥ २१ ॥


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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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