I personally believe that a mother would never ask someone to kill her
own children moreover she would ask to kill the wrong and the negative
things within each individual.
What you feel is absolutely correct.Goddess Kali does not need the sacrifice, the necessity arises only from the side of those who eat meat.Because the Shastras unanimously agree ...
Godesses Ambika who is also known by the name Godesses Durga is the Mahisasura Mardini (slayer of Mahisasura). Precisely speaking it is Chandika form of Godesses Ambika who slays Mahisasura:
Chaptet 81 to Chapter 93 of Markandeya Purana is called Devi Mahatmyam and it sings the Glory of Devi.
First of all Mahisasura defeats all gods and take their ...
Yes most definitely she is a Hindu Goddess. She is mentioned in PurAnas as well as in the Tantras i.e Agamas.
In Brahma Vaivarta PurAna's Prakriti Khanda, it is mentioned that a beautiful and resplendent Devi appeared from Lord Krishna's left shoulder into the RAsamandala:
Devi vAmAmsha sambhutA vabhuva rAsamandale
This Devi or Goddess later got divided ...
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. ...
It's not mandatory to sacrifice animals in Devi or Kaali worship. But goat or animal sacrifice is considered as non-killing.
The animals which are sacrificed to the Divine Mother will go to heaven. This is mentioned in Chapter 26, 3rd book of Srimad Devi Bhagavatam. This chapter describes procedure to celebrate Navaratri in detail.
मांसाशनं ये कुर्वन्ति तैः ...
Vaak Suktam Or Devi Suktam is in Rig- Veda - Mandala 10 as sukta 125.
The Rishika of this sukam is Vagambharni i.e. this sukta has been heard by a female sage by name Vaak , who is the daughter of Rishi Ambhrina and so the sukta is also called as the VakAmbharni Sukta.
The explanation given in various sources say that this suktam came out from ...
Devi Mahatmyam, which is a part of Markandeya Purana doesn't tell that Devi had any problem killing the Ratkabija. You can read the full story in this chapter. Actually the Gods (devas) were greatly afraid seeing the alarming increase in the number (clones) of Raktabija:
व्याप्तमासीत्ततो देवा भयमाजग्मुरुत्तमम्॥८८.५१
Asura’s blood pervaded the whole world; ...
From the texts it appears that there is a deep connection between Parvati and Durga and generally we believe that the former has emerged from the latter. However Devi Bhagwat Puran Chapter 28 of Book 7 gives the account of Parvati transforming into Shatakshi and then Shakambhari who was renamed Durga after she killed the demon Durgam:
There, Goddess ...
No, not an avatara. Brahmacharini is one of the 9 forms of Devi Durga.
Sailaputri-adi 9 forms of Goddess Durga is collectively known as the Navadurgas. They have been defined in the beginning verses of the Devi Kavacham which is found in the Devi Mahatyam, which in turn is a part of the Markandeya Purana.
Devi Kavacham is recited as a part of reciting the ...
You must be knowing about Sri Chandi, which is also known as the DurgA Saptashati or the Devi MAhatyam and which is a part of the MArkandeya PurAna.
Now, a Chandi PAtha is considered to be flawed or incomplete if all the Shad-Angas ( the Kavachas, the Rahasya Trayas etc) are also not chanted along with. So, chanting simply the slokas of Sri Chandi is not ...
Yes, In chapter 91 of Markandeya Purana (or chapter 11 of Saptashati), Devi speaks about her various coming incarnations in future to destroy demonic forces. In the last verse or verse 55, Devi states:
इत्थं यदा यदा बाधा दानवोत्था भविष्यति ॥
तदा तदावतीर्याहं करिष्याम्यरिसंक्षयम् ॥५५॥
Whenever and wherever there will be disturbances from the demonic ...
Before knowing about hierarchy of incarnation of Devi, it is necessary to know about hierachy of Devi herself (with respect to other Gods). So, to explain this I have divided the answer to this question to several parts:
1) Explanation from Absolute Level:
Below is the explanation from the absolute level point of view or Paramartha Satyam;
● Devi as only ...
Yes, Samba means Sa + Amba ie. Attended/ accompanied by Amba or With Amba.
स + अम्बा = साम्ब (ie. With Amba)
स + उमा = सोम (ie. With Uma)
स + उमा + स्कन्ध = सोमस्कन्ध (ie. With Uma and Skandha)
The above all are names of Lord Shiva. Samba is frequently used in scriptures to denote Shiva and Shakti aspect simultaneously. They are used frequently in ...
Yes,the Devi Bhagavata itself states that it is the best among the 18 main Puranas.It is so stated in the first chapter of the Purana.
The following is a screenshot of the page that contains the relevant verses.And here the relevant verses are the 17th,18th and the 23rd ones.
Transliterations and translations of the 3 verses are as follows:
As per Chapter 55, Rudra Samhita (Yuddha Khanda) of Shiva Purana and Chapter 63, Book 10 of Srimad Bhagvatam, Sri Krishna only cut hands of Banasura. But Chapter 12, Part 1 of Agni Purana doesn't mention cutting of arms . Chapter 56, Rudra Samhita (Yuddha Khanda) of Shiva Purana also says Bana acquired position of a Gana in Kailasa.
As per Shiva Purana, ...
Lalitha Sahasra Namam is from Brahmanda purana (Old epic of the universe), it is divided into three parts.
The first one is called ‘Poorva Bhaga’ the middle portion which is called ‘Stotra’ which consists of 1000 Namas (names) and the last portion is called ‘Uttara Bhaga’.
The Poorva Bhaga talks about its origin. The Uttara Bhaga gives details of the ...
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 ...
Adi Shankara didn't differentiate various forms of Saguna Brahman. He explicitly says that in Prasnottara Ratna Malika.
Adi Shankara at many places says Shiva, Vishnu, Amba(Supreme Goddess), Surya as Iswara and also uses words like Brahman, Paramesha, Mahesha in this work
65.कश्च भगवान् ?
Who is the Lord ?
महेशः शंकरनारायणात्मकः ।। The Supreme Lord who ...
She is the same as Adi Shakti or Goddess Durga and not any other Goddesses.
We can show this by using the Devi Atharva Sirsha.
This Upanishad has the Mantras of the Rig Vedokta Devi Suktam in the praise of Devi as follows:
अहं रुद्रेभिर्वसुभिश्चरामि । अहमादित्यैरुत विश्वदेवैः । अहं
मित्रावरुणावुभौ बिभर्मि । अहमिन्द्राग्नी अहमश्विनावुभौ ॥५॥ अहं सोमं
Nila Saraswati is another name/form of Goddess Tara, the second Dashamahavidya. So, she isn't the wife of Lord Vishnu.
2.Munda mala vibhooshithe neela rupinee ,
Yeka jata neela Saraswathi nama Vikhyathe, Tara devi namosthuthe.
Salutations to Goddess Tara , Who wears the necklaces of skulls,
Who is blue in colour , Who is well known as Yeka Jata ...
Chapter 7 - The childhood sports of Pārvatī of Rudra-saṃhitā : Pārvatī-khaṇḍa of Shiva Purana provides the following meaning:
Afterwards when Kālī wanted to perform a penance she was forbidden by her mother who said—“O, no (Umā). Hence O sage, the sweetfaced lady came to be called Umā in the world.
umeti mātrā tapase niṣiddhā kālikā ca sā |
Do scriptures mention that 'Uma' name is Pranava swarupa?
Yes, the Great Goddess herself describes her form as that of the Praṇava, in the Chapter 49: Manifestation of Uma from the Section 5 - Umā-Saṃhitā of Śhiva Purāṇa
न ब्रह्मा न मुरारातिर्न पुरारातिरीश्वरः ।
मदने गर्वितुं किंचित्का कथान्यसुपर्वणाम् ॥२७॥
na brahmā na surārātirna ...
Siddha Kunjika Stotra is recited before Chandi Patha or before reciting the Devi Mahatyam.
It is said that just by reciting this stotram the fruits of reciting the Devi Mahatyam are obtained.
And,if the stotram is not recited before Chandi Patha then the later recitation bears no fruit or bears less fruits.
Siddha Kunjika Stotram is composed by Lord Shiva ...
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 Raja ...
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:
These Yoginis are actually Bhagavati's mates or sakhi or sahachari. They are also called the Avarana Devatas . That is, they cover (or veil) the main Goddess, that is Bhagavati, in several layers ( avarana means layer).
Gods always like to be veiled and here these Yoginis provide that veil for Goddess Bhagavati. They also accompany serve Devi Bhagavati ...
All Tantras and Agamas assume the form of a dialogue between Shiva and Parashakti and as far as the reasons are concerned i have till now found two of them.
And, both of them are from Scriptures.
In order to depict the importance of Guru
Guru Shishya Pade StitvA Swameva SadAshivah | Prasnottara
ParairvAkaistantram SamavatArayat ||
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 ...
It should be like that. Because if a bad deed is done in an auspicious time (like say in Devi Paksha) or in a holy place (like say in a Tirtha like Kasi) then the result (of that sin) is said to be magnified to a great extent.
Here is a passage from the Devi Bhagavatam Book 4, Chapter 8 which proves my point for "holy places". For the "holy times" the ...