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Why is goddess Kali shown topless?

The premise of the question, that Goddess Kali is like a human female, is incorrect. Ma Kali is the infinite Brahman according to the great spiritual figures like Ramprasad and Sri Ramakrishna. It ...
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Is Mahishasura Mardini Lakshmi or Durga?

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 ...
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Wouldn't most of the incarnations of Devi be of Sati, not Parvati?

This question arises when one assumes that Lord Shiva (actually Shankara) is married to Sati and Parvati only one time. Actually same Lord Shiva is married to many Sati and many Parvati just like in ...
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What is the meaning of seeing Devi Durga in dream for non-Hindu?

Analysis of dreams(swapna) has been done in detail in the Agni Purana.I'll be quoting from the book Essence of Dharma Sindhu that contains its summary. Swapna Prakarana: Swimming in a river or Sea, ...
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To whom the Durga suktam Of Rig veda is addressed To?

First of all, the phrase Durga Suktam is not part of the text (Rig Veda). The entire DurgA Suktam is found in the MahAnArAyana Upanishad (MNU), section 2 and not in the Vedas. It has seven mantras in ...
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Meaning of साम्ब ("Samba") with Sadashiva

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 ...
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Who composed the Mahishasura Mardini stotram?

As commented, some says it is attributed to both Ramakrishna Kavi and Adi Shankaracharya. I'm here talking about what I've found: Mahishasuramardini Stotra is a part of ...
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Who is vAk (the speech) in Rig Veda 10:125?

The eight Mantras of the Suktam in question were revealed to a female Rishi (or RishikA) called VAk, the daughter of Rishi Ambhrina. And, that is why it is called the VAk Suktam. Another popular name ...
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Is it true that Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones? What is this story?

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 ...
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Was Goddess Durga really an avatar of Shiva's wife Goddess Parvati?

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 ...
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Is Maa Kali, Devi Durga, Maa Parvati, Maa Jagadhatri all are same?

Let's answer this question keeping the refrence point as "Consort of Lord Shiva". If it be known that they all are consort of Lord Shiva, then it is known they all are same, as Adi-Shakti herself is ...
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Does the Devi Bhagavatam say that Lakshmi and Saraswati are daughters of Parvati?

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 ...
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Who is mother Durga, why was she prayed by all gods including Vishnu to be reborn as Parvathi?

Since you asked Was Sati also a reincarnation of mother Durga ?, you should also understand why Durga Devi was born as Sati Devi. When Brahma created beings initially, they couldn't multiply or ...
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Benefits of devi 'Durga' naam jap with proofs scriptural reference from sāshtras

The name 'Durga' is a two lettered mantra and performing its japa is highly beneficial. In Maya-Tantra, 5-th Patala Shiva tells its benifits: धन्यं यशस्यामायुष्यं प्रजापुष्टिविवर्द्धनम्‌। सहस्त्रनामा...
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What is the meaning of seeing Devi Durga in dream for non-Hindu?

It simply means that you were a devotee of Durgaji in some previous lifetime and she is reminding you to worship her again to complete your journey. You seem to be one lucky fellow because even those ...
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Reflection of "Yada yada hi dharmasya..." in Durga Saptashati?

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:...
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What's the relationship between Durga and Shakti?

Another name of Goddess Durga is Adi Shakti, so Durga and Shakti are same. However if we see Shakti as concept of energy, then Durga is the personification of every Shakti of the Universe which I ...
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To whom the Durga suktam Of Rig veda is addressed To?

Durga suktam - This is a prayer to the Fire God Agni occurring in the Maha Narayana Upanishad. Section two. Page -93 Durga is used here as a word for difficult problems in almost all the stanzas. ...
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Who is Uma Goddess ? is it name of Parvati or a different Devi like Sati

Uma is another name of Parvati as I discuss here. In Valmiki Ramayana: तस्याम् गंग इयम् अभवत् ज्येष्ठा हिमवतः सुता | उमा नाम द्वितीया अभूत् कन्या तस्य एव राघव || १-३५-१६ "From Mena, this ...
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Why is goddess Kali shown topless?

The answer to this question is two point. The concept that toplessness is crude or vulgar is a western custom. It's one of the byproducts of Victorian morality that was forced into our cultural ...
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What is the Lalitha Sahasranaamam?

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 ...
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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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Was Santoshi Maa an avatar of Durga?

Santoshi Mata is a relatively new goddess venerated as 'Mother of Satisfaction'. She emerged as the goddess in early 1960 through word of mouth and fasting culture. However, there is exactly no ...
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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 Uma Goddess ? is it name of Parvati or a different Devi like Sati

Uma is name of parvati mata,parvati mata is daughter of the Himalayas.In Ramayana parvati mata is called daughter of himalayas by the name Uma and Shiva s consort that is parvati mata is usually ...
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Looking for scriptural reference of Shanta Durga

Is this form of mother mentioned in any scripture? Yes Shanta Durga form of the mother is mentioned in Sahyadri Khanda of the Skanda Purana. Its English translation is unavailable. इति श्रीस्कादे ...
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Mantra-Can anyone recommend me a mantra of devi or the adi-para shakti or the feminine aspect of God?

Perhaps the most famous general Devi mantra is the Aparajita Stuti, AKA the Tantrik Devi Sukta, a mantra taken from the Devi Mahatmya (AKA Saptashati) of the Markandeya Purana, where the gods use this ...
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Meaning of साम्ब ("Samba") with Sadashiva

Krishna's Samba was born by the grace of Lord Shiva. Lord Krishna wanted to end Yadava clan as He thought no human could win their invincible sons. Actually, Yadavas were attendants of Lord Vishnu in ...
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Soil for Maa Durga puja

In Tantras, we find the mention of Navakanyas or Kulanganas, who are generally nine women who come from different backgrounds and represent the total feminine spectrum of the society. This reflects ...
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