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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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Are there any Gods who are girls?

Bālā Tripurasundarī or Kumārika is a form of Adi Shakti who is worshipped in the form of a girl who is around 9 years old. She is worshipped by people during the first two days of Navaratri. Girls of ...
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Is Radha really a Hindu goddess or not?

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 ...
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Do gods and fairies not blink?

Yes, it is true. Gods do not blink. There are four physical qualities of Gods which differentiate them from humans. They do not blink. Hence they are called Animisha. They do not sweat. Their feet ...
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Do gods and fairies not blink?

According to the Devi Bhagavata Purana 6.15 (Book 6, Chapter 15), twinkling of eyes do not happen for the Devas. They have a fixed gaze. In contrast, for human beings, beasts etc the blinking of eyes ...
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Who is this Devi?

She is Sri Saradamba of Sringeri. Dhyana Sloka of Saradamba: (which resembles Dhyana Sloka of Dakshinamurthy as Saradamba is feminine form of Dakshinamurthy) मुद्रामक्षगुणं सुधाढ्यकलशं विद्यां च ...
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What is the meaning of Swadha?

Mantras are classified as either masculine, feminine or neuter. Swaha type mantras are feminine and Namaha type are neuter. Swaha is used in havi, homa or yajnas to offer oblations to gods where as ...
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What is the story of "Kali Maa"?

The Divine Mother Kali is worshiped by Saktas as the embodiment of Sakti, the Divine Power. Kali is the embodiment of Maya. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (pp 134-135): ...
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Is there any god / deity for the mathematics?

According to Vayu Purana, Chapter 70, Samvatsara is the overlord of Ganita. When, everything was created by Prajapati Kashyapa, then he assigned every god their respective domain. In this process ...
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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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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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Is Goddess Brahmacharini an avatara of Mata Durga?

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 ...
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Do any Hindu deities take onion and garlic?

I have seen many Hindu deities being offered meat (mainly the Goddesses) and alcohol. You might have seen that but what you have missed seeing is that they are purified meat-alcohol. All the Pancha-...
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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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Are idols only imagination or someone had really seen God(s)

It is not required that some one must see a God first before drawing his image. When, Gods are essentially formless, how they will look, when they assume a form, are mentioned in the Dhyana Shlokas (...
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Neela Saraswathi and Nila Devi

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 ...
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What is the story of "Kali Maa"?

The story of the goddess Kali is told in the Devi Mahatmya of the Markandeya Purana. She is an incarnation of the goddess Durga. For those who don't know, Durga was created from the combined powers ...
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How was Goddess Manasa born?

According to Devi Bhagavatam Manasa is the mind born daughter of sage Kashyapa and Kadru(Mother of Manasa Devi) that is the reason behind her name Manasa Devi is also known as the snake Goddess who is ...
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What is the difference between Suktam, Strotam, Gayatri and Ashtakam?

There is no purpose behind these classifications it is just a way of dividing stanzas and collection of verses in Sanskrit language. Suktam/Sukta refers to a vedic hynm of unmanned composition, since ...
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Are there any temples exclusively for women?

There are certainly a lot of women-only temples. Two of the famous ones, which I can recall are: Kamrupa Temple in Guwahati The Kamrupa Temple is a Shakti Peeth, where the yoni of Sati fell. During ...
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Is any god name eligible for nama japa?

From Third Samas-Fourth Dashak of Shree Dasbodh by Samartha Ramdas,  Majority of the part explains the benefits and importance of "Rama-nama", but the following two verses are more generally ...
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Who was Ahimsâ dévî?

Various Puraans mention that thirteen of Daksha Prajapati's daughters were married to Dharma but none of those is Ahimsa. For example, Vishnu Puran Chapter 8 mentions the following wives of Dharma: ...
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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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If Radha and Krishna aren't married, why do we worship Them together, like Sita-Rama?

Besides the Brahma Vaivarta Purana mentioned in the other answer, the 39th Chapter of the 9th Book of Devi Bhagavatam also mentions the origin of both Radha and Lakshmi from Krishna: 4-33. Nârâyana ...
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What is the meaning of Swadha?

Svadha is a mantra (sanskrit word) that is used when making an offering to the god of fire. It is mentioned in Chhandogya Upanishad II. xxii. 2. A man should sing, wishing that by his song he may ...
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Which all Gods and Goddesses are being referred in Vedas?

Deities is mostly refereed in Samhitas and Brahmanas of Rigveda. From wikipedia>Hindu deities>Number_of_deities: The number 33 is based on a verse in the Rigveda and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad - ...
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Questions about the image of goddess Chhinnamasta?

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 ...
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Is there any god / deity for the mathematics?

Astrologically planet mercury or Budha is the deity related to mathematics. From Horasara: Chandra’s Amsh in such case indicates: pearls, carriers run in water, husbandry, water, clothes etc., ...
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