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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 would be a terrible mistake to read the iconography literally. I am posting one song by Ramprasad published in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna to make the point: ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali are husband-wife. Kali is non-different from Parvati. Infact Kali is Parvati's birth name, given to her by her father Himachala due to her complexion as referenced in chapter 7 of the Parvati Khanda in Shiva Purana: गतस्तत्र गिरिः प्रीत्या सपुरोहितसद्विजः। ददर्श तनयां तां तु शोभमानां सुवाससा।।६।। The mountain king accompanied ...


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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): Thus Brahman and Sakti are identical. If you accept the one, you must accept the other. It is like fire and its power to burn. If you see fire, you must ...


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The scriptural evidence that you are searching for is found in the Brahmanda Purana.It describes why and how Lalita Parameswari manifested out of the Yagna fire.Quoting from here: In the heaven, all the Devatas including Brahma, could not comprehend what was going on and what had caused the situation. Not knowing the remedy for their hardship, they ...


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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 ...


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Here is a verse that says that black magic (using roots) is a punishable offence. Manu Smriti 9.290. For all incantations intended to destroy life, for magic rites with roots (practised by persons) not related (to him against whom they are directed), and for various kinds of sorcery, a fine of two hundred (panas) shall be inflicted. Also here is a ...


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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 ...


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Birth of Virabhadra is described in Chapter 32 Rudra Samhita Sati Khanda of Shiva Mahapurana. The same legend can also be found in other Puranas. When Sati immolated Herself in Yajna fire, Shiva ganas and divine sage Narada informed everything that happened at Yajna to Lord Shiva. Shiva then threw a lock of his Jata/hair and Veerabhadra with Bhadrakali were ...


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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 the consort of Lord Shiva. Yajurveda Taittariya Aranyaka 10.21.1 अम्बिकापतये उमापतये पशुपतये नमो नम: Salutations to Him who is Lord of Ambika, who is Lord ...


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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 system. Before the arrival of westerners, there was no concept of a separate cloth to cover the top half of the body. In Europe, due to colder climate, they have to ...


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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 of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva in order to defeat the demon Mahishasura. But she is generally viewed be the consort of Shiva, because she is considered an ...


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In Hinduism (or Sanatana Dharma), there is a beautiful concept where even the non living things and abstract ideas also exist in personified form. It is because Consciousness runs everything as Shrutis/ Vedas state: प्रज्ञानं ब्रह्म (Aitreya Upanishad 3.3) Prajnanam Brahma ie. Pure Consciousness is Brahman And Shrutis/Vedas also state: सर्वं खल्विदं ...


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That is not true. There are no such fierce forms of Goddess KAli. She is fierce apparently but at the same time endowed with motherly affection. So, she can perfectly worshiped by everyone irrespective of whether one is a householder or a sannyAsi. She is a perfect deity for the householders in fact. I have done a preliminary study of the Dasha MahAvidyAs ...


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I am answering the question with the sole intention of providing information. From Nila-Saraswati tantra: Sadhakas sit on dead body of an 6 month old, it's one of the most important 'Peeth'. As such Nila-Saraswati tantra describes names of (on the basis of age). षण्मासे निःसृतं प्राप्य चितायाञ्च तदन्तिके। दशमासादर्वाग्‌ षण्मासात्‌ पर:गर्भच्युतो बालको मृदु: ॥...


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The Elephanta caves talk about Andhaka who also had the same boon as RaktaVija. Here is the Sources Andhakasura Vadha Murthi Slaying of Andhakasura : Depicting Shiva slaying a demon called Andhaka. One of the most animated panels in Elephanta. Shiva is represented with eight arms in this panel. Here is mentioned in Shiva Purana How Lord Shankara ...


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The only place where Kali & Ravan have been shown expressedly in conflict is in the Adbhut Ramayan. However, we should remember that this Ravan is different from the one killed by Shri Raam in the Valmiki Ramayan. According to this version, Sahsranana Ravan is an elder sibling of the Ravan who lives in Lanka and is destroyed by Sita much later. The ...


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In the Kalighat temple region the fingers (some source says only 4 fingers) of Devi's right foot fell. Here the Devi is called Kalika and the Bhairava is called Nakuleswara. Here is a relevant verse: Nakulishah kalipithe dakshapadaanguli cha me | Sarvasiddhikari devi kalika tatra devata || Source is one the Devi related books that I have. Same thing ...


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The mantra is well known as the Nava-varna (nine-letter) mantra of Devi. It is one of the most powerful and widely used mantra. The Devi Atharvasirsa Upanishad discusses it and according to which this mantra is a giver of bhoga (worldly pleasure), bliss and also final liberation. That is it bestows the chatur varga phalas. She is Satva, Rajas and Tamas. ...


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The connotations of all the forms of the representation of God are almost exclusively allegorical. By being partially nude the Goddess in the fullness of Her terrible beauty stands revealed to us. It speaks to us of a wonder beyond beauty and ugliness. God is beyond human concepts of good and evil. God is beyond shame. If the Divine Mother reveals Herself ...


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First of all, according to Shakta traditions, Adi Shakti exists before, during and after the existence of everything else so her taking the form of Sati or Parvati is somewhat similar to Lord Vishnu appearing as one of his Avatars. But even if we assume that the goddess left her form and transformed into Parvati, she does return to her original form many ...


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Rig Veda Book 10 - Hymn 127 रात्री वयख्यदायती पुरुत्रा देव्यक्षभिः |  विश्वाधि शरियो.अधित ||  ओर्वप्रा अमर्त्या निवतो देव्युद्वतः |  जयोतिषा बाधतेतमः ||  निरु सवसारमस्क्र्तोषसं देव्यायती |  अपेदु हासतेतमः ||  सा नो अद्य यस्या वयं नि ते यामन्न्नविक्ष्महि |  वर्क्षेन वसतिं वयः ||  नि गरामासो अविक्षत नि पद्वन्तो नि पक्षिणः |  निश्येनासश्चिदर्थिनः ...


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As @Rickross provided answer to 1 question, I am providing answer to the 2nd question - "whether this can be used as a protector mantra from evil effects or give response to those who do bad things?". The following is an excerpt from 12th Chapter of Devi Maahatmyam or Durga Saptasathi, which contains the chAmunda mantra. http://www.kamakoti.org/kamakoti/...


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In His Gospel , Ramakrishna Paramahamsa described many times the Divine Mother as Kali. Quoting from the Gospel : "Why is Krishna tribhanga, bent in three places? Because of His love for Radha. That which is Brahman is also Kali, the Adyasakti, who creates, preserves, and destroys the universe. He who is Krishna is the same as Kali. The root is one-all ...


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According to me Maha Kali Avatar of Maa Durga is the most fearsome and the most benign form of Mata at the same time. She possesses the power to annihilate the whole universe in her wrath, on the other hand she always bestow benign blessing to her upasakas/ devotes. Even in her fierce to the most fiercest form she never leaves her true nature of a loving ...


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Yes, there were, there are and there will always be such exemplary people in all time. We just do not have the capability to identify them or they may not be known to all. In Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 7, Verses 16,17, the Lord says चतुर्विधा भजन्ते मां जनाः सुकृतिनोऽर्जुन । आर्तो जिज्ञासुरर्थार्थी ज्ञानी च भरतर्षभ ॥ O Arjuna, the people, given to ...


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I was hearing the discourse on Bhagwat purana by Sri Chaganti VR (in telugu) and what I came to know is that after the great war of Mahabharata, the only heir left of Pandavas was Parikshit ( Abhimanyu's son), apart from Pandavas' themselves. After ruling for sometime, Pandavas make Parikshit the king and leave the kingdom. After some time, Pandavas leave ...


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