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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 the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

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 ...
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In which scriptures can we find the original stories of the Mahavidyas?

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 (...
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How did Tripura Sundari come into existence?

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, ...
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Exact relation between lord shiva and goddess Kali?

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 ...
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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 the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

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. ...
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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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Do any Hindu scriptures condemn magick? Is the practice of magick by Wiccans using Hindu deities legitimate?

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 ...
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Who is Ratri devi? Is she same or different from Devi Kaali?

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 ...
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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 did Lord Shiva create Veerbhadra and Mahakali

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 ...
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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 connection between Kali and Kaliyug?

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 ...
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Do devotees of the goddess Tara sit on six-month old babies?

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 ...
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Why householders are advised not to worship fierce forms of Kali?

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 ...
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What body part of goddess Sati fell on Dakshineswar Kali temple and Kalighat Kali temple?

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: ...
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Is Raktavija's fight with Shiva ever mentioned in any scripture?

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 ...
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What is the story of Goddess Kali fighting with Ravana?

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 ...
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Is the ritual of killing an animal as offering to Maa Kali correct?

Preface- Balis are not only given to Kali or similar deities but even in rituals for Vishnu, Ganapati or any deity even Yakshas, & Brahmarakahas, Bali is a compulsion. Thus Bali peethams are seen ...
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What is the relation between Dash Mahavidyas and Dashavatar?

In the last chapter of Todal tantra Parwati Devi asks Shiva about true nature of Das Avataras of the Adi Shakti and then He explains the analogy of Shakti incarnations with Vishnu Avataras. This ...
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Chamunda mantra chanting benefits

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 ...
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Do you need diksha to offer to kali?

It depends on what you actually mean to do when you say "offer to Kali". Before performing a formal worship, following the methods laid down in scriptures, accompanied with the use of ...
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Why is goddess Kali shown topless?

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 ...
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Why did Adi Parashakti not came back to her original form after taking birth in form of Shiva's wife Parvati?

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 ...
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A question about blood sacrificial acts in Hinduism

You have many questions and let me answer each question. Actually, most of your questons are answered already on this site. As it is difficult to mark this question as exact duplicate, i am providing ...
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Who is Ratri devi? Is she same or different from Devi Kaali?

Rig Veda Book 10 - Hymn 127 रात्री वयख्यदायती पुरुत्रा देव्यक्षभिः |  विश्वाधि शरियो.अधित ||  ओर्वप्रा अमर्त्या निवतो देव्युद्वतः |  जयोतिषा बाधतेतमः ||  निरु सवसारमस्क्र्तोषसं देव्यायती |  ...
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Chamunda mantra chanting benefits

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?"....
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