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Who are the children of Vishnu and Lakshmi?

As far as I know, the only time that children of Lakshmi are mentioned in Hindu scriptures is in verses 11 - 12 of the Sri Suktam, a hymn from the Khilani (apocrypha or later portions) of the Rig Veda:...
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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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Why did Sita have a past life?

Contrary to popular belief, Sita was not the next birth of Brihaspati's granddaughter Vedavati. This confusion arises from an even more fundamental fact about the Ramayana that few people are ...
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Were Radha and Rukmini the same person?

I have also read these stories but haven't found any scriptural reference to support that assumption. They are not the same in literal terms however, in terms of their spiritual significance, Rukmini ...
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Why did Goddess Lakshmi choose Lord Vishnu as her consort?

After she emerges from the Churning of the Ocean, Lakshmi examines the Devas, Gandharvas, Asuras, etc., to find a suitable husband. But she finds that they're all lacking in one or more good ...
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Rules for wearing yagyopavit by women (yes it is possible)

In ancient times, most women would have no education in the Vedas, and they would just become housewives. But in contrast to these women, known as Sadyovadinis, there was a very small number of women,...
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Is there a scriptural basis for the celebration of Kojagari Purnima?

Yes there is. Chapter 124 (pg 30) of Volume 4 of Narada Purana mentions various vratas performed on Full Moon days. One such is Kojagiri Purnima. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on this day. Lamps are ...
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Spiritual significance of Goddess Lakshmi serving the Lotus feet of God Vishnu

Goddess Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी} is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi is the “eternal” consort and shakti (energy) of God Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi is also considered ...
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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 are the children of Vishnu and Lakshmi?

As per the BrahmAnda PurAna, Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi Devi have two sons called Bala (strength) and UtsAha (enthusiasm, energy). The relevant verses are given below: Bhrigoh khyAtirvijajnehatha ...
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What is the story of Alakshmi?

Story of Alakshmi is described in detail in Chapter 6 Uttarabhaga of Linga Mahapurana. Lord Vishnu created Alakshmi as a part of His divine sports. Since she was created before Goddess lakshmi, she is ...
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What is the story of Alakshmi?

Yes, there is reference of Alakshmi in the Markandeya Purana which also talks about the family lineage in which she was born. Quoting from this page,which describes the various creations of Brahma: ...
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Rules for wearing yagyopavit by women (yes it is possible)

Vedas do not have any gender based discrimination. When it comes to vaidika dharma and practices both men and women enjoy same freedom. However, after the advent of sanyasa, the society slowly turned ...
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What is the significance of Sri Suktam which is part of Rigveda?

First of all, it should be noted that the Sri Sukta is a Khila Sukta of the Rig Veda, meaning that it's a hymn found in the Bashkala Shakha or recession of the Rig Veda Samhita, but it's not found in ...
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Who spoke the Lakshmi ashtakam & did Lakshmi really kill Kolhasura?

I'm answering the first part of your question regarding the composer and the source of the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam. The composer is Indra ,the king of Gods, and the Ashtaka is found in the Padma Purana.
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What is the importance of Goddess Radha in Shaktism?

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 ...
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Are Lakshmi and Mahalakshmi different goddesses?

You can from here read the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam (Ashatakam is a Stotra composed of 8 verses) which is of course dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi. The Stotram was said by Devaraja Indra and is found in ...
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What are the dwelling places of Sri Lakshmi Devi?

Some places where Lakshmi Devi does not like to reside/dwell are given in the following passage: Laksmî does not reside in that house where conch shells are not blown, where there are no Tulasî ...
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Why is Saraswati shown with Ganesha and Lakshmi?

I belong to Smarta family. Till photography became popular in India in Mid 19th century and selling of photos/colour paintings of Gods had become a commercial business, idols of Gods were used to be ...
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Who are the children of Vishnu and Lakshmi?

I came to know of some sons of Lord Vishnu but they were not with Goddess Lakshmi but with some other women. According to Chapter 22, verse 47 of ShataRudraSamhita in the Shiva Purana, Lord Vishnu had ...
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Who are Adi Shakti and Durga?

Goddess Durga herself is Adi Parashakti. In Sri Chandi (from the Markandeya Purana), she is described as the combined form of the 3 deities viz; Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. The Devi ...
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Who will Kalki marry?

As per Kalki Purana, Kalki Avatara will have two wives namely: Padmavati and Rama. From the Purana's 32nd Chapter: Text 17 LORD KALKI ENJOYS PASTIMES WITH HIS CONSORTS 343 PadmavatI took ...
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What scriptures mention the "Vaikuntha-Kamalaja" form which is Half Vishnu & Half Lakshmi?

The half-Narayana half-Lakshmi form is referred in the renowned Tantrik compendium named Sharadatilaka composed by Lakshmana Desikendra as the presiding deity of the Keshavâdi Mâtrikânyâsa which is ...
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How can Goddess Lakshmi appear before her creation

Goddess Lakshmi was not created by churning of milk ocean. She is eternal. Lord both male and female The people in general regard him [Lord Vasudeva] as twofold: of the form of male and of ...
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Does the Devi Bhagavatam say that Lakshmi and Saraswati are daughters of Parvati?

Swami Vijnanananda in his Foreword to his translation to the Devi Bhagavatam says: What the Srimad Bhagavat is to the Vaisnavas, the Devi Bhagavatam is to the Saktas. The question of the priority ...
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Did Lakshmi exist before Kshir Sagar manthan?

Yes, she existed. It is the case of disappearing and reappearing again after some time. The Brahma Vaivarta Purana gives a story according to which she existed before the Samudra Manthana too. The ...
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Who are Adi Shakti and Durga?

According to Shakta traditions, Adi Shakti exists before, during and after the existence of everything else but she is most commonly associated with Parvati as evidenced by the various episodes of the ...
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