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Did lord Brahma commit incest with his daughter?

Lord Matsya, fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu, clarifies this in Matsya Purana. Chapter 4 The Story of Saraswati in Matysa Purana says, Manu asked, "O Omniscient lord, it is surprising to stare ...
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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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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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Why Goddess Saraswati is considered as Lord Shiva's younger sister?

The Prâdhânika Rahasya khanda, Devi Mahatmya (Durga-Saptashati) describes that Adi Shakti has three main murtis: Mahalakshmi or Sattvic Shakti with 18 arms Mahasaraswati or Rajasic Shakti with 8 arms ...
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Story where rishi Durvasa cursed Mother Saraswati

The episode of Saraswati Devi incarnating as Ubhaya Bharati has been mentioned in Sankara Digvijaya: The Traditional Life of Sri Sankaracharya by Madhava Vidyaranya According to it, Saraswati Devi ...
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What's story of Devi Savitri's curse on Trimurthi by which they were changed to Rivers?

This story is mentioned in Padma Purana Shristi Khanda chapter 17. Savitri curses all Gods and Godesses after seeing Brahma had married Gayatri as she came late in yagna. Surprising part is that in ...
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What is source of the Saraswati sloka " Saraswati namastubhyam varade kamarupini..."?

Not sure which scriptures contain it or if it is at all part of any scripture or not or simply an independent work. Anyways, it is part of a famous Saraswati stotram composed by sage Agastya. The 5th ...
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Is there any reincarnation of Ma Saraswati?

Does any reference of Ma Sarswati being reincarnated as another Devi? As per Shiva Purāna: Umā-Saṃhitā: Chapter 48 - The manifestation of Sarasvatī, the goddess who was slayer of Śumbha was an ...
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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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Where is the Saraswati river according to Hindu scriptures?

Yes the location is mentioned at multiple places in the holy books. According to various Hindu scriptures it originated in the Himalayas and ran a full course through the modern states of Haryana, ...
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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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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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What is the meaning of Saraswati?

One derivation of the word "Saraswati" is given in the Devi Bhagavatam and which is as follows: On the greatness of Kali: 1-110. Nârâyana said :-- A part of Sarasvatî descended in this Bhârata ...
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Slokams for Navaratri first three days for durga, next three days for lakshmi and last 3 days for saraswathi

Durga [First 3 days] दुर्गे स्मृता हरसि भीतिमशेषजन्तोः स्वस्थैः स्मृता मतिमतीवशुभां ददासि। दारिद्र्यदुःखभयहारिणि का त्वदन्या सर्वोपकारकरणाय सदार्द्रचित्ता ॥ Durge Smrita Harasi Bhitim ...
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Why is only Durga associated with Devi?

This can be easily answered by using only the Durga Sapta Sloki as the reference,which is a part of the famous Devi Mahatyam found in the Markandeya Purana. The Durga Sapta Sloki (Seven verses to ...
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Do any of the scriptures mention the story of Badavagni/Vadavagni?

Yes the story is mentioned at various places but it is not Shiva's energy but that of a rishi Aurva that turns into the Vadavagni. SECTION CLXXX of the Adi Parva of Mahabharat gives the detailed ...
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Why Sarasvati is considered as goddess of knowledge?

She was indeed born like that from left half portion of Brahma. Many Puranas such as Shiva Purana, Matysa Purana describes this birth story of Sarasvati. But Brahmavaivartara Purana describes slightly ...
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Why Sarasvati is considered as goddess of knowledge?

I'll cite from scriptures to show why Goddess Saraswati is considered as the Goddess of knowledge,wisdom,learning,eloquence,memory , poetic skills etc. 1) The Saraswati Suktam found in Rig Veda 1.3....
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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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What is the relation of Saraswati (Vak) with the River Saraswati and Trinity or Brahman?

They are not completely same as river Saraswati is a part incarnation of Goddess Saraswati. Devi Bhagvatam Book 9 Chapter 6 gives the reason for Ganga, Saraswati and Lakshmi (as Padmavati) to come ...
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Should we study or not study on Saraswati Puja?

You should be following the customs that are traditionally followed in your own region since ages and you're not required to follow those of others, certainly not by discarding your own family\...
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Which puranas/upapuranas mention about marriage between Brahma and Saraswati?

Which scripture mention about marriage between brahma and saraswati? Lord Brahma married to Devi Saraswati is described in below verse of Chapter Three of Matsya Purana. एवमुक्तास्ततः सर्वे ...
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Which puranas/upapuranas mention about marriage between Brahma and Saraswati?

The Devi Puran Book 9 Chapter 6 gives us the story of how the three gods received their consorts. Apparently Lakshmi, Saraswati and Ganga were all living happily with Lord Vishnu in the beginning till ...
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What is the relation of Vasant Panchami with Goddess Saraswati?

Vasant Panchami is the day Magha Shukla Panchami. From Wikipedia: Vasant Panchami has a specific meaning: Vasant means "spring" and Panchami means "the fifth day." Vasant Panchami falls on ...
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Who is Goddess Gayatri? Is she another form of Saraswati or Saraswati in Parashakti form?

Those who do a detailed Sandhya Vandanam three times a day, are aware that they have to invoke Goddess Gayatri using three different Dhyana Slokas during the three Sandyas (morning, mid-day and ...
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Did lord Brahma commit incest with his daughter?

Incest of Prajapati from Shatapatha Brahmana was mentioned in this answer. This mention has a forerunner in Rig Veda. (X.61.5-7). The following is the translation of Stephanie W. Jamison and Joel P. ...
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Stories Of Yagnavalkya Rishi (याज्ञवल्क्य ऋषि)

The story of Yagnavalkya giving back his knowledge is described in this chapter of the Vishnu Purana. As I discuss in this answer, after Vyasa compiled the mantras of the Vedas into the four books ...
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Did saraswati/savitri slay vritra or vetra according to rigveda?

उत स्या न: सरस्वती घोरा हिरण्यवर्तनी: | वृत्रघ्नी वष्टि सुष्टुतिम ||RV. 6.61.7 || uta syā naḥ sarasvatī ghorā hiraṇyavartaniḥ | vṛtraghnī vaṣṭi suṣṭutim || 7 Yea, this divine ...
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