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Who are Pancha brahmas' Lalita Devi sits on and Why are they called so?

Pancha-Brahmans are the five fold manifestation of Lord Shiva and are named as Sadyojata, Tatpurusha, Aghora, Vamadeva and Ishana. Each five manifestations further manifest as five deities which are ...
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Why does Lalitha Devi sit on Shiva?

Lalitha Sahasra Nama is the best answer for all your questions here. She is Shrichakra Raja nilaya- Lalitha Devi, the divine mother. Let me give the answers based on the picture above. Sachaamara ...
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Who is vAk (the speech) in Rig Veda 10:125?

The eight Mantras of the Suktam in question were revealed to a female Rishi (or RishikA) called VAk, the daughter of Rishi Ambhrina. And, that is why it is called the VAk Suktam. Another popular name ...
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Is there any hierarchy for Devi's incarnations?

Before knowing about hierarchy of incarnation of Devi, it is necessary to know about hierachy of Devi herself (with respect to other Gods). So, to explain this I have divided the answer to this ...
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how can I start Tantra sAdhnA? which all are the scriptures I need to study to have in-depth knowledge?

"How can I start Tantra Sadhana?" and "What are the scriptures I need to study in order to gain a thorough knowledge of Tantras?" are two separate questions unrelated to each other. One can not ...
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Is Kurma Purana really both highly praising and degrading Shaivas at the same time?

In the passages you have provided what is praised is the Pashupata Yoga (also called the Pashupata Vrata) and what is condemned are sects like Pashupata. So, there is no contradiction as the same ...
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Why is Lord Shiva always worshiped alongwith Shakti and never alone?

The following verse found in the VAmakeswara Tantra explains in short why Shiva is not worshiped alone. shaktyA vinA shive sUkShme nAma dhAma na vidyate | jnAtenApi mahAdevi sharma karma na ...
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Why is Lord Shiva always worshiped alongwith Shakti and never alone?

Well, there may be different beliefs and conditions while worshipping the God. Read the following relation between Shakti and Shiva from Shaktism: Shaktism's focus on the Divine Feminine does not ...
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What are the different branches of Shaktism?

One of the major Tantrik scripture is called the VishnukrAntA. It has within itself several other major Tantik scriptures like Nila Tantram, Niruttara Tantram and many others. Now, AFAIK, it's only ...
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When and why did Shiva take Arthanārīśvara form?

Lord Shiva exists in Ardhanaarishwara(pronounced as Arthanārīśvara in IAST) from the beginning of time because Shiva and Shakti are inseparable. But the story of Lord Shiva appearing as ...
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What's the relationship between Durga and Shakti?

Another name of Goddess Durga is Adi Shakti, so Durga and Shakti are same. However if we see Shakti as concept of energy, then Durga is the personification of every Shakti of the Universe which I ...
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Who is Bagalamukhi?

Is Bagalamukhi Parvati's different incarnation or other form of Sakthi? Goddess Bagalamukhi is one among the 10 Mahavidyas ( Great Knowledge or Vidya). She is the 8th Mahavidya. When a spiritual ...
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What are the different branches of Shaktism?

According to Wikipedia, Shaktism or Shaktidharma (Sanskrit: Śāktaṃ, शाक्तं; lit., "doctrine of power" or "doctrine of the Goddess") is a denomination of Hinduism that focuses worship upon Shakti or ...
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Who are chamunda and chandika?

Chandika is Ambika ,Devi or the supreme mother goddess who killed asuras like Shumbha ,Nisumbha,Raktabeeja and Mahishasura. Chamunda is goddess Kali.She obtained this name after she killed the two ...
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Why does Lalitha Devi sit on Shiva?

On who is the consort of Lalita: Lalita's consort is Sadashiva or Chinmaya Shiva or Kameswara. Sri Lalitopakhyana is a part of Brahmanda Purana. It details the Avatara and Lila of Parashakti ...
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Who are Pancha brahmas' Lalita Devi sits on and Why are they called so?

I am providing another reference about “ Pancha-Brahmas” you asked in the question , from Linga Purana – Uttara Bhaga – Chapter 14 –Panca-Brahmas . According to Linga Purana Lord Shiva the form of ...
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Is the form of Devi complete in herself? Does she need Purusha to become complete?

You can quote the following conversation between Shumbha and the Devi in Devi Mahatmyam if you want to take the position that the Devi is complete. This is the position of Tantrikas and not Vedantins. ...
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Is the form of Devi complete in herself? Does she need Purusha to become complete?

There are various quotes in scriptures which say: 'Devi is everything and Devi is all that exists'. Some of the verses are: In the Durga Saptashati, Markandeya Purana when Sumbha accuses Devi of ...
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What is the concept or History behind Shakti Ganapati?

The only thing I could find is this excerpt from the Narada Purana, which gives the Ganesha Gayatri Mantra along with the associated Dhyana Shloka for Ganesha: I meditate upon the deity who ...
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What's the relationship between Durga and Shakti?

You are correct. It is a representation of the female principle. Both Durga and Sakti are representations of the female principle. the goddess Durga refers to the female principle when seen with ...
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Who is Adi Parashakthi? Is this the creator of the Trimurtis?

Yes, there are many references in Puranas and agamas (shaiva and shakta) about the actual origin of the creation. Without her creative force nothing else is possible. All the living and non living ...
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Putting Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture with other gods and recite mantras

Sri Vidya mantras (particularly the Shodashi or Shodakshari mantra) are the most secretive among all mantras. So, the rule is to recite only after getting initiated from a Guru of that Parampara (of ...
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Can some Stuti mantras give siddhis? Do these verses need initiation & Guru Diksha if they start with OM?

The quoted verse is from the Argala stotra, a part of the Devi Mahatyam of the Markandeya Purana. जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी । दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते ॥२॥ Jayantii ...
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Are there Mandalas in Trika Shaivism (like in Tantra Buddhism)?

Yes, Mandalas are very essential components of Trika Shaivism. In many rituals, deities are worshipped inside Mandala form. Sri Abhinavagupta frequently discusses the use of Mandalas to perform ...
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Ninefold devotion?

The Navavidha Bhakti are nine types of devotional services. It is usually referred to in connection with Lord Vishnu only. Mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana 7.5.23-24: श्रीप्रह्राद उवाच श्रवणं की...
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Who are Pancha brahmas' Lalita Devi sits on and Why are they called so?

Panchabrahma (Mantras) have been described in Mrigendra āgama as well. Note that, they are beyond Māyā Tattva therefore they don't possess body of Buddhi, intellect, flesh etc, the very nature of ...
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Comparison between Vishnu and Shiva?

Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva both are of infinite qualities and infinite attributes. They are the same Lord moving in two different forms. Lord Krishna in Vishnu Purana in the Banasura fight chapter ...
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