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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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How many Devi Sahasranamas are there in scriptures?

Few more Sahasranamas dedicated to Devi (Adi Parashakti) are also there. Durga Sahasranama from Skanda Purana https://sanskrit.safire.com/pdf/DURGA_SAHA.PDF Durga (a.k.a Parvati) Sahasranama from ...
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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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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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What are the famous Catus Peethas according to the early Tantra and Sakta tradition?

The following verse mentions about Pithas as follows: linga-traya-visheshagyah shadAdhAra-vibhedakah | pitha-sthAnAni chagatya maha-padmavanam vrajet || The aspirant, who have the knowledge of the &...
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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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How can a person get the power of going anywhere at will like the Rishis?

Such powers are called Yogic Siddhis (occult powers). A highly adept Yogi, by severe practice of Yoga, can achieve those powers. The mighty Yogi having attained, through pranayama, tho eight sorts of ...
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Who is Tripura Sundari?

Tripura Sundari or Lalita Mahatripura Sundari is the presiding Deity of the Sri Yantra Or the Sri Chakra.She is also known as Parabhattarika Sri Rajarajeswari or the queen of queens. She appeared to ...
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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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Importance of Chinnamasta Sadhana

In which avastha/bhaava does Chinnamasta falls? Does it belong to Srividya Krama? No, she belongs to the Dakshina-amnaya, as pointed out by Partha. Whereas Tripura Sundari is an Urdha-amnaya ...
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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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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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