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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 as Brahma from Sadyojata, Vishnu from Vamadeva, Rudra from Aghora, Maheswara from Tatpurusha and SadaShiva from Ishana. Thus the primary Pancha Brahmas are: ➡➡...


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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 Rama Vaani Savya Dakshina sevitha. Rama (Lakshmi) and Vaani (Saraswathi) are said to do her seva with chamara (fans). sashara chaapa paasha ankushaam The two ...


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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 of this Sukta is the Rig Vedokta Devi Suktam. It is customary to recite this Suktam as part of the Sri Chandi PAtha. There are many Hymns in Rig Veda Mandala ...


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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 also discuss here. It is also seen in the Durga Saptashati which is a part of Markandeya Purana. In the Saptashati it is clearly seen that Durga is the innate ...


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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 imply a rejection of Masculine or Neuter divinity. However, both are deemed to be inactive in the absence of Shakti. As set out in the first line of Adi ...


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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 Ardhanaarishwara is described in Shiva Mahapurana, Shatarudra Samhita, Chapter 3. The story goes like this: At the beginning of creation when Lord Brahma was creating people ...


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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 Devi – as the absolute, ultimate Godhead. Its two largest and most visible schools are : 1.Srikula (family of Sri), strongest in South India, the Srikula's best-...


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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 demons named Chanda and Munda.Chandika herself gave Kali that name. The Markendaya Purana(Chapter 87) has all the details. After the mighty demon Dhumralochana ...


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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 question to several parts: 1) Explanation from Absolute Level: Below is the explanation from the absolute level point of view or Paramartha Satyam; ● Devi as only ...


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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 aspirant's gross BhogasprihA (desire for pleasures) have been destroyed, Goddess Bagala appears to destroy the inner or the subtle BhogasprihA. And, the symbol of ...


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"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 practice Tantra without Guru Diksha (initiation). As Lord Shiva says in the following verse that all practices that Tantras advocate, like Yoga, Dhyana, Puja, Japa ...


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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 in the Niruttara Tantram, that the Shakti Deities are classified into two groups- Sri Kula and KAli Kula. Here are the relevant verses: KAli tArA raktakAli ...


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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 certain aspects or attributes. In his book, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (available here - http://www.belurmath.org/gospel/index.htm), in his Glossary, Swami ...


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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 Panca-Brahmas. In the form of Panca-Brahmas, Shiva is the creator of the universe , beside being its destroyer and protector. These are Isana , Tatpurusa , ...


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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 kinchana || parabrahma is without any attributes and upAsanA of such an entity, involving nAma kIrtana etc. is not possible. Hence, it is shakti vishiShTa ...


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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 Lalita Mahatripurasundari. The Parayana of this sacred text is considered to be more fruitful than even Saptashati. A single Parayana of this great text ...


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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 objects are due to her creative energy. Regarding Adi parA shakti: 1-50. The Devî said :-- "Hear, Ye Immortals! My words with attention, that I am now going ...


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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 resembles the rising sun, who is the cause of maintenance and dissolution of the world. He is accompanied with Shakti, well-adorned and has lifted up chakra (discus) ...


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The oldest form of god to be worshiped. The answer is none of the above. From the earliest Vedas down to the present, water has been regarded as the tangible manifestation of the divine essence. "In the beginning, everything was like a sea without light" (Rig Veda X. 129.3, also Rig Veda X. 121.8 and Satapatha Brahmana XI 1.6.1). Even today, one of the most ...


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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 their body is Mantra. Therefore when they are beyond space & time, how can she even sit on them? Sthitham seems to signify here contemplation, indwelling etc. ...


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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 states: अविद्यामोहितात्मान पुरुषा भिन्न दर्शिन । वदन्ति भेद पश्यन्ति चावयोरन्तर हरः ।। Person whose Atman is deluded by Avidya sees difference between ...


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Here is my preliminary answer. This is per the understanding of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, but is more or less like in other Vaishnava traditions although there could be some differences in understanding: Satyaloka is also known as Brahmaloka, it is a planet of god Brahma, who is one of 3 main gods per the Hindu dharma: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (Rudra). ...


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Basanti Puja is also known as Basant Durga Puja. It is believed that at the time of Yuddha Between Rama and Ravana. Lord Rama was finding difficulty to defeat the king Ravana. Lord Rama needed blessings of Goddess Durga. Because Rama's wife Mata sita was being kidnapped by King Ravana(known as Sita Haran). So Lord Rama changed the time of Durga pooja for ...


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there are 112 forms of ganapati...each with different attribute....shakti ganapati is one of the 32 forms of ganesha....here shakti is shakti of ganesha which is maya shakti ( hreem) represented as beejakshara in shakti ganesha mantra....she is not parvathi....in laksmi ganapati form the lakshmi is not mahalakshmi.., instead she is siddha laksmi( another ...


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There are many forms of GOD which came into existence with GOD Stories, One GOD in Hinduism is believed to be "Aadi" Who had no form, GOD Shiva, who is believed to be "Neerakar" and his form is accepted as "Jyotirlingam". This form is said to be the form of GOD before being "Sakar". Lord Vishnu told once that Shiva Linga is eternal origin of all things. ...


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