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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 100. Chapters: Tantra, Yoni, Lakshmi, Durga, Parvati, Matrikas, Kali, Durga Puja, History of Shaktism, Devi Mahatmyam, Shakti Peethas, Saraswati, Lalita sahasranama, Ashta Lakshmi, Devipuram, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Sri Yantra, Shri Vidya, Kamakhya, Maa Samaleswari, Animal sacrifice in Hinduism, Mahakali, Chandi, Dakshayani, Jivdani Mata, Kamalamba Navavarna Kritis, Sri sukta, Lajja Gauri, Jagaddhatri, Kali Puja, Ambubachi Mela, Shakumbhri Devi, Devi-Bhagavata Purana, Bangaru Adigalar, Sree Vidya Ramayanam, Khodiyar, Jagran, Shri Mata, Vishalakshi, Shrimat Simhasaneshwari, Chidagnikunda Sambhuta, Udayatbhanu Sahasrabha, Garjiya Devi Temple, Ragasvarupa Pashadhya, Devakarya samudyata, Shri Maharajni, Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum, Chaturbahu Samanvita, Vaishnavi, Iccha-shakti. Excerpt: Matrikas (Sanskrit: , , lit. "The Mothers"), also called Matara (Sanskrit: , ) and Matris (, ), are a group of Hindu goddesses who are always depicted together. Since they are usually depicted as a heptad, they are called Saptamatrikas (Sanskrit: , , "seven mothers"): Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kaumari, Varahi and Chamunda or Narasimhi. However, they may sometimes be eight (Ashtamatrikas: , , "eight mothers"). Whereas in South India Saptamatrika worship is prevalent, the Ashtamatrika are venerated in Nepal. The Matrikas assume paramount significance in the goddess-oriented sect of Hinduism, Tantrism. In Shaktism, they are "described as assisting the great Shakta Devi (goddess) in her fight with demons." Some scholars consider them Shaiva goddesses. They are also connected with the worship of warrior god Skanda. In most early references, the Matrikas are described as having inauspicious qualities and often described as dangerous. They come to play a protective role in later mythology, although some of their inauspicious and wild charact...
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