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Devi 5 Devis- Manifestations 2.1 Mahadevi 2.2 Durga 2.3 Saraswati 2.4 Sri Lakshmi 2.5 Parvati 2.6 Kali 2.7 Mahavidya 2.8 Navadurga 3 Others aspects 3.1 Sita 3.2 Radha 3.3 Matrikas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devi Cologne Sanskrit Dictionary: mwd) devI f. (cf. {deva}) a female deity , goddess (e.g. Ushas RV. vii , 75 , 5 ; Sarasvati , v , 41 , 17 ; Savitri , the wife of Brahma MBh. ; Durga , the wife of Siva MBh. Hariv. Ka1v. &c. ; the 4 goddesses of Buddhists are Rocani , Mamaki , Pandura and Tara Dharmas. iv) N. of nymph beloved by the Sun of an Apsaras (with Jainas) the mother of 18th Arhat of present Ava-sarpini queen , princess lady (the consecrated wife or daughter of a king , but also any woman of high rank) a kind of bird (= {zyAmA}) a partic. supernatural power (= {kuNDalinI}) worship , reverence N. of plants (colocynth , a species of cyperus , Medicago Esculenta &c.) In the Devimahatmya, the goddess is described as having manifested herself in three significant forms, Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasarasvati. In the first form she woke up Vishnu from his cosmic sleep, to encounter the Asuras, Madhu and Kaitabha, who had risen in the cosmic ocean. In the second form she met the forces of the demon Mahishasura and slew him with his forces. In the third form she destroyed the Asuras Sumbha and Nisumbha with their forces and brought peace to the gods in heaven and to the world of men. These three forms of Devi are identified with the revelations of Divinity through the primordial qualities of Tamas, Rajas and Sattva, respectively. They are also equated with the manifestations of the Universal Powers of action (Kriya), Desire (Ichha) and Knowledge (Jnana). http://www.dlshq.org/religions/theology.htm
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