Hinduism, Mahadevi ( Sanskrit: Mahādevī, Devanagari: महादेवी) or "Great Goddess" is a term used to denote the Goddess or Devi that is the sum of all other Devis - an all encompassing Female Deity as the consort or complement to an all encompassing Male Deity ( Deva) or the Ultimate Reality ( Brahman) in Shaktism.
She is often identified with a specific Goddess, the most common being
Durga or Adi Parashakti, Parvati, Kali or Mahakali. Adi Parashakti or Mahadevi ,the Supreme power, is called Durga Shakti as per Devi-Mahatmya.
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Seeking Mahadevi: Constructing the Identities of the Hindu Great Goddess ( ISBN 0-791-45008-2) Edited by Tracy Pintchman
Encountering The Goddess: A Translation of the Devi-Mahatmya and a Study of Its Interpretation ( ISBN 0-7914-0446-3) by Thomas B. Coburn
In Praise of The Goddess: The Devimahatmyam and Its Meaning ( ISBN 0-89254-080-X) by Devadatta Kali
The Triumph of the Goddess: The Canonical Models and Theological Visions of the Devi-Bhagavata Purana ( ISBN 0-7914-0363-7) by C. MacKenzie Brown
The Srimad Devi Bhagavatam ( ISBN 8-1215-0591-7) translated by Swami Vijnanananda
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