Mara (Hindu goddess)

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Mara is a Sanskrit word meaning "death" or any personification thereof.

In Hinduism, generally references to Mara as an individual are referenced to Maya Devi (Queen Māyā). The word "Mara" would be used in the same way that Western popular culture sometimes depicts a grim reaper. This is meant not to represent a literal character that would receive worship or appear in scripture, but rather an active force which acts on peoples' lives.

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