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Shakti symbolizes the lively and the energetic entity of the female power. On one hand in Shaktism
, Shakti is worshiped as the Supernatural Being. On the other hand in Shaivism
, Shakti personifies the active energy and power of male power or Purusha. Shakti refers to the Devi or the Goddess as the Supreme Brahman
. Shakti is the one without a second and is considered as the divinity of various forms. The Saktas believes that Shakti is the energetic feminine aspect of the Supreme Divine. In Vaishnavism, Lord Vishnu signifies the Shakti. He is the active energy and power of male supreme deity. Vishnu`s Shakti consort is Goddess Lakshmi
, Shakti is represented as one of the five equal scripture-sanctioned forms of God in the panchadeva system. It is also believed that Shakti is Lord Indra`s wife. Indrani is said to be a part of a group of seven or eight mother goddesses called the Matrikas. The names of Matrikas are Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kumari, Varahi and Chamunda. The Matrikas are considered Shaktis of most important Hindu Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Indra, Skanda, Yama and Narasimha.
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