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Dharani (also dharini), in Hinduism as mentioned in epic and Puranic texts, are goddesses, consorts of Parasurama, and avatars of goddess Laksmi.
In Buddhism, dharani is the collective name for a group of deities; twelve personifications of a particular type of mystic religious text used as a charm. A.G.H.
Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 64
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