According to popular Hindu legends, Maa Durga was created to destroy the demonic bull, Mahishasura by Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, who were not strong enough to defeat him. Maa Durga seeks vengeance from her foes and protects her loved ones She is typically portrayed riding a lion with 8 or 10 arms, each holding an extraordinary weapon of one of the divine beings, who gave them to her for her fight against the demonic bison. She's introduced as "shakti", or the female energy of the highest heaven, however, she takes on the strength of male divine beings to save the universe. Durga Puja, held yearly in her honor, is one of the most extraordinary celebrations in northeastern India, especially in West Bengal. Goddess Durga represents the heavenly powers (positive energy) known as heavenly shakti (ladylike energy/power) that is utilized against the negative powers of fiendishness and underhandedness. She shields her worshippers from the wicked powers of the world. Durga riding a lion demonstrates that She has limitless power and uses it to annihilate evil. The lion is an image of uncontrolled carnal propensities, (for example, outrage, egotism, narrow-mindedness, insatiability, envy, and so forth.)
Durga-Puja is worshiped in numerous countries. In Bangladesh, the four-day-long Sharadiya Durga Puja is the main celebration for the Hindus and is celebrated in the nation with Vijayadashami being a public occasion. In Sri Lanka, Durga as Vaishnavi, bearing Vishnu's iconographic imagery is worshiped. This custom has also been followed by the Sri Lankan diaspora. In Japanese Buddhism, she shows up as Butsu-mo (once in a while called Koti-Sri).
A motherly figure who is very protective of her followers and becomes militant if necessary, to destroy the evil and negative aspects of living beings; Goddess Durga which means “a fort” or “a place that is difficult to cross over” is an apt metaphor for her character.
Exotic India offers a majestic collection of Bronze Statues of Goddess Durga. Sculpted in various postures, these idols portray Goddess Durga in different moods. She is depicted as Mahishasura Mardini in one while the other portrays her as the tranquil Ashtabhujadari Durga.
Assuming a motherly protective figure, Goddess Durga, in most depictions, is portrayed as having eight-eighteen arms, holding a symbolic object in each hand. Each mudra or symbolic hand gesture is representing her teachings. She is usually shown wearing a red sari. The colour red symbolizes action. Often, Durga is depicted as riding on a lion or tiger. She is also referred to as Triyambake (the three-eyed goddess). Her left eye represents desire, symbolized by the moon; her right eye represents action, symbolized by the sun; and her middle eye stands for knowledge, symbolized by fire.
According to Vastu Shashtra, Devi Durga brings prosperity, wealth and love to a family. She also eliminates miseries out of this material creation and blesses devotees to live a peaceful life. Devi Durga is the protector who awards wealth, fame, beauty, recognition, prosperity, progeny, strength and all sorts of bodily comforts.
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Q1. What does the Trishul in Ma Durga’s hand symbolize?
The Trishul or harpoon she holds is representative of the three human characteristics Satwa (Inactivity or the ideal perspective described by mindfulness and pure thought), Rajas (movement or energy-related with wants, wishes, and desires), and Tamas (torpidity and stress). To accomplish harmony and satisfaction, there should be harmony between these three characteristics.
Q2. Why is Durga Puja celebrated?
Durga Puja recognizes Prince Rama's offerings to Maa Durga before going into battle with the evil spirit ruler Ravana. Rama first venerated the 'Mahishasura Mardini' (the other name for the Goddess) or the slayer of the evil buffalo spirit, by offering 108 blue lotuses and lighting 108 diyas.
Q3. What does the word “Durga” mean?
The word Durga in a real sense signifies "blocked", "out of reach", and "invulnerable, unassailable". It is connected with the word Durg which signifies "fort, something challenging to get into, achieve or pass". The name Durga is rooted in dur (troublesome) and gam (pass, go through).
Q4. How should the puja room of a worshiper of Goddess Durga be arranged?
The puja room for Goddess Durga should be arranged on the northern side of a worshiper's house; if the northern side isn't accessible, they need to choose either the east or northeast corners. The size of a Durga statue bought specially for a worshiper's home during Durga Puja or Navratri should not be more than 10ft. The statues or the photos of goddesses should be put on a four-legged stage and put no less than 1-inch from the wall. The shade of the spot of worship should be either white or light blue or lemony green. A purple tone can be applied to puja place as this tone is known for helping with concentration and deep meditation. Bronze statues of Goddess Durga can brighten up your living space and usher in powerful protective energy into your abode.
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