“Durga” in Sanskrit means difficulty, a fort, a place that is hard to conquer. She is Durgatinashini, “the one who eliminates all difficulties and suffering.” She steers the ship of our minds through the troubled waters of samsara, the illusory world of Maya. Durga as the sublime Mother Goddess shields her devotees from the turmoil of life and alleviates the most severe sorrow.
Maa (Mother) Durga symbolizes the power of the Supreme Being that maintains moral order and righteousness in the universe. Worship of the goddess Shakti is very popular among the Hindus. Durga stands for the unified symbol of all divine forces (Shaktis). Goddess Durga is the divine mother, who protects people from evil forces of selfishness, jealousy, hatred, anger and ego. Mother’s love and her kindness towards her child is the best example of pure love in this whole universe.
Maa Durga’s symbolism
Ma Durga’s vehicle is the regal lion, representing executive power, will, and determination. Her riding the lion symbolizes Shakti’s mastery over all the forces of life, reminding the devotee that one must possess unwavering strength to maneuver through the dualistic realm of the ego.
Durga Devi Weapons
Durga carries in her numerous hands the magical weapons bestowed on her by the gods. Each has a particular power and capacity.
- The conch shell represents “Pranava”, the supreme mantra “Aum”, the universal sound vibration: Bow and arrow represent focused energy. By holding both bow and arrows in one hand Durga indicates her control over both aspects of energy as potential and kinetic.
- The thunderbolt signifies firmness. The devotee of Durga must be firm like a rock in conviction. Like the thunderbolt that cuts through everything with its lightning force, without being affected itself, the devotee needs to move through every challenge without losing confidence and resolve.
- The half-open lotus symbolizes certainty of success but not yet finality. The lotus in Sanskrit is called “pankaja” which means born of the mud. It stands for the continuous evolution of our inner consciousness amidst all negativity, want ,and confusion.
- The Sudarshan chakra or discuss, which spins around the index finger of the Goddess while not touching it, signifies that the entire world revolves around her dynamic presence. She uses this unfailing weapon to destroy intractable evil and produce a peaceful environment conducive to the growth of dharma.
- Her sword reveals discriminating knowledge, which has the sharpness of a razor-like blade. Knowledge free from all prejudice, doubts and distortions is reflected in the shimmer of its light.
- Durga’s trident or trishula indicates the three primary qualities of Nature as sattva (balance), rajas (energy) and tamas (inertia) – and Shakti as the remover of all the three types of pain, physical, mental and spiritual.
- Durga makes the gesture of fearlessness, “abhaya mudra”, granting deliverance from all possible dangers. The Universal Mother is calling her devotees: “Surrender all actions and duties unto me and I will release you from all fear, including death itself.”
Rejuvenate your life now do Durga Puja
Devi Maa Durga is the mother goddess in Shaktism. She can be called by using many names like Renuka, Ambika, Gauri, Jaya, Kali and more. The nine days Navaratri festival is very famous for Durga Devi Maa and the Durga Chalisa is one of the famous devotional songs that was played during the festival time and worship time. This song is a very popular prayer song composed of around forty verses.
The famous devotional song Chalisa is by Durga Mata devotees for the accomplishment of their desires. Durga Maa perhaps the most important goddess of the Hindus. She is a multi-dimensional deity, with more names, many facets and many personas. As Shakthi, she is the killer of evil. She does it with her ten mighty arms having lethal weapons she successfully destroys the demon Mahishasura.
As Sati, beloved daughter of the King Daksha and Queen Menaka, she gives up a realm and gets her father’s anger. As Kali, Durga turns dark as the night and invincible, wrath and dreadful in rage, with a cord of skulls. As Parvathi, she is calm, the beautiful companion of Lord Shiva by his face in the snowy peaks of the Kailash Mountain.
Durga – the goddess of strength and power
Durga Various forms
By Hinduism, Durga Maa is a form of Devi, as a mother goddess, she is generally called as Maa Durga, and it is sometimes considered as the mother of Kartik, Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Ganesh. As a goddess of the Hindu people and according to the history of Indian, she did many things for people. She was created as a fighter goddess to fight against Mahishasura. He can change between human and buffalo form.
Lord Durga’s Many Arms
Durga is been shown as having 8 or 10 hands. These represent eight quadrants or ten directions in Hinduism. This Seems that she protects the bhaktas from all sides.
Lord Durga’s Three Eyes
Like Shiv, Mother Durga is also symbolizing to as “Triyambake” meaning the 3 eyed ( त्रिनेत्र )Goddess. The left eye represents desire (the moon), the right eye represents an action (the sun), and the inside eye knowledge (fire).
Lord Durga’s Vehicle – Lion
The lion represents determination, will, and power. Mother Durga riding the lion symbolizes her mastery over all these true qualities. It told the devotees that one has to possess all these qualities to get over the demon of ego.
He got power from Brahma by his intense prayer. By the asset of his power, he attacked the gods, who went to assist to the ultimate trinity, but Mahishasura defeated all of the gods along with the Trinity themselves. The power he got from Brahma is that any man or God could not defeat him. Eventually, the only woman could have the capability to kill Mahishasura is Durga Devi. Then finally with the help of all other gods, Devi killed Mahishasura, it is celebrated as the final day of the Navaratri.
She killed Mahishasura is the main reason for Hindus worship Lord Durga every year. The killed day of Mahishasura is celebrated every year by all Hindus very enthusiastic.
How to worship Lord Durga?
At the time of Navaratri, the question that many people have in mind is how to celebrate this festival and how to worship the Durga? You can use the picture or Idol of the Goddess Durga for the festival. The Durga Puja is generally conducted by many as a few complicated, and that is why it is frequently conducted in the temple. Usually, it is celebrated as a Navaratri; it is a ten-day festival. From the first day to last day each Hindu people celebrate it in a good manner. This year (2016) Navaratri is going to be conducted from October 1 to 10. The final day, people conduct the festival of the death of Mahishasura.