Posted August 31, 2011on:
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.
Likewise, the love of Maa Bhagwati
(Durga) towards her devotee (Child) is pure and serene. Maa (Mother) never asks
for a favour from her child. She pours her kindness and warmth on the child
without desiring anything in return. The love of Jagdamba is like a free flowing
river. Durga loves her each and every devotee (Child) without any
Origin of Goddess
Durga It is believed that
once the existence of the universe was under a threat by Mahishasura (the
demon). The Gods pleaded Shiva to protect their world from the evil forces. Lord
Shiva asked the three goddesses, Saraswati, Maa Kali and Maa Lakshami to release
their powers (shaktis). The Power emerged in a female form. The Divine light
emerged and a goddess of exceptional power appeared with many arms. She was
beautiful as well as ferocious.
Durga was an extremely gorgeous girl
with full of rage. The gods named her Durga, the invincible one and they
furnished her with all their arms. Durga rode on a lion to the top of a
mountain. In a violent battle, she killed Mahishasura and thus, saved the world
from the demon’s threat.
Durga – The Image
The word Durga has
been derived from Sanskrit language which means a fort or a place that is
difficult to reach. In the Images, Shakti is visible in the female form, wearing
red clothes. Goddess has eighteen arms, carrying many items in her hands. The
red color symbolizes fierceness and it suggests that goddess destroys evil and
protects people from pain and misery caused by evil forces. Durga riding a tiger
shows that she holds infinite power and uses it to save virtue and destroy evil.
The eighteen arms holding weapons signify the unattainable energy that Maa Durga
possesses. Different weapons suggest the idea that she can face any evil force
Durga Chalisa is a “forty verse” prayer. These verses are usually recited or
chanted by groups. The acts and deeds of Sri Durga are recalled in these verses
to aid the devotee to meditate on virtuous and noble qualities.
Goddess Durga is the embodiment of the divine force of the
Almighty. The word Durga, in Sanskrit means “the invincible”. Durga Devi
represents power, strength, morality and protection. Maa Durga is the destroyer
of sin and protector of morality. Goddess Durga is also known as Shakti (Power).