Durga is an incarnation of Devi or the Mother Goddess, a unified symbol of all divine forces. For Shaiv as Durga is the wife of Shiva. For Vaishnavas and Shaktas Durga is another form of Uma or Parvati.
The Hindu Goddess Durga manifested when evil forces threathened the very existance of the Gods. To destroy these demons, all gods offered their radiance to her creation and each formed part of Durga's body. Durga also obtained very powerful weapons, such as the chakra from Vishnu and a trident from Shiva.
The syllable is synonymous with the 4 devils of poverty, sufferings, famine and evil habits. The refers to diseases and the is the destroyer of sins, injustice, irreligion, cruelty and laziness.Durga killed the powerful demon Mahish and all his great commanders. Demonic forces are self-destructive but very powerful. Divine forces are constructive but slow and efficient. When demonic forces create imbalance, all gods unite, becoming one divine force called Shakti or Durga.
Durga is the most splendid manifestation of Devi. Virginal and sublime, contain within her the power of all the gods combined, she is the invincible power of Nature who triumphs over those who seek to subjugate her. In this sculpture she is shown with 8 arms holding a variety of weapons, sitting atop her vahana or vehicle a lion. She is benign in this form with her hand held up in the abhaya mudra or "fear not" hand position.
Hindu Goddess Kali Stone Statue
February 5, 2012
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