Hindu God - Goddess Durga

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Goddess Durga maintains the moral order and the righteousness in the creation.

In Sanskrit, the word Durga means a fort or a place that is protected and thus difficult to reach.

Goddess Durga is also called as the Divine Mother, protecting the mankind from evil and misery by destroying evil forces such as selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, anger, and ego.

She has many names such as Parvati, Ambika, and Kali.

She is the divine wife of Lord Shiva and the mother of two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya.

The red color of her cloth signifies that she is always busy destroying the evil forces.

She has 18 arms with many different objects in her hands symbolizing the combined power.

Durga riding the tiger specifies that she possesses unlimited power and uses it to protect virtue and destroy evil.

The conch in her hand signifies the ultimate victory of virtue over evil and righteousness over unrighteousness.


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