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Durga Puja: An Ode to Goddess Shakti

Durga Puja: An Ode to Goddess Shakti

Devi Durga, as we all know, is worshipped as an embodiment of the creative feminine force or Shakti, believed to be the fierce form of Lord Shiva's wife Parvati. She is the Mother of the Universe, revered for both her gracious as well as her terrifying form. The Skanda Purana indicates that the name of Durga was given to the Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva, when she killed the Asura. A myth from the Devi Mahatmya, however, states that the Goddess acquired this name when she killed the demon Durgama. Her qualities as a goddess are denoted by her names as well. She is the Universal Mother. As Uma, Lord Shiva's wife, she is seen as a protector and a mother figure. Goddess Durga is the amalgamation of three states: Creative, Preservative and Destructive. Various forms - Durga, Chandi, Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Maha Saraswati - are Her divine forms. Each form of the Devi has a distinctive role meant for a definite purpose. The Devi is depicted as one supreme Goddess and also many ot...

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With the magical rendition of these chants, the goddess of supreme power, Ma Durga, is invoked in Ea...

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