Typical Description of Durga

Durga

Maa Durga is the most revered goddess in Hindu mythology. She is worshipped by all Hindus all over the world and epitomizes feminine energy or ‘Shakti’. Goddess Durga has many forms, each one having a special significance.
Goddess Durga is considered self-sufficient and an independent entity. The image of Goddess Durga typically shows her riding a lion or tiger representing power and holding both weapons and carrying lotus flower. In her most popular images, Maa Durga is seen with ten arms and slaying the demon Mahisasura. Even in this ferocious form, Goddess Durga has been shown adorning a meditative smile, reflecting her compassionate nature towards her devotees.
Origin of Durga
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga emerged from the combined energies of the Gods Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver and Shiva, the Destroyer, in order to fight the demon called Mahisasura. As legend goes, the demon Mahisasura was awarded the boon that he could neither be killed by man of God. Therefore the presence of a feminine energy was required to slay this demon that caused much destruction in all the three worlds – Earth, Heaven and nether world.
Goddess Durga was gifted different weapons by all the Gods, out of which the spear and trident have most commonly been depicted in her images. She is also seen holding the chakra, sword, bow and arrow and other weapons.
Worship of Goddess Durga
Goddess Durga is worshipped with much gaiety in the month of Aswin and is the biggest festival in the Indian States of West Bengal, Orissa, Assam other countries as well. In Bengal, the day denoting the victory of Maa Durga on Mahisasura is called VijayaDashami.
During the nine days of worship, nine different forms of Durga are invoked upon. The ritual san form of worship of Goddess Durga differs in each State of India. The last Day of worship is symbolic of Durga’s return home to mount Kailash where Lord Shiva, her husband is known to reside.
Goddess Durga symbolizes freedom from all fear. Prayers are offered by devotees to help them get rid of all their sins and vices. This Puja involves a lot of complicated rituals and Pundits experienced in this worship are usually called upon at the time of Durga Puja. In their invocation of Maa Durga, he devotees promises to submit to her power and energy in return for release from all their trouble sand worries.