The Sanskrit meaning of Durga is “one difficult to reach to” or in other words “incomprehensible.”
Goddess Durga is also called as Maa Shakti as she is well known and worshipped for her terrifying and gracious aspect. Maa Durga is a symbol of a female dynamism n she is also known as the Mother of Universe as she represents the infinite power of the universe.
Goddess Durga is also called by names such as Parvati, Ambika and Kali. Parvati is known as the divine spouse of Lord Shiva. Maa Parvati is the mother of Ganesha and karttikeye; the two sons of Lord Shiva n they had a daughter named Jyoti.
Appearance of Maa Durga
In the Puranas and Agamas there are many aspects of Maa Durga. Usually Goddess Durga is shown riding a lion from which comes “Simhavahini,” her august who stands astride the king of beasts.
Most often Durga Maa is pictured as having ten arms holding Sword, Conch, Discus, Rosary, Bell, Wine cup, Shield, Bow, Arrow, and Spear.
Royal red cloth is the dress of Maa Durga along with various beautiful ornaments that decorates her personage. The hairs of Goddess Durga is dressed up in beautiful crown or Mukut which may be crafted from various metals or Gold or silver. Goddess Durga controls the universe with her various tools and continues her eminent supremacy.
Weapons Of Goddess Durga
Goddess Durga is illustrated having 8 or 10 hands. These hands represents of 8 quadrants, or 10 directions in Hinduism which means she protects and take care of her devotes from all the directions.
In each hand there is a weapon offered by different Gods, and representing the uniqueness behind them. The right top hand holds the symbol of OM word which represents of holding on to the God in the practice of the sound. There is an arrow and a bow that depicts energy- it indicates the control over various energies.
The lotus that is not completely bloomed signifies the success. The sword in the hands of Goddess Durga depicts knowledge. The trishul represent 3 qualities of Rajas (activity), Satwa (inactivity) and Tamas (non-activity). The Sudarshan chakra that spins in her index finger of her hand tells that the whole world is submissive to the will of Durga and is within her grasp. Lastly, there is the thunderbolt that represents firmness.
Goddess Durga is the Goddess with several different personas, names and facets. She is worshipped fervently across the world through her all forms. Goddess Durga symbolizes power of Supreme Being that preserves righteousness and moral order in the universe.