দশভুজা মা দুর্গা/ Maa Durga-her ‘Omni-Form’

Maa Durga or Maa Adi Shakti is the primeval goddess of creation, preservation and annihilation. She is ‘Shakti’ at its purest, having manifested herself within both the Devas and the Asuras as well as any form of life. She has appeared in many forms to annihilate evil and establish peace and well being.
During Durga Puja, the “Mahisasuramardini” form of Maa Durga is worshipped.
SHE has ten hands signifying the ten directions defined in Hindu scriptures. SHE is “Triyambake” or three eyed- the left eye represents desire (moon), the right eye action (sun) and the eye on her forehead signifying knowledge (fire). SHE rides a lion, her ‘vahana’, representing her dominance over power and determination.
The conch shell or Shankha which Lord Varuna gifted her symbolises the sound of ‘OM’ and Maa Durga as the Shakti behind everything.
The Trishul, a gift from Lord Shiva symbolises the three gunas – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.
The Sudarshan Chakra gifted by Lord Vishnu symbolises Maa Durga as the power which binds the entire universe.
The Bow and Arrow gifted by Lord Vayu and Lord Agni signifies potential and direction towards its achievement.
The Vajra, a gift from Lord Devendra/ Indra Dev signifies strength, determination and resolve.
HER Sword signifies the sharpness of Knowledge which can cut through any depths of darkness.
The half bloomed lotus, gifted by Lord Brahma, signifies imminent success but not its finality.
The Danda of Lord Yama signifies her control over life and death in this universe.
With these celestial weapons Maa Durga vanquishes the demon Mahisasura not only from the Earth but also from our hearts as well.

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