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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Durga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Durga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Hinduism, Durga ("the inaccessible" or "the invincible") or Maa Durga (Mother Durga) "one who can redeem in situations of utmost distress".

Durga is a form of Devi, the supremely radiant goddess, depicted as having ten arms, riding a lion or a tiger, carrying weapons and a lotus flower, maintaining a meditative smile, and practicing mudras, or symbolic hand gestures.

An embodiment of creative feminine force (Shakti), Durga exists in a state of svātantrya (independence from the universe and anything/anybody else, i.e., self-sufficiency) and fierce compassion. 

Kali is considered by Hindus to be an aspect of Durga. Durga is also the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya. 

She is thus considered the fiercer, demon-fighting form of Shiva's wife, goddess Parvati. 

Durga manifests fearlessness and patience, and never loses her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion.

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