“Durga becomes angry, her face becoming dark as ink. Suddenly the goddess Kali springs from her forehead.” Kali is Durga’s rage, fury, and bloodlust unleashed onto the battlefield. “She roars loudly and leaps into battle where she tears demons apart with her hands and crushes them in her jaws.”
Mahadevi, the Great Goddess | India (Rajasthan, Bikaner) | The Met
Mahadevi, the Great Goddess, ca. 1725, India (Rajasthan, Bikaner). Brandishing cosmic weapons, Devi (the omnipresent embodiment of power and wisdom) takes here the form of a Durga perched on a Lotus flower, the traditional iconographic "throne" of Indian deities.
certainly a work of art. the artisans in kumortuli can do wonders with clay. this is a perfect example of that... From Wikipedia: Sanskrit: "the inaccessible", Bengali: দুর্গা) is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. In Bengal, she is said to be the mother of Ganesha, Kartikeya as well of Saraswati and Lakshmi. Durga is depicted as a warrior woman riding a lion or a tiger with multiple hands carrying weapons and assuming mudras, or symbolic hand gestures. This form of the…
Durga as Slayer of the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura | Nepal | The Met
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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. Durga manifests fearlessness and patience, and never loses her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion.
Goddess Durga represents the power of the Supreme Being that preserves moral order and righteousness in the creation. Goddess Durga represents a united front of all Divine forces against the negative forces of evil and wickedness. She protects her devotees from the evils of the world and at the same time removes their miseries.