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The 18-armed Hindu goddess Durga, an aspect of the Great Goddess Devi. After the gods had been defeated by the all-powerful demon Mahisha, they created Durga to serve as their champion. With the force of the gods' collective weapons and might transferred to her, she slays the demon buffalo. Originally, part of a larger ensemble. She stood on the back of the buffalo-demon. on a pedestal.

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Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavalaa, Yaa shubhravastraavritha| Yaa veenavara dandamanditakara, Yaa shwetha padmaasana|| Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha| Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa| Meaning: "May Goddess Saraswati, who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon, and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops; who is adorned in radiant white attire, on whose beautiful arm rests the veena , and whose throne is a white lotus…

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Gayatri Devi, personification of the Gayatri mantra which is chanted three times daily by twice-born brahmanas.

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