Hindu Goddess that Destroys Demons

Goddess Durga

(Sanskrit: "the Inaccessible"), In Hindu mythology, Mother Durga is one of the many forms of Sakti (the goddess), and the wife of Siva (Shiva). She is the Great Warrior goddess whose energy becomes lethal when directed to the forces of evil. Durga's story is told in the three great legends in Devi Mahatmya. Her best-known feat was the slaying of the buffalo-demon Mahisasura. According to legend she was created for this purpose out of flames that issued from the mouths of Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, and the lesser gods. She was born fully grown and beautiful; nevertheless, she presents a fierce menacing form to her enemies. She is usually depicted in painting and sculpture riding a lion (sometimes shown as a tiger), with 8 or 10 arms, each holding the special weapon of one or another of the gods, who gave them to her for her battle against the buffalo-demon. The Durga-puja, held annually in September-October, is one of the greatest festivals of northeastern India. A special image of the goddess is made that is worshiped for nine days, then immersed in water, all accomplished with large processions and much public and private festivity.

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