Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Errata: Know your Gods (and Goddesses!!)

In our "sightseeing" video...I misidentified a painted tile I thought was the god "Vishnu". Turns out it was a "God-ESS" - "Durga". She is often seen riding a tiger or a lion. Maa (Mother) Durga symbolizes the power of the Supreme Being that maintains moral order and righteousness in the universe.

Worship of the goddess Shakti is very popular among the Hindus. Durga stands for the unified symbol of all divine forces (Shaktis). Goddess Durga is the divine mother, who protects people from evil forces of selfishness, jealousy, hatred, anger and ego. Mother's love and her kindness towards her child, is the best example of pure love in this whole universe.

The Goddess is shown with up to eighteen arms, carrying many items in her hands. The red color symbolizes fierceness and it suggests that goddess destroys evil and protects people from pain and misery caused by evil forces. Durga riding a tiger shows that she holds infinite power and uses it to save virtue and destroy evil. The eighteen arms holding weapons signify the unattainable energy that Maa Durga possesses. Different weapons suggest the idea that she can face any evil force without consideration.

The origin of Goddess Durga: It is believed that once the existence of the universe was under a threat by Mahishasura (the demon). The Gods pleaded Shiva to protect their world from the evil forces. Lord Shiva asked the three goddesses, Saraswati, Maa Kali and Maa Lakshami to release their powers (shaktis). The Power emerged in a female form. The Divine light emerged and a goddess of exceptional power appeared with many arms. She was beautiful as well as ferocious.

Durga was an extremely gorgeous girl with full of rage. The gods named her Durga, the invincible one and they furnished her with all their arms. Durga rode on a lion to the top of a mountain. In a violent battle, she killed Mahishasura and thus, saved the world from the demon's threat.

So, now we both know! 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Father! as I sit here in Utah and look at the mountains, I am always reminded of Shiva and Shakti - you will have to check them out as well! :)