The Hindu Goddess Durga is also known as Shakti or Devi. She is the motherly protector of the universe and all that is good and harmonious. Durga often is pictured riding a tiger, and is always ready to combat the maya or ignorance of the world.
In the Sanskrit language, Durga means “fort,” which is fitting for her protective, militant nature. Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which literally translates into “the one who eliminates sufferings.” She typically has anywhere from 8 to 18 arms, each weilding a different symbolic object or weapon.
The Hindu goddess Durga is ferocious to demons and infinitely compassionate and kind to her devotees.
The arms of Goddess Durga symbolize her protection of her devotees from all directions namely the eight corners and from the sky and the earth. Maha Durga has eight to eighteen arms.
Her hands hold a conch, discuss, lotus, sword, bow with arrow, trishul, mace, thunderbolt, snake and flame.
Hindu Goddess Durga Water Color
Arm 1: Trishul
Given to her by Lord Shiva, the trishul (or trident) has three sharp edges representing the three gunas or qualities of life. Tamas (inactivity and lethargic tendency), Rajas (hyperactivity and desires) and Sattva (positivity and purity). Mother Durga brings wisdom to conquer all three gunas and emerge victorious!
Arm 2: Conch
Given to Goddess Durga by Lord Varuna, the conch is a symbol of the primordial sound OM which the entire creation emerged from.
Arm 3: Discuss
A gift from Lord Vishnu, the discuss revolving around Durga’s hand shows her as the centre of creation and the universe.
Arm 4: Lotus
A gift from Lord Bramha, the lotus represents spiritual awakening in one’s soul. Despite the mud it grows in, the lotus transcends through the impurities of life, and blooms beautifully.
Arm 5: Sword
Durga’s sword symbolizes her sharp intellect encouraging us to use discrimination to conquer negativity.
Arm 6: Bow & Arrow
Bow and arrow:
A gift from Lord Vayu and Surya. The bow & arrow are symbols of energy.
Arm 7: Lotus
Enjoins humans to exhibit loyalty, love and devotion to Mother Durga.
Arm 8: Blessing
The open palm of Durga symbolizes her forgiving nature. Praying to Mother Durga will help shatter the problems encountered in life with confidence.
Hindu Goddess Durga Yantra
Hindu Goddess Durga Yantra
ॐ जटा जूट समायुक्तमर्धेंन्दु कृत लक्षणाम |
लोचनत्रय संयुक्तां पद्मेन्दुसद्यशाननाम ||
Om jataa jut samaayuktamardhendu krit lakshnam.
Lochanyatra sanyuktam padmendu sadya shan naam.
Performing this mantra before any other helps with focus and concentration.
This mantra brings forth the blessing of Maa (Divine Mother) Durga to transform your life and bring about more abundance and more Shakti in life.