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Goddess Durga, also known as Devi, Shakti is the embodiment of sacred feminine power and is revered as a Warrior Goddess combating evils and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity and dharma of the good. She is the fierce form of the protective mother goddess, willing to unleash her anger against wrong, violence for liberation and destruction to empower creation. She is referred to as the Universal Mother and creative energy used against the negative forces of evil and wickedness.
Durga is depicted as a fearless woman riding a lion or tiger, with many arms each carrying a weapon and appears in Indian texts as the wife of Lord Shiva , as another form of Parvatior Mother Goddess. Endowed with 8 mighty arms carrying weapons of different kinds, she represents the power of the Supreme Being to preserve moral order and righteousness in creation. Goddess Durga protects humanity from evil and misery and destroys the negativity in our psyche. Though her demeanor is fierce and terrifying, she is benevolent and nurturing to her devotees.
The nine day festival of Navratri glorifies all her nine incarnations as mentioned below:
When the evil Buffalo Asura Mahisha wreaked havoc with his evil deeds in Heaven and on Earth, Goddess Durga was created out of the combined energies of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and other gods. She was endowed with a variety of weapons and ornaments with each God presenting her with their most favored unique weapons. For nine days and nights, Goddess Durga led a battle against Mahishasura and ultimately slew him, fulfilling the prophecy that he would meet his death at the hands of a woman.
By offering Goddess Durga, a Saree and a blouse-piece (Oti Bharane), one can achieve spiritual progress and welfare. A nine yard sari with each yard representing her 9 forms or Incarnations and implies, invoking the basic Unmanifest Divine Energy which encompasses all the manifest forms of the Goddess. Offerings of red coloured foods, red flowers, red kumkum, red cloth, etc. with the color red representing an important part of her iconography.
Devotees of Goddess Durga may face obstacles initially but over a period of time, these hardships fade away and worshippers are blessed with the grace of the Divine Mother. Those who pray to her on Tuesdays during Rahu Kaal (3 pm to 4.30 pm) will be showered by her benevolence. The Divine Mother protects her devotees from sorrow and misery and those who appease her will be endowed with a peaceful and happy life.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.