is an incarnation of Devi or the Mother Goddess, a unified symbol of all divine
forces. For Shaivas Durga is the wife of Shiva. For Vaishnavas
and Shaktas Durga is another form of Uma or Parvati.
The Hindu Goddess Durga manifested when evil forces threathened
the very existance of the Gods. To destroy these demons, all gods offered their
radiance to her creation and each formed part of Durga's body. Durga also obtained
very powerful weapons, such as the chakra from Vishnu
and a trident from Shiva.
The name "Durga" in Sanskrit means "invincible".
The syllable "du" is synonymous with the 4 devils of poverty, sufferings,
famine and evil habits. The "r" refers to diseases and the "ga"
is the destroyer of sins, injustice, irreligion, cruelty and laziness.
killed the powerful demon Mahish and all his great commanders. Demonic forces
are self-destructive but very powerful. Divine forces are constructive but slow
and efficient. When demonic forces create imbalance, all gods unite, becoming
one divine force called Shakti or Durga.
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