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Maa Durga also is known as ShaktiMaa Durga, also known as Shakti or Devi, is one of the most revered deities in Hindu mythology. Devotees say that she originated to kill the demon Mahishasura. It is also believed that she is the protector of the good and harmony in the world. Below mentioned are the few unknown facts about Maa Durga:
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Goddess Durga Means Fortin Sanskrit, Durga means “a fort” or “a place which is difficult to win”. The name Durga is given to the goddess because of her protective and combative nature.
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Maa Durga - Three-Eyed DeityLike Shiva, Maa Durga is known as “Triyambake”, which means that she is the three-eyed goddess. All the three eyes of the deity have great significance. The left eye represents desire, the right eye represents action and the third one or the central eye represents the knowledge.
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Maa Durga Riding a LionMaa Durga is depicted as riding a lion. It symbolizes her unlimited power and determination. It also highlights her mastery over all these qualities. Devotees believe that she has the power to beat Ego, jealousy and hatred.
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Maa Durga has 8-10 ArmsIt is believed that Maa Durga has 8-10 arms. These arms represent the 8 quadrants or directions in Hinduism. People believe that Maa Durga protects her devotees from all the directions.
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Nine Forms of Maa DurgaThere are nine divine forms of Maa Durga. These are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandrakanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. All these nine forms are worshipped during Navratri.
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Maa Durga TridentMaa Durga’s trident or Trishul is a symbol of three qualities – Inactivity (Satva), the energy associated with ambitions (Rajas) and non-activity at all (Tamas). She is the remover of all these miseries and helps an individual in establishing physical, mental and spiritual peace.
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Avatars of Maa DurgaMaa Durga has many avatars or incarnations. Few of them include Kali, Bhagvati, Bhavani, Ambika, Lalita, Gauri, Kandalini, Java and Rajeswari.
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Maa durga (Mother of Universe)The Shakti form of Maa Durga is considered as the mother of the universe. And, Purusha (Lord Shiva) is the father. It is also believed that Maa Durga is the other half of Shiva; he is the form, she is the expression.
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Maa Durga Forms Maa Durga, through all her forms, covers the essence of salvation and sacrifice. She is believed to be the mother of wealth, beauty and knowledge, for her daughters are Lakshmi and Saraswati.
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Maa Durga Fight against Evils Traditionally, Maa Durga holds the weapons, which various Gods and deities have given her to fight against the evil forces. These weapons include the Conch shell, Bow and arrow, sword, javelin, shield, Sudarshan chakra, trishool, and a noose.