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  Krista Knirck-Bumke: Victorious Durga
Although Durga came in the company of the Shiva cult to Java she has never been depicted as consort of Shiva nor was she used as an idol representing a deceased queen, as was often the case with Parvathi or Prajnaparamita.
Durga finally became the guardian of the cremation grounds and cemeteries, where she continues to dwell as a dreadful demoness in the realm of death.
Durga in her dreadful form in India is Kali, with a sacred cord made from skulls, wild hair and canine teeth, among other characteristics.
www.asianart.com /articles/durga/index.html   (4230 words)

  Devotion to Durga   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The myth of Durga slaying the buffalo-demon may be a northern adaptation of Korravai, the Tamil goddess of the mountains, who was a goddess of war and victory and to whom buffaloes were sacrificed.
Durga's association with war has caused a tradition in which she is worshipped in the form of a sword.
Durga as the pot symbolises the power of growth of the grains and the source of the power of life which gave the gods immortality.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/hindu/devot/durga.html   (1406 words)

 indiayogi.com - Indian Gods and Goddesses - Durga - The Inaccessible - hindu, shade of irony, worshipped, milksop ...
Durga is not formidable; she is stupendous - in the old sense of the word, being a co-mingling of 'tremendous' as well as 'stupefying'.
Durga is not transcendent of the divine social order; she stands outside of it, which is the fundamental difference between her and the Mahadevi.
Durga is a-social, preferring to haunt mountains and forests and deserts, surrounded by wild beats and wilder attendants, a sort of feminine Shiva.
www.indiayogi.com /content/indgods/durga.asp   (800 words)

 Durga Puja...Festivals Explained on CuisineCuisine.com
Durga Puja is basically a festival with a long series of rituals followed on every day of the Puja.
Durga is one of the angry and aggressive aspects of the goddess Shakti, whose role in Hindu mythology was to fight and conquer demons and also personify the Sakti or female aspect of any male deity.
In general, Durga is regarded in northern India as the gentle bride epitomizing family unity while in southern India she is revered more in her warrior aspect.
www.cuisinecuisine.com /Festival%20of%20Durga%20Puja.htm   (2128 words)

 Durga, the Divine Mother
Durga is depicted as a warrior woman riding a lion or a tiger with multiple hands carrying weapons and assuming mudras, or symbolic hand gestures.
Nine aspects of Durga known as Navadurga are meditated upon, one by one during the nine-day festival by devout shakti worshippers.
A considerable literature exists around Durga in the Bengali language and its early forms, including Durgotsavnirnaya (11th century), Durgabhaktitarangini by Vidyapati (14th century), etc. Durga Puja was popular in Bengal in the medieval period, and records exist of it being held in the courts of Rajshahi (16th century) and Nadia (18th century).
www.hinduwebsite.com /hinduism/concepts/durga.asp   (2560 words)

 Durga - Narrative Art of an 'Independent' Warrior Goddess
The Great Goddess Durga was born from the energies of the male divinities when the gods lost the long drawn-out battle with the asuras (demons).
With her golden body blazing with the splendor of a thousand suns, seated on her lion or tiger vehicle, Durga is one of the most spectacular of all personifications of Cosmic Energy.
The disappearance of Durga from the battlefield after the victory over aggression expressed one of the deepest truths of the episode, for the feminine action in the cosmic drama is without retentive, ego-seeking ambition.
www.exoticindiaart.com /article/durga   (1855 words)

 Durga Besadii Tai - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki
Durga was born 105 BBY but suffered the misfortune of having a disfiguring birthmark over his eye.
Durga could see that his idiot cousin Kibbick couldn't run the Ylesian enterprise and asked if he could be sent in his place.
Durga then requested a Mercenary force from Xizor to ensure that no trouble would break out and he then hired Boba Fett to assassinate Teroenza and slice off his horn to mount on his wall as a trophy.
starwars.wikia.com /wiki/Durga_Besadii_Tai   (760 words)

 meet Durga Bernhard - Illustrator - empowering womens art - artist - drawings in Susun Weed's books
Durga Bernhard was raised in New York's Hudson Valley and began painting at the age of 13.
Durga is the illustrator of numerous children's books, including fiction and non-fiction, natural science titles and multicultural folktales.
Durga Bernhard lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York with her son and daughter.
www.susunweed.com /Artist-Durga_sw.htm   (337 words)

 Welcome to MantraOnNet.com: Durga Pooja
Goddess Durga is not one of the Vedic deities.
The lion mounted Goddess Durga is the warrior goddess.
Goddess Durga pooja or Nava Ratra (nine nights), commencing on the 1st and ending on the 10th day of the light half of Ashwin (September-October) are celebrated in various parts of India, specially Bengal.
www.mantraonnet.com /durgapooja.html   (1068 words)

 Lost Isles- The Durga of Adu
The tadraki were not even aware of the durga’s existence, but when the tadraki race split after the civil war, the tarushi moved up into the mountains.
The durga are notoriously fierce, requiring the warmth and sustenance of living prey for survival.
The durga have a culture of sorts, evidenced by their ruins and artifacts, though up-to-date information is scarce.
www.lostisles.com /public/library/bestiary/nprace/durga.php   (544 words)

 Durga Puja Festival,Durgapuja Festival,Durg Pooja Festivals in India,Durga Puja History,Durga Pooja Celebrations
Durga Puja is celebrated with customary pomp and fanfare twice a year – once in the month of March or April (basant) and again in the month of September or October (ashwin), during the moonlit fortnight.
Durga Puja commences on the day after mahalaya, usually on the last day of the waning or new moon, sometime in September or October.
Durga Puja is celebrated on a mass scale with puja pandals (marquees) dotting nearly every nook and corner of West Bengal.
www.indiasite.com /festivals/durgapuja.html   (1515 words)

 Hierarch Durga Anahita
Goddess Durga Anahita (Kumari, Shakti, Aparajita, Ardvi Sur, Aredvi Sura) serves as a Hierarch of the Tenth Ray of Divine Illumination.
As Durga, (Kumari, Shakti, Aparajita), she was the Hindu multiple armed, great mother and ultimate warrior goddess who was revered throughout India from about 1700 B.C.E. until present times.
Durga was portrayed as a beautiful golden skinned woman with eight powerful arms.
www.blessingscornucopia.com /Hierarchs_of_Twelve_Universal_Rays_Hierarch_Durga_Anahita_Kumari_Shakti_Aparajita_Ardvi_Sur_Aredvi_Sura.htm   (575 words)

 Durga puja Press Releases   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Durga Puja is primarily conducted to invoke the blessings of...
Durga Puja celebrated with pomp and gaiety at BHEL Township JAI MATA DI: Devotees participating in the festivities in Tiruchi on Monday.
Durga Puja, the festival symbolising power and the triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology, is being celebrated with joy and reverence across the country.
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It is the time of the Durga Puja, celebrating the ten-armed goddess of fertility and the third embodiment of the Devi, Durga.
Durga Puja is an extravaganza of almost seven days; but the preparation starts months before the actual event.
Durga puja is the most favorite festival of the people of eastern India, especially the people of West Bengal.
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 esamskriti- Durga Worship   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Durga worship is thus the worship of knowledge.
Thus Aditi becomes Durga, and her qualities of destroying enemies, creating the universe, and preserving life are all manifested fully in Durga.
Durga is worshipped because she is the source of everything, and represents the Supreme in this divine form.
www.esamskriti.com /html/new_inside.asp?cat_name=festivals&cid=424&sid=104   (2532 words)

Puja means worship, and Durga's Puja is celebrated from the sixth to tenth day of the waxing moon in the month of Ashvin, which is the sixth month in the Hindu Calendar.
It was during the 18th century, however, that the worship of Durga became popular among the landed elite of Bengal.
The word pandal means a temporary structure, made of bamboo and cloth, which used to be the venue of the worship (pujaa) of the goddess.Somewhere inside these complex edifices is a stage on which durga reigns, standing on her lion mount, wielding ten weapons with her ten hands.
www.the-world-in-focus.com /Asia/India/religions/durga.html   (1314 words)

 NPR : Durga Puja: Goddess' Homecoming, American Style
The five-day annual Durga Puja celebration is the biggest holiday for Bengali Indians in Calcutta.
This Durga is tiny, as she has to be, shipped all the way from India.
The California Durga is botoxed into eternal life -- her clay smile unchanging until next year.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=6147294   (538 words)

 Durga   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Durga is one of the angry and aggressive aspects of the goddess Shakti, whose earliest role in Hindu mythology was to fight and conquer demons and also personify the Sakti or female aspect of any male deity.
In this capacity her most important festival is Durga Puja, celebrated at harvest time, during which devotees persistently made obscene gestures and comments to stimulate her fecundity.
In general, Durga is regarded in northern India as the gentle bride epitomizing family unity while in southern India she is revered more in her warrior and murderous aspect.
www.themystica.com /mythical-folk/articles/durga.html   (285 words)

 Calcuttaweb - Durga Puja
Durga is the Goddess of divine power against all evils.
It is similar to the Durga of Aihole and of Mahabalipuram (seventh century).
The tableau of Durga with her four children - Kartik, Ganesh, Saraswati and Lakshmi, representing respectively the Protector, the Initiator of the puja, Knowledge and the Provider - signifies the complete manifestation of the goddess.
www.calcuttaweb.com /puja/index.shtml   (1235 words)

 Durga Puja
Finally the countdown is over and time comes for the four days of the grand finale of Durga puja.
The whole of Bengal is brimmed with the unique philharmonic of conch shells, the rhythms of Dhaks, and of course, the chanting of hymns, prayers and pushpanjali.
The spirit of the festivity of durga puja breaks loose all over Bengal.
www.theholidayspot.com /durgapuja   (80 words)

Durga is regarded as the invincible power of nature and is associated with the legend of the destruction of the demon Mahishasura.
Durga is regarded as Shakti - the power the enables existence, Maayaa the illusion and Prakriti - that which gives shapes and forms to objects of existence.
Durga armed herself with Shiva's trident, Vishnu's discus and mace, Kumaraa's spear and Indra's thunderbolt.
www.templenet.com /beliefs/durga.htm   (362 words)

 Navratra / Durga Puja, Navratras, durga puja, Rama Navami, Ashvin, Dussehra, Mahanavami, Durga is worshipped, Mother ...
Durga, the beautiful, but fierce goddess rides her mount of the lion, killing the demon Mahishasura.
Durga puja is more than a ritual as it invests the lives of every one, and produces a fevrish literary and artistic activity.
Durga is supposed to visit her parents Himavan and mother Mena during these days only in the year.
www.4to40.com /discoverindia/festivals/index.asp?article=discoverindia_festivals_durgapuja   (548 words)

 Goddess Durga
The Sanskrit word Durga means a fort or a place that is protected and thus difficult to reach.
Durga, also called Divine Mother, protects mankind from evil and misery by destroying evil forces such as selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, anger, and ego.
Durga riding a tiger indicates that She possesses unlimited power and uses it to protect virtue and destroy evil.
www.hindudevotion.com /durga.html   (1689 words)

 Durga Puja History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This story merges with the story of Durga Puja popular among Bengalis, namely, the daughter Durga's return to her father's house.
Today, Durga Puja has reached a zenith of popularity in Bengal, although it is celebrated with a great deal of fanfare in states like Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar.
In this puja Durga is accompanied not by her children but by her two companions Jaya and Bijoya.
www.anandautsav.com /history.htm   (1111 words)

 Hindu Goddesses : Durga - Hindu goddess that kills your demons
Durga is an incarnation of Devi or the Mother Goddess, a unified symbol of all divine forces.
For Shaivas Durga is the wife of Shiva.
Durga also obtained very powerful weapons, such as the chakra from Vishnu and a trident from Shiva.
www.sanatansociety.org /hindu_gods_and_goddesses/durga.htm   (782 words)

 Kali, Durga, Parvati, et al
Durga), and by a third group as the "true form" (or, contrariwise, a "mere aspect") of Parvati or Durga in her/their role as the Saki or Shanti (energy) or consort of the supreme god-head Shiva.
It is said that for this battle, she was armed with the weapons of all the gods, non of whom could defeat the demon because he was immune to death at the hands of a male.
In these stories, Durga is said to have been formed from "the emanations of all the gods." Thus, she is seen as a lesser or junior member of the pantheon of deities.
www.luckymojo.com /kalidurga.html   (1444 words)

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