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Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Durga has many arms. She is sometimes depicted as having ten arms and sometimes as eighteen arms. Her radiant face and beautiful form wrapped in royal red has a bewitching appeal. Durga can be...

Popular legends about Maa Durga

Durga is the mother Goddess – the Supreme Power. She has numerous manifestations. While some of these forms are benign, others are fierce and instill fear in the minds of the demons and the...

Most Famous Durga Temples in India

There are numerous Durga Mata temples in India. Visiting one or more of these temples during Navaratri is highly auspicious. Durga is the true manifestation of the cosmic energy that pervades the universe. She...

Know Your Goddess | Durga

The word ‘Durga’ in Sanskrit means ‘She who is insurmountable or incomprehensible’. Durga is a form of Shakti, the consort of Lord Shiva. However, unlike Sati or Parvati (other names of Shakti) she has...

Navratri celebrations in Maharashtra

Navratri celebrations in Maharashtra are extremely personal and spiritual. They observe a special ritual called Ghatasthapana on the first day of Navaratri. A small bed of mud is prepared in a container. In the...