Goddess Durga is a supreme deity and a personification of the vital energy that drives the
world. Durga literally means undefeatable. Devi Durga is worshipped all over India and is
associated with the idea that good always triumphs over evil. Her worship is also quite
popular outside the Indian Subcontinent. She is a form of Shakti or Adi Parashakti, the
primal energy of life. The Vedic texts tell the story that Devi Durga took this form to vanquish
the buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura.
There is no mistaking the thrall exuded by the warrior-goddess of the Hindu pantheon sculpted to shining perfection in brass. Her stance is overpowering yet graceful as She mounts atop Her trusty steed, the most ferocious of the faunal kingdom, the lion. Her hands are bedecked with weapons of both the earthly and the ethereal variety, whilst Her gaze is directed straight ahead of Her, betraying the superlative divinity within Her.
Usually, she is presented in an aggressive form, slaying demons. But in this sculpture, She
sits in a calm posture upon her mount, a ferocious lion. Her serene graceful face evokes her
motherly nature, a trait generally overshadowed by her ferocious power. She has eight arms
holding a mace, a sword, a chakra, a conch, a trident, a bow and arrow, and a lotus. One of
her hands is held in Abhaya mudra. She wears a traditional saree with necklaces, earrings,
bangles, anklets, and a beautifully designed crown. Her wavy hair is spread loose, falling around her shoulders. She is known as Navadurga because of her nine different names. The
festival Durga Puja is celebrated in her honor.
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