does Goddess Durga sit on a lion?
Goddess Durga is the warrior Goddess. She has
multiple arms that carry different weapons to kill the demons. The Vedic
literature often describes the Goddess
seated on a lion, her Vaahan (vehicle) The lion symbolizes her strength,
bravery, and victory. She is the external potency (Maha-Maya) of the Supreme Lord Vishnu,
and therefore, she is responsible for punishing the rebellious souls within
this material world who are envious of the Supremacy of the Lord. The Lion also
represents the power of destructive time that snatches away everything from the
conditioned souls who are too attached to material opulence.
is Durga shown in a murti?
Goddess Durga is described as the external energy of
the Supreme Lord
Vishnu or Krishna
in the Vedas. The statues
and deities portray her as a young and beautiful woman expressing her
martial skills that show her as the Goddess of war. She is often depicted
seated on a lion and having multiple arms carrying different weapons and items.
She wears a pleated saree and is decorated with beautiful ornaments. Although
her iconography shows the Goddess in passion, her face is seen as calm and
does Durga symbolize?
According to the Vedic scriptures, Goddess
Durga is the presiding deity of the entire material universe. She is
considered as a form of Goddess
Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva,
and is responsible for punishing the forgotten and ignorant souls who are
envious of the Supreme Lord Krishna
or Vishnu and do not act according to the injunctions of the Vedas. She
rides on a lion and represents the destructive time that eventually takes away
all the material opulence that the conditioned souls enjoy upon.
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