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MA DURGA

The Divine Mother, the "Invincible One." The most powerful warrior form of the Goddess. She is the consort of Lord Shiva. Her eight arms hold weapons given to her by each of the gods. She is also known as Mahisha

Mardini, the slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisha, who threatened the earth's very existence. She rides on a lion or tiger, a further symbol of her omnipotence. She helps us destroy evil forces both within and without. She is celebrated for nine days and nights in the great festival of Navaratri.



PARVATI WITH BABY GANESH

Parvati is the consort of Lord Shiva and mother of Ganesh, the elephant god. She is the gentle form of the Goddess, and seen as the model wife and mother. It should be noted however that she is very determined as well as devoted, she meditated for 1000 years to persuede Shiva to marry her! Ganesha, India's most beloved god, who holds his favorite sweets in his hands, is the Lord of New Beginnings and the one who overcomes obstacles.Together, they are a very determined pair!



SARASWATI DEVI

Saraswati is the Goddess of wisdom and learning, and patroness of the arts. She is particularly revered by all artists, musicians, students, scholars and teachers. In her hands she holds a classical Indian stringed instrument, the Vena, and a manuscript. The ancient sacred language, Sanskrit is said to have been created by her. She is an ancient Goddess, and at one time there was a river named after her. All school children ask for her help at exam time! She is the consort of Brahma.



 

KALI MA

The most terrifying aspect of the Goddess, Kali, is the Great Black Mother. Depicted either black or blue and naked, with her necklace of skulls, bulging eyes and bloody tongue. She dances so wildly that she accidentally tramples on her consort Shiva! The Goddess in her darkest, most blood-thristy form, we call on Kali to help us overcome our most dreadful pain and fears. She is the destroyer of time, 'kala,' and of death itself. According to Hindu cosmology, we live in the Kali Yuga, the Age of Kali.



SRI LAKSHMI

The beautiful goddess Lakshmi was born from the cosmic milky ocean, as the Gods and Demons churned it to find the elexir of immortality. She is the Goddess of beauty and abundance, and every jewelry and sari store in India seems to be named after her! As the bringer of good fortune, gold coins pour from her hand. She is celebrated during the festival of lights, Diwali, the most popular time of the year to buy gold. She is the consort of Lord Vishnu.



MOHINI

She is a most unusual goddess, for in fact, Mohini is the female manifestation of the great god Vishnu. She is the great seductress. When the gods and demons churned the cosmic ocean to gain the elexir of immortality, the demons grabbed it as it emurged. So blue god Vishnu turned himself into the most beautiful woman, whose seductive dance mesmerized the demons, allowing the gods to reclaim the elexir once more. In Kerala there is a dance, Mohiniyattam, named after her.



 


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