-I don’t want to be the only person without a Durga idol in my house.
-“What if I can’t find anyone who will worship it for me?”
-Durga is not just one goddess but many, and all of them deserve your time. Why should you devote your energy exclusively to her? Or any other single deity, for that matter?
-“Why are we so obsessed with this particular festival?”
-It’s time to spread our love (and attention) around! There are many festivals worth celebrating throughout India & Nepal after all. And there are more than 32 names too – let’s learn about some others too!
One of the most common misconceptions in Hinduism is that Durga can be found with one name, 32 names or some other number. This is not true!
The truth is that there are many different manifestations and forms of Devi who manifest themselves in order to defend righteousness by destroying those who commit sins. One such form is Kali-Durga’s manifestation as a destroyer of ignorance and selfish desires, which leads beings into hellish rebirths. She manifests when it becomes necessary for Lord Shiva (or another deity) to send her forth into battle because they have been attacked first by an army from below; she thus represents a just divine anger retaliating against injustice done unto them. Another example of this would be Aparna Devi
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This one is a little less common, but still worth mentioning. There are 32 names of Durga in Hinduism and Sanskrit literature. Swapna-durgati being the most commonly mentioned. But what about all those other alternate interpretations? It’s very possible that you’ve been thinking about only half the story! And if there wasn’t enough to consider before, start considering these 53 different meanings for some of her most popular titles — such as “She who removes distress” or “Goddess with ten arms.”
It can be easy to get caught up on just one aspect of an entire belief system when it seems like another part would take more time than we have available to explore. But it doesn’t make sense to spend time considering one god, goddess, or deity when there are so many others who deserve the same consideration!
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This past Sunday I was in my car on the way to work. It’s a long ride and normally it gives me time for some reflection or just enjoying music, but this day i couldn’t seem to shake my thoughts about one thing..Durga.
I’m not sure what happened that morning, maybe I saw something on TV (although there is never anything related) or read an article online-either way Durga popped into my head out of nowhere!
It seems like everywhere you look these days she pops up: Facebook posts by friends encouraging followers to celebrate her as a sign they are Hindu; news articles talking about how important it is to “celebrate” her because October 15th marks Diwali –
“Durga is a powerful Goddess and she should be revered. She will take us to greater heights,” said Hari Kumar from Mumbai
in an interview with NDTV 24×18 on Friday morning.
This sentiment was echoed by many others across the country who are closely observing Durga Puja celebrations this year. Why? Well, it’s their way of giving back to her for all that she has done for them over the years! The rituals may differ depending on where you’re celebrating but there are some common aspects – such as worshiping her in person and chanting mantras loudly so they can hear those words of power reverberating inside themselves, infusing their own lives with vibrancy too.. And it’s not just the five days of worship that are a big deal. The celebrations extend to nine, which is why this festival lasts up to ten days!
– on day eight and nine in some parts of India people bring home clay idols from their neighborhood puja committee or Durga temple for immersion into water later when it falls dark –
This year we will be observing her birthday with joys and festivities as she has given so much love and happiness over the years. We should honor her by being present at every ceremony we attend because you never know what might happen if you don’t show your appreciation! This is an opportunity to share our gratitude instead
of feeling entitled towards things like power, money etc. It can also
As a Hindu, you are no stranger to the concept of “Durga”. She is revered as one of the most powerful goddesses in Indian mythology. However, as Durga’s mythos grew and evolved over time she has become more than just an icon for female empowerment or victory against evil forces. In modern day India Durga represents something much greater-a symbol of strength that every woman can relate to on some level.
That is why it seems even crueler when we see her being used by fringe right wingers during their protests against Islamic terrorism, which ironically enough was what those terrorists were protesting about before they started killing people! The point I am trying make here is that if you take away all the layers beneath
Reason: Durga does not exist. There is no one woman that has the rights to these 32 names–though each of them have their own meanings and stories, they are all different goddesses from various religions who were combined into one due to Hinduism’s history with conquest and war as well as colonialism. For more information on this topic look up “Hindu nationalism” or “Dalit studies.” This problem also ties in with our lack of focus on other Goddesses throughout India, like Rama Kalyani.
Reason: Cultural appropriation needs stop now! The worship of mother deities can be found across many cultures; however, it was Hindus who appropriated a diverse range of goddesses for themselves. This is an example of how Hinduism has historically used “others” who are not Hindu to promote its own beliefs.
Reason: Durga’s story originates from a time when women were denied their humanity and agency, and she gave them back the power to fight against cruelty through her strength. She does not represent all Indian women–and we need representation for more than just one woman in India! The worship of many goddesses will lead to stronger female alliances that can combat violence against females both inside and outside of the country.
How You Can Help: On September 21st, Mahashivaratri, celebrate by honoring Rama Kalyani or any other Goddess you find empowering instead!–or even just celebrate the day by not doing anything! Reason: Durga’s story originates from a time when women were denied their humanity and agency, and she gave them back the power to fight against cruelty through her strength. She does not represent all Indian women–and we need representation for more than just one woman in India! The worship of many goddesses will lead to stronger female alliances that can combat violence against females both inside and outside of the country. How You Can Help: On September 21st, Mahashivaratri, celebrate by honoring Rama Kalyani or any other Goddess you find empowering instead!–or even just celebrate the day by not doing anything! Reason Why It Is Time To Stop Thinking About 32 Names