The Hindu Goddess Durga is powerful and invincible. And, the celebration called Durga Puja refers to the worship of mighty Goddess Durga. Throughout the ages, in different crises, she has appeared in different forms, under different names. Hence her names are Durga, Mahishmardini, Shulini, Parvati, Kalika, Bharati, Ambika, Girija, Vaishnavism, Kaumari, Bahari, Chandi, Lakshni, Uma, Haimbati, Kamala, Shivani, Yoginidra, etc. Goddess Durga is the one who protects from demons, obstacles, diseases, sins, and fears. Above all Goddess Durga is a powerful female icon, who teaches us many lessons through her different forms. Let’s get to know what we can learn from Goddess Durga.
What to learn from Goddess Durga?
As the universal mother, Goddess Durga teaches the ability of multitasking. Her ten arms are ready for different weapons and instruments. Further, her three eyes symbolize the sun, the moon, and the fire. On top of that, Goddess Durga takes care of her children’s interests while she rules the world with an iron hand. All these resemble her multitasking ability and we can learn multitasking from goddess Durga.
When the Gods trembled and feared the oppression of the demons, Mother Durga appeared from the rays of all the Gods. Goddess Durga became ten-armed and destroyed the demons. During this catastrophe, Brahma himself sided with Rama in the battle of Rama and Ravana. On the auspicious day of the month of Ashwin, Rama worshiped Durga at the realization of Brahma. This is called the premature awakening of Durga in the traditional religion.
Shuklapaksha of Chaitra is worshiped as Basanti. Standing on her own time, she decorated the country with ten arms. We live again and again in the shadow of that Durga. Ultimately, we can learn peace-making power against all the odds.
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Good over the evil
Every human being has animal power. When a person attains true humanity through rewards and sadhana-bhajan, his animal nature is cut off and godliness is awakened. And only then the person qualifies to be a real mortal, to have a successful life. The lion at the feet of the goddess is a symbol of that.
The demon under the feet of Goddess Durga, known as Mahisasura, meaning a traitor to God. However, Mahishasura will also find a place under the feet of Goddess Durga wherever she is worshiped. So this demon, trampled under the feet of the goddess, symbolizes the victory of the good over the evil in the eternal conflict between ‘good’ and ‘bad’. So, we can learn that good will always win over bad.
The symbol of Mahishasura's slaying has been signaled to destroy the unjust in the power of justice. Mahishasura thought that no man could kill him, and he did not count women at all. So, women should not be neglected regarding power. The story of Goddess Durga also reflects the respect for women.
The lesson of uniting
Worshiping Goddess Durga is not just a formality. Through this, we get the lesson of unity. Learning to achieve great ends in combined strength. Pie is a lesson in respect for women. The grain that has kept us alive teaches us to respect trees and preserve them, which is consistent with the current environmental movement. The fact that Coronavirus has caused global panic must also be eradicated by taking necessary action. This is also a war. Hence, all these teach us not to divide but reunite. Also, not indulging in injustice but protesting together.