The rituals of worshipping Mother Goddess have a deep and prominent root in every civilization. The description of her in Indian mythology is fascinating and a miscellany of multiple dimensions. Sometime, she is represented as Parvati or Uma, one of the most beautiful and tranquil image of Mother Goddesses and on the other hand she is furious, grotesque looking, when appears as Kali. She is Annapurna, the giver of food and nourishment; she is Shitala, the Goddess of small pox. She is indeed many-sided and sometime with multiple eyes and faces. She is Adi or the beginning and at the same time Antya or the end. Sage Markandaya explains her as the creator of the world in Devi Mahatmya (a Shakta text, written between 400-600 CE).
She is the consort of Lord Shiva and also the Maya, who wakes up Lord Vishnu from yoga nidra to kill the demons Madhu and Kaitabha. She is Mahamaya, who creates herself from the amalgam of Gods' Shaktis. She is Devi Durga, Mahisasuramardini.
Let us hear the hymn (stuti) compiled by Markandeya which is recited by the Rishis in praise of the Devi after she killed the Mahishasura demon. 'It is in your nature to destroy the evil beings. Your bravery is for annihilating such enemies. It is difficult to compare your courage with any similar power. Your beauty is pleasing as well as the cause of instilling fear among the enemy. Your consciousness contains mercy as well as cruelty which is not known anywhere else. By destroying the enemy you protect the three worlds.' She is the one who also defeats two asuras, Sumbha and Nisumbha. Whenever the evil forces come into the prominence, she appears and reestablishes the positive spirit by demolishing the wicked. In these auspicious nine days of Navaratri, Devi Durga is worshipped as Shailapuri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri. These Nav Durgas, define empowerment and it is surely a celebration of the glory of Devi Shakti.
We, the entire team of Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum & N. C. Mehta Gallery wishs you all the very happy and prosperous Navaratri.
Key words : Devi Shakti, Navaratri, Devi, Durrga, Fastival India, LDM, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, L.D. Museum
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