Hinduism: Image of Durga on Her Tiger

Hinduism: Image of Durga on Her Tiger

In Hinduism, Durga (meaning “the inaccessible” or “the invincible”; “one who can redeem in situations of utmost distress” is a form of Devi, the supremely radiant goddess, depicted as having eighteen arms, riding a lion or a tiger, carrying weapons and a lotus flower, maintaining a meditative smile, and practicing mudras, or symbolic hand gestures.[citation needed] The name is made of Sanskrit dur- = “with difficulty” and gā = come, go.

For Shaktas the eternal virgin Durga is Adi Shakti (the original power), Adi Maya(the original illusion caster) and the material manifestation of the Brahman (Supreme Absolute Godhead)

An embodiment of creative feminine force (Shakti), Durga exists in a state of svātantrya (independence from the universe and anything / anybody else, i.e., self-sufficiency) and fierce compassion.Durga manifests fearlessness and patience, and never loses her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion.

At the Durga Puja festival, Durga is shown as the mother of Ganesha, Kartikeya, Lakshmi and Saraswati