Sri Durga is a fierce warrior goddess that represents the divine power in this universe. She is also the mother in this entire world and was praised by kings and lords and all the living beings in this world.
The consort of Lord Shiva, the Goddess is venerated in multiple forms corresponding to Her two aspects — fierceness and benevolence.
At the same time, The Divine Mother is also regarded as the mother of Lord Ganesha (the Hindu deity in a human form but with the head of an elephant) and Lord Kartikeya and is thus seen as the demon-fighting form of Lord Shiva’s wife, Goddess Parvati.
It is said that Goddess Durga emerged from the collective energies of all the gods, including Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma, to vanquish the demon Mahishasura who could not be defeated by any man or god.
In Sanskrit, the word Durga represents “One who is incomprehensible or difficult to reach.” Durga also translates as ”hill” or ”a very difficult task,” which is frequently described as mountainous.
The Divine Mother had many avatars for the goodness and the welfare of humanity but among all, devotees worship 9 avatars mainly, called the Navadurgas.
They are mostly worshiped during the Navratri, a Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Durga which starts in the mid of October every year.
The Goddess is portrayed in Hindu traditional art as riding on a tiger or a lion, brandishing numerous weapons and attacking the buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Furthermore, the Goddess is illustrated with many hands – one with a sword, one with a noose, one with a scripture, one with a lotus (representing the certainty of success but not finality). She represents multifaceted skill in action and the capabilities to surmount all hindrances.
”Aum Girijaayai Cha Vidmahe
Shiva Priyaayai Dhimahee
Thanno Durga Prachodayath.”
The Meaning Of Durga Gayatri Mantra:
”Om, Let me meditate on the goddess who is the daughter of Kathyayana,
Oh, maiden Goddess, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess Durga illuminate my mind.”
The Benefits Of Chanting The Mantra:
By reciting this mantra daily, one will become courageous, brave, full of optimism, confident, and victorious.
Mantra is a sacred utterance of sound, word, or short phrase that has spiritual and psychological influence.
Chanting mantras also helps in clearing the negative energy in your mind and body. According to recent research, chanting mantras creates more endorphins in your body, therefore, it helps to create a better mood.
Additionally, chanting mantras regulates the hypothalamus of the brain – the control center of emotions.