Durga represents the Divine Mother. She is the energy aspect of the Lord.
Without Durga, Shiva has no expression and without Shiva, Durga has no
existence. Shiva is the soul of Durga; Durga is identical with Shiva. Lord
Shiva is only the silent witness. He is motionless, absolutely changeless. He
is not affected by the cosmic play. It is Durga who does everything.
Shakti is the omnipotent power of the Lord, or the Cosmic Energy. The
Divine Mother is represented as having ten different weapons in Her hands. She
sits on a lion. She keeps up the play of the Lord through the three attributes
of Nature, namely, Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas. Knowledge, peace, lust, anger,
greed, egoism and pride, are all Her forms.
Goddess Durga is a form of Sakti worshiped for her gracious as well as
terrifying aspect. Mother of the Universe, she represents the infinite power
of the universe and is a symbol of a female dynamism. The manifestation of
Goddess Durga is said to emerge from Her formless essence and the two are
She is also called by many other names, such as Parvati, Ambika, and Kali. In
the form of Parvati, She is known as the divine spouse of Lord Shiva and is
the mother of Her two sons, Ganesha and Karttikeya, and daughter Jyoti.
Destroyer of demons, she is worshiped during an annual festival called Durga
The Mother's Grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable; Her knowledge
infinite; Her power immeasurable; Her glory ineffable; and Her splendour
indescribable. She gives you material prosperity as well as spiritual freedom.
Approach Her with an open heart. Lay bare your heart to Her with frankness
and humility. Be as simple as a child. Kill ruthlessly the enemies of egoism,
cunningness, selfishness and contortion. Make a total, unreserved, and
ungrudging self-surrender to Her. Sing Her praise. Repeat Her Name. Worship
Her with faith and unflinching devotion. Perform special worship on the
Navaratri days. Navaratri is the most suitable occasion for doing intense
spiritual practices. These nine days are very sacred to the Divine Mother.
Plunge yourself in Her worship. Practise intense repetition of the Divine
Name, having a regular "quota" of repetitions per day, and the number of hours
spent on it.
Sri Rama worshipped Durga at the time of the fight with Ravana, to invoke
Her aid in the war. This was on the days preceding the Vijaya Dasami day. He
fought and won through Her Grace.