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Durga Puja – Dussehra

Durga as Mahisasura mardini from Badami by Arun Shanbhag

Most compassionate and beautiful,
Yet relentless in battle against evil,
Devi!
Shower us with your grace!

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Durga as Mahisasura-mardini, Cave Temples of Badami (6th century).


See Durga Stotram (Ode to Durga Devi) from my book Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms


Other Durga Devi / Dassara Posts:

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  2. […] from the 6th century. Cave one was dedicated to Shiva as the impressive Nataraja; and Devi as Mahisasuramardini. Cave two honors Vishnu and his avataars Varaha and […]

  3. […] Dassara 2005 Notes excerpted from my book, Prarthana: A Book of Hindu Psalms; © Arun Shanbhag 2007 Durga Devi Devi, Goddess, is the oldest Hindu deity. Clay figurines from the 6th and 5th millennium BCE, attests to her antiquity. Today, Devi is worshipped in all corners of India in various forms, such as Bhu Devi – the earth Goddess; the demure Parvati – beloved consort of Shiva; devoted Sita – Rama’s dearest; and Kali – the ruthless avenger. Durga is the ferocious manifestation of Devi and is revered for slaying the tyrannical buffalo demon Mahisasura, liberating heaven from his clutches and restoring order and discipline in the Universe. […]

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  5. […] in Northern Karnataka: Cave One is dedicated to Shiva as the impressive Nataraja; and Devi as Mahisasuramardini. Cave Two honors Vishnu and his avataars Varaha and Vamana. Cave Three is also dedicated to Vishnu, […]

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