|Goddess Durgha is a beloved figure in Hindu mythology who symbolizes
summoning the energy for protection against negative forces
The Goddess Parvati, another form of Maheshvari mentioned in a previous issue, appears in both gentle and fierce forms. Both Durgha and Kali (to be discussed in our next issue) represent the terrible aspects she manifested to fight demons and save the universe. According to Indian myth, “One of the most invoked forms of the Great Goddess Parvati is her manifestation as the youthful, multi-armed deity who successfully battles the mighty buffalo demon that symbolizes the elemental powers of brutish ignorance. In this incarnation she is referred to as Durgha, the ‘Unattainable’.The Great Goddess Durgha was born from the energies of the male divinities when the gods lost the long, drawn-our battle with the demons.” (Quotations are taken from www.exoticindia.com; photo are compliments of www.vishvarupa.com)
As the story goes, the energies of the gods united, throwing flames in all directions, from which a unique light emerged as a female form of overwhelming omnipotence. “The awesome three-eyed Goddess was adorned with the crescent moon. Her multiple arms held auspicious weapons and emblems, jewels and ornaments, garments and utensils, garlands and rosaries of beads, all offered by the gods. With her golden body blazing with the splendor of a thousand suns, seated on her lion or tiger vehicle, Durgha is one of the most spectacular of all personifications of Cosmic Energy.”
She manifested to combat the buffalo demon when the male gods had failed. Her victory against egoic forces bent on dominating and controlling the universe is said to be one of knowledge over ignorance and truth over falsehood. During the battle, the world shook, seas trembled, and she summoned the omnipotence to defeat the entire army of demons and their leader, the buffalo demon. After winning the battle, she simply disappeared, showing no expression of ego.
“Durga’s name literally means “Beyond Reach”. In the Ramayana, she appears when called by Rama to help him rescue Sita and defeat Ravana, ensuring the triumph of good over evil. It is believed that the Mother Goddess controls the fate of all. All her incarnations are spontaneous manifestations to help protect mankind.
For readers who enjoy sanskrit mantra, a mantra to invoke Durga’s protection is —