Goddess Durga is the revered deity of Hindus. She is known for bestowing her devotees with courage, luck, knowledge, and intelligence in abundance. As a matter of fact, an entire festival of nine days is entirely dedicated to Maa Durga and her incarnations. It is believed that the almighty was created by Lord Vishnu as a warrior to protect people from the evil intentions of the demon Mahishasur. Moreover, Durga is known to be a unified version of goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali. Thus, the energy emitted by every Durga painting and artefact is highly positive and celestial. She is also known as the best depiction of the power of a woman till now. Hence, believers of Goddess Durga never think twice before buying any Durga painting.
Nevertheless, there are a few major elements which are present in each and every devotional Durga painting. These elements have different connotations and knowing them is a must for every art enthusiast and theist. So, let’s have a look at them.
- Chakra- It symbolizes righteousness. The goddess has a Chakra in her right hand indicating all of us to perform all our duties responsibly and righteously.
- Conch- The conch shell in the upper left hand disseminates happiness and positivity. It tells us to live our lives peacefully and spread happiness wherever we go. In addition to this, it also tells us to not to resent from doing any task.
- Lotus- Lotus in her lower left-hand throws light on two aspects- detachment and goodness. A lotus flower blooms in dirt but still remains unaffected by the dirt. Just like the flower, one should learn the art of staying noble even if people surrounding him are not. Moreover, one should remain detached from the worldly entices and negative energies. The only way to get the blessings of the Goddess is by practicing both these aspects.
- Sword- She holds the sword in her lower right hand which she uses to kill the evil-headed. It teaches us to stand firm against the evil practices and individuals around us. Besides, we should also work on eradicating our bad habits.
- Trident- Trident is known in Hindi as ‘Trishul’. The goddess holds the trident in her hands as a symbol of courage. She holds it to remind her believers the power of being courageous and brave regardless of the situation.
The aforementioned points are just a stone throw in the sea of elements present in the paintings of Durga. Besides, Durga artworks not just have an implied meaning to each of the elements but there are various postures as well. These postures have different meanings too. So, keep coming back to us to know about the implied meaning of various mudras. We might discuss them in our upcoming posts.
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