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Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 October 2013, 01:08:08 PM
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Chandra Ghanta: The third facet of Goddess Durga is ‘Chandraghanta’, who is worshipped on the third day of Navaratri, for peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. She has a ‘chandra’ or half moon in her forehead in the shape of a ‘ghanta’ or
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Siddhidatri: Siddhidatri is the ninth form of Goddess. She is worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Siddhidatri has supernatural healing powers. She has four arms and she is always in a blissful happy enchanting pose. She rides on the lion as her vehi
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Maha Gauri: She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. Her power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. As a result of her worship, all sins of past, present and future get washed away and devotees get purified in all aspects of life. Maha Gauri is i
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Kaal Ratri: This is the seventh form of Mother Durga and is worshipped on the seventh day of Navaratri. She has a dark complexion, disheveled hair and a fearlessness posture. A necklace flashing lightning adorns her neck. She has three eyes that shine bri
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Katyayani: The sixth form of Mother Durga is known as ‘Katyayani’, who is worshipped on the six day of Navaratri.
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Skanda Mata: The fifth aspect of the Mother Durga is known as ‘Skanda Mata’ - the mother of Skanda or Lord Kartikeya, who was chosen by gods as their commander in chief in the war against the demons. She is worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri.
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Kushmanda: Kushmanda is the fourth form of the mother goddess and is worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri. The meaning of the name ‘Ku-shm-anda’ is as follows: ‘Ku’ = a little; ‘ushma’ = ‘warmth’; ‘anda’ = ‘the cosmic egg’. So
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Bharmacharini: She is worshipped on the second day of Navaratri and is the second form of Mother Goddess. Bharmacharini means one who practices devout austerity. She holds a rosary in her right hand and a water utensil in her left hand.
Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

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Shailaputri: Shailaputri means the daughter of the mountains. The embodiment of the power of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, she rides a bull and carries a trident and a lotus in her two hands.