Durga, the Warrior Goddess, Dispeller of Darkness

 

Giclee print Original: Gouache, mineral paints, and 24 carat gold on Linen     approx 10×13”     2014     

There is a Hindu legend that goes like this: a long time ago, there was a demon loose in the world. None of the gods could conquor this demon, and so they got together to create a creature that would have all of their attributes and fighting skills to set it on the demon. They created Durga, and gave her all of their weaponry, and she destroyed the demon.

Devotees of Durga invoke her for protection against negative psychic forces, entities from the lower realms, gossip and maliciousness, be it from others or from our own dark side. She is red, the color of the first chakra, which theme is about survival. She has many incarnations over the centuries and cultures of time: Kali, Bhagvati, Ambika, Lalita, Gauri, Kandalini, Jara, and more. She rides a tiger or lion, that shows she has courage. It also means she has mastered her own power will and determination, so that they have become tools for growth rather than self-serving.

She is celebrated in a festival called Navrati which starts on the 11th moon day of the month of September and lasts for 9 nights and 10 days. It is one of the most popular in India.