When was Goddess Durga born

In the middle stands the goddess Durga. The most important and common representation of Durga is her aspect as a mahishamardini. When the gods had been defeated by the demons after a hundred-year battle with the demons and their buffalo-shaped king Mahisha had appropriated Indra's position, the gods asked for help. The energies flowing from the mouths of the angry gods concentrated in the form of Durga. She accepted the weapons of the gods, defeated the host of demons and ultimately Mahisha herself. Durga is represented as Mahishamardini as a beautiful, golden-skinned woman riding a lion. In her ten hands she holds the weapons given by the gods.

To the right of goddess Durga is goddess Lakhsmi. In the Vedas, the forerunner of the Hindu Lakshmi as the lotus goddess Padma, the wife of Varunas or Suryas (sun god). In the respective incarnations of Vishnu she is reborn as his consort. Lakshmi is portrayed as a gold-colored goddess of the greatest beauty. Standing or sitting on a lotus, consistently bears the attributes Vishnu, lotus, shell (Shankha), club and wheel. Your companion animal is an owl.

To the right of the goddess Lakhsmi is Ganesha, the extremely popular son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is regarded as the god of wisdom, of learning, as well as the eliminator of obstacles. Ganesha wears an elephant's head because he can storm through the dangers like an elephant through the jungle. His mount, the rat, is also considered to be the remover of obstacles and a symbol of prudence. Ganesha's image can be found in most Hindu homes.

To the left of goddess Durga stands goddess Saraswati. Saraswati was the most important river goddess in Vedic times and was later identified with the feminine principle of the creator god Prajapati. Saraswati is the goddess of art, wisdom, science, the mother of the Vedas and inventor of the Sanskrit language. Saraswati is depicted as a young, beautiful woman, standing or sitting on a lotus or her mount, playing a vina with two hands. The swan is the riding or companion animal.

To the left of the goddess Saraswati stands Kartikeya. Shiva's and Parvatis (Durga) younger son is the god of war Kartikeya. He was born to kill the demon Taraka and is the leader of the army of gods and protective genius of the planet Mars. Kartikeya is depicted as a youth with two or four arms and the most common attributes are: war flag, trident, arrow, bow, etc. The peacock is a riding or companion animal.

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