A Durga Puja 2016 Special Photo Story

 

Durga Puja 2016

Durga Puja 2016 – Photo Courtesy Oindrila Bhol

 

A Durga Puja 2016 Special Photo Story

 

Ya Devi Sarva Bhutessu Shakti Ruupenna Samsthitaa,

Namas Tasyai, Namas Tasyai, Namas Tasyai, Namo Namah!

 

The goddess is here…she walks among us…as per Bengali custom it is said that at this time of the year the great mother along with her children returns to her mother’s home to spend a few days. Thus there is this family like connection with her as she is a daughter/sister rather than a powerful being who is held in awe. Thus the great joy in her arrival and the palpable heart break on her departure.  She is a part of everyone’s family…she is part of every person…she is a part of every woman. Durga is seen as a nurture and a destroyer of evil. She was given 9 weapons (in some scriptures there is a mention of 10) and with them she removes the obstacles from the path of humans and takes them to enlightenment. This photo story is about her weapons…an interpretation if you will of their significance and meaning…

 

Trishul/Trident

 

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The goddess is here…

 

The trishul or trident is associated with power…a symbol of the goddesses power. Given to her by Lord Shiva, the destroyer, this symbol strikes fear in the heart of evil as well as brings a measure of reassurance for the sufferer. Her presence is declared with its appearance and the great mother helps to guide the lost to a path of enlightenment. The three points are said to represent three qualities of a human – Tamas (lethargy), Rajas (desire) and Sattva (purity). It is said that the goddess will eliminate  all types of misery whether it is physical, mental or spiritual. The trident also represent courage…it represents the courage that one needs to have within them to eliminate all evil from their life and face life head on.

 

Gadda/Mace/Club

 

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Surrendering to her…

 

The gadda or club is also symbolic of Hanuman or the Monkey God. It destroys the power of the enemy. It calls for the devotees to show their love, devotion and loyalty to the goddess…to put it simply it asks a person to place their trust in the divine, surrender their misgivings and accept the will of the higher power…

 

Thunderbolt

 

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The goddess empowers me…

 

The thunderbolt is a symbol of empowerment and firmness. It calls for the devotee to stand by their convictions…to not let anything affect them. They need to exhibit strength of belief in themselves so that they can take challenges head on and not let themselves be affected in any manner. The devi wants her devotees to be like the thunderbolt…destroying obstacles in their path and striking (achieving) their objective with precision. She calls for them to exhibit solidarity of purpose so that they can achieve the ultimate goal of their life.

 

Kamal/Lotus

 

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Knowledge is power…

 

The goddess holds a half blossomed lotus in her hand symbolizing the continuous growth or evolution of a human being. How the lotus blooms among the mud the devotees too need to grow and evolve in this world filled with greed and lust so that they can achieve moksha. Lotus is also symbolic of knowledge in Hindu culture and what better way to grow than to educate oneself…to read books…to discover…to open your mind to a world of knowledge.

 

Conch/Shell

 

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Banishing the evil…

 

It is said that the conch emits the “OM” sound by which the universe was created. In mythology its sound is often used to declare the start and end of a battle. A lot of Bengali households till date play the conch in the evenings to signal the setting of darkness and to keep the negative energy at bay. The purity of its sound strikes fear in the heart of evil and gives strength to the good…

 

Bow and Arrow

 

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All hail the great mother…

 

The bow and arrow represent energy and it indicates that the goddess is the controller of all the energy of the universe. She will destroy all the difficulties that her devotees face…they need to only ask for her blessings and the great goddess will ensure that the hindrances from their path are removed and they are successful in every sphere of their lives…

 

Discus/Chakra/Sudarshan Chakra

 

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The goddess is the center of the universe…

 

The Sudarshan Chakra is symbolic of Vishnu the preserver of the universe. It is a representation of dharma and righteousness…it calls for the devotees to perform the duties/responsibilities of their life truthfully. It also symbolizes that the goddess is the center of all creation and the universe bends to her will. She uses this weapon to destroy all evil and to guide her devotees to the path of righteousness…

 

Sword

 

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Pen is mightier that the sword

 

The sword represents the intellect and knowledge with its shine representing the freedom from doubts. The goddess bestows knowledge upon her devotees so that they overcome ignorance and are set free from the karmic entanglements of this world. She helps them to recognize their shortcomings to that they can become they best that they can be. Knowledge is the most powerful weapon…

 

Flame

 

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Let the flame burn bright

 

The flame is known as the destroyer but in Hindu beliefs it is also used to purify…it burns away all that is evil and negative so that a purer energy can emerge. The goddess’s flame also represents wisdom and knowledge that one needs to posses in order to realize worldly benefits as well as spiritual enlightenment.

 

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Becoming the goddess…

 

One needs to only look within to find her…she resides in every woman. She is present in the strength of a mother, the devotion of a daughter and the loyalty of a wife. When the time comes and the goddess is sent on her way, back to her husband’s home among much pomp and ceremony but with hearts filled in grief. But does she truly leave? No she resides in our hearts…she is a part of our strength…she lends us her courage so that we may defeat all the oppression and difficulties we face. She is the divine feminine energy…the creator of the universe…its nurturer and if need be its destroyer. All hail the great goddess Durga…the one who is part of every woman…the one who is present in you and in me…

 

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She resides within…

 

Conceptualized by – Anindita Sarbadhicari & Shikha Agarwal

Photography by – Oindrila Bhol

 

Shikha Agarwal

Hey there! My name is Shikha and I'm an IT consultant by profession. I have created this space to share my creativity as an upcoming performance artist and also as a fashion/lifestyle blogger. I have an alternate blog called Sorelle Grapevine which talks about all things related to beauty, makeup, fashion, lifestyle and travel.

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