Goddess Durga’s image symbolizes power and divinity as well as compassion for her devotees. Her ten arms symbolizes that she protects her devotees from all directions. In some of her forms Goddess is depicted with three eyes, the third being placed in the center of the forehead. The three eyes represent the moon, sun and the third, fire.
Maa Durga is popularly seen holding different weapons in her ten hands along with a lotus flower and conch. Each of the weapons holds special significance. The trishul or trident is symbolic of the three human qualities – Satwa (Inactivity or the ideal state of mind characterized by awareness and purity of thought), Rajas (activity or energy associated with desires, wishes and ambitions) and Tamas (lethargy and stress). In order to attain peace and happiness, there needs to be balance between these three qualities.
The discus or ‘Sudarshana chakra’, which spins around the Goddess’s index finger, denotes that the whole world spins around her and she is commander of all that is happening. These weapons can also be used to destroy evil.
Goddess Durga also holds a sword in her hand, signifying knowledge, as sharp as the blade of the sword that is free from all doubts, depicted by the sheen of the metal sword. The bow and arrows held by the Goddess symbolize energy, both potential (bow) and arrow (kinetic).
The thunderbolt in her hand symbolizes firmness, like that required in convictions. This conveys to the devotees that they need to attack their fears and challenge it with a firmness that is unyielding and full of confidence.
Besides these weapons, the Goddess also holds a conch and lotus flower in her hands. The conch emanated the sound of ‘Om’, the Sound of God which should be the dominant sound at all times. The lotus bud in her hand means that the out of the world of murkiness emerges the truth of life and that her devotees can achieve spiritual awareness amidst all the sins and evils surrounding them.
The ultimate message that Goddess Durga gives her devotees is that armed with the force of righteousness, we can achieve the victory of all the demonic forces inside us and reach spiritual heights to become one with God.
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abmdsudi (36294) 2013-09-09 22:52
Great close up work achieving something artistic photographically with portion of the whole goddess's many hands and the stinging red and yellow extremely work a treat here. It's finely detail shot, neat and razor sharp rendering an extremely appealing effect. A fine effort and very well done, Congrats.
Romano46 (15574) 2013-09-10 11:58
i miei complimenti per questa eccellente composizione alla quale concorrono forme e colore fuse in maniera perfetta.
Anche la stessa cornice nera permette di esaltare il soggetto con il gradevole contrasto con i colori della foto, quasi a diventare complemento della stessa.
Al bel soggetto e alla cura della composizione si somma anche un eccellente cura del dettaglio che si può rilevare dalla bella illuminazione diffusa e dosata con molta cura e dalla nitidezza eccellente.
Bravissimo. Un lavoro straordinariamente bello.
Ciao e buona serata
PiotrF (2382) 2013-09-10 13:19
Interesting and creative frame. Very nice colors. Nice composition.
Thank you very much for you interesting notes
dkmurphys (44595) 2013-09-11 7:10
Spectacular detail, you had quite an original idea. Great work!
Raz13 (137) 2013-09-11 16:12
Another colourful and clear shot. Very well framed. The information you provided was very useful.
jhm (131812) 2013-09-13 3:54
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
Also your picture shows something specially with these hands.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well picture, pleasant to look at.
lousat (68539) 2013-09-14 1:41
A very original capture looking fot the minimalistic details,birght colors and perfect exposure,it's nice to see something of different on TE,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano