Posted on: 24 May 2014

Durga on a lion confronting a demon, by the artist Punch, opaque watercolour on paper, Kashmir, ca. 1750

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...Is she carrying a spine and ribs?

De circonstance .....!

Maria Elizabeth Packman What??? Spine and Ribs? Durga, the Mother Goddess, is the feminine half the Divine Cosmic Energy. In Hindu mythology, and Her images in stone carvings depict a 8-armed female with the following accouterments: A string of beads, battle axe, ace, arrow, thunderbolt, lotus, bow, water pot, cudgel, lance, sword, shield, conch, bell, wine cup, trident, noose and the discus, sudarśana. The Viśņudharmottara Purana says (115/17-19) Depiction of the Mother Goddess is with eight arms, carrying aforementioned signature accessories, is the most commonly idol seen at the present-day Durgā temples. शक्ति बाणं तथा शूलं खड़्गं चक्रं च दक्षिणे I चन्द्रबिम्बमधो वामे खेटमूर्ध्वं कपालकम् II शूलं चक्रञ्च विभ्राणा सिंहारूढ़ञ्च दिग्भुजा I एषा देवी समुद्दिष्टा दुर्गापहारिणी तथा II