Thursday, October 6, 2016
Mahalaya heralds the advent of goddess Durga. This time the gods, in their eternal struggle against the demons asuras do not make it. Powerful weapons, bloody battles, ingenious stratagems fail to eliminate the powerful buffalo Mahisha and his endless hordes of wild warriors.
Only the sum of their energies and their guns will be concentrated in one prevail against Mahisha. Here comes Durga, the most powerful, ruthless, cruel deity of Hinduism along with Kali that according to some tradition was born out of a brow of Durga. Shiva gift own Trishula, Vishnu chakra, Agni the fire arrow, Vayu a bow, Indra the thunder, Kubera the bat, Yama the spear. For this Durga has many arms, up to thirty-two. His vahana, the vehicle used to move, is the tiger, lion and more often this is also known as Simhavahini where simha is lion.
Durga is beautiful and is not like other female deities the shakti that is the energy of a particular god, but it is the sum of the energies of all the gods. Durga has no spouse, even if the various traditions now try to associate it to a god time to another. well armed Durga is launched against the Buffalo hits, but he turns into a lion, again the hits and he turns into an elephant and catching with its proboscis.
The goddess then the net with a shot off the proboscis and Mahisha turns again in buffalo, the goddess - reinforced by strong drink soma hits to death the monster and eventually comes out of the mouth of the buffalo demon in his human form. A huge and powerful warrior armed with a sword. Durga not intimidate you and hits Mahisha in the heart with a trident, the Trishula of Shiva.
It was the tenth day of fighting and Durga had finally killed Mahisha, so it is also called Mahishasuramardini, the one who killed Mahisha and that day is considered to be dedicated to her, is the Vijaya Dashami. Goddess is worshiped throughout India especially during the festivals of Durga Puja. For her combative nature and winning was also taken as a symbol of independent and free.