When the Gods forget how to slay demons and call on the universe to aid them in their task, who do you think the universe sends to help them destroy evil and wrong doing unmask? The Goddess Durga, riding towards the darkness on a tiger, countless weapons in her arms, her daughter is the one the universe trusts to protect her against all odds. Because on one hand she wipes out evil, on the other she nurtures good better than any God. In the end, even the universe knows that it is her daughter she should trust to protect her from ignorance, from darkness, from every downfall. And what does the birth of Durga, fully formed, ready to fight demons say about you? You were born to take on monsters. You were born to eat the darkness that tries to absorb you.
—  Nikita Gill, Ma Durga
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          navratri, also known as devi navratri is a nine day (nav: nine, ratri: night) holiday celebrated by hindus that commemorates mahadevi in all her forms. celebrations of the holiday vary depending on region.
          in telangana the first three days commemorate durga (parvati), the next three days commemorate lakshmi, and the last three commemorate saraswati. the last day is known as dasara or vijayadasami, on which elaborate floral arrangements called bathukamma are created to commemorate the tridevi.

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@mythologicalnet‘s creation event: indian mythology
Durga was brought into existence to vanquish a great demon, each god and goddess forming a part of her body. She protects humanity from evil and misery with her many weapons. Her tiger mount demonstrates her power, and her conch shell symbolizes her ultimate victory over evil.

Ashadha Navratri

June 24th 2017 marks the start of summer Navratri. I’m posting Navadurga Storam in praise of the nine forms of Mother Durga worshiped on each of the nine nights.

वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्।
वृषारूढाम् शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम्॥१॥

vande vāñchitalābhāya candrārdhakṛtaśekharāṃ| vṛṣārūḍhāṃ śūladharāṃ śailaputrī yaśasvinīm ||

Salutations to the renowned śailaputrī, the daughter of inspiration, fulfiller of goals, holding the crescent moon on Her head, riding a bull and holding a trident.

दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमाला कमण्डलू।
देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥२॥

dadhānā karapadmābhyāmakṣamālā kamaṇḍalū | devī prasīdatu mayi brahmacāriṇyanuttamā ||

May the supreme Brahmachārini, Goddess of sacred study, who holds a rosary and holy water pot, the great Goddess, be propitious to me.

पिण्डजप्रवरारूढा चन्दकोपास्त्रकैर्युता।
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यम् चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता॥३॥

piṇḍajapravarārūḍhā candakopāstrakairyutā | prasādaṃ tanute mahyaṃ candraghaṇṭeti viśrutā ||

May that Goddess, riding a tiger, fierce and ready for battle, renowned as Chandraghanta-the tone of devotion, bestow Her mercy on me.

॥देवी कूष्माण्डा॥
सुरासम्पूर्णकलशम् रुधिराप्लुतमेव च।
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्याम् कूष्माण्डा शुभदास्तु मे॥४॥

surāsampūrṇakalaśaṃ rudhirāplutameva ca | dadhānā hastapadmābhyāṃ kūṣmāṇḍā śubhadāstu me ||

May kūṣmāṇḍā the Mother of purity, who holds a pot full of blood red wine in Her lotus hands, the creator of the universe, bestow auspiciousness on me.

॥देवी स्कन्दमाता॥
सिंहासनगता नित्यम् पद्माश्रितकरद्वया।
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी॥५॥

siṃhāsanagatā nityaṃ padmāśritakaradvayā | śubhadāstu sadā devī skandamātā yaśasvinī ||

May the renowned Skandamātā, the Mother of divinity, on the seat of a lion, eternal, holding lotus blossom in Her hands, bestow auspiciousness on me.

॥देवी कात्यायनी॥
चन्द्रहासोज्ज्वलकरा शार्दूलवरवाहना।
कात्यायनी शुभं दद्यादेवि दानवघातिनी॥६॥

candrahāsojjvalakarā śārdūlavaravāhanā |
kātyāyanī śubhaṃ dadyādevī dānavaghātinī ||

May the ever vigilant Kātyāyanī, who holds a shining sword, riding a majestic lion, destroyer of the wicked, bestow auspiciousness on me.

एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता।
लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलभ्यक्तशरीरिणी॥
वामपादोल्लसल्लोहलताकण्टकभूषणा।
वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयङ्करी॥७॥

ekaveṇī japākarṇapūra nagnā kharāsthitā |
lamboṣṭhī karṇikākarṇī tailābhyaktaśarīriṇī || vāmapādollasallohalatākaṇṭakabhūṣaṇā | vardhanamūrdhvajā kṛṣṇā kālarātrirbhayaṅkarī ||

Kālarātri-the dark night, is black and naked except for her ear-ornaments on her large ears. Her lips hang open, Her body is covered in oil, and she sits on a donkey. She has a single braid (of mourning) in Her hair. We pray for her to destroy the darkeness in our minds. She holds an iron scimitar in Her upper left hand and a lightening bolt in her lower left hand. Her other hands are granting blessings and protection.


श्र्वेते वृषे समारूढा श्र्वेताम्बरधरा शुचि:।
महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्महादेवप्रमोददा॥८॥

śvete vṛṣe samārūḍhā śvetāmbaradharā śuciḥ | mahāgaurī śubhaṃ dadyānmahādevapramodadā ||

May Mahagauri, the great illuminator, who rides a white bull, wears spotless white clothes, the ever pure, source of pleasure to Lord Shiva, bestow auspiciousness on me.

सिद्धगन्धर्वयक्षाद्यैरसुरैरमरैरपि।
सेव्यमाना सदा भूयात् सिद्धिदा सिद्धिदायिनी॥९॥

siddhagandharvayakṣādyairasurairamarairapi | sevyamānā sadā bhūyāt siddhidā siddhidāyinī ||

May the ever perfect Siddhidātrī, who is worshipped by the perfected, heavenly hosts, spirits, demons and Gods alike grant me perfection.