Durga is one of the forms taken by Parvati, Shiva's wife, in her destructive form. She symbolizes the feminine form of the absolute but also power.
From time immemorial, Mahishasura, the buffalo demon, thanks to many austerities, gained great strength and Brahma granted him, not immortality but the privilege of being killed only by a woman. Conceited and become an invincible giant, Mahishasura fought and defeated the Gods who had to call upon Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu: from their anger emerged Durga, of perfect beauty and endowed with all the powers personified by her many arms and weapons provided by the gods. Helped by Kali, She easily defeated Mahishasura's army and cut off his head after an epic battle.
This statuette of Durga symbolizes power - victory over disorder, protection.
Standing, represented from the front, Durga puts down the buffalo dragon which she crushes with her left leg and pierces with her trident.
Her peaceful face: no fury in Her features, Durga always appears beautiful, at peace, serene.
Durga is here represented with eight arms endowed with 8 weapons provided by the gods:
From the left
The conch (the primordial sound) given by Vayu, god of the Wind
The mass (force) given by Vishakarman: the craftsman of the gods
The rosary (knowledge) given by Brahma
To the right
The wheel or the disc (the sun-light) given by Vishnou
The lance (power) given by Kumara, the god of war, Lord of the divine armies
The sword given by Yama, Lord of death
The trident provided by Shiva
The weapons, numerous and diverse, indicate that to triumph over an ultimate threat, many qualities must be combined, both physical (strength,...) and spiritual.
The tiara-shaped crown (Kiritamukuta) - symbol of royalty - covers her long hair gathered in a bun.
Her almost nakedness accentuates the impression of beauty and unreachable strength.
Many jewelry which enhances her goddess port.
The lion (also called a tiger). Damon: symbol of strength, courage, determination.