About Goddess Durga
Durga, in Sanskrit means "She who is incomprehensible or difficult
to reach." Goddess Durga is a form of Sakti worshiped for her gracious as well as terrifying aspect. Mother of the Universe,
she represents the infinite power of the universe and is a symbol of a female dynamism. The manifestation of Goddess Durga
is said to emerge from Her formless essence and the two are inseparable.
is also called by many other names, such as Parvati, Ambika, and Kali. In the form of Parvati, She is known as the divine
spouse of Lord Shiva and is the mother of Her two sons, Ganesha and Karttikeya, and daughter Jyoti. Destroyer of demons, she
is worshiped during an annual festival called Durga puja, especially popular among Bengalis.
There are endless aspects of Durga described in the Puranas and Agamas and the iconography is consequently
very varied. She is usually pictured as having ten arms holding Sword, Conch, Discus, Rosary, Bell, Winecup, Shielf, Bow,
Arrow, and Spear. She is most often shown riding a lion from which comes Her august name, Simhavahini, "She who stands astride
the king of beasts". She is gorgeously dressed in royal red cloth and has several ornaments decorating Her personage. Her
hair is dressed up in a crown (karandamukuta) which then flows out in long luxuriant tresses that are darkly luminous and
soothing to the eye. The various tools reflects the eminent supremacy that helps in controling the universe and obey Her will.
Goddess Durga exists eternally, always abiding in her own sweet
nature and inhabits the hearts and minds of her ecstatic devotees. As Shakti power, she shapes, nurtures, and dissolves names
and forms, while as subtle spiritual energy called Kundalini, She lights the lotuses fo the seven centres of awareness in
the sacred human body. Goddess Durga killed the powerful demon Mahish and all his great commanders. When demonic forces create
imbalance all god unite becoming one divine force called Shakti or Durga.
BORO DEVI BARI COOCH BEHAR
Situated at Debibari of Cooch Behar Town. Idol of Goddess Durga is installed inside this temple which
has the influence of European architecture. Durga Puja at Debibari is of major attraction during Saradutsav.