Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Arunachala Darshan 27

The Divine Mother Maha Durga Darshan of Arunachala

Durga is one of the more benign manifestations of the Divine Mother. She represents the powerhouse of Pure Energy Who manifests Herself for the protection of Her devotees.

She is the Queen of the Relative and hence Her nod is required if a soul wants to transmigrate the Oean of Phenomenal Existence. She is worshipped in every household as the symbol of magnificent energy which defeats all foes and converts all endeavors to victory.

She is the ' Mother' of Sri Ramakrishna. She is the refuge for the weak and the strong. She is the Ative Energy who was born and underwent penance near Arunachala.

The story goes like this that Goddess Gowri once playfully closes all the three eyes of Lord Shiva. This act of Her's is followed by a great armageddon in the entire universe for Shiva's eyes are the light of the universe. To redeem herself from this sin, the Goddess is born as Gowri and undergoes austerities in Kanchipuram and Arunachala in Sage Gautama's ashram.

Finally at the end of the austerities She assumes the form of Durga or the Invincible One for slaying of the demon Mahishasura who bouyed by a boon from Brahma would be tormenting the entire cosmos. Once She slays the demon by assuming the form of Mahishasura Mardhini, the killer of demon Mahishasura, the Goddess is reunited with Shiva as Arunachala.

The Victorious Durga

The mount of the Goddess is the Lion and she is ten armed with various weapons gifted t her by the gods.

She is the Absolute Brahman in relative form.

And this is the darshan of Arunachala as Maha Durga.

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