Durga - Miniature Brass Figurine

Durga, also known as Shakti or Devi, is the protective mother of the universe, a protector of all that is good and harmonious in the world. In Sanskrit, Durga means "a fort" or "a place that is difficult to overrun," an apt metaphor for this deity's protective nature. Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which literally translates into "the one who eliminates sufferings." Durga is frequently depicted standing atop or riding a tiger or lion, which represents power, will, and determination. In riding this fearsome beast, Durga symbolizes her mastery over all these qualities. Her bold pose is called Abhay Mudra, which means "freedom from fear." 

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