Durga - the goddess of power and strength
, is perhaps the most important goddess of the Hindus. She is a multi-dimensional Goddess, with many names, many personas, and many facets. As Mahishasuramardini or Shakti
, she is the destroyer of evil - with her ten mighty arms carrying lethal weapons she triumphantly slays the demon Mahishasura.
Durga, through all her forms, encompasses the essence of salvation
. She is the mother of bounty and wealth, as also of beauty and knowledge. She is the embodiement of purity, knowledge, truth and self-realization
. The highest form of truth present in any being or Jiva is known as "Aatman" or supreme consciousness. This supreme consciousness or the absolute soul is infinite, birthless, deathless, beyond time and space, and beyond the law of causation. Goddess Durga is the inherent dynamic energy through which this supreme consciousness manifests itself.Goddess Durga Gayathri :
Om Kaatyaayanaya Cha Vidhmahe
Thanna Devi Prachodayath
Goddess Durga - Thanjavur Paintings are made on canvases (wooden plank with layer of cloth). The cloth is then evenly coated with a paste of limestone and a binding medium and let to dry. The artist then draws a detailed sketch of the painting on the canvas. A paste, made of limestone and a binding medium, is used to create 3D effect in embellishing and ornamenting the theme using a brush. Gold leaves and gems of varied hues are used in selected areas like pillars, arches, thrones, dresses, etc. The shine and glean of the gold leaves used by the Thanjavur style paintings last forever. Finally, colours are applied on the sketch. Standard wooden frame is used to house the paintings.
Beautiful paintings of Goddess Durga can be kept in the Pooja room for prayers and can also be given as a gift for Navarathri festival.