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Goddess Durga Punishing the Demon

Parvati (a.k.a, Uma, Durga, Kali  and a number of other names), Lord Shiva's wife is often described by texts and sculptures as the ferocious Durga, typically characterized by  twelve weapons:

  • Sword (Khadga)
  • Trident (Trishula)
  • Thunderdisc (Chakra)
  • Arrow (Tir)
  • Javelin (Bharji)
  • Club (Khitaka)
  • Bow (Dhanush)
  • Noose (Pasha)
  • Goad (Ankush)
  • Shield (Sipar)
  • Axe (Parashu)

Goddess Parvati is glorified in Indian literature and sculptures as being beautiful, as a mediator in the conflicts of heaven, as a daughter of the Great Himalayan Mountains, and a sister of the sacred river Ganga (the Ganges).

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