Goddess Durga is almost here. Above all, the Bengalis are now gearing up for Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the year in Bengal. It certainly means that now the Bengalis will be busy pandal hopping, gorging sumptuous meals at Bengali restaurants. During this time, they prefer indulging in the essence of the Bengali tradition. Furthermore, it is also a time to look back into the traditions and understand the significance of Goddess Durga and her weapons.
Goddess Durga isn’t just the ideal daughter and the dutiful wife, but also who is kind to her devotees and ready to fight the demons for protecting them. Her ten arms are meant to protect all her devotees using the weapons to cover all the corners of the earth. The ten weapons that Goddess Durga holds are conch, lotus, discus, bow and arrow, thunderbolt, Trishul, mace, sword, snake, and flame have significant meanings. Consequently, each of the weapons has relevance with humanity, which also is relevant to Goddess Durga, Bengalis, and celebrating Durga Puja.
The Conch is the weapon which is a symbol to signify the relevance of “Om” in the Hindu tradition. It is Goddess Durga’s weapon to remind that she holds the sound which is the creator of the universe.
Lotus is known to bloom in the muddiest of waters and yet it holds its purity, a significance that is attached to it as a weapon to indicate that Goddess Durga’s compassion entails; a call for a savior from the evil and transition into salvation.
The rotating discuss in the hands of Goddess Durga is a weapon that acts as the symbol for the ultimate truth that the universe revolves around Goddess Durga just like the discus in her hand.
These weapons in combination signify the unlimited energy that Goddess Durga holds and using which she provides energy to all her and protect them from the demons
This weapon holds the significance of the endless firmness and grip she holds overall, which further signifies how humans should pursue their mission in life with the same integrity that Goddess Durga holds in the accomplishment of her mission towards her people.
The trident or the Trishul is a weapon, with the three sharp edges, which is meant to symbolize the three qualities that are inherent in Goddess Durga. As a weapon, it plays the role of ferociously protecting her devotees. The three qualities are Tamas (signifying inactivity), Rajas (hyperactivity), and Sattva (positivity). Above all, Devi Durga with the Trishul will pierce all the three qualities and emerge victorious upholding her wisdom.
This weapon urges all humans to unite with each other and Goddess Durga through the gestures of love and loyalty to create unity.
This weapon as a symbol signifies sharpness, intellect, and wisdom to overcome all negativity and ensure the prevalence of positivity.
This weapon is to symbolize the transition of immaturity and low levels of consciousness to a superior state of knowledge and consequently, through it, attain bliss.
Finally, this weapon symbolizes wisdom that will help humans prevail over uncertainty and materialistic needs, to achieve spiritual enlightenment.
The weapons, therefore, are an important part of the Bengali tradition and the story of Ma Durga. It is probably for this reason that every year idol makers get busy decorating them diligently. Durga Puja in the city of joy, is a reason for all the Bengalis to come together and celebrate their most special tradition. Her weapons are what certainly add up to the fervor of the tradition and the reason that Goddess Durga is the savior of her devotees.