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  • Created in Inkscape

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    "Lilboox Durga"

    Edited and Illustrated by

    Somdip Datta 2015

    - LoveYaLikeASister by Kimberly Geswein

  • The Boon

  • The devas of the heaven,

    and the asuras of the

    netherworld,

    were nearly always at war.

    determined to

    bring victory

    to the asuras,

    prayed to

    Brahma -

    the creator.

    Mahish-asura

  • He meditated on

    the name of the God.

    He observed penance,

    in scorching heat,

    and biting cold.

    He stood firm in

    wind and hail,

    and finally

    the creator

    could not

    ignore him

    any more.

  • What do you want my child?

  • I wish tobeimmortal

    That is a boon I nevergive. But you shall find victory in war.

    no God or man can kill you!

  • Mahish-asura immediately

    went to war. His army routed

    the devas of the heaven,

    and the kings of the earth.

  • the lord of the sky,

    who strikes with the

    thunderbolt, led the army

    of the devas,

    riding his

    white elephant

    known as

    Airavat.

    Indra -

    Even he was

    defeated.

  • The Birth

  • to the

    creator

    I can't recallmy boon.But the trinity willfind a way.

    The exiled devas appealed

  • The trinity got together.

    the Protector

    the Creator

    the Destroyer

    Brahma

    Shiva

    Vishnu

  • The trinity

    focused their

    energies,

    and a new

    creation came

    forth in a

    blinding light.

  • was born.

    She was

    beautiful

    and fearsome

    at the

    same time.

    The gods found their

    hope.

    They armed Durga

    with their own

    weapons.

    She had three eyes

    and ten hands.

    Durga

  • Vishnu gave

    her the

    discus

    Kaal (time)

    fashioned her

    sword and

    armour

    Indra (Sky)

    gave his

    thunderbolt

    Varun (Water)

    gave his

    conchshell

  • Vayu (wind)

    gave his bow

    Surya (Sun)

    gave his

    quiver

    and arrows

    Yama (Death)

    gave his

    iron staff

    Shiva gave

    his trident

    Agni (Fire)

    gave his

    fire dart

  • and Himalaya

    gave her the Lion

    - as her ride.

  • The Battle

  • Her army scattered the asuras,

    while she unleashed terror

    with her weapons.

    Her lion tore apart

    whatever came

    in its way.

    When Mahish-asura saw Durga

    approching his citadel,

    he was struck by her beauty.

    He proposed to her,

    but Durga spurned him and

    challenged him to war.

  • Mahish-asura resorted to

    magic. He changed into an

    elephant and

    charged,

    but Durga

    stopped it

    short

  • The asura then took the form

    of a lion, but it was no match

    for Durga. Then he resumed

    his favorite form -

    the buffalo. He charged ...

  • The people of

    heaven and earth

    were overjoyed.

    They resolved to

    worship Durga

    every year,

    in the spring,

    with great

    ceremony.

    The lion pounced and tore its

    belly. As Mahish-asura emerged

    from it, Durga struck him with

    her trident and he collapsed to

    his death.

  • Rama andDurga

  • Many years later..

    Rama of Ayodhyacrossed the sea and reached

    the city of Lanka. He came to

    rescue his wife

    who had been abducted by

    the rakshasa

    king

    Sita

    Ravana

  • Aided by the army of monkeys,

    he devastated the rakshasas,

    and killed most of the

    generals of Ravana.

    However, Ravana himself was

    undefeated.

    His ten heads would

    regenerate as soon as killed.

  • Frustrated, Rama

    appealed to Durga.

    Though it was autumn,

    not spring,

    he performed the

    ceremony without

    the smallest

    detail

    overlooked.

    When he was one

    short of the

    108 blue lotus

    needed for the

    ritual,

    he offered

    his own

    blue eye

    instead.

  • Durga was pleased. With her

    blessing Rama killed Ravana

    and Sita was rescued.

    Thereafter,

    the annual celebration of

    Durga was permanently moved

    to the autumn.

  • AboutDurga Puja

  • Durga Puja is celebrated as

    a community event. A large

    structure is setup at a

    community site. Clay images

    of Durga and her four children

    are worshipped for five days,

    with many rituals, as well as

    cultural events.

    The next pages will help you

    identify the images at a

    Durga Puja.

  • Mahish-asura

    Lion

    Portrait

    of Shiva

    in the back

    Buffalo

    Durga

  • Ganesha

    (God of

    Well-being)

    Laxmi

    (Goddess of Wealth)

    his Mouse

    and her Owl

    on her Right

    Banana plant (his wife)

  • Saraswati

    (Goddess of

    Wisdom) her Swan

    Veena

    Kartik

    (God of War)

    and his peacock

    on her Left

  • Durga Puja follows a

    lunar calendar. The

    new moon (phase 1 ) in

    the month of Ashwin

    is known as

    on this day many pay

    respect to

    their ancestors at the

    river, early at dawn.

    The festival is

    then five days

    away.

    mahalaya

  • Durga Puja starts on

    the 6th phase of the

    moon with

    On this day Rama had

    started the Puja,

    without waiting

    for spring

    bodhan

  • Durga Puja continues

    through phase 7th to

    9th. People celebrate

    with new clothes,

    food, music, dance

    and much more.

  • Durga Puja ends on

    the 10th phase with

    The images of Durga

    and the other Gods

    are cast into a pond

    or river.

    visarjan

  • The 10th phase is also

    known as

    or

    when the story of

    Rama is played by

    actors. At the end of

    the act, an image of

    Ravana, stuffed with

    fireworks, is set to

    fire. This was the day

    when Rama had killed

    Ravana.

    dussera

    ramaleela

    The 15th phase is the

    Full Moon after which

    the moon starts

    waning (shrinking).

  • In another 15 phases

    the moon is gone again.

    This is the night of

    the Festival of light,

    to celebrate the return

    of Rama to Ayoddha.

    diwali

  • The End

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