Navratri 9 Mata: Do You Know The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga?

Shailputri:

The first form of Durga is Shailputri, which means "daughter of the mountains". She is depicted as riding a bull and holding a trident in her hand. 

Brahmacharini:

 The second form of Durga is Brahmacharini, which means "one who follows the path of Brahma". She is depicted as holding a kamandal (water pot) and a japa mala (prayer beads) in hands. 


Chandraghanta:

The third form of Durga is Chandraghanta, which means "one who has a bell-shaped moon on her forehead". She is depicted as riding a tiger and holding a bell in her hand. 

Kushmanda:

The fourth form of Durga is Kushmanda, which means "one who created the universe with her smile". She is depicted as sitting on a lotus and holding a chakra. 

Skandamata:

The fifth form of Durga is Skandamata, which means "mother of Skanda". She is depicted as riding a lion and holding her son, Kartikeya, in her arms. 

Katyayani:

The sixth form of Durga is Katyayani, which means "one who was born to Rishi Katyayana". She is depicted as riding a lion and holding a sword and a shield in her hands. 


Kaalratri:

The seventh form of Durga is Kaalratri, which means "dark night". She is depicted as riding a donkey and holding a trishul (trident) and a khappar (skull) in her hands. 

Mahagauri:

The eighth form of Durga is Mahagauri, which means "extremely white". She is depicted as riding a bull and holding a trishul (trident) and a damru (drum) in her hands. 

Siddhidatri:

 The ninth form of Durga is Siddhidatri, which means "one who grants all siddhis". She is depicted as riding a lion and holding a chakra (disc), a shankh (conch shell). 

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