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Durga, Inaccessible-One.

Alternate meanings: Inaccessible.
[to Whom the twenty-seventh day of April, day 117, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Hindustani: perhaps especially Calcutta.
Linguistic Note: Linguistic Note: so-named for having slain the demon Durga. Some consider the name to be aboriginal.
Description: Ten-armed ferocious Warrior Devi of protection; Matron of yogins; Great Mother Goddess; She Who is associated with mountains, vegetation, fire and its cathartic properties; She Who sends sickness, terror and death from the jungle; She Who assumes ten forms, the first of which is Herself, in defeating the demons of Deities and humanity.
To Whom Sacred: lion (Her vahana is a lion); human and animal (goat, pig, fowl, sheep, water-buffalo) sacrifice; the colour red; the weapons held in each of Her ten hands (spear, sword); friday (until 1835, a boy was beheaded every friday before Her altar).
Festival: Churrukpuga; Durgapuja in autumn. Festival of Her Birth in the sixth Hindu month (parts of September and October). Navapatrika-navesa, 'Ceremony of the nine-plants' in autumn.
Male Associate: consort, Siva.
qv also "Hymns to the Goddess" for many more names.

Her Ten Warrior Forms are:
first -- Herself
second -- Dasabhuja, {Devastater}.
third -- Simhavahini, [Lion-Steeded-One].
fourth -- Mahisasuramardini, Crusher-of-the-Demon-Buffalo, Who is linked with Kundalini, .
fifth -- Jagad-Dhatri, Sustainer-of-the-World, below.
sixth -- Kali-Ma, Black-Mother.
seventh -- Muktakesi, {She-Who-Gives-Release}.
(sometimes Mahisasuramardini is seventh)
eighth -- Tara, Savior, qv.
ninth -- Chinnamasta, The-Headless, Who is linked with Prajnaparamita, Wisdom-of-the-Yonder-Shore.
tenth -- Jagad-Gauri, Fairest-in-the-World, below.
Source: Stutley HDH 75, 81-2, 316.
Bahucharma, Goddess-With-Too-Much-Skin.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani and Muslim.
Description: Goddess of eunuchs, both born and man-made.
To Whom Sacred: dance (by eunuchs, at weddings and birth-parties).

Source: S.F. Chronicle 09/27/83.
Bhadra, Auspicious.
Alternate meanings: Fortunate.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.

Bhima, Tremendous'
Alternate meanings: Fearful, Terrible.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.

Source: HDH/45.
Camundi, Destroyer.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani: especially Mysore, where She is the tutelary Deity of the ruling house of Wadiyar, worshipped by the ruler himself.
Description: Destroyer of the asuras Canda and Munda.
Iconography: She is portrayed as an emaciated, terrifying old woman, robed in an elephant's hide and wearing a garland of corpses.

Source: Stutley HDH 59.
Candi, Wrathful.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani. Pre-Vedic. She is especially popular in Bengal.
Description: Destroyer of the asura Mahisa.
Festival: Annual Durgapuja, which celebrates Her destruction of Mahisa.
Male Associate: Mahisa.

Source: Stutley HDH 59.
Daksinakalika, ----.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Linguistic Note: see Daksina, qv Athumla.

Jagad-Dhatri, Sustainer-of-the-World.
Alternate meanings: Mother-of-the-World.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Description: Fifth of the Ten Warrior Forms assumed by Durga in which She destroyed an army of giants.

Source: Stutley HDH 82, 122.
Jagad-Gauri, Fairest-in-the-World.
Alternate meaning: The-Yellow-Woman.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Description: Tenth of the Ten Warrior Forms assumed by Durga.

Source: Stutley HDH 82, 122.
Kali-Ma, Black-Mother.
Alternate meaning: Black-Mother-Time.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Description: Sixth of the Ten Warrior Forms assumed by Durga.

Karali, ----.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.

Source: Stutley HDH 142.
worked on: October, May 1995; August, July 1991; July, June 1990.
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