Devi: The Great Goddess
Devi (in Sanskrit and in English)
HomepageAspects of Devi
Cosmic Force
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Dancing Devi. Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Durga
Kali
Creation
Cosmic Force
As cosmic force Devi creates, annihilates, and recreates the universe. Of awesome appearance, she destroys demonic forces that threaten world equilibrium wielding weapons in multiple arms that testify to her ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. This category includes her form as Durga, slayer of the buffalo demon; black Kali; the emaciated Chamunda; and Devi herself.
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