Goddess Durga represents Shakthi, the female principle of energy, the
counterpart of Siva. She is the Goddess of valor and slayer of demons that were
personifications of vaunted ego, ignorance, sloth, etc. We invoke the Mother
Durga to help us annihilate within ourselves all negative forces; all
weaknesses. Other common names of Durga are, Kali and Mahishasuramardhini.
"Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaartha
Saranye Thryambake Devi Naaraayani
Oh ever auspicious Goddess. You are the counterpart of Siva and
helpful to devotees in every way. Oh our refuge and Goddess with three eyes and
sister of Lord Narayana. Our salutations to you.
DURGA AT SSVT
In Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Durga is in the form of
Vishnu Durga, standing on Mahisha's head. She is the only idol, besides Lakshmi Varaaha Swami facing the
northern direction. The shrine is built in Chola style of architecture. Durga is
also one of the Deva goshta vigrahas for the Siva Sannidi.
AUSPICIOUS DAYS AND FESTIVALSTuesdays and Fridays are considered
specially auspicious to Durga. Navarathri (Dasera) is celebrated for Durga.
Chandi Homam, the chanting of Devi Mahatmayam, (the glory of the Divine Mother),
is performed during Navarathri and on special occasions.
SPECIAL OFFERINGSPerforming archana or lighting special lamps made of
dough during "Raahu kaalam" is special to Durga. Garlands made of lemon are
usually offered to Durga. Special decorations with turmeric and sandalwood
pastes and flowers are made as special offerings. Reciting Lalitha sahasranaama
and Mahishaasura Mardhni sthothram and performing Chandi homam are auspicious.
Kaathyaayanaaya Vidmahe Kanyakumaari Dheemahi
Thanno Dhurgi(h) Prachodayaath.
We worship Devi, the daughter of Sage Kaathyaayana. Salutations to
the virgin Goddess. May that Durga stimulate our intellectual faculties.