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Goddess Durga

From: Vijay Srinivasan (
Date: Fri Sep 20 1996 - 08:46:11 PDT

Dear Prapatti Group Members:

The (Balaji) Temple at Buffalo is planning to install Goddess Durga Devi.  
There are some questions relating to Goddess Durga.  If any of you have any 
info. on the following, I would request you to pass it onto me. (Fax No. (716) 
879 2299.  

1. The concept of Durga (Some say She is Vishnu herself, some say She is 

2. Difference between the Shantha Durga form(preferred by North Indians) and 
Mahishasura Mardhini form(preferred by Bengalees).  Normally which form is 
worshipped in temples.

3. Any other details on Durga worship - related Agamas etc.

 Personally I am intrigued by the fact that Lord Krishna just before the 
commencement of the Mahabharatha war directed Arjuna to worship Durga for 
victory. Any comments.


Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan