Date: October 11, 2023 New Delhi, India – Shardiya Navratri is set to begin on October 15th and conclude on October 23rd this year. During these auspicious nine days of Navratri, devotees worship nine different forms of Maa Durga. Each of the weapons held in the ten arms of Maa Durga carries significant symbolism, representing particular Siddhi (power) and embodying the eternal essence of the Goddess. These weapons serve as symbols of strength, protection, and progress, signifying the safeguarding of devotees. Celebrity astrologer Parduman Suri shared the significance of the ten weapons held in Maa Durga’s ten arms.
- Trishul (Trident): Gifted to Goddess Durga by Lord Mahadev, the Trishul features three sharp edges, symbolizing the qualities of Tamas, Rajas, and Satva.
- Sword: Lord Ganesha bestowed this weapon upon the Goddess. It represents knowledge and wisdom, with its sharpness symbolizing intellect and its shine symbolizing knowledge.
- Spear: This weapon, a symbol of auspiciousness and fierce power, was gifted by Lord Agni. It discerns right from wrong and acts accordingly.
- Vajra: Indradev presented the Vajra, symbolizing the strength of the soul and strong willpower. Maa Durga empowers her devotees with indomitable confidence and willpower.
- Axe: Lord Vishwakarma gifted Maa Durga an axe and armor. The axe symbolizes the courage to fight evil and not fear the consequences.
- Sudarshan Chakra: Given by Lord Krishna, the Sudarshan Chakra is an infallible weapon, symbolizing that the universe is controlled by Mother Goddess, who is at the center of creation.
- Bow and Arrow: Wind God and Sun God provided the bow and arrow, symbols of energy. The bow represents potential energy, while the arrow represents kinetic energy. They also signify that Goddess Durga controls all sources of energy in the universe.
- Mace: A symbol of knowledge and religion, the mace protects the truth.
- Dagger: It represents positive power and offers support in the struggle against enemies.
- Conch: A symbol of sound, Maa Durga’s conch shell represents universality and prosperity.
During Navratri, devotees seek the blessings and protection of Maa Durga by honoring these weapons and their symbolic meanings.