Maa Shakti (Mother Power) is the Supreme power as is believed by a sect of Hindus, the Shakta section of the society. Maa Shakti reigns in different forms across the society and the ecosystem. When Maa Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, Maa Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and of wisdom.. Maa Durga is supposed to be the unifying power of all Hindu Gods. She was created to demolish the ultimate evil power, symbolically Mahisashur. She nurtures us like our mother and is responsible for every good around us. She is symbolised as ever powerful and mighty with ten hands, crusading the devil to death.
Another such Goddess is Maa Manasha. She is the Goddess of snakes and reptiles, which signify venom, or evils as deadly as venom. She also takes care of varied venomous emotions in a human mind and protects people, marriages, making them fertile and happy.
She was given birth by a yajna, by the power of the mind of Sage Kashyapa, gaining control over the venomous miscreants (symbolised by snakes and reptiles) by chanting mantras. Lord Krishna, pleased with her, formally worshipped her, giving her siddhi powers and making her an established Goddess.
When we see the power around, we see it in different forms… It is one single power of mother goddess that protects/nurtures us being Maa Durga.. and seldom keeps the serpentine evils away being Maa Manasa.
[The photograph was taken at Kumartuli (Kolkata), where Maa Durga’s idols were prepared for the Durga Puja, and Maa Manasha’s idols were also prepared for today is Maa Manasha Puja in Bengal] Photograph: Anirban Saha Photography.
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