Navratri 2022: The nine-day festival of Navratri is upon us. With Mahalaya – the day when, according to Hindu belief, Goddess Durga begins her descent from her heavenly abode to earth – the inauspicious time of “Sradh” comes to an end and the Matri Paksha begins. Goddess Durga is worshiped in 9 different avatars during the 9 days of Navratri. Here are the different vahanas of Maa Durga and their meaning.
Various Vahanas of Maa Durga:
Leo: This is Maa Durga’s main vahana. According to mythology, the lord of the mountains gave her a lion as different gods gave her different weapons as she prepared to fight Mahisasura. The lion represents many things – strength, courage, leadership, will and determination. It also represents “Dharma”. Maa Durga riding the lion represents her mastery of all these qualities.
Besides the lion, Maa Durga has four other Vahanas – elephant, horse, boat and palanquin. She is believed to arrive and depart on two different vahanas and the choice of her vehicle is important to the fate of mankind. It is also believed that if she arrives and departs on the same Vahanas, that means the Day of Judgment – it means that humanity will face natural disasters, political unrest and other social problems.
Here are the four Vahanas of Maa Durga and what they mean:
Elephant: This stands for peace and prosperity. When Maa Durga arrives or departs on the elephant, it means that your life will be filled with happiness through her blessings. According to Drik Panchang, it is considered auspicious when the goddess Durga comes on an elephant. It is expected to bring plenty of rain for the bumper crop in the coming year.
Boat: The boat is the vehicle of the water and signifies both high tide and good harvest. If she comes to it, it means that she will bless you to reach your ultimate goal.
Litter: According to the scriptures, the arrival of Maa Durga on the palanquin portends the outbreak of an epidemic.
Horse: Goddess Durga coming on horseback is not considered very auspicious. It is believed to be an omen of probable war between the nations, according to Drik Panchang.
Durga Puja 2022: This year the goddess Durga comes on an elephant.
Durga Puja 2022: This year the goddess Durga leaves the island by boat.
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