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VARIETY

 |  6-minute read
Durga, Jaintia hills, Human sacrifice, Meghalaya

The story of great power, and chilling sacrifice, at Nartiang's Durga temple

The temple's past is steeped in blood, as it goes back to the time of the Jaintia kings, when human sacrifices were made here.

LIFE

 |  5-minute read
Durga, Mythology, Goddess Durga, Navratri

Why we worship Durga during Navratri

The conch in her hand symbolises the divine cosmic sound, Om.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |  4-minute read
Manu Parekh, Kolkata, Durga, Durga Puja

A Durga with no weapons who evoked fear and reverence

Artist Manu Parekh remembers the idol he made as a tribute to the goddess and Bengali women.

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
Migrants, Bhagat Singh, Ashtami, Durga

Our hypocrisy of worshipping girl child on Ashtami

She may be the symbol of shakti, but she is robbed off education, which is meant to empower her.

VOICES

 |  4-minute read
Lunatic, Mamata Banerjee, Durga idols, Durga

Why I think the site of an old asylum shouldn't be home to Mamata's Durga idols

When I would visit the old hospital site sometimes, dark forms would seem to flit behind the idols.

LIFE

 |  4-minute read
Agni, Murugan, Skanda Mata, Adi Shakti

Durga signifies the innermost power of consciousness

The goddess is forever taking shape within and around us as the creative and transformative force that is the essence of the cosmic life.

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
Patriarchy, Mahishasur, Sex worker, Durga

How patriarchy makes ‘sex worker’ a term of abuse

The Goddess as a free woman discomforts many, who cannot bear to see any female, divine or otherwise, in positions of power.