“Goddess Durga is so named because this material world is like a big fort where the conditioned soul is placed under her care.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 21.53 Purport)
The material creation is under the control of Durga Devi. She is also known by other names, such as Parvati, Bhavani, and Ambika. She is the devoted wife of Lord Shiva, who is steady in his vow to have only one wife. After all, he is the conqueror of desire personified, Kama Deva, so even when he gets married he remains in dharma. He is always virtuous in his devotion to the Supreme Lord, and that devotion is there in his wife as well.
Durga Devi carries a trident in her hand, the trishula, which symbolizes the threefold miseries of life. There are miseries caused by the devatas, or celestial beings. Think of…
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