An idol of the warrior goddess, Goddess Durga!!
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While you've all probably heard of the Goddess Durga Devi, a goddess who was not only powerful but was also considered to be wrathful, terrifying and destructive. According to Hindu mythology, she is famously known for slaying Mahishasura. So mighty was she that her legacy lives on even till this day.
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But imagine you were standing in a dark room with a life-like statue of Goddess Durga staring at you with a cold stare and a silent smile? Would you still be cool or instead keep asking yourself whether the statue just blinked????
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Here are a few photos of the warrior Goddess Durga idol's scary and life-like stares sculpted by the talented Indian sculptors, that can bring chills down your spine!! Take a look!!
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Photos showing the Goddess Durga idol's scary stares
The Spooky Glow !
Is there anything scarier than a glowing statue staring at you in the dark? Yes, 5 more mini statues staring exactly at you standing alone in the dark!
The Goddess Durga symbolically glowed because of her gifts. As through all her incarnations she has covered the essence of salvation and is also believed to be the mother of wealth, beauty and knowledge.
Awkward stare!!You know something isn’t right when you sense a pair of eyes in your direction while you just go about with your business. And don't forget the awkward silence in the room too. Awkward isn't it ?
When you think you’re being hypnotized, and you’re strong and bold and you don’t give up...and don't easily give in…..and ...and get sleepy…..and zzzzzzzzzzzz
The 8 arms possessed by the Goddess represents 8 quadrants or directions in Hinduism. It also symbolizes the Goddess protecting her devotees from all directions.
The Red and Yellow effect
A room wrapped in darkness, nah not scary !! With shades of red and yellow lights illuminating the idol, nah still not scary !! And Goddess Durga's cold gaze staring deeply into your soul, OKAY OKAY, THAT'S IT!!!, I admit, it is a lil scary ....time to leave the room now !!
Short guy problems !!When you’re the shortest guy in the room, one look at the Goddess and you know one thing for sure ,that you’re not crazy anymore!
Tim Burton vibes ?Tim Burton esque themed statue – Does the eyes remind you of the character Sally the female protagonist from the animated movie– A Nightmare before Christmas!!
Right feels Right !!
In a situation where you feel a little uneasy standing in the direction facing both the left side of the Goddess's wrath and the sharp trident, try standing over there to the right for a while! You'll feel much better!!
Goddess Durga's trident is a symbol of 3 qualities - Inactivity or the state of mind associated with awareness and purity of thoughts(Satva), Activity or energy associated with desires, wishes, and ambitions(Rajas) and Non-Activity like lethargy and stress (Tamas). Also, Maa Durga is the remover of the 3 miseries associated with physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
The Rare Smile!!
Seems like Goddess Durga is probably calm today or maybe the room is just too bright!
While the goddess has always been portrayed to be terrifying and destructive when faced with violent forces, Maa Durga can also be caring and nurturing when she has to be.
A Candid Shot ?
Now imagine if a weapon-wielding Goddess tilted her head towards the camera ?? Would that be alarming maybe ...IT DEFINITELY WOULD !!
The wide array of weapons wielded by Goddess Durga were offered as gifts by the other Gods before she went to battle Mahishasura. The weapons included - a chakra, a Trident, a sword,Thunderbolt, an axe, arrows and a bow, a pitcher, a flaming dart, a scepter, a bell, and a Lion.
Scared ? Walk away slowly!The next time you feel frightened by that angry stare...keep calm, pretend you're still brave, and just walk away real slow.
Black eyeliners are scary !
A little eye liner is beautiful, a person with a thick patch of blackness around the eyes is somebody you don’t wanna mess with!
The Goddess is also shown to have a 3rd eye on the forehead giving us the image of a 3-eyed goddess. The 3 eyes represents Agni, Surya and Chandra.
I got the Blues !!
Cos a woman's cold blue-eyed stare can make you shiver, even if it still isn’t winter!
Though the Goddess is presented as 'shakti or the female source of divine energy, the male Gods assisted her by offering some of their powers to the Goddess when she was tasked with saving the universe.
Adorable Atlast ?Why can’t we just get adorable-adorable, why does it have to adorably frightening-y ? Guess angry is the new way of being adorable !! Don't try it though, it doesn't always work!
Dove's got a point ?That dove just made my day, if there’s anything in the world that makes me happy today – its that of a dove pretending its flying away. Dove's got all the reason to anyway!
Those Eyes !!Now people say that I think too much and that over thinking is bad cos it can harm one's health and all. But ah, is it just me or do those eyes look realistically real ??
A Golden Chamber
This one should probably remind you of the movie Aladdin, where Aladdin explores the spooky cave of wonder.
The Goddess has always been shown to be assisted by a lion for travel. The lion symbolizes unlimited power and with the Goddess seated on top of the lion, it symbolizes her infinite power of protecting virtue and destroying evil.
Surrounded by the Goddess's Glare !
There is no way you're ever going to win a staredown contest between three goddesses. Don't forget the fact they are angry too.
Goddess Durga is known to have appeared in several different avatars or incarnations. Some of them include - Kali, Gauri, Bhavani, Lalita, Bhagvati, Ambika , Java, Kandalini and Rajeswari.
You there ! Yes You !!
Funny how a lion baring out its fangs or an intimidating looking macho man isn’t scary, scary is the statue of a goddess angrily looking at you from 10 feet away least bothered about the other two.
According to mythology ,The Goddess Durga battled the buffalo demon Mahishasura for 10 days and finally slayed his head on 10th day. This day is remembered and celebrated by the people as Durga Puja. A day to remind us of Goddess Durga's victory.