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images of the goddess appear throughout India she can appear on her own or as the consort of male deity the goddess represents primal forces of nature energy and fertility she can appear wrathful or compassionate one of the most popular forms of the goddess is known as durga durga is highly revered in bengal and Bengalis all over india even if they're away from their homes come the month of October when it is time for durga puja or the festival of the goddess durga there will be 10 days of celebration statues of the goddess Durga a handcrafted with play on a superstructure of straw they are brightly painted and dressed with fine fabrics the statues are displayed a competition is held and prizes are awarded Gurgeh rides on a lion and her many ARMs brandish weapons given to her by the male gods who were unable to defeat a demon the moment that we see in the statue invariably is that Durga mounting are standing on the a lion often there is a human figure emerging whose chest has been pierced by destroyed and held in Durga's one of her hands one of her ten hands when she is destroying the forces of evil she is not doing with any kind of personal animosity she is doing it as an act where justice must prevail over injustice where righteousness must prevail over wrongdoing at the end of the festival the statues were taken to a nearby river and immersed in the waters she is returned back to the earth because she was constructed with clay and the clay once again returns to the earth but it's not unusual to find grown people crying really really grieving and they will be kind of beseeching the mother to come back again next year you you