Hymn to Durga – Night and Light, Beauty and Disease are You

Jagadamba - the Primal Goddess

durgaIn an important text of this tradition — the Devi Puranam — the goddess Durga asks Shiva, her husband, how she came into being. Shiva answers that she knows better than anybody else her own origin because she was there when nothing existed, yet because she is asking he will describe her appearance. In the process of this narration, he describes the attributes of the Goddess and the reasons that he pays respects to her. I will quote here some parts of the very lengthy hymn. This is my own translation.

‚The Wise and Invincible One…

The Valiant One…

The One who is worshipped by the gods…

I pay respect to you.

The Venerable and Virtuous One; you are the shelter of all living beings.

Your beauty is Un-manifested yet Manifested.

You are the Terrible Night/Emptiness, the Great Night/Emptiness, the Ender of Time and the Constant within change.

Your Face…

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