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Temple of Durga.
18th-19th c Indian Architecture

HINDU DYNASTIES Anonymous (active c 600 - c. 1600) Primary
c. 1700-1900
18th-19th c
Banares. India.
Durga is still worshipped, as is apparent from this Durga temple in the holy city of Banares. Here she rides a tiger rather than the traditional lion. The Durga-puja is one of the greatest festivals of northeastern India. A special image of the goddess is made that is worshipped for nine days, then immersed in water. The ceremony, which is held annually in September-October, has large processions as well as other public and private festivities. One wonders how many of the devotees of this powerful goddess consider themselves "liberated women." She certainly is a strong role model. Hinduism offers many devotional possibilities, all leading to the quiet center past all action, past all understanding.

Caption: HINDU | Temple of Durga. | c. 1700-1900 | Indian |
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