Durga Puja..Saptami

Durga’s face is always colored yellow. The yellow color reminds us that the Goddess is identified as haldi-mukhi or turmeric-faced. This makes her radiant as the sun. It connects her with gold, with the harvest, with lions, and all things mangala. This has to be contrasted with the white Shiva and the black Vishnu. Eastern India is greatly influenced by Jagannath of Puri, whose sister Subhadra is yellow-faced, drawing attention to an old temple mythology according to which Durga is Shiva’s consort and Vishnu’s sister. On Saptami, the seventh day of the Navaratri, the Goddess is bathed and after the selection of the priest and recitation of mantras, she goes to start the war against evil.

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