Goddess Durga is a form of Shakti and is believed to be the deity of vengeance and victory. In Sanskrit Durga means as the one who is indomitable and cannot be conquered. The origin of goddess Durga is related to the terror of demon Mahishasura. It was to end this demon that goddess Durga incarnated and received great weapons and powers from all the gods. Many a times the goddess is hailed as the mother of the Universe. Given below are few mantras dedicated to the goddess.
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Maa rupena samsthitaa I
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Shakti rupena samsthitaa I
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Buddhi rupena samsthitaa I
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Laxmi rupena samsthitaa I
Namestasyai II Namestasyai II Namestasyai II
II Namo Namah II
You are the divine goddess who is the mother of the universe looking
after her children. You reside in the form of Shakti which is the
ultimate power and energy. O mother you reside in the form of wisdom and
also in the form of wealth. We bow to you the greatest mother and
continuously do so.
Jagdamb Vichitramatra Kim Paripoorna Karunaasti Chenmayi I
Aparadha Parampara Param Na Hi Mata Samupekshate Sutam II
O mother of the world Jagdamba, you are the one who looks after her
children. Your love and kindness towards me is no surprise O mother
goddess. Being a mother you forget all our sins and correct us without
abandoning your children.
Sarvasyaarti harey Devi
Greetings to you O mother Durga, you are the one who brings all the
downtrodden under her shelter. You look after the interests of the
distressed by taking them in your refuge. Namaskar to you O Devi who
removes the afflictions of everyone.
Aapatsu Magnah Smaranam Tvadeeyam Karomi Durge Karunarna Veshi I
Naitaccha Thatvam Mum Methah Kshudhartrisharta Jananim Smaranti II
O kindhearted goddess Durga, please forgive me if I recall your name
after facing afflictions and not before it. Do not consider me a
deceitful rogue as all children call out to their mothers when they are
hurt and troubled.
The chants dedicated to goddess Durga are a brilliant way of praying to the goddess.