Meri Ma Durga – My MOM
Today is the last day of #9DaysOfWomanhood Navratri Blogathon and I am going to miss these days a lot. That was one fun crazily motivating Blogathon that I participated for the first time. Today is also the last day of Navratri. And the prompt for today is so apt that it made the atheist inside me jump in excitement. Prompt wants us to write about ‘A woman in your life who is like one of the Goddess’s avatar’. And for me, she’s my mom of course.
It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Gagandeep Kochar for introducing me. Her blog is named as My Diaries and I loved reading her blog on the prompt for today ‘Talk about a woman as one of the Goddess’s avatar‘.
Now, you must be thinking how the prompt on God made the atheist in me jump in excitement? Well, I was not a born atheist, I was the firm believer in deities and their supreme power and how they could keep us content and healthy. There was not just a single God, that I used to follow. In fact, I prayed to many Gods and Goddesses whose names I could slip into my little mind.
‘Before starting the actual post, I want to give a little background’
Being a Believer
My mom tells me stories of my childhood where I would go to sleep only after listening to lullabies which were actually the prayer songs. She was the devotee of Ma Durga (we also call her as Shera Wali Mata as she rides a lion) and would go to Vaishno Devi (Holy Temple of Ma Durga) every year without fail. Her devotion made our family follow the same rituals more than anything else.
“Ma Durga is depicted in the Hindu mythology as a fearless woman riding a lion or tiger, with many arms each carrying a weapon. The 10-day long Hindu festival, Navratri, is celebrated to offer prayers to 9-Avatars of Ma Durga”.
There are some very interesting tales which made me believe in the power of Ma Durga,
- When my mom was 5 months pregnant with me, she visited Vaishno Devi Temple to pray for her unborn child and get her blessings. She used to say, I was the gifted child from Ma Durga whenever I questioned my destiny and was looked down by other members of our family for being a girl child (my paternal grandparents never loved me for I was a girl and that too only child of my parents).
- My belief got, even more, firm when my mom told me that my 1st birthday was celebrated at the Vaishno Devi Temple, I was unwell at that time and how my condition improved drastically after getting the blessings from Ma Durga. My mom had said this many times, that I was Ma Durga’s blessed girl and she would always take care of me.
Being an Atheist
Now coming back to the present day, I describe myself as a half atheist since I don’t believe in the existence of God anymore neither I believe in prayers offered to idols at temples. However, I do believe in One Supreme Power and have faith in prayers which are done from within. I am not afraid of any God because for me God doesn’t exist. (Why I turned an atheist is a story for some other time).
I BELIEVE IN MYSELF! I BELIEVE IN KARMA!
‘But I do have a Modern day – Ma Durga – in my life and she is – My Mom – and if I believe in any God, that is only my mother’
Some facts about Durga Ma and My Ma as Durga –
Durga Ma – is also identified as Shakti (power), she rides a Lion, which symbolizes unlimited power and she uses that power to fight evil.
My Ma – has been the pillar of our family, I have seen her fighting with the world for underestimating her power as a woman. She was the only working lady in our family full of orthodoxs’. She was the one who wanted me to follow my dreams and always supported my decisions.
Durga Ma – has many hands which depict she protects her devotees from all directions.
My Ma – doesn’t have many hands but she does shield her family from all the evils coming in the way. The way she worked hard for me so that I could get good education, she used to keep awake whole night when I would fell sick and she still comes running to me when I feel lost or scared of some situations which clearly depits how protective she is for us.
Durga Ma – is considered as the Mother of Universe and takes care of everything under it.
My Ma – is now Mother to my husband along with me and also to my baby and is always there for us in the time of need and support. She is the most loving and caring person who is always there for us no matter how far we are, she is in our hearts and is always there in our prayers. We are lucky to have her blessings around us.
Durga Ma – carries a Trishul in her hand which depicts the 3 human qualities – Satwa (inactive state of mind which means more awareness of thoughts), Rajas (energy associated with desires and ambitions) and Tamas (lethargy and stress). They need a balance between them to acquire happiness.
My Ma – doesn’t carry a Trishul but knows how to maintain that balance among these qualities. I have seen her early morning sitting in a meditative pose for hours which she says helps her in being aware, I have seen her working till she got retired and still she has desires and ambitions for which she stays active and I have also seen her stressed keeping awake whole night as she tries to figure the way out of it.
Durga Ma – carries different weapons in her hands which convey that different weapons must be used to destroy different kinds of enemies.
My Ma – has many weapons of virtues like honesty, kindness, loyalty, compassion, courage, modesty, patience, self-dicipline to name a few which she use to fight demons like negativity, arrogance, aggression, fear, judgement, rejection and self-doubt.
I am sure you all agree now, that my mom is no less than Goddess Durga in today’s time. And if I have to worship a God, then she is the only One. Meet my Ma Durga –
- I look up to her for inspiration.
- I get most of my motivation from her.
- She made me learn how to be thankful in any situation.
- My mom showed me how to face my fears and fight them.
- My friend for life, I got my friendship lessons from her.
- She taught me how to laugh away all the pain.
- Showed me the value of a family and described the meaning of true love.
- Mom made me realize what a Mother-child bond is all about.
- She is always there beside me, holding my hand and making the walk easier.
- I am confident as I know she will catch me if I ever have a fall.
Do I need any God when I have my Mom with me always?
Thanks for reading this post. I hope I didn’t hurt anybody’s feelings by mentioning anything negative or wrong about the Goddess. There are many people who have divine faith in the power of Gods and Goddesses. But I didn’t mean in any way to hurt their sentiments. The views and beliefs are my own and personal.
I want to thank Wiki (Wikipedia) for proving some mythological content to help complete this post!
I also want to confess to the hosts that this was the most difficult of all the prompts. But I still enjoyed writing about it. Thanks for arranging this Blogathon!!!
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Now, I would like you to meet Sumira Bhatia, my friend, and co-blogger who blogs at cuckoosnest-sumira.blogspot.in. Go check her awesome blog to read what she thinks about today’s prompt.