A Hindu warrior goddess who has been worshipped throughout India (but especially in Bengal) from circa A.D. 400 until the present day. She is the consort of the god Shiva, and in some instances is worshipped as both a fertility and mother goddess. In works of Indian art, she is often depicted as a multiarmed slayer of dragons and demons, who rides upon the back of a tiger or lion. She is a beautiful goddess with golden colored skin, and usually wears a necklace made of human skulls. Although Durga is a ferocious deity, it is said that she is loving and gental to those who worship her.
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