Durga Thangka Painting
Durga is the divine mother of the universe and wife of lord Shiva.
She is the manifestation of Goddess Adishakti who had taken birth on Earth as Parvati.
Durga is symbol of the supreme feminine soul called Shakti, the primordial cosmic energy cause of all phenomenon of creation, existence and destruction in conjunction with the masculine Trimurti.
In this thangka painting Durga is armed with celestial weapons and decked with divine ornaments dancing on a white snow lion.
The lion represents power, will and determination. Mother Durga riding the snow lion symbolizes Her mastery over all these qualities.
In Nepal Dashain is the longest festival of the year (it lasts 10 days) and it is also known as Durga Puja. During the first 9 days of Dashain we celebrates the battle between the various manifestations of Durga and the demon Mahishasura while the 10th day is the day that Durga finally kills the demon.
Note: The 16th/17th century pauba in the picture belongs to Art Institute of London. The master artist is currently reproducing this artwork and the picture will be uploaded as soon as the artist completes the thangka painting