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Goddess Durga is the personification of the divine force of the super power. The Durga means ‘the invincible’, so the Durga is regarded as the ever victorious warrior of the Gods lineage. Durga is the representation of courage, strength, ethics and protection. She is the destroyer of sin and evil and the savior of morality and ethics. Goddess Durga is a form of Divine Power, the Shakti. Durga is the confluence of the power, beauty and intelligence of Maha lakshmi, Maha Saraswati and Maha Kali. So, Durga is regarded as ‘the ultimate deity’. Regarded as the savior of needy and the destroyer of destructors, she is the mother of the entire universe as well as the slayer of evils. She is known by 108 different names according to quality she possesses. It is believed that Maa Durga gets pleased if, these names (Durga Shatnam Strotam) are chanted with devotion.


108 names of Durga with meanings

[Śhiv speaks] O Pārvatī, the One Who has a lotus-like face! I am telling You those one-hundred and eight names, by the means of which Durgā or Satī can be pleased.||1||

1) Satī - One who got burned alive
2) Sādhvī - The Sanguine
3) Bhavaprītā - Loved by the universe
4) Bhavānī - The abode of the universe
5) Bhavamocanī - The absolver of the universe
6) Āryā - Goddess
7) Durgā - The Invincible
8) Jayā - The Victorious
9) Ādyā - The beginning reality
10) Trinetrā - One who has three-eyes
11) Śūladhārinī - One who holds a monodent
12) Pinākadhārinī - Who holds the trident of Śhiv
13) Citrā - The Picturesque
14) Candaghantā - Having mighty bells¹
15) Mahātapā - With severe penance
16) Manas - Mind
17) Buddhi - Wisdom
18) Ahańkārā - One with pride
19) Cittarūpā - Thought-state
20) Citā - Death-bed
21) Citi - The thinking mind
22) Sarvamantramayī - One who possess all the instruments of thought
23) Sattā - One who is above all
24) Satyānandasvarūpinī - Form of eternal bliss
25) Anantā - One who is infinite or beyond measure
26) Bhāvinī - The beautiful woman
27) Bhāvyā - Represents future
28) Bhavyā - With splendor
29) Abhavyā - Improper or fear-causing²
30) Sadāgati - Always in motion, bestowing Moksha (salvation)
31) Śāmbhavī - Consort of Śambhu
32) Devamātā - Mother Goddess
33) Cintā - Thoughts
34) Ratnapriyā - Adorned or loved by jewels
35) Sarvavidyā - Abode of knowledge
36) Daksakanyā - That is Satī, daughter of Daksa
37) Daksayajñavināśinī - Destroyer of the sacrifice of Daksa³
38) Aparnā - One who doesnt eat even leaves while fasting
39) Anekavarna - Having many complexions (for example: Kālī, Gaurī)
40) Pātalā - Red in color
41) Pātalāvatī - Wearing a red-color apparel
42) Pattāmbaraparidhānā - Wearing a dress made of leather
43) Kalamañjīrarañjinī - Wearing a melodious anklet
44) Ameyā - Immeasurable
45) Vikramā - Fierce
46) Krūrā - Cruel (on demons)
47) Sundarī - The Gorgeous
48) Surasundarī - Extremely Beautiful
49) Vanadurgā - Goddess of forests
50) Mātańgī - Goddess of Matanga
51) Matańgamunipūjitā - Worshipped by Sage Matańga
52) Brāhmī - Power of God Brahma
53) Māheśvarī - Power of Lord Mahesha (Shiva)
54) Caindrī - Power of God Indra
55) Kaumārc - The adolescent
56) Vaisnavī - The invincible
57) Cāmundā - Slayer of Chanda and Munda(demons)
58) Vārāhi - One who rides on Varaah
59) Laksmī - Goddess of Wealth
60) Purusākrti - Taking the form of a man
61) Vimalotkarsinī - One who provides joy
62) Jñānā - Full of Knowledge
63) Kriyā - One who is in action
64) Nityā - The eternal one
65) Buddhidā - The bestower of wisdom
66) Bahulā - One who is in numerous forms
67) Bahulapremā, generously benevolent
68) Sarvavāhanavāhanā - Sits or rides all vehicles
69-72) Slayer of Śumbha and Niśumbha, Mahisāsura, Madhu and Kaitabha, and Canda and Munda
73) Sarvāsuravināśā - Destroyer of all demons
74) Sarvadānavaghātinī - One who causes injury to all the demons
75) Sarvaśāstramayī - One who is deft in all theories
76) Satyā - The truth
77) Sarvāstradhārinī - Possessor of all the missile weapons
78) Anekaśastrahastā - Possessor of many hand weapons
79) Anekāstrasya Dhārinī - Possessor of many missile weapons
80) Kumārī - The beautiful adolescent
81) Ekakanyā - The girl child
82) Kaiśorī - The adolescent
83) Yuvatī - The Woman
84) Yatī - Ascetic, one who renounces the world
85) Apraudhā - One who never gets old
86) Praudhā - One who is old
87) Vrddhamāta - Old mother (loosely)
88) Balaprada - The bestower of strength
89) Mahodarī - One who has a gigantic abdomen which stores the universe
90) Muktakeśā - One who has open tresses
91) Ghorarūpā - Having a fierce outlook
92) Mahābalā - Having immense strength
93) Agnijvālā - One who is poignant like fire
94) Raudramukhī - Having a fierce face like universe-destroying Rudrā
95) Kālarātrī - Goddess who is black like night
96) Tapasvinī - One who is engaged in penance
97) Nārāyanī - The destructive aspect of Lord Narayana (Brahma)
98) Bhadrakālī - Fierce form of Kali
99) Visnumāyā - Spell of Lord Vishnu
100) Jalodarī - Abode of the ethereal universe
101) Śivadūtī - Ambassador of Lord Shiva
102) Karālī - Fierce
103) Anantā - Immeasurable
104) Parameśvarī - The Ultimate Goddess
105) Kātyāyanī - One who is worshipped by sage Katyanan
106) Sāvitrī - Daughter of the Sun God Savitr
107) Pratyaksā - One who is real
108) Brahmavādinī - One who is present everywhere

Those who daily read these 108 names from Durgā Stotram, find nothing impossible in the three worlds. They receive benefits like wealth, luxury, offspring and lineage, elephants, four things — dharma, artha, kaam, moksha, and in the end are liberated eternally.
Poet: Mārkaṇḍeya
Source: Durgāsaptaśatī

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The great secret of true success,
of true happiness, is this:
the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.
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