Durga and Chamunda

Durga Puja close up

Through my three and a half years or more of chanting the mantra of Green Tara, Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha, I have always felt I have something good by my side. 

Green Tara is known as Great Protectress, Incomparable Saviouress.  As not one day has gone past when I haven’t chanted her mantra at least once (one round of 108) in nearly 1,300 days, my sense of her benevolent, patient, compassionate, funny, magical, mischievous, no-nonsense spirit has grown inside me.

Green Tara is one expression or representation of the Great Feminine.  She has so many names over so many cultures.  Here in the West most of us see her in The Virgin Mary.  In Norse mythology she appears as Freyja.  Pachamama is her name in the Andes region.  She’s in the Mediterranean, she’s in Africa, she’s in Siberia, she’s everywhere.  Within the Hindu approach she has many different faces and many qualities.  One of those is Durga, known for her victories over a variety of demons. Continue reading