This Art Collectible: This Terracotta Durga murti is a primitive terracotta handicraft from India. For longevity those craft items are burnt in a specific temperature and the selection of clay mud is also important, mostly collected from river beds. Each river has its unique soil and requires special care and processing, then only the final product becomes a signature and of course the cultural uniqueness is also prominent in each Indian folk art piece.
About Goddess Maa Durga:
Goddess Durga has a significant following all over India( particularly in its eastern states). Durga is deified after spring and autumn harvests, particularly during the celebrations of Durga Puja and Navratri.
The most popular legend associated with the goddess is of her destruction of Mahishasura.
• Mahishasura was a partial- buffalo devil who did severe penance in order to delight Brahma, the creator. After several times, Brahma, satisfied with his devotion, came out before him.
• The demon unclosed his eyes and asked the god for eternity. Brahma denied it, saying that all must die one day. Mahishasura yet thought for a bit and asked a boon that only a lady could be suitable to kill him. Brahma granted the boon and faded.
• Mahishasura started to torture, innocent people. He captured heaven and wasn't in any kind of fear, as he allowed women to be helpless and weak.
• The devas were upset and they went to Trimurti. They all together combined their power and created a legionnaire woman with numerous arms.
• Durga reached Mahishasura's palace. Durga destroyed each form of Mahishasura and at last, Durga slayed Mahishasura when he was taking form of buffalo.