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Jaya Durga – Goddess Jayadurga

Goddess Jaya Durga, or Jai Durga, is one of the numerous forms of Goddess Shakti. She is mentioned as the presiding deity in two Shaktipeetahs. Jaya Durga form of Goddess Shakti is worshipped at Baidyanathdham, at Deoghar in Jharkhand, India and another is believed to be at Karnat – exact location not yet discovered.

After Sati’s death, Shiva roamed around with the body of Her. Lord Vishnu realized that this never ending mourning would destroy the world and therefore to stop Shiva, Vishnu used Sudarshan Chakra to cut down the body of Sati into pieces. The places where Sati’s body parts fell are Shaktipeetahs. There are 51 Shaktipeethas.

It is believed that Sati’s heart fell at Baidyanathdham and she is worshipped here as Jaya Durga. Her ears is believed to have fell at Karnat but this spot is yet to be identified and the form of Shakti worshipped here is also referred as Jaya Durga in scriptures.

Jaya Durga is depicted as having dark complexion. She is three-eyed and four-armed. She carries in her hands, conch, discus, sword and trident. There is a crescent moon in her crown. She is depicted as riding a lion, which is mentioned as her Vahana.



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