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Symbolic Meaning of Things and Weapons Held by Goddess Durga

Goddess Durga can be depicted with 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 or 18 arms. Each of her arms holds auspicious things and weapons. Her hands will show a particular mudra. Here are the symbolic meaning of things and weapons held by Goddess Durga.
  • Shankh or Conch – It symbolizes the sound Aum. The first sound that appeared which led to creation. 
  • Bow and Arrow – It represents single-minded focus.
  • Vajra or Lightening – It symbolizes unparalleled energy and strength.
  • Lotus – Success can be only achieved through nonattachment.
  • Sudarshana Chakra – Invokes fear in the mind of those who follow Adharma.
  • Sword – Symbolically represents sharp knowledge, which can cut asunder any form of ignorance.
  • Abhaya Mudra – It gives confidence to a devotee to remove all forms of fear and to move ahead – Mother Durga is always with you.
As per some interpretation,
  • lion represents courage
  • red color of the dress of Durga represents passion,
  • abhya mudra represents forgiveness and blessing,
  • gada or club represents loyalty,
  • sword discrimination,
  • chakra righteousness,
  • conch happiness
  • trident control of inertia, passion and purity.
  • bow and arrow good character
  • lotus detachment
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