Debarghya Dey‘s photostory: O Mother


From his childhood days, the artist has always heard tales about Maa kali’s bravery, wisdom, fierceness and divinity. But growing up in a society where women are always expected to behave, dress up, look and speak a certain way he has realised that how this fierce form of “Adi Shakti” shatters the conventional image of female divinities much like the independent indomitable women of today. Today’s demons are spread around the world as rape trafficking, dowry, domestic violence, physical abuse and much more and he feels education, independence and economic freedom are the weapons of these modern women and their mental strength is the real power . “OH MA GO” is an ode to that power who is looking after us through ages.

TARA


IN HINDUISM, THE GODDESS TARA IS THE SECOND OF THE DASA (TEN) MAHAVIDYAS OR “GREAT WISDOM GODDESSES”, AND IS A FORM OF ADISHAKTI, THE TANTRIC MANIFESTATION OF PARVATI. HER MOST FAMOUS CENTRE OF WORSHIP IS THE TEMPLE AND THE CREMATION GROUND OF TARAPITH IN WEST BENGAL, INDIA. HER THREE MOST FAMOUS FORMS ARE EKA JATA, UGRA TARA, AND NILASARASVATI (NEELASARASWATI OR NEELSARASWATI).

BHAIRAVI


THE FIERCE GODDESS. THE FEMALE VERSION OF BHAIRAV. BHAIRAVI IS OF A FIERY, VOLCANIC RED COMPLEXION, WITH THREE FURIOUS EYES, AND DISHEVELED HAIR. HER HAIR IS MATTED, TIED UP IN A BUN, DECORATED BY A CRESCENT MOON AS WELL AS ADORNING TWO HORNS, ONE STICKING OUT FROM EACH SIDE. SHE HAS TWO PROTRUDING TUSKS FROM THE ENDS OF HER BLOODY MOUTH. SHE WEARS RED AND BLUE GARMENTS AND IS ADORNED WITH A GARLAND OF SKULLS AROUND HER NECK.

KAMALA KALI


KAMALA CAN BE SEEN AS THE MOST BENIGN AND BENEVOLENT FORM OF THE GODDESS. SHE IS NONE OTHER THAN LAKSHMI, THE GODDESS OF WEALTH AND PROSPERITY. AS KAMALA, SHE REMAINS ONE OF THE MANIFESTATIONS OF KALI

DHUMAVATI


SEVENTH OF THE 10 MAHAVIDYAS, DHUMAVATI PERSONIFIES THE DARK SIDE OF LIFE. HER NAME MEANS “SHE WHO IS MADE OF SMOKE.” GODDESS DHUMAVATI IS DEPICTED AS AN OLD AND UGLY WIDOW. SHE IS THIN, UNHEALTHY WITH SMOKEY COMPLEXION. UNLIKE OTHER MAHAVIDYAS), SHE IS UNADORNED WITH JEWELLERY. SHE WEARS OLD, DIRTY CLOTHES AND HAS DISHEVELLED HAIR.

SAMSHAN KALI


SMASHANA KALI OR SAMHARA KALI OR VAMA KALI, IS THE EMBODIMENT OF THE POWER OF DESTRUCTION. SAMHARA KALI IS THE MOST DANGEROUS AND POWERFUL FORM OF KALI. SAMHARA KALI IS THE CHIEF GODDESS OF TANTRIC TEXTS.

BAGALA KALI


THIS IS A VIOLENT AVATAR OF KALI AND YET HER BEAUTY IS ARRESTING. SHE HAS A COMPARATIVELY LIGHTER COMPLEXION AND IS SHOWN PULLING OUT THE TONGUES OF THE DEMONS.

MATANGI KALI


MATANGI IS A REGAL FORM OF THE GODDESS, WHO BEARS A CLOSE LINK WITH SARASWATHI, THE GODDESS OF LEARNING. SHE IS ONE OF THE MANIFESTATIONS OF KALI, THE FIERCE FORM OF DIVINE SHAKTI, WHO IS ALSO KNOWN BY MANY OTHER NAMES SUCH AS PARVATI,DURGA AND BHAGAVATHI.

SHOROSHI KALI


SHODASHI DEVI, THE THIRD OF THE TEN MAHAVIDYAS, IS RAVISHING IN BEAUTY, WITH A SOFT AURA, ALTHOUGH HER ENERGY CAN OCCASIONALLY BE CHALLENGING AS WELL. WITHIN THE MAIN TEMPLE OF THE KAMAKHYA COMPLEX RESIDES SHODASHI, OR SURASHI, THE DEVI OF SIXTEEN SUMMERS, SO NAMED BECAUSE SHE ASSUMES THE FORM OF A YOUTH OF ETERNALLY 16.

CHHINNAMASTA


CHHINNAMASTA (“SHE WHOSE HEAD IS SEVERED”), AND ALSO CALLED CH(H)INNAMASTIKA AND PRACHANDA CHANDIKA AND JOGANI MAA (IN WESTERN STATES OF INDIA), IS A HINDU GODDESS (DEVI). SHE IS ONE OF THE MAHAVIDYAS, TEN GODDESSES FROM THE ESOTERIC TRADITION OF TANTRA, AND A FEROCIOUS ASPECT OF MAHADEVI, THE HINDU MOTHER GODDESS. THE SELF-DECAPITATED NUDE GODDESS, USUALLY STANDING OR SEATED ON A DIVINE COPULATING COUPLE, HOLDS HER OWN SEVERED HEAD IN ONE HAND AND A SCIMITAR IN ANOTHER. THREE JETS OF BLOOD SPURT OUT OF HER BLEEDING NECK AND ARE DRUNK BY HER SEVERED HEAD AND TWO ATTENDANTS.

KALI


KALIKA IS A HINDU GODDESS WHO IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE GODDESS OF ULTIMATE POWER, TIME, DESTRUCTION AND CHANGE IN SHAKTISM. IN THIS TRADITION, SHE IS CONSIDERED AS A FEROCIOUS FORM OF GODDESS MAHADEVI, THE SUPREME OF ALL POWERS, OR THE ULTIMATE REALITY.


Debarghya is an illustrator and a movie buff. He doesn’t suffer from shyness, instead he is just holding back his awesomeness so that he doesn’t intimidate anyone.

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