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  Durga is not the mother of Laxmi and Saraswati  
 
Durga Laxmi Saraswati
Our intention while writing this is not to hurt anyoneís beliefs and sentiments. We are only stating a fact, a plain fact and hence we are no way trying to demean or disrespect any individualís beliefs.

Goddess Durga is worshipped as a form of Shakti, for her gracious as well as terrifying aspect.  The word Shakti means divine force/power.
 
  Devi Durga symbolizes that. Durga was created by the Gods to fight and defeat the demon Mahishashura. Brahma had given Mahishasura the power not to be defeated by a male and this literally gave the demon the license to create havoc all over earth and heaven. To counter this evil force, Durga was created. She was created to balance Shakti (power), which was then tilted in favour of the evil forces.

According to Vishnu Purana, Laxmi is the daughter of Bhrigu and Khyaati. She resided in Swarga. But a curse from Durvaasa forced her to leave Swarga and she then settled in Khseersagar.

In Rigveda, Saraswati is a river as well as its personification as a Goddess. According to Vedanta, she is considered to be the feminine energy and knowledge aspect (Shakti) of Brahma, as one of many aspects of Adi Shakti.


According to Hindu mythology, Adi Parashakti is the original creator, observer and destroyer of the whole universe. Parvati is the truest material form of the Goddess. Parvati is considered as complete incarnation of Adi Parashakti. All other Goddesses are either her incarnations or manifestations. Parvati is the second consort of Shiva. Sati was re-born as Parvati and got married to Shiva again. Parvati is the Ai Parashakti herself. She is the greatest Goddess. She is beyond the reach of even her husband Shiva. Her brother is Vishnu and her biggest devotee is Brahma. Hence, she is unanimously considered as the greatest deity in Shkatism. She is Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Saraswati in her mild form.


 
 
Parvati, Shiva And Ganesha Tri Devi - Laxmi, Parvati, Saraswati
 
 
Goddess Laxmi came up during the churning of the ocean. Mahalakshmi has always existed. Her appearance from samudra manthan is her main manifestation only.
Since then she has been the consort of Lord Vishnu and accompanies Him in each of his incarnations. It is said that Shiva wanted Laxmi, but He already had Chandra. Hence Laxmi became the escort of Vishnu.

Goddess Saraswati is the consort of Lord Brahma. She is also considered as the Shakti of Brahma. According to Skanda Purana, Saraswati is the sister of Lord Shiva.

In the Devi Mahatya, Laxmi, Saraswati and Kali form the trinity and they are all parts of the Adi Shakti. Now, Kali is a form of Parvati.
Hence, it can be easily inferred that Laxmi and Saraswati are not the daughters of Devi Durga( which is another form of Parvati).
On the contrary, all three (Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati) are generated from the Adi Shakti.
In Bengal, during the Durga Puja, Laxmi and Saraswati are shown as daughters of Goddess Durga. It goes well with the idolatry used during the Puja. It is a belief which is confined only to this area, during this festival.

Actually, Saraswati and Laxmi are not the daughters of Durga. They canít be. They are all parts of the Adi Shakti and are consorts respectively to one of the three in the Triad of Gods. Ganesh and Kartikeya are the sons (and only children) of Shiva and Parvati (i.e. Durga).

There is a particular and valid enough reason behind this widely prevalent belief in Bengal. Durga Puja in Bengal is as huge as only the Durga Puja in Bengal. The myth behind the Puja is that Uma (Durga) comes to his fatherís house for a vacation, along with his two sons and equal number of daughters. This is so much in tune with the normal Bengali married woman who comes for a vacation to her parentís house, with her children. People in Bengal do view Uma as an epitome of a common girl in the state. So, this portrayal of Durga along with his family, on a single base (as seen while the puja is on), is nothing but manifesting the common girl as the Goddess. This way of thinking indeed brings the common people closer to Goddess Durga and makes Durga Puja a successful affair.

We have just stated a fact. But the emotion attached with the worshipping of Maa Durga in this particular form in Bengal has a different place in the heart of the Bengalis and we respect that.

 
     
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