Goddess Durga, the mother Goddess, is also known variously by the names Bhavani, Amba, Chandika, Gauri,
, and Mahishasuramardini. The name 'Durga' means inaccessible. She is the personification of the active side of the divine
(energy) of Lord Shiva
. The goddess embodies the furious powers of all the male gods, and is the ferocious protector of the righteous, and destroyer of the evil. She is usually portrayed as riding a lion, carrying weapons in her many arms.