Here on a boulder carved like a huge throne
A Woman sat in gold and purple sheen,
Armed with the trident and the thunderbolt,
Her feet upon a couchant lion's back.
A formidable smile curved round her lips,
Heaven-fire laughed in the corners of her eyes;
A charm restoring hope in failing hearts
Aspired the harmony of her puissant voice:
"O Savitri, I am thy secret soul.
I have come down into the human world
And the movement watched by an unsleeping Eye
And the dark contrariety of earth's fate
And the battle of the bright and sombre Powers.
I stand upon earth's paths of danger and grief
And help the unfortunate and save the doomed.
I am Durga, goddess of the proud and strong,
And Lakshmi, queen of the fair and fortunate;
I wear the face of Kali when I kill,
I trample the corpses of the demon hordes.
I am charged by God to do his mighty work,
Uncaring I serve his will who sent me forth,
Reckless of peril and earthly consequence.

I reason not of virtue and of sin
But do the deed he has put into my heart.
I fear not for the angry frown of Heaven,
I flinch not from the red assault of Hell;
I crush the opposition of the gods,
Tread down a million goblin obstacles.
I guide man to the path of the Divine
And guard him from the red Wolf and the Snake.
I set in his mortal hand my heavenly sword
And put on him the breastplate of the gods.
I break the ignorant pride of human mind
And lead the thought to the wideness of the Truth;
I rend man's narrow and successful life
And force his sorrowful eyes to gaze at the sun
That he may die to earth and live in his soul.
I know the goal, I know the secret route;
I have studied the map of the invisible worlds;
I am the battle's head, the journey's star.
But the great obstinate world resists my Word,
And the crookedness and evil in man's heart
Is stronger than Reason, profounder than the Pit,
And the malignancy of hostile Powers
Puts craftily back the clock of destiny
And mightier seems than the eternal Will.
The cosmic evil is too deep to unroot,
The cosmic suffering is too vast to heal.
A few I guide who pass me towards the Light;
A few I save, the mass falls back unsaved;
A few I help, the many strive and fail.
But my heart I have hardened and I do my work:
Slowly the light grows greater in the East,
Slowly the world progresses on God's road.
His seal is on my task, it cannot fail:
I shall hear the silver swing of heaven's gates
When God comes out to meet the soul of the world."

Savitri - Book VII - Canto IV

And Savitri heard the voice, ....
And turning to her being of power she spoke:
"Madonna of might, Mother of works and force,
Thou art a portion of my soul put forth
To help mankind and help the travail of Time.
Because thou art in him, man hopes and dares;
Because thou art, men's souls can climb the heavens
And walk like gods in the presence of the Supreme.
But without wisdom power is like a wind,
It can breathe upon the heights and kiss the sky,
It cannot build the extreme eternal things.
Thou hast given men strength, wisdom thou couldst not give.
One day I will return, a bringer of light;
Then will I give to thee the mirror of God;
Thou shalt see self and world as by him they are seen
Reflected in the bright pool of thy soul.
Thy wisdom shall be vast as vast thy power.
Then hate shall dwell no more in human hearts,
And fear and weakness shall desert men's lives,
The cry of the ego shall be hushed within,
Its lion roar that claims the world as food,
All shall be might and bliss and happy force."

Exhibition of paintings, drawings & Sculpture. Theme:Goddess Durga

  • "Rhythm" - Avijit Banerjee
    Acrylic & Oil Pastel, 36" x 47"   
  • "Sandhya Arati" - Ajoy Kumar Ghosh
    Wash & Tempera, 21" x 15"   
  • "Goddess of War" - Amal Nath Chakladar
    Tempera, 12" x 16"   
  • "Pujor Chutti" - Amit Sarkar
    Pen & Ink on paper, 10" x 14"   
  • "Pujor Sokal" - Amit Sarkar
    Pencil Drawing, 10" x 10"   
  • "Parbati" - Arun Samadder
    Oil on canvas, 30" x 36"   
  • "Shakti" - Arunima Chowdhury
    Vegetable colour indigo on handmade paper, 30" x 22"   
  • "Durga" - Ashish Pal
    Fibreglass, 29" x x8"   
  • "Bijoya" - Atin Basak
    Temera on acid free board, 20" x 16"   
  • "Durga Durga Durga" - Avishankar Mitra
    Tempera, 11" x 9"   
  • "Benibondhon" - Bageshree Dutta
    Mixed media, 20" x 30"   
  • "Parvatee" - Bhaskar Lahiri
    Pen & Ink on paper, 5" x 7"   
  • "Sarbajanin Utsab" - Biplab Dalai
    Acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36"   
  • "Permission" - Budhaditya Banerjee
    Wash on paper, 14" x 20"   
  • "Ganesh O Janani" - Debabrata Chakrabarti
    Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"   
  • "Ma Durga" - Dipankar Mani
    Water colour and ink, 22" x 30"   
  • "Shibdute Mahasala" - Dipti Chakraborty
    Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 36"   
  • "A Family Portrait" - Goutam Basu
    Tempera on paper bound, 20" x 29"   
  • "Meditation" - Goutam Das
    Etching, 15" x 13"   
  • "Ya Devi Sarba Bhuteshu" - Karunamoy Sur
    Gouache, 12" x 16"   
  • "Ma Durga" - Kiran Kumar Sen
    Pastel, 26" x 18"   
  • "Puspanjali" - Milanendu Mondal
    Acrylic on canvas, 38" x 28"   
  • "Icon" - Manoj Dutta
    Tempera on board, 30" x 20"   
  • "Ma Durga" - Monoj Mitra
    Water colour, 19" x 22"   
  • "Mother" - Mousumi Pal Majumder
    Acrylic , 18" x 24"   
  • "Chinmoyee" - Naba Kumar Chakraborty
    Acrylic on canvas board, 12" x 12"   
  • "Kite Boy" - Niranjan Pradhan
    Bronze, 24" x 11"   
  • "Durga(3)" - Nitya Kundu
    Tempera on nepali paper, 20" x 20"   
  • "Durga" - Popi Banerjee
    Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"   
  • "Shanti Rupeno Sanstthita" - Pradip Moitra
    Water colour, 12" x 11"   
  • "Maheshwari" - Ramananda Bandopadhyay
    Mixed media, 8" x 6"   
  • "Ganesh Janani" - Ramkumar Manna
    Bronze, 9" x 8"   
  • "Durga(2)" - Ratan Acharya
    Water colour (Tempera), 23" x 14"   
  • "Durga VI" - Snehanshu Sekhar Das
    Egg temepera on handmade paper , 20" x 30"   
  • "Ganesh Janani IV" - Stuti Laha
    Wash & water colour on Cloth, 16" x 15"   
  • "Durga" - Subrata Choudhury
    Acrylic on canvas, 16" x 12"   
  • "Durga(10)" - Subrata Gangopadhyay
    Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 30"   
  • "Durga(2)" - Suhas Roy
    Mixed media, 20" x 16"   
  • "Sanatani" - Sukti Subhra Pradhan
    Gouache, 14" x 14"   
  • "Durga" - Suman Dey
    Mixed Media , 23" x 21"   
  • "Durga" - Swati Roy
    Gouache, 20" x 24"   
  • "Durga(2)" - Tamali Dasgupta
    Mixed Media on paper, 18" x 12"   

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