The nine eternal Forms of Durga Mata Marble Murti Deated during Navaratri festival are known as the Shekhawati or the Triforms. The names of the Shekhawati are as follows Shehnag, Shekar, Karthik, Shankh, Vatsyayana, Erand, Kamdudha, Erandak, Jaigar, Radha, and Sita. The nine forms of Durga used in worship on this festival are known as the Devaras. These Devaras have names as well.
The first form of Durga Mata Marble Statue used in worship is known as the Karthik. It is considered to be a holy stone for worship. Its color is usually dark red, brown, or black. The stone is decorated with cut out designs and is mostly crafted using metal bands, golden luster, jute mesh, and inlaid stones.
The second form of Durga Mata Marble Murti used in worship is known as the Shekhawati. This stone is considered to be very auspicious and is associated with various important goddesses. The stone is crafted using silver or gold and is decorated using semi-precious gems and mother of pearl. The stone can also be crafted using semi-precious gemstones and mother of pearl.
The third type of Durga Mata Marble Statue used in worship is known as the Karthikushpi. The name of this form of Durga is derived from the Kuralaya region in the Eastern India. The stone is crafted using jute mesh. The word “kerma” means red and is derived from the red clay that was used to weave the cloth. The cloth is used as a cape for the goddess to wear while going to the Geetakon Ka at her temple.
The fourth type of Durga Mata Marble Murti is called the Panchamrut. It is basically the same as the Karthikushpi form but is crafted using golden yellow or white stones. The Panchamrut has floral and leaf prints on it. The most prominent part of the Panchamrut is its forehead which is adorned with the similar colored stones. The word “Panchamrut” literally means golden splendor.
The fifth type of Durga Mata Marble Statue used in Navaratri festival is known as the Kshar. It is basically a small pile of red clay or a paste which contains the effluence of the goddess. This paste is made by women. The Kshar is believed to have many powers in itself like good fortune, health and wealth. The Kshar is traditionally made on the solstices of the feet. This stone is believed to be a representative of the goddess herself.
The final type of Durga is known as the Agnitundi. It is the stone used for the forehead of the lord Vishnu. Agnitundi is actually a small pile of dry leaves. This is the reason why the Agnitundi is not used to make a holy book. The reason being that this particular stone absorbs light from the Sun and reflecting it back to the devotee making the white color of the Agnitundi.
It is interesting to note that all the forms of Durga are not solely worshiped for their own merits. They are also used for other important reasons. For example the pink colored Agnitundi is used to symbolize the beauty of the female genitals.
The other important stone used for this purpose is the red one. The color of red represents the blood of the Hindu god. The Agnitundi in red also represents purity and celibacy. The Agnitundi in the form of a small red pile or a small red dot on the forehead is believed to be a form of dedication to the divine feminine force.
The Agnitundi is also used as a form of protection against evil spirits. According to Hindu myth it was the goddess’s son who tricked the evil king of gods into eating the fruit of the tree which fell to the earth. The Agnitundi is hence believed to protect the devotees from all evil forces around. In some areas of Rajasthan, this type of stone is used for all the Goddess’ rituals apart from Navaratri.
The white Agnitundi is used to express epitaphs for those who have passed away. It is also believed that this white stone holds miraculous powers that can make the deceased come back to earth or the heavens. In some parts of Rajasthan, this type of stone is also used for the funeral prayers.
The final form of Agnitundi is the pink colored marble. This stone is believed to be imbued with the strength of nature as it is said to be the representative of the earth. This type of stone is traditionally used for exterior decor in homes. It is a symbol of good luck for a person and is used for various flooring applications as well. A lot of designers use this particular deity for making tabletops and wall carvings.