Durga (Sanskrit: दुर्गा, IAST: Durgā), identified as the
principal Hindu goddess of war, strength and protection. The legend centres around combating evils and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity, and Dharma the power of good over evil.
Durga is also a fierce form of the protective mother goddess, who unleashes her divine wrath against the wicked for the liberation of the oppressed, and entails destruction to empower creation.
In Hinduism, Durga, depicted as riding a lion or tiger, with many arms each carrying a weapon, often defeating Mahishasura (lit. buffalo demon).
Shaktas widely worshipped Goddess Durga and Goddess Durga has importance in other denominations like Shaivism and Vaishnavism. Under these traditions, Durga associated with other goddesses.