durga is more of vishnu-shakti than shiva -shakti in Spiritual Discussions Posted December 13, 2008 · Report reply Is Durga specifically called a "goddess" or "Hindu goddess" in any scripture? What are these terms that are used by the Hindu laity based on? Where is she explicitly described as a "Hindu goddess?" DEVI Mahatmyam. The title of the scripture describing her origin even has the word 'goddess' in it! Since the scriptures are written in Sanskrit, you can quibble all you want with any translation of words like "deva." Or you can use the original words and understand the concept behind them. I think the less-than-ideal iskcon translation as "demigod" is just trying to get across the point that they are elevated beings but not on the same level as God/Brahman. If you think they mean something else by it, you are welcome to explain yourself. It's not my translation. I think they're trying to promote their philosophy by being dishonest in their translation. I don't see how one can get 'demigod' or 'demigoddess' out of 'deva' or 'devi'. Krishna is called 'Vasudeva' and no one translates that as 'demigod of the Vasu clan'. Balaram is called 'Baladeva' and no one translates that as 'strong demigod'. They aren't trying to give the 'general idea of the passage' in translating it like that. They're just incorporating their own ideas into their biased translations. Every so often we get another round of Shaivite/Shaktaite postings by authors who think they can convince those silly little Hare Krishna people to give up their Vishnu-centric beliefs by quoting from some esoteric section of a virtually unknown smriti that extols the virtues of some other devata. I thought this was where you were coming from. If not, then we have nothing here to disagree about as far as I can tell. I have no problem with people worshipping MahaVishnu. I'm not trying to make anyone give up their worship of Vishnu. I would just like it if some of Lord Vishnu's worshipers would stop degrading the other devas and devis, as if it were some alternate way of praising Vishnu.