Durga (Devi) is synonymous with Shakti or the Divine Power that
manifests, sustains and transforms the universe as the one unifying
Force of Existence. Shakti is the very possibility of the Absolute’s
appearing as many, of God’s causing this universe. God creates this
world through Srishti-Shakti (creative power), preserves through
Sthiti-Shakti (preservative power), and destroys through Samhara-Shakti
(destructive power). Shakti and Shakta are one; the power and the one
who possesses the power cannot be separated; God and Shakti are like
fire and heat of fire.
– Swami Sivananda

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