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Are Lakshmi and Saraswati Devi Durga’s companions? Lakshmi’s bright yellow appearance suggests she acquired it after bathing in turmeric and Saraswati’s peach and milk complexion emerged from a milk bath. One stands in the east, to the right of Goddess Durga, while the other to the left. They have a mixed facial expression, displaying both rage and pity simultaneously. Pundits say this expression of dual emotions is due to the divine powers of Sun.

According to belief, Goddess Durga’s companions, Jaya and Bijaya are two Yakshinis (mythical beings)and Durga, the very source of ethereal power, manifests herself through the day. She is Saraswati, the sun at dawn and Lakshmi, the fading sun at dusk. In the afternoon, the blazing sun is her own embodiment. The Sun is regarded as another avatar of Krishna or Lord Vishnu. Jaya and Bijaya’s tri-bent pose instantly reminds us of the flute-playing blue god standing in the tribhangaposture. This isa familiar sculpture of Lord Krishna in bronze and brass, depicting him with his flute, and is revered and worshipped in temples across rural Bengal. The idols of Lakshmi and Saraswati standing in tri-bhanga posture might have been inspired by Krishna’s  demeanor.