Posted: 03 January 2013 at 4:27am | IP Logged
The real question here is - are all the Ma Durgas the same? As discussed in the D&D thread, there is Param Shakti, and then there is Adi Shakti. Now the latter is personified in Parvati, and one of her forms is Durga, and that's the form in which she is worshiped during the Navratri festival.
In fact, even within that, the Durga who killed Mahishashur had 8 arms and the one who killed Shumbha, Nishumbha et al had 18. (In Kolkata, they show her w/ 10 hands in the pandals). These Durgas are derivatives of Parvati, as opposed to the original Param Shakti that this serial seems to be about.