In many places in the Rig Veda,we come across verses in praise of the God of Fire ( Agni ) . In Taitreya Upanishad,these verses are combined into a prayer called ' Durga Suktam '.
Durga Suktam is also part of Mahanarayana Upanishad.
Chanting the Durga Suktam will definitely bring you to explosive experiences.Even if you have never experienced the immense power and grace of Shakti despite trying , reciting this Durga Suktam again and again will accomplish this !
In this veda, it praises and describes Lord Agni a lot and describes as to how Agni guides us like a boatman towards enlightenment or mukti.
This suktam ends with the well- known Durga Gayatri Mantra - ( Om Kaatyaayanaya Vidmahe Kanyakumari Dhiimahi Tanno Durgih Prachodayaat )
Agni is the one who connects us with the divine.This is the reason why so much importance is given to Agni in rituals and worships.
Agni,the Lord of Fire , symbolises the power of action.Goddess Durga also represents dynamism and the power of purposeful action ( kriya shakti ). Hence,though some of these verses are directly addressed to Agni,all are taken as being addressed to Mother Durga as well
Here is a clip of Durga Suktam recitation :
And here is a tutorial video for learning the Durga Suktam.It is inclusive of the english translation of the meaning of this mantra :
Durga Suktam for learning
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Durga Suktam is an important part of Sri Vidya mantra.
Durga Suktam infuses you with the the presence of Shakti very quickly.You could say it is like a direct call to the Divine Mother.
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You can chant this durga suktam in addition to other elaborate rituals - such as abisheka ( ritual bathing of consecrated idol ) , puja, yagya and so on.
It may take several chantings to get the feeling of getting connected to Divine Mother.Go on chanting durga suktam for about 3 times or 6 .. or 9 ( auspicious ).. Then you can inevitably experience Divine Mother's unbound Love.
Best of luck.May the Cosmic Mother inspire us to learn Durga Suktam.
Video above : Children reciting the Durga Suktam at the beginning in swasti mode.Courtesy : Vedam class Nandhi Ashramam,Sungai Petani
In addition, there are counterparts called Medha Suktam and Shri Suktam of our vedas for the other aspects of the divine mother.
Shri Suktam for learning