There was recent news about the accidental discovery of two idols of Devi Durga in Kashmir, one of which has been dated 1200 years old while the other is 1300 years old.

The news bites have labeled her as Durga since she is sitting on a lion's throne. But unlike Ma Durga both the idols show her with just two hands carrying a lotus in one and possibly a decorated sword or what seems to me like a plant stalk in the other hand. Please see the images below:

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So I want to understand if this depiction is true of Goddess Durga or is it some other form of Devi?

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    It is possible that it is some form of Devi Tripurasundari, since Tripurasundari bears the Ikshu Kodanda (sugarcane bow) and the Pushpa Bana (floral arrows); although Tripurasundari has four hands and the above deity has only two.
    – Surya
    Commented Dec 8, 2021 at 8:16
  • It's entirely different but take a look at this - edition.cnn.com/style/article/… Commented Dec 8, 2021 at 17:40
  • Yes I thought so too that it may be a representation of Goddess Tripura Sundari that's why my question.. the Yogini idol is interesting too but I don't think they were worshipped as goddesses as claimed in multiple articles. Commented Dec 9, 2021 at 18:19

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Kashmir has a Shaivat tradition and as she is sitting on lion throne, that is Singhvahini...makes it a depiction of Durga. I think the popularity of Tripurasundari was more in Nepal region.

  • There are many forms of the goddess who ride a lion so I am looking for a more concrete identification Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 12:27

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