In the ancient Hindu text the Mahabharata, the following is said about calling out to the goddess Durga for help in times of distress and sin:
“[The goddess Durga is] always decked in celestial garlands and attired in celestial robes, — who is armed with sword and shield, and always rescues the worshipper sunk in sin, like a cow in the mire, who in the hours of distress calls upon that eternal giver of blessings for relieving him of their burdens.”1
The goddess Durga is symbolic of the higher feminine spiritual part within ourselves that is referenced in many ancient cultures and traditions around the world.3
In order to remove these “burdens” as they are referred to here, when you observe a negative thought or emotion within, you can pray to your own individual mother goddess (higher feminine spiritual aspect within) to ask her to remove them.
The higher feminine spiritual part within an individual has been depicted in many cultures and traditions such as Durga and Kali in Hinduism, the Virgin Mary in Christianity, the Aztec Goddess Coatlicue, the Sumerian goddess Inanna, the Greek goddess Hecate and many others. Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: A Guide to the Solstices and Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications, 2016), 104-105
Dr. Satya Prakash Choudhary, The Glory of the Goddess – Devi Mahatmyam, 4-5