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Mothers Day: Amazing Moms From The Bible And Other Religious Traditions (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/15/2012 2:04 am

Our religious traditions are filled with tales of extraordinary mothers. These mothers were prophetesses and goddesses; and gave birth to gods, prophets and religious leaders.

The mothers from our religious traditions were theologians, artists, warriors and business leaders. Many of them were revolutionaries and feminists in their own time. They were models of compassion, love, grace, self-sacrifice, purity, protectiveness and ferocity.

The heroic deeds and exemplary lives of these mothers have inspired generations of mothers by offering examples of piety and motherhood. In honor of Mother’s Day, HuffPost Religion has compiled a list of mothers from different religious traditions that inspire us. They are revered by Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Taoists.

We want to hear from you. Who are the inspiring mothers from your religious traditions? Email us at with a two-sentence description and we might feature her in our slideshow.

Thank you to all our readers for sharing inspirational mothers from your religious tradition with us.

Durga (Hinduism)
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Durga, lovingly called Maa Durga by Hindus, is a form of Shakti, the creative feminine force. She is depicted in the form of a fierce but kind 18-armed goddess striding atop a lion or a tiger. She is the warrior aspect of the Divine feminine, considered to possess the energy of all the gods, and is widely known as Mahishasur-mardini, the slayer of the demon, Mahishasur. At the annual Durga festival, she is depicted as the mother of Ganesha (god of auspiciousness), Kartikeya (god of war and victory), Saraswati (goddess of learning) and Lakshmi (goddess of wealth).

(Photo: Hindu priests worship in front of statues of Goddess Durga during the Durga puja festival in New Delhi. Photo credit: RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)