Durga, one face of the goddess and mother of preservation and annihilation, is a force of power. Pure power. Astride a tiger and brandishing a trident in one of her many arms, she unleashes retribution with grace.

Photographer Abhineet Dey captured images from the Durga pooja held in Karbi Anglong, Assam, India. She casts shadows deeper in the black and white palette he chose, and we can see the tops of worshippers’ heads as they bend low at the goddess’ feet.