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Slaying of demon Mahishasura

  1. Slaying of Mahishasura - Mahishasura defeats the Devas and conquers the Heaven
  2. Slaying of Mahishasura - Devi manifests from the combined powers of Devas
  3. Slaying of Mahishasura - The Devas decorate the Devi with various Weapons and Ornaments


Slaying of demon Mahishasura - Mahishasura defeats the Devas and conquers the Heaven - from Devi Mahatmyam:

Devi Durga 2.1: Om, the Rishi said,

2.2: In earlier times, there was a war between the Devas and the Asuras which continued for full hundred years. The Lord of the Asuras was Mahisha (i.e. Mahishasura) and the Lord of the Devas was Purandara (i.e. Indra).

2.3: There (i.e. in that battle), by the great valour of the Asuras the army of the Devas were defeated. After conquering all the Devas, Mahishasura became the Indra (i.e. Lord of the Heaven).

2.4: Then the defeated Devas went to Padmayoni (Seated on Lotus) Prajapati (Brahma). Then headed by him (i.e. Lord Brahma) they went to the place where Isha (i.e. Lord Shiva) and Garuda Dhwaja (i.e. Lord Vishnu) were present.

2.5: There they (i.e. the Devas) told about Mahishasura and how they were defeated by him, in details.

2.6: (Mahishasura) took control of the jurisdiction of Surya, Indra, Agni, Anila, Indu, Yama, Varuna and other (Devas); After taking control, he himself is abiding as the Master.

2.7: All the Devas having been ousted (from Heaven) were in Earth, wandering like ordinary mortals; (To such a pitiable condition the Devas have been reduced to) by the evil-natured Mahishasura.

2.8: (The Devas told to Lord Vishnu and Shiva) All that was done by the enemy of the Amaras (i.e. Immortal Devas) have been related to you; We have taken Your refuge; Please be propitious and think of a way of slaying him (i.e. Mahishasura).

2.9: Having heard the words of the Devas, Madhusudana (i.e. Vishnu) became angry, and the eyebrows of Shambhu (i.e. Shiva) assumed a fierce frown over His face.

2.10: Then, from the face of Chakrini (i.e. Vishnu) which was filled with intense anger, there issued forth Mahat Tejas (i.e. great fiery Energy), and similarly from the face of Brahma and Shankara (issued forth fiery energies).


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Slaying of demon Mahishasura - Devi manifests from the combined powers of Devas - from Devi Mahatmyam:

Devi Durga 2.9: Having heard the words of the Devas, Madhusudana (i.e. Vishnu) became angry, and the eyebrows of Shambhu (i.e. Shiva) assumed a fierce frown over His face.

2.10: Then, from the face of Chakrini (i.e. Vishnu) which was filled with intense anger, there issued forth Mahat Tejas (i.e. great fiery Energy), and similarly from the face of Brahma and Shankara (issued forth fiery energies).

2.11: Thereafter, from the bodies of Shakra (i.e. Indra) and other Devas came out Su-Mahat Tejas (i.e. very great fiery energies), and they all united together.

2.12: A very great fiery mass (Tejas) blazed like a mountain; The Devas saw that, the blaze of Fire was pervading all quarters till the end.

2.13: The incomparable mass of Energies (Tejas) which were produced from the bodies of all the Devas, and became united (to become a huge fiery mass), from that arose a Woman (Nari), (Whose Lustre) pervaded the three Worlds.

2.14: From the Tejas of Shambhu Her Face came into being,
From (the Tejas of) Yama Her Hair (came into being),
From the Tejas of Vishnu Her Arms (came into being),

2.15: From (the Tejas of) Saumya (Moon) Her pair of Breasts (came into being),
From the (Tejas of Indra) Her Waist came into being,
From (the Tejas of) Varuna Her Shanks and Thighs (came into being),
And from the Tejas of Bhumi (Earth) Her Hips (came into being),

2.16: From the Tejas of Brahma Her Feet (came into being),
From the Tejas of Arka (Sun) the corresponding Fingers (came into being),
From the Tejas of Vasus the Fingers of Her Hands (came into being),
And from (the Tejas of) Kubera Her Nose (came into being),

2.17: From the Tejas of Prajapati Her Teeth came into being,
and from the Tejas of Pavaka (i.e. Agni) Her Three Eyes (came into being),

2.18: From the Tejas of Sandhyas Her Eyebrows came into being,
and from (the Tejas of) Anila (i.e. Vayu) Her Ears (came into being);
Other Devas too emanated their Tejas (which united to form the great) Auspicious (Devi).

2.19: Then, (the Devi) who came into being by the combination of the Teja Rashi of all the Devas (shone with Divine Lustre); By looking at Her, all the Amaras (Immortal Devas) became Joyful, (the Amaras who still now were dejected by) being oppressed by Mahishasura.


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Slaying of demon Mahishasura - The Devas decorate the Devi with various Weapons and Ornaments - from Devi Mahatmyam:

Devi Durga 2.20: The wielder of Pinaka (i.e. Lord Shiva) gave Her a Shula (Trident) by drawing a Shula (Trident) from His own Shula (Trident),
Krishna (i.e. Lord Vishnu) gave Her a Chakra (Discus) by bringing forth a Chakra (Discus) from His own Chakra (Discus),

2.21: Varuna (gave Her) a Shankha (Conch),
Hutashana (i.e. Agni) gave Her a Shakti (Spear),
Maruta gave Her a Chapa (Bow) and quiver full of Bana (Arrows),

2.22: Indra, the Lord of the Amaras, gave Her a Vajra by drawing a Vajra (from his own Vajra),
Sahasraksha (i.e. Indra) also gave Her a Bell from his elephant Airavata,

2.23: Yama gave Her a Kala Danda (by drawing a Danda) from his own Danda,
The Lord of Waters (i.e. Varuna) gave Her a Pasha (Noose),
Brahma, the Prajapati, gave Her an Akshamala (Rosary) and a Kamandalu (Water Pot),

2.24: Divakara (i.e. Surya) filled every pore of Her Skin (Samasta Rama Kupa) with his own Rashmi (Rays),
Kala (Time) gave Her a spotless Khadga (Sword) and a Charma (Shield),

2.25: Kshiroda (i.e. Milky Ocean) gave Her a pure Hara (Necklace) and an Ambara (Garment) which does not decay (Ajara),
Also, a divine Chudamani (Crest Jewel) and divine Kundala (Ear Rings),

2.26: He also gave a (shining) white Ardha Chandra (Half Moon) and Keyura (Bracelets) for all Her Arms (Bahu),
A pair of spotless Nupura (Anklets) and an incomparable Graiveyaka (Necklace),

2.27: And finally Anguliyaka (Finger Rings) bedecked with Gems for all Her Fingers,
Vishwakarma gave Her a spotless Parashu (Axe) ...

2.28: ... and various other Astras (Weapons) and an Avedhya (Impenetrable) Damshan (Armour),
He also gave Her an Amlan (Unfading) Pankaja Mala (Garland of Lotuses) for Her Head (Shira) and another for Her Breast (Uras),

2.29: And also a very beautiful Lotus (Pankaja) for Her Hand (Anjali),
Himavan gave Her the Vahana (Carrier) Simha (Lion) (to ride on) besides various other Ratnas (Jewels),

2.30: Dhana Adhipa (Kubera) gave Her a Panapatra (Cup) of Sura (Wine) which does not get empty (Ashunya),
Shesha, the Lord of all the Nagas, (drawing a Necklace) bedecked with Mahamani (Excellent Gems), ...

2.31: ... gave Her a Naga Hara (Special Necklace of Nagas); (This was a gift from that Shesha) who supports the entire Prithivi (Earth),
The other Devas too likewise gave the Devi various Bhushana (Ornaments) and Ayudha (Weapons),


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