There was once an Asura king, Rambha, who performed a severe penance to please the God Agni. Lord Agni finally appeared before him and granted him the boon of an all conquering son who would take the Asuras to new heights of power. Soon after, Rambha fell in love with Mahishi (a buffalo queen) who bore him the son Mahisasura. However, Mahisasura’s parents died soon after he was born. To attain immortality and invincibility, Mahisasura soon began a severe penance to please the Lord Brahma, the creator of all. Lord Brahma appeared before him but expressed his inability to grant him ‘amaratva’ or immortality and instead gave him the boon which made him invincible to any male- man,animal or Deva alike.
Bolstered, Mahisasura soon conquered the whole of Earth and stopped all Deva worship. But he was not content. The heavenly abode of Indralok was now within his grasp. As he marched towards the heavens, the Gods tried in vain to halt his progress. Soon enough he defeated Lord Indra and drove out the remaining Devas from the heavens. The terrified Devas prayed to the Trideva- Lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu to help them come out of their plight and defeat the Asuras.
As the Devas narrated their haplessness, huge bursts of energy emanated from the Trideva, which rose and combined together. The celestial energy of the Devas soon combined with this immense Shakti and thus the primeval Maa Durga- the creator and destroyer of all, was invoked.
The Devas presented her with all their best weapons for the impending war and soon enough she reached the gates of the heavens riding on her ‘vahana’, the lion.
What ensued was a severe battle lasting ten days. On the tenth day, when Maa Durga had defeated the full Asura army, Mahisasura charged at her, in his buffalo form. But Maa Durga was invincible. She quickly pinned him down and as he tried to emerge from his buffalo form, Maa Durga’s trishul pierced his heart.
The Gods who had watched the entire battle with terror and awe, showered Maa Durga with flower petals and prayed to her for blessings.
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