Durga Mahatman, Durga Puran or the Chandi as the book is known
narrates the story of the Goddess. It tells how the Goddess
killed numerous demons including the dreaded buffalo demon,
days ago in the city of Kola there was a king called Surath
who was ousted from his land by his own ministers whom he
trusted a lot. He fled into the jungles, lost his way and
found himself in front of a beautiful hermitage.
stepped inside. That was the ashram of the rishi Medha.
The sage welcomed the king,
and Surath started staying there. The atmosphere was serene.
Birds used to sing, animals used to prance around and everyone
was very happy.Surath was not at peace. He used to think about
Kola all the time. One day there arrived a stranger in the
ashram.His name was Samadhi. His wife and children had grabbed
all his land and wealth and had driven him out of the house.
Samadhi started staying in Medha
Rishi's ashram but his thoughts were still with his wife
Both Surath and Samadhi then approached the rishi Medha oneday.
hey wanted to know, how they could rid their lives of the worries
Medha started talking to them. He said
Maya is the creator of attachment. Even though you are intelligent
men you are behavng foolishly because of the Maya created by the
great Goddess Mahamaya. Not only are the mortal beings victims of
Mahamaya's Maya, even the Devas are not spared. She is the Eternal
One. To save the world from the cluthches from the forces of th
evil ones, she takes various avtaars.
After the MahaPralaya, creation was destroyed. Everything was
under water. On that water, Shree Vishnu was resting on the coils
of the AnataShesh. The rest was a YogaNidra created by the
YogaMaya. From the navel of Vishnu, out came a lotus flower, on
which was seated Brahma. From the dirt of Vishnu's ears, suddenly
two demons, Madhu and Kaitava took birth. Seeing Brahma in front
of them, they rushed to kill him. Brahma then started praying to
Yogamaya. Pleased with Brahma's prayers, Yogamaya released her
spell from Vishnu who then woke up. Vishnu attacked the two asuras
empty handed. A fierce battle started. Under the spell of
Mayamaya's Maya, the asuras told Vishnu to ask for a boon which
they would grant. Vishnu said then let your edath be from my
hands. The Asuras looked around and said, So be it, but you will
have to kill us in a place where there is no water. Vishnu then
caught the asuras by the locks of their hair and using his
Sudarshana Chakra, beheaded them.
Once , the buffalo demon began praying to Brahma. Brahma gave him
a boon, that he would die only in the hands of a woman. Believing
that he had become invincible, Mahisha along with his asuras
attacked the devas. A fierce battle took place between the Devas
and the Asuras. The Devas lost and the Asuras then captured the
heavens. The Devas fled to the Earth. There along with Brahma they
started praying to Mahamaya. Thinking of their plight, the Devas
became angry. There faces started glowing. The glow took the form
of a bright light. That light took the shape of a many handed
woman. The devas offered the Devi a weapon each. They gave her
wonderful dresses and Himalaya offered her a Lion. Astride the
lion, the devi began to roar. To see what had happened,
Mahishasura came out of his palace. The big worriers in Mahisha's
army,(Chikshur, Chamar, Mahahanu,Biralaksha, Vakshal) ¢Qr¥l, Q¡jl,
jq¡qe¨, ¢hs¡m¡r, h¡úm, attacked the Goddess. The Goddess killed
them all. Then Mahisha attacked the Goddess. Assuming the shape of
a wild buffalo and using his hooves, tail and mouth, the asura
started hurting the devas who were there to assist the Devi. The
Devi then caught Mahisha in a noose. Mahisha then assumed the
shape of a lion. The Devi chopped the Lion's head. Mahisha then
assumed a man's form. On killing that, the asura assumed the form
of a elephant. The Devi chopped off the elephant's trunk. Mahisha
again assumed te form of a buffalo. The Devi picked up a bowl of
nectar, and slowly sipping that she looked at Mahisha and said :
Suddenly, the Devi jumped on Mahisha's back. With one foot she
pressed down his throat and she pushed her (trident)n§m into
Mahisha. Mahisha assuming his demon form emerged from the buffalo.
Using her sword, the devi then chopped off Mahish's head. Mahisha
The Devas began praying to the goddess. They said Maa, you have
created this universe. You are the strength of all. Devatas,
Rishis, Yakhas, Kinnaras all pray to you. Even Brahma, Vishnu and
Mheshwar donot know you fully. For the Dharmik you are Lakshmi,
for the adharmis you are Alakshmi. You are Buddhi, you are Lajja,
you are shraddha. You were there lways and will be there forever.
You are the adhar for all, You are Prakriti. You are Swaha. You
are Swadha. You save the earth by killing the numerous asuras. After
Mahishasura, two more demon brothers, Shumbha and Nishumbha
started troubling the asuras. They forcibly snatched off the
heaven from the Devas and pushed tem away. The devas then started
praying to Mahamaya. At that moment, Parvati was going to have a
bath in the river. She asked the Devas whom they were praying to.
On listening to their tale of woe, from Parvati's body emerged a
female form, Devi Kaushiki. Upon the emergence of Kaushiki,
Parvati's body turned black and she then became known as Kalika.
Kaushiki was spotted by Chanda and Munda, Shumbha Nishumba's two
assistants. They reported to their masters, that they had seen a
beautiful woman.Shumbha then sent a messanger to Kaushiki. The
messanger, Sugriva, went to Kaushiki and said My masters Shumbha
andNishumbha are the rulers of the heavens. They have sent me to
you. They want you to marry either Sumbha or Nishumbha, the choice
is yours. The Devi said I am foolish woman. I have made a very
stupid promise that I will marry only that person who can defeat
me in warfare. Tell your masters, whoever can defeat me in battle
can win me. On hearing this, Shumbha sent Dhumralochana to capture
the devi. Initially the asura tried to persuade the devi to
accompany him, but when she refused, he rushed to capture her. The
Devi uttered a manta and the asura was reduced to ashes. On
hearing this, Shumbha sent Chanda and Munda to capture the Devi.
On seeing Chanda nad Munda coming, the Devi wriggled her eyebrows.
From the eyebrows emerged a ferocious looking Devi with a sword
and a noose in her hands. She was wearing a tiger skin around her
body. Her big eyes were red and from her tongue salive was
flowing. She was Kali. Kali jumped among the asuras and started
killing them. She killed Chanda and Munda and dragged their bodies
to Kaushiki. She said