Origin of Durga
In the ancient times, a
demon called 'Mahishasura' earned the favour of 'Lord Shiva' after a long
meditation. Shiva, pleased with the devotion of the demon, blessed him with a
boon that no man or Deity would be able to kill him. Empowered with the boon,
Mahishasura started his reign of terror over the World. People were killed
mercilessly and even the Gods were driven out from heaven. The Gods went to
Shiva for relief and informed him about the atrocities caused by the demon.
Shiva, who is normally unaware of the happenings in the material world, became
very angry after hearing all this. This anger came out in the form of an
energy from Shiva's third eye and concentrated to form a woman. All the Gods
who were present there contributed their share of energy to this Goddess and
thus Durga, the eternal mother, was born. Riding a lion, she attacked
Mahishasura. After a fierce battle, Durga transformed into Devi Chandika, the
most ferocious form of the Goddess, and beheaded Mahishasura.