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DURGA Worship of Durga the mother-goddess dates back 7000 years Durga is first mentioned in the Mahabharata as a virgin delighting in wine flesh and animal sacrifice although her primary scripture is the Chandi Durga has many different forms which are often quite different As Uma she plays the role of the lover and Sivas Sakti although later tradition has Durga dance on the corpse of Siva As Sakti she is the ultimate female principle of energy and motion and she can manifests what ever she wants More widespread worship of her is found in texts of the 4th and 7th centuries with the revival of the worship of goddesses She is the only female deity after whom and entire Upanisad is named As Kali she is the black fierce goddess of death and destruction the Power of Eternal Time Because of this Durga is the giver of both life and death Throughout India many retellings exist of the slaying of Mahisa the buffalo demon In ancient times a demon called Mahishasura earned the favor of Lord Shiva after a long meditation Siva having 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 Siva for relief and informed him about the atrocities caused by the demon Siva 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 Sivas 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
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