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The day of Durga's victory

Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra is one of the most important Hindu festivals. The day marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.

This sculpture from the 13th century Chennakesava Temple at Somanathapura depicts the battle between Durga and the demon Mahishasura...



Here's the story depicted in the above sculpture...

As per Shiva Purana and Devi Mahatmyah, Mahishasura, the son of demon Rambha, unleashed a reign of terror on earth. When gods intervened, Mahishasura defeated gods and banished them from heaven. Vanquished, gods, headed by Brahma and Vishnu, sought Lord Shiva's help. As they narrated their woeful tale, immense mass of light manifested from Lord Shiva's left half, which was joined by similar rays that emerged from the enraged faces of gods. This mass of light transformed into a woman with ten arms. Adishakti re-manifested as Durga to slay Mahishasura. Armed with celestial weapons of all deities and decked with divine ornaments, Durga rode into the battle field and challenged demons for battle. Mahishasura's entire army, led by demons like Chikshur, Chamar, Asiloma, Vidalaksha, Durdhara, Durmukha, Mahahanu and many more attacked Durga at once. But Durga slew all of them with unparalleled cruelty. An enraged Mahishasura attacked Durga in guise of a buffalo. But Durga bound it with ropes. The buffalo morphed into a lion and lept on Durga, but she beheaded it with her sword. At this, Mahishasura began to fight in the form of a swordsman. Durga pinned him down with a torrent of arrows. Mahishasura now assumed form of a giant elephant and tugged at Durga's lion. Durga lopped off its trunk with her sword and freed her lion. The elephant turned into a buffalo and charged at Durga. Sipping from her wine cup, Durga flung her trident and beheaded Mahishasura, finally killing him.

26 comments:

  1. Quite a battle that is. Our ancestors had grand imagination.

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  2. That's quite a complex story, but I'm honestly not sure if I understand it right. It's an interesting sculpture nonetheless.

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  3. That was some battle of light against the darkness.

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  4. The detail is amazing! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  5. The detail in the sculpture is amazing.

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  6. Loved the story as well as the statue.

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  7. Thank you for the picture and the story!

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  8. I like all the many details of this sculpture. beautiful photo of it to

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  9. There is a lot of detail in that sculpture.

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  10. Fantastic image! Thanks for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  11. And they say there's too much violence on TV. Great picture; amazing carving.

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  12. Amazing how much detail survives for so long.
    Visiting from Sunday's in my City.

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  13. Thank you for such a rich and interesting post, and that sculpture is just beyond words! Such detail throughout!

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  14. Beautiful monument, wonderful background story.

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  15. The sculpture is wonderful, enjoyed the story!!

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  16. Beautiful, and we're losing so many of these wonderful sculptures. Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! :)

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  17. Very interesting! The sculpture is beautiful. So detailed.

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  18. you are linking to my meme NF Inspiring photo. But I can´t find a backlink. You should mention to what meme you are linking.

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  19. I am so fortunate that my wonderful Bangalore host took me to see this very temple which was an incredible experience. Durga, a goddess after my own heart...sipping her wine, then slaying the enemy!

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