Durga Puja Essay
Mrityostulyam Trilokeem Graisitumatirasat Nihsrita
Kim Nu Jihva Kim Va
With their hands folded and shoulders drooping as a gesture of absolute
submission, Gods gathered around the magnanimous Mother of the Universe
after she had relinquished the mighty demon Mahishasura.
Krinshanngri Padm Srinibhiranunita Krishnapadyah Padavya Prapta Sandhya
Smaraih Swayam iti Nuti Bhi Trisra Ityuhyamanaih Devaih
Devyastrulkshtamahis Juso Rakta Dharah Jayanti
Gods were absolutely taken aback as they saw streams of blood gushing out
of the levianthon Mahishasura. They could not decide whether it was the all
devastating red tongue of Mrityu or death darting out to consume all three
lokas or is this the mighty current of Ganges that has turned red by coming
in contact with lacre smeared on Lord Krishna's feet. Or is it the sandhya
(evening) time and Lord Shiva has himself resumed his routine tandava dance?
Glory unto the blood stream gushing out Mahishasura body as he is stabbed by
Mother Mahishamardini's trident.
Mahisa took over the stage of world affairs and righteousness, piety and
all other human values were on the verge of extinction. All votaries of
virtue and righteousness were disintegrated and there was no hope of
revival. Mahisa was by nature a furious expression of brutal might, ruthless
subjugation and unruly cosmic derangement that conflicting all civic and
cultural values. His devastating wrath was incredible. He could empty oceans
by hitting them with his tail. Earth would get smashed to bits as he stamped
it with his mighty hoofs. His enormous horns would disperse flakes of clouds
in the heavens. And merely the force of his hissing would hurl huge
mountains into the sky.... He was a living bomb that had explosive power of
billions and trillions of kilo tons.
Who could kill him?
Might of all seers and Gods were trifling before Mahishasura. They cried in
despair as they were grieving. Ultimately, it was the power of these Gods
and Seers that were accumulated and manifestated in the form of a Goddess.
Her stature was as magnanimous as the universe. She was pervading the entire
universe with her profile. The Goddess carried all weapons belonging to all
Gods and demigods. When she twanged her bow the sound filled all quarters
and Mahisa was bewildered. "What is this?", he shouted as he
dashed towards Jagadambika, the Mother of the Universe to assault her. And
the stupendous battle between righteousness and evil started.
It took Her only a while to annihilate all vicious demons who were
subservient to Mahisa, the embodiment of evil. Finally She was all set to
terminate the buffalo demon. He began to attack from various direction, in
innumerable forms. He became a lion, an elephant and then disappeared.
Goddess Durga jumped on him. Her vehicle, the lion, grappled with the
mighty demon. She stamped him under her feet and poked her trident straight
into his neck ..thus the dread full demon was finished.
Gods rejoiced and as they gathered to felicitate the Divine Mother. They
were confused about what they saw in front of them..a massive current of
stream of blood flowing from Mahisa's body. They wondered was it death's
darting tongue? or Ganga has turned red. Or is it Shiva himself with his
dance of devastation during the dusk??