According to Hindu mythology a demon named Mahishasura, earned the
favor of Lord Shiva after a long and hard penance. Lord Shiva, impressed
with his devotion, blessed him that no man or deity would be able to kill
him and that only a woman can kill him. Mahishasur was very pleased with
this boon as he thought that a woman can never defeat him. Arrogant
Mahishasura started his reign of terror over the Universe and people were
killed mercilessly. He even attacked the abode of the gods and conquered the
heavens and became their leader.
The Defeat Of Gods
After their defeat and humiliation at the hands of Mahishasur, the gods
took refuge under Lord Brahma, who took them to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
The only solution left was the creation of a woman who possess the ultimate
power to fight and defeat Mahishasur. Pure energy blazed forth from Brahma,
Vishnu and Shiva - the trinity forming the pure energy of Godhood, all
concentrating at one point that took the form of Goddess Durga.
Culmination Of Energies
Her face reflected the light of Shiva, her ten arms were from Lord Vishnu,
her feet were from Lord Brahma, the tresses were formed from the light of
Yama, the god of death and the two breasts were formed from the light of
Somanath, the Moon God, the waist from the light of Indra, the king of gods,
the legs and thighs from the light of Varun, the god of oceans and hips from
the light of Bhoodev (Earth), the toes from the light of Surya (Sun God),
fingers of the hand from the light of the Vasus, the children of Goddess
river Ganga and nose from the light of Kuber, the keeper of wealth for the
Gods. The teeth were formed from the light of Prajapati, the lord of
creatures, the Triad of her eyes was born from the light of Agni, the Fire
God, the eyebrows from the two Sandhyas,ie, sunrise and sunset, the ears
from the light of Vayu, the god of Wind. Thus from the energy of these gods,
as well as from many other gods, was formed the goddess Durga.
Power Of Weapons
The gods then gifted the goddess with their weapons and other divine
objects to help her in her battle with the demon, Mahishasura. Lord Shiva
gave her a trident while Lord Vishnu gave her a disc. Varuna, gave her a
conch and noose, and Agni gave her a spear. From Vayu, she received arrows.
Indra, gave her a thunderbolt, and the gift of his white-skinned elephant
Airavata was a bell. From Yama, she received a sword and shield and from
Vishwakarma (god of Architecture), an axe and armor. The god of mountains,
Himavat gifted her with jewels and a lion to ride on. Durga was also given
many other precious and magical gifts, new clothing, and a garland of
immortal lotuses for her head and breasts.