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Why Durga Killed Mahishashura – The Significance Of Navratri

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Girls and women have always been ignored for their rights. In today’s modern world, people consider females as weak personalities. But, the story of Navratri hints toward something entirely different! Navratri is celebrated in our country for nine long days in honour of Shakti – the ultimate power that runs the entire Universe. Being a manifestation of Goddess Durga or Parvati, Devi Adishakti is worshipped these nine days to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Maa Durga was the ultimate personality who brought an end to the misery and sorrows of the Trilok by killing the mighty Mahishashura. But, why Durga killed Mahishashura? Who was Mahishashura and how Durga killed Mahishashura? What is the significance of Navratri? 

Why Durga Killed Mahishashura?

Mahishashura, a buffalo-headed personality was born into the kingdom of Asuras. As legends have it, he was born from the union of a demon and a buffalo and thus, he had the power to change his form at his will. Since his childhood, he was a great devotee of Lord Brahma. As he grew into an adult, his greed started increasing. 

why Durga killed Mahishashura

Soon, Mahishashura decided to gain immortality. But, he could not gain such eternal power without pleasing Lord Brahma. He, therefore, performed several years of meditation and penance to impress Lord Brahma. Impressed by his dedication, Lord Brahma emerged before him and asked him to pray for a wish. The cunning demon asked the Lord to bless him with the powers of immortality. He asked Brahma that no human, animal, or Devas should ever be able to kill him. 

Lord Brahma smiled and granted him his desired wish. But, before returning to his abode, he warned him that his end will be one woman. But, the demon did not pay any heed to his words as he thought to himself that no woman will ever be born strong enough to bring his death. Ultimately, this ignorance of the female personality brought his end! But, how Durga killed Mahishashura? Let’s read more.

How Durga killed Mahishashura?

Soon after gaining immortality, he decided to let loose a reign of terror over the three universes in the hope to gain kingship over the Trilok. Feared and scared, the residents of the three lokas approached the Tridev – Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. They realised that Mahishashura cannot be killed by them as he is now immune to their powers. Soon, Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh concentrated their powers into one form and from this huge union of powers – Maa Durga, a manifestation of the powerful Adishakti was born! 

Other Gods also contributed their powers to this personality. Later, all the Gods gave their weapon to this mighty celestial form to fight Mahishashura. Thus, Vishnu gave her his Sudarshana chakra, Shiva gave his Trishoola, Brahma his kamandalu, Indra his Vajra, and the other gods too gave her their weapons. 

Adorned with the weapons, the ten-armed Goddess Durga then headed to bring an end to the life of Mahishashura. Soon after he knew of the existence of Goddess Durga, he sent his men to kill her. But, it was Maa Durga who ultimately killed all the men of the mighty Mahishashura. 

how Durga killed Mahishashura

Learning about these affairs, Mahishashura himself came out in person to defeat Maa Durga. Soon, they faced each other in a battle that lasted for nine days. Ultimately, Maa Durga killed the buffalo-headed demon king Mahishashura on the tenth day, which is now celebrated as Vijayadashami – the day of victory of good over evil. 

The Significance Of Navratri

The nine days long battle between Maa Durga and Mahishashura is now celebrated as Navratri in India. As the significance of Navratri, the nine different manifestations of Goddess Durga are worshipped during the nine days of Navratri by devotees to get the blessings of shakti. 

After learning why Durga killed Mahishashura, Navratri is not only the celebration of the Hindus. People, irrespective of their caste, creed, and religion join in these nine days of celebration to seek the blessings of Maa Adishakti.

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