Photographer's Note

“Vijoya” is Victory.
Today is believed to be the day when Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura.
(Mahish is Buffalo and Asura is Demon. So Mahish-asura was a buffalo demon).

This is the end of Mahishasura, the most powerful anti-hero of Indian mythology.
He was blessed by Brahma (creator of the Universe) that he would not be killed by any living thing except a female strength (or Shakti).
Powered by the boon, Mahishasura attacked the kingdom of Gods and defeated them.
All the Gods were male!

Mahishasura started torturing sages, slaughtering men, women and children and finally tried to dislodge the Gods from Heaven.
Now, Indra, king of Gods, called an urgent conference of Gods to find out how to kill the asura. According to war-plan chalked out in that conference, a Super Energy, combining individual powers of all Gods, was created in the form of a female Shakti.
This supreme deity is Goddess Durga.

After a fierce battle that lasted ten days, Durga could ultimately destroy Mahishasura.

Though Bhagabat Purana says that the demon was terminated when Durga’s Chakra or discus broke the demon’s body into two pieces, the popular story is that the trident was stabbed into his heart to kill him.

To commemorate this victory - victory of truth over evil - the Durga Puja (i.e., worship of Durga) is celebrated every year in autumn as a festival.
Today is that tenth day, the day of triumph (Vijaya).

I wish Happy Vijoya to all.

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  • Copyright: Alekhya Sundar (aleXundar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 265] (1256)
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  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-00-00
  • Categories: Festivals
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-10-14 1:57
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