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Goddess Durga fighting the demon Mahishasura. (Indian Mythology)

Evil Mahishasura was pious in his meditation to Lord Brahma, who granted him a boon that no man or god would be able to conquer him. After this he invaded Heaven and started terrorising gods and drove them out of there. Outraged by this Lord Brahma, Mahesh and Vishnu along with the other gods created the nemesis in the form of a young woman called Durga. She combined the powers of all the gods to defeat Mahishasura and put an end to the terror.

Goddess Durga then attacked Mahishasura's empire and after nine days of fighting, during which much of Mahishasura's army was destroyed, he was finally killed on the tenth day of this fierce battle.

This image stood 14feet tall at the Puja Pandal, in my locality in my hometown Kolkata during Durga Puja 2006.

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