Goddess Mahishasura Mardini is worshipped as the goddess of final night of during Durga Navaratri festival. Her most celebrated role as Mahishasura Mardini the slayer of Mahisha, the buffalo Demon, is so central to the shakta religion that it merits separate consideration. Mahisha a great Demon (Asura) has undertaken extraordinary asusterities and there by accrued such vast power that even the Gods can no longer defeat him. In successive battles, they lose the three worlds to Mahisha’s superior might and the cosmic order thrown into disorder.
Accordingly, all the Gods simultaneously offer their own individual powers back to their common source. And as they do so, they behold an extraordinary sight, as the source begins to materialize before their eyes. She is Maha Devi, the great Goddess, the mother of all beings, divine and mortal. Taking the warrior form of Her Avatar, Goddess Durga, she departs on her lion mount to meet the Demon
Mahishasura who happened to see this divine beauty Durga got mesmerized by her beauty and approached her with the intention of marriage proposle. Goddess Durga agreed to marry him on one condition that Mahishasura should win over her in duel. Mahishasura who was proudy of his power agreed for the duel . The deul went on for 9 nights and the end of 9th night Goddess Durga beheaded Mahishasura. So the nine nights for which the war was fought is called Navaratri. At last, she and Mahisha alone remain, standing on the corpsestrewn bottlefield, of course, Mahisha can’t win but he takes the forms of many powerful beasts as he tries. While he is in midtransformation from Buffalo back to Human form, Devi finally slays him. Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura and became Mahishasura Mardini. Thus saving the universe, restoring the cosmic order, and earning the title “Mahishasura Mardini”
Prayer to the Goddess who killed Mahishasura.
Ayigiri Nandini Nandita Medini Viswa Vinodini Nandinute,
Girivara Vindhya Sirodhini Vasini Vishnu Vilasini Jishnunute,
Bhagawati hey Siti Kanta kutumbini Bhoori kutumbini Bhoori krute,
Jaya jaya hey Mahishasura Mardini Ramyaka Pardini Shaila Suthe.
Today’s Mahishasuramardini Naivedyam