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Mahishasura Mardini
Mahishasura Mardini is the incarnation of Goddess Durga who had taken birth to kill the asura king Mahisasura. Mahishasura was the king who ruled the kingdom of Mahisha or Mahishaka. According to Hindu Puranas, Mahisha was the son of an asura King Rambha who had fallen in love with a beautiful female buffalo named Shyamala. Shyamala was a princess who became a water buffalo due to the curse. Rambha due to his magical powers took the form of a male buffalo and by their union Mahisha was born with the head of a buffalo and human body. Mahishasura has the magical power to take the form of buffalo and human according to his wish. In Sanskrit language, Mahisha means Buffalo.

Mahishasura ruined the life of humans and conquered Earth (Prithvi Lokam) as well as Deva Loka (Swarga Lokam) by attacking Lord Indra, the King of Devas. All Gods and Goddess approached Lord Vishnu for a solution. Thus the powers of Trimurtis - the Trinity of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadeva - joined together for the creation of Goddess Durga (Mahamaya).

Goddess Durga was incarnated with ten arms, each having different warriors with Lion as her vehicle and possesses the power to destroy the demon rakshas Mahisha. Durga Maa went to fight with Mahisha and at the end of the fierce fight she got victory over Mahishasura. Thus Durga got the name Mahishasuramardini (The one who killed demon Mahisha). As Goddess save the world from the demon, Durga came to be known as the Mother of the Universe who embodies the primeval source of all power.
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Mah Gowri
The name Mahagauri means extremely white, as she was white in colour and very beautiful (Maha, महा = great; Gauri, गौरी = white). Mahagauri is usually depicted with four hands, the hands holding a trident, lotus and drum, while the fourth is in a blessing gesture. The lotus is sometimes replaced with a rosary. She rides a white bull, usually shown wearing white clothes.

The story of Mahagauri's origins is as follows: The demons Shumbha and Nishumbha could only be killed by a female child of Parvati. Hence, as advised by Brahma, Shiva used his magic to turn Parvati's skin black, giving Parvati the epithet "Kali", meaning "black". However, the word "Kali" can also mean "death", so Parvati was teased. Parvati was agitated by this teasing, so she performed severe penance to Brahma so as to get her fair complexion back. She succeeded in her penance and was advised by Brahma to take a bath in the Mansarovar River in Himalaya. As she took a bath, her dark skin separated from her and took the form of a female. She was called Kaushiki, being born from the skin of Parvati. As a result of the separation of her black skin, Parvati got her white fair complexion back, and so she gained the epithet "Mahagauri". Still, for the task of demons' assassination, she gave her fair complexion to Kaushiki and she (Parvati) again attained the form of Kali. Goddesses Saraswati and Lakshmi provided their powers to Kali as a result of which Kali transformed into Chandi (Chandraghanta). Chandi killed demon Dhumralochan. Chanda and Munda were killed by Goddess Chamunda who appeared out from the third eye of Chandi. Chandi then transformed into Kaalratri again to kill Raktabija and Kaushiki had killed Shumbh and Nishumbh, after which she got merged with Kali to transform her back into Gauri. Hence, Goddess Kaushiki too got merged with Parvati, hence giving her the titles of Mahasaraswati and Ambika.

Another story tells that Parvati a dark complexion, but in a different version runs as follows: Goddess Parvati made up her mind to perform an austere penance as advised by Sage Narad so that she might beget Lord Shiva as her husband. So, she renounced all the comforts of the palace and started performing penance in the forest. Her severe penance continued for many years. She braved heat and cold, rains and drought and terrible storms. Her body was covered with dust, earth, soil and leaves of trees. She had developed a blackish skin over her body. At last, Lord Shiva appeared before her and gave his solemn word that he would marry her. He bathed her vigorously by the holy waters of the Ganga emanating from his matted hair. The holy and sacred waters of Ganga washed off all the dirt clinging to Parvati’s person and she became white-complexioned and glorious. Thus by virtue of having acquired a white complexion, Parvati came to be known as Mahagauri (Extremely Fair).

Mother Gauri is Devi, Shakti or the Mother Goddess, who appears in many forms, such as Durga, Parvati, Kali and others. She is auspicious, brilliant and protects the good people while punishing those who perform evil deeds. Mother Gauri enlightens the spiritual seeker and removes the fear of rebirth by granting salvation.
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Durga
The word Durga (दुर्गा)(দুর্গা) literally means "impassable", "invincible, unassailable". It is related to the word Durg (दुर्ग)(দুর্গ) which means "fortress, something difficult to defeat or pass". According to Monier Monier-Williams, Durga is derived from the roots dur (difficult) and gam (pass, go through). According to Alain Daniélou, Durga means "beyond defeat".

The word Durga, and related terms appear in the Vedic literature, such as in the Rigvedahymns 4.28, 5.34, 8.27, 8.47, 8.93 and 10.127, and in sections 10.1 and 12.4 of the Atharvaveda. A deity named Durgiappears in section 10.1.7 of the Taittiriya Aranyaka. While the Vedic literature uses the word Durga, the description therein lacks the legendary details about her that is found in later Hindu literature.

The word is also found in ancient post-Vedic Sanskrit texts such as in section 2.451 of the Mahabharata and section 4.27.16 of the Ramayana. These usages are in different contexts. For example, Durg is the name of an Asura who had become invincible to gods, and Durga is the goddess who intervenes and slays him. Durga and its derivatives are found in sections 4.1.99 and 6.3.63 of the Ashtadhyayiby Pāṇini, the ancient Sanskrit grammarian, and in the commentary of Nirukta by Yaska. Durga as a demon-slaying goddess was likely well established by the time the classic Hindu text called Devi Mahatyam was composed, which scholars variously estimate to between 400 and 600 CE. The Devi Mahatmyaand other mythologies describe the nature of demonic forces symbolised by Mahishasura as shape-shifting and adapting in nature, form and strategy to create difficulties and achieve their evil ends, while Durga calmly understands and counters the evil in order to achieve her solemn goals.

There are many epithets for Durga in Shaktism and her nine appellations are (Navadurga): Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. A list of 108 names of the goddess are recited in order to worship her and is popularly known as the "Ashtottarshat Namavali of Goddess Durga".
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I am a freelance artist and I was born and raised in Bengaluru. I started drawing when I was around three years old. I am self-taught and I didn't go to any art school as such. Drawing was my passion since I was a kid and I barely took any interest in school studies. I wasn’t the best student in my class LOL! In fact I never liked anything else other than painting, reading comics and playing video games. I'm greatest fan of Anirudh Sainath (Molee) and Raja Ravivarma. Molee is my inspiration for my artworks. I always felt art is something that should be done with complete freedom. So it was completely against my principles, plus the professors seemed to be very frustrated and uptight. I completed Bachelors in Computer Application. I joined some computer courses in private institutions but i left in the second week itself. I realized that college wasn’t meant for me so I decided not to go to a college at all; I never really wanted a degree either. In fact this decision helped me start my career early and it’s going pretty well for me. But then again it doesn’t mean that I’ll advise everyone to leave college, it completely depends from person to person. I just finished reading the Mahabharata recently and I am trying to paint each and every character (at least the major ones) the way they are described in the text… not sure if that can be considered a project

I already had love for Indian mythology since I was a kid when I used to listen to the stories of the battle between gods and demons. I used to love watching television shows based on Indian mythology when I was small. Some might mistake me to be a very religious person when in fact I am not religious at all! Though I do believe in the philosophy of the Vedas and that god is one and his names are many, It’s mainly patriotism that has driven me and also concern regarding that so many are ignorant about the beautiful stories this ancient culture has to offer. I have faced a lot of problem because of my unconventional depictions, though I based them of off what I have read from the scriptures and the artworks I see in ancient temples. I have encouraged people to read the Vedas and epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata and have been successful to an extent in doing so. I can only laugh thinking about it -

Follow what your heart says, that’s all and don’t give a damn what people tell you.
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very cool style!
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Thank you so much
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A delight talented priest of artistic beauty!! :D  
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Thank you 😌
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Thank u so much
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A delight creative priest of artistic beauty!! :D  
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I’m blessed with your comment.
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