In Hindu mythology, Durga is a fierce form of
Devi, the Mother Goddess, the all-powerful
almighty goddess. According to a legend the gods
could not defeat the buffalo demon Mahish, who
was threatening the existence of the universe.
They begged Shiva for his assistance, and Shiva
advised all the gods to release their shaktis.
The shaktis of the gods emerged in female form.
These goddesses fused together in blinding light
from which arose a magnificent goddess with many
arms. She was as beautiful as she was deadly. Durga
was born fully-grown and is depicted as extremely
beautiful and full of rage.
The gods called this goddess Durga, the invincible
one, and they armed her with all their weapons. Thus
armed, Durga rode to the top of a mountain on a
lion. In a bloody battle, she defeated Mahish and
his army of demons and thus saved the Universe from
this demonís menace.