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Hinduism - Who Is Mahishasura?

 

Mahishasura is the buffalo-demon who is responsible for the Goddess's birth in the Devimahatmya, the oldest and most essential source for the Goddess's mythology.

Mahishasura is granted the ability to vanquish the gods and cannot be slain by any man.

They are expelled from their divine home and seek refuge in the mountains.

While they are there, the gods release their accumulated brilliance (tejas), condensing into the form of the Goddess, who embodies all of their collective might.

To face Mahishasura, the Goddess mounts a lion.

He has feelings for her, but when he offers marriage, she says that she would only marry a guy who can beat her in war.

Mahishasura is beaten after a hard struggle.

He attempts to avoid the Goddess by changing his shape multiple times, but she strikes him with her sword each time, eventually killing him by chopping off his head.


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Hinduism - Who Is Mahishi In Hindu Mythology And Folklore?

 

The name of a buffalo-demon slain by the deity Aiyappa in Hindu mythology.

Mahishi is granted the ability to be killed only by someone who was not born from the union of male and female.

Aiyappa is born of a marriage of the gods Shiva and Vishnu, when the latter adopts the guise of the enchantress Mohini, to evade this curse.

Lila, a feminine form, comes from Mahishi's corpse after she is slain.

Lila want to marry Aiyappa, and he promises to marry her in the year when no celibate pilgrim visits him at Shabari Malai.

Lila is still waiting for this commitment to be fulfilled since women of reproductive age are banned to visit Shabari Malai, and those who do must remain celibate.



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