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Origin

Various Puranas have different view about the origin of goddess Durga. As per the Markandeya Purana, Durga is a warrior goddess who was created to destroy or kill the immortal demon Mahishasura.

Mahishasura aiming to rule the world received a boon from Bramha (the creator of the Universe) that no man or god would ever be able to kill him making the demon deathless. After that, Mahishasura unleashed the reign of terror in heaven as well as the earth. In order to restore peace all the gods went to the Trimurti (Bramha, Vishnu and Maheshwar or Lord Shiva) where they decided to unite together to create a supreme incarnation of power and thus Durga was created. Her face was created from the light of Shiva, her ten arms came from Vishnu and her legs were created by Bramha. She emitted a yellow hue and all the gods came forward to praise her and to give their best weapons.

The fierce battle between Durga and Mahishasura lasted for ten days where she killed the demon and peace finally was reestablished in the Universe.
 
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