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Who is the goddess Mahisasura Mardini and what is the power behind this chant? Mother Divine is an incomprehensible power and force; in fact, she is the force, the power, the shakti. In the Indian tradition every incarnation or form of the Mother has a name, a story, and represents an embodied frequency of energy within the cosmic reality. The story of Mahisasura Mardini is important if we wish to understand the power of this chant beyond just the literal translation. This ancient story is set in a time not so different from now. When a demon Asura king named Mahishasura though extreme austerity to Shiva, was granted the boon of eternal life. Mahishasura asked Shiva the boon of everlasting life that no man, beast, demon or deity would ever be able to kill him.

The story of Mahisasura Mardini in its essence is really a story of a great feminine victory. As Mahisasura when he asked his boon from Shiva neglected to even consider the idea that a woman would ever be able to kill him, a mistake that brings about his death. Mahishasura, with Shiva’s boon, believed himself invincible and started a reign of terror and conquest of the three worlds/lokas. He started a killing spree of innocent beings with his army of demons. After they conquered earth, they attacked the realm of Devaloka, the home of the Devas. Mahishasura seized Devaloka, driving out Indra and the other Devas. He took Indras throne and declared himself the new ruler of all the worlds.

In response to Mahishasura’s reign of terror the Gods knowing of his boon called Kali in the form of Durga who manifests on the battlefield.When Durga stands in front of Mahishasura on the battlefield, he falls in love with her instantly, overcome by her beauty, he asks her to marry hem. Durga having been created in form with the dharma to destroy him, agrees to marry him, but on one condition, Mahishasura would have to defeat her in battle.  Mahishasura in his arrogance does not realize he can be defeated and in his longing to have Durga as his wife also agrees, and so the battle between Durga and mahishasura begins. It was a fierce battle between them and their armies a battle of light and dark. The fighting continued for nine days and nights with much gore and destruction. On the tenth day Durga pierced his chest with her trishul and then beheaded Mahishasura with her sword, liberating both man and Gods of the terrible demon and restoring peace and balance to the worlds. Durga was then given the name Mahishasura Mardini , slayer of Mahishasura. The nine nights have come to be known as Navratri, while the tenth day is called Vijayadashmi, the day that brought the triumph of good over evil. Vijayadashmi victory of the light. (Reference link here)

 



 

Mahisasura Mardini Stotram

English Translation: 

 

1. Oh Mother! You are a supreme delight to Your Father, (the Himalyas) as you have created the whole universe as if in a game. You are the happiness of all the beings in the creation. Your praises are sung by even Nandi the vehicle of Shiva. You who reside on the lofty peaks of the great Vindhya mountain range.Vishnu derives his creative power only from you. Even the great god Indra prays to none other than yourself. To you, the whole world is but one family. Victory, victory to the killer of the buffalo demon, Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

2. May victory be yours, o mother! You shower boons on all the gods. The giant Dhurdhara and the evil Durmukha were subdued by you. Established in imperishable bliss of the great god Shiva. The war cries of the asuras were annihilated by You who were enraged by them. Of the evil-minded you are intolerant. To the egotistic Durmada you were the vehicle of death. You are the daughter of the ocean. Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

3. Oh, Mother of the entire world, my Mother, who loves Her Kadamba tree forest who is always smiling, whose dwelling is in the tallest peaks of the Himalayas, the greatest of all mountain chains, who is so very sweet, who keeps the treasures of Madhu and Kaitabha, who is the slayer of Kaitabha, who is ever dancing, Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

4. Oh, it is you, who decks Her tender limbs with fine dancing ornaments at the moment of battle, as She readies Her bow, who slays huge enemy soldiers with Her shining sword and arrows from Her golden-brown quiver, who plays with the vast enemy forces arrayed on the battlefield as if they were screaming toy soldiers, Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair! 

 

5. Oh Mother it is You, who splinters demons’ heads into hundreds of shards, who severs the trunks of their great battle elephants, whose great lion mount exhibits terrifying valor, as he tears apart the temples of the enemy’s elephants, who shatters the heads of the enemy chieftains with the strength of her own arms, Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

6. Oh, it is You, who possesses the invinceable force that vanquishes hard-to-subdue enemies in battle, who promoted Pramatha, the great attendant of Shiva, a master of subtle thinking, to be Her general in battle, Oh it is You, who destroyed the messengers of the demons, who were bad people, with evil intention in their thoughts and minds, Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

7. Oh, it is You, who, with her mere sound of “Hum”, disperses the streams of smoke flowing from the eyes of advancing demons, who thrives like a vine on the blood that falls on the battleground, who delights alike in the company of the auspicious Shiva, inauspicious Shumbha and Nishumbha, and the ghoulish spirits who feed on the battle carnage, Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

8. Oh, it is You, who gives protection to the wives of heroic enemy warriors when they seek refuge, who aims a flawless spear at the head of the demon who causes great pain in all the three worlds, who burns like a blazing hot sun, inflamed by the resounding din of the war-drums of the Gods,Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

9. Oh Divine Mother, who is following the rhythm of the great battle, in which celestial dancers are dancing the rhythm of ta-tha-theyi, ta-theyi and are expressing the sentiment of battle with their dramatic acting, in which the music is creating a tense atmosphere with musical beats like ku-kutha, ga-da-dha, and in which a steady deep sound of dhu-dhu-kuta, dhu-kuta, dhim-dhimi is played in the background on the mridangam (a musical instrument) Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!   

 

10, Oh Divine Mother, whose victory needs be sung and praised by the whole Universe, who attracts Shiva’s attention with the tinkling of Her bells and ornaments as She dances, who delights in Her own beautiful singing and Her dance in the form of Ardhanari (half of Shiva’s body) Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

11. Oh Mother of the good minded people, who is gracious and appears very pretty,your face resembles a lotus that floats in a lake illuminated by the moon. Who attracts all good-hearted souls like a flower attracts the bees, who attracts her lord like a flower attracts the bees. Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

12. Oh mother, it is You, who enjoys the battle, assisted by warriors and surrounded by hunters, whose hut is surrounded by creepers and the tribes of Mallikas, Jillakas, Bhillakas, it is You, who is as pretty as a fully opened flower, like a creeper full of red tender leaves.Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

13. Oh Mother, who effortlessly steers huge royal elephants in their fury, musk streaming in rivers down their temples,Oh Great Princess, daughter of the ocean, who has the beauty of the moon, who is the ornament of the three worlds, Princess of Love, whose beautiful smile enchants the minds of those entrapped by desire.Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

14. Oh Goddess, whose flawless forehead displays Her beautiful complexion, pure and delicate like lotus petals, whose flocks of swans follow Her with the fluid grace that is the mark of all beautiful arts,whose swarms of bees fly down from the bakula trees to join with other bees atop the lotus flowers.Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura!Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

15. Oh Mother! The melodious notes emanating from Your flute cause the cuckoo to cease his song. In the Kalisha garden, you stand to watch the hunter women, your devoted followers, and the bees hum sweetly,Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura!Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

16. Oh Mother! You outshine the brilliance of the moon with the colorful rays flashing from the yellow silks around Her waist,whose toenails shine like the moon as well, reflecting the crest jewels of the gods and demons who bow at Her feet, whose breasts are like the peaks of the Himalayas covered by waterfalls.Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

17. Oh Mother, it is you, who surpasses the thousand-rayed sun with Her brilliance, and who is in turn praised by a thousand suns, who does battle to save the Gods, and was praised after the defeat of Taraka, who was pleased with king Suratha and the merchant called samadhi, who entered in to samadhi and who prayed for endless samadhi.Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

18. Oh Mother! Parvati! Worship performed for you grants one prosperity as you are also the Goddess Mahalakshmi Herself. Worshipping and meditating upon your sacred feet will bring one to the final state of liberation. Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

19. Oh Mother!  if one bathes You, the playground of virtues, in the shining golden waters of the ocean, will one not experience in heaven the joy, equal to that of Indra, of embracing the full bosom of Sachi? Oh Goddess worshipped by the Gods themselves, I take refuge at Your feet, which are also the abode of Shiva. Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

20. Oh Mother! None of the celestial beauties can even tempt one who meditates upon your beautiful face. Oh mother of Shiva’s heart, do fulfill my life. Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

21. Oh Divine Mother! please look kindly upon me, because of your most merciful compassion toward the meek, Oh kind Mother of the Universe, please grant me the privilege of calling you my mother, but you may do as You wish with me, Oh You who removes the pain of Her devotees. Victory to You, Oh slayer of the buffalo demon Mahisasura! Victory to You, daughter of the Himalayas, who has beautifully plaited hair!

 

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