The valley in the Himalayas shook with fire.
Steam swooped from the earth.
I stood among the gods, Durga, a mere woman.
Their anger created me.
All the gods stared.
"I come, the one and only from space, time, and sound. I come from the Mother Earth forces, with the voice of Shakti and body of Devi. I stand before the gods, as Durga, mere woman."
The gods stepped back.
I petted my lion, my mount.
I saw their admiration for me and understood their dread.
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"Have no fear of a mere woman; Durga comes as a foe to evil. My duty is to protect the pure, the innocent, laws, and scriptures. The buffalo demon torments men and gods. I come to rid the heaven and earth of Mahisha. He is to return the nethers below my feet. I am created to free the evil."
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A horrid, evil buffalo demon came from the nethers and took over the underworld and Earth. The gods of the Earth walked with the humans, waiting for the demon to tire of his earthly pleasures. Instead, Mahisha, the horrid buffalo demon, pushed Indra, the Thousand-Eyed God, from the heavens. The horrid demon stole the heavenly palace with the poets, musicians, dancers, and songs. Indra's rage awoke the gods. The moment came to act.
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