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Goddess Koushiki - Hindu Goddess Kaushiki

Goddess Koushiki is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and the story about her origin is mentioned in the Matsya Purana and in the Markandeya Purana. Kaushiki Mata is believed to have emerged from the body of Goddess Durga as per Markandeya Purana. She emerged from the cells of Durga while she was fighting the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha.

The story in the Matsya Purana is different. This Purana suggests that Goddess Parvati once performed austerities and tapsya to become fair (Gouri). Pleased with her prayers Brahma granted her the boon. When the boon was granted, a Goddess emerged from Parvati’s body. As she emerged from Her cells she was called Koushiki. Kosha means cells. The darkness of Parvati’s complexion entered Goddess Koushiki’s body.

It is believed that Goddess Kaushiki resides in the Vindhya Mountains.

Please note that Goddess Parvati and Durga are incarnations of Goddess Shakti. She takes different forms to restore dharma and to protect her devotees and fulfill their wishes.

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