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Story - How Mahishi Got the Buffalo Head?

Mahishi was the sister of Mahishasura, the demon killed by Goddess Durga. To avenge the death of Mahishasura, Mahishi did intense tapas and pleased Brahma. But how did Mahishi become a buffalo-headed demoness. The story of Mahishi is very popular in South India and the reference is found in the Puranas.

Sage Galvan lived on the Vindhyas in his ashram. He had a daughter named Leela. The sage also had a student named Dattan. Leela was in love with Dattan. But he did not reciprocate the love as he did not want to lead a family life. Leela continued to disturb Dattan. As she was beautiful, she tried numerous methods to entice the young man.
Once, Dattan was performing intense meditation. Leela approached him and told him in his ears that she will be his Pattamahishi or queen.
Dattan was angry at Leela for disturbing his mediation and in a fit of rage cursed her to be born as Mahishi – a buffalo headed woman.
Leela was thus born in the house of Demon Karamban as his daughter. As per the …

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Sri Narasimha Saraswati Teachings

In our short fleeting span of human life, we should attempt to realize God through devotion

Use Buddhi (intellect) and Viveka (discrimination) to purify the minds.

Never think of hurting others in thought, word or deed.

Consider yourself blessed, if you secure the blessings of a Guru.

Strive to realize God who is inherent in your own heart.

Joys and sorrows of worldly life are merely relative, subjective and are therefore illusory experiences to the realized.

Man can break the fetters of this illusion only through the grace of the Guru. 
Sri Narasimha Saraswati – an incarnation of Sri Dattatreya and appeared before Swami Samarth of Akkalkot