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Origin of Dasa Mahavidyas

Dasa Mahavidyas are the ten manifestations of Mother Goddess Shakti. The names of the Dasa Mahavidyas and the story of their appearance on earth vary in some scriptures. This particular story of the origin of Dasa Mahavidyas is from Shiva Puran.

A demon named Durgama had become powerful and invincible with boons He obtained from Brahma. There was utter chaos in the universe. Devas, Saints and all living beings were suffering under the Adharmic rule of Durgama.

Devas then approached Goddess Shakti for a solution. She promised to help them and restore Dharma.

Demon Durgama who came to know about the intention of Goddess Shakti, immediately assembled a huge army of demons and proceeded towards Devalok (heaven).

Goddess Shakti appeared before the army of demons.

To fight the army of demons 10 different manifestations appeared from Mother Goddess Shakti – Kali, Tara, Chinnmastika, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Tripurbhairavi, Dhoomavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi and Kamala.

Goddess Shakti along with her 10 manifestations immediately annihilated the demon army.

Mother Goddess killed the demon Durgama with her Trishul.

From that day, Mother Goddess also came to be known as Goddess Durga.

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