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Hindu Goddess Of War

In Hindu scriptures, goddess Durga is often associated with war and combat. Durga is a powerful and fierce form of the goddess Parvati, who is herself a consort of Lord Shiva. Durga is depicted riding a lion or tiger and is usually shown with multiple arms, each holding a weapon provided by various gods.

One of the most famous stories related to Durga is her victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura. According to the legend, the gods were unable to defeat Mahishasura, who had received a boon that made him nearly invincible. In response to the gods' plea for help, Durga was created and empowered by the combined energy and divine weapons of the gods. She fought Mahishasura in a fierce battle and ultimately defeated him, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.

While Durga is primarily worshipped during the festival of Durga Puja, her martial aspect is celebrated throughout the year in various forms. The concept of the divine feminine in Hinduism often includes both nurturing and protective aspects, and Durga embodies the protective and warrior aspects of the goddess.