The Birth of Mother Goddess

I believe in multiple points-of-view related to our Solar System creation and the higher energies of the Earth. I feel, the “GODimage” is both male and female, as we have both energies within us. Here is a tale from Myths & Legends of India, telling a story about India’s version of the Mother Goddess. Dark and light are necessary for balance. Enjoy, Peace & Love ❤

The Birth of the Mother-Goddess

Devi – the mother goddess – is not only Parvati, wife of Siva, but in Durga and Kali and other female manifestations of cosmic energy. Myths tell of her birth, and how she acquired her power, and how she asserted and proved it by slaying the buffalo-demon. Here is an account of her birth.


Earth Goddess as Durga, slaying Mahishasura

At the dawn of time, there were fierce wars between the gods and demons, in which the gods emerged victorious. Diti, mother of the demons, was distressed at their humiliating defeat, and she commanded her daughter to go to a remote forest and practice extreme asceticism. ‘Commit yourself to such unprecedented austerity,’ she said, ‘that the gods will be alarmed by your power and will propitiate you by granting you a son. That son will be a warrior who will fight back against the gods and restore us to our rightful status.’

Her daughter died as her mother said and withdrew to the forest when demonic energy combines with asceticism, the results are truly awesome, and soon the three worlds were trembling at the terror of it. Indra and the other gods grew anxious not only for the future of human beings and other creatures, but for the security of their own realm, and they sent one of the chief sages of heaven, Suparsva, to attempt to persuade Diti’s daughter to desist.

‘You have proved your power,’ said Suparsva to Diti’s demonic daughter, ‘and the gods would like to reward you. From your fair and capacious hips will emerge a son. He will have the head of a buffalo and the body of a man, and he will be called Mahisha. So strong and aggressive will he be, that he will pose a new threat to heaven; that he will pose a new threat to heaven; but the gods are prepared to run the risk of that in return for short-term relief from the disturbance that you, by your monstrous and infernal asceticism, are causing now.’

Some story-tellers say that Suparsva took Diti’s daughter away with him, and dwelt with her in a place that was distant from heaven; and that he was therefore the begetter of Mahisha! Be that as it may, the monstrous son was born, and his growth to maturity was as massive and rapid as the swelling of a high tide.

The demons were greatly cheered by his arrival and called an assembly to praise and appeal to him. ‘We were formerly equal to the gods,’ they said. ‘We were formerly equal to the gods,’ they said. ‘We reigned as kings in heaven. So frightened were the gods by Diti’s daughter’s asceticism, that they brought her off with your birth. Now is the time for you, by your strength and violence, to punish them for their short-sighted foolishness, and restore us to our former glory. Attack the gods! Take command of the demon army and launch an invincible assault.’

So lustful for battle was Mahisha, that he needed little persuasion. He assembled an army, and marched to Amarvati, the city of the gods.

At first the battle went wholly his way, and the gods fled in terror, scattering in all directions. Keeping a humiliating distance from him, they managed to reassemble, and went in a battle-scarred, shame-faced bevy to Brahma, to beg him to take special measures against Mahisha.

Brahma could see, from the seniority of the gods who had come to him, how desperate the situation was. ‘Your defeat has been too complete, and the power of Mahisha is too great, for me alone to restore order,’ he said. ‘I must go to Vishnu and Siva.’

So, he sent word to Vishnu and Siva that he wished to consult them and travelled in his chariot to a place where they could all meet together. ‘Look at what has happened to the gods,’ he said, pointing to the disheveled crowd behind him. ‘Mahisha and his demon hordes have overthrown Indra, Agni, Yama, the sun and the moon, Kubera and Varuna – not to mention all the lesser gods! How can the three worlds function if the sun and moon are not in their proper places? How can men live without fire? How can its population be controlled and renewed without Yama and the certainty of Death? Together, we must do something – you and me and all the gods, demoralized though they are.’

When Vishnu and Siva heard what Brahma was telling them, they grew angry. But this was no ordinary anger: their faces grew so huge and fiery with anger that it became impossible even for Brahma to look at them – it was like trying to investigate the sun. And Brahma himself grew furious as he thought of the plight of the gods, and the insult that Mahisha had done to them; and when the other gods saw the anger of Vishnu, Siva and Brahma, they too grew angry, and their anger overcame their despondency. Together, the anger of the assembled gods began to glow and spout and erupt like a volcano as vast as the universe itself; and from that vast, cataclysmic combination of furious energy a woman began to form. Each of her parts came from a different god. Her head came from Siva’s energy, and her arms from Visnhu’s, her feet came from Brahma, and her waist from Indra. Her long flowing hair came hot and glowing from the anger of Yama, and her breasts were made by the moon, her thighs came from Varuna, who in his anger was like a seething ocean of fire, and her hips came from the earth. Her fingers – stabbing into the air like swords of fire – came from the radiant flames of the sun, her nose came from Kubera, and every other part of her – her teeth, her eyes, her brows, her ears and all her internal organs – each came from the powerful anger of a god.



Thus was the mother-goddess born, whose power as Durga or Kali can be angrier than any other deity’s. All the fury of the gods went into making her, and she was greater even than the sum total of their rage. But nothing less than that would do, if buffalo-headed demon Mahisha was to be defeated and slain.

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