The Creation of Durga: Page from a Dispersed Markandeya Purana: (Stories of the Sage Markandeya)

Durga was created by the gods to vanquish the demon Mahish, whom they could not kill. Each of the gods gave Durga a weapon. Here, she sits on a lotus floating above her lion vehicle, surrounded by offerings and adored by two throngs of gods.

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