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(Hindu Demon)MAHISHASURA

Also known as MAHISHA

The bull-headed son of Mahishi and Rambha, grandson of Kashyapa and Danu.

Rambha and Karambha went 'L' for leather to gain invincibility boons from Brahma and the latter must have felt short changed when Indra went right ahead and killed him anway. Luckily Rambha was a little more reserved and went on to gain a second boon for a son.

Rambha chose to marry a she-ox called Mahishi, for reasons known only to himself, and fathered Mahishasura just before a huge ox took a shine to his wife and he was killed in the ensuing tussle. Who in their right mind fights a bull anyway?

 

Apparently boons can be passed on via genes, which was news to me, and under protection from any kind of God-harm Mahishasura unleashed a reign of terror on earth, heaven and the nether worlds.

However, Brahma often baffled demons with crafty wording when dishing out boons and the Gods exploited a huge loophole by pooling their powers to create Durga, the warrior Goddess, to save their realm from ruin. This was well within boon-rules and Mahishasura was dead in no time.

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Parents : Mahishi and Rambha
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'MAHISHASURA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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