Mahadevi

Hindu - A name for Ambika, Canda, Durga, Kali, Parvati, Uma and other. Important goddesses. A name for Devi. Mahadevi was created by the gods who gave the pre-existing Devi something of their own energy, making a visible and powerful deity capable of defeating the demons, enemies of the gods. They also gave her weapons and a lion to ride on and, as Canda, she rode to do battle with the demons. After killing Chiksura and other leaders and hordes of their followers, she met their supreme leader, the huge buffalo, Mahisha. When she caught him in a noose, he became a lion; when she killed the lion, he became a warrior; she killed him, only to find that he had become a mad elephant and, when she cut off the animal's trunk, the demon became the huge buffalo again. Mahadevi (Canda) cut off his head, finally killing him. When two other demons, Nishumbha and Shumbha, challenged the gods, she returned, this time as Kali (or Durga). She killed Nishumbha and felled Shumbha but contact with the earth re-invigorated him. Locked in battle, he carried her into the sky but she escaped, threw him down to earth and killed him with her arrows and lance. In some references, known as Mahadevi, Ambika, Ambika, Ambi, Kali, Parvati, Sati, Uma, Bhadrakali, Bhadrakali, Durga, Kali, Parvati, Durga, Canda, Canda, Candanayika, Candarupa, Candavati, Chandi, Chandika, Kali, Chanda, Chandi(ka), Mahishasuramardini, Chandi, Chandi, Devi, Devi, Arya, Bhagavati, Bhairavi Bhimadevi, Bhramari, Bhuta-Nayaki, Black One, andi, Dakshaja, Dakshina, Dasha-Bhuja, Divine Mother, Gana-Nayaki, Gauri, Girija, Haima(va)ti, Ishani, Jagadgauri, Jaganmata, Jaganmatri, Kamakhya, Kamaks(h)i, Kanyakumari, Karna-Moti, K(a)umari, Kotari, Maha(maya), Mahes(h)vari Mahis(h)asuramardini, Raktadanti, Rudrani, Shakti, S(h)itala(mata), Simha-Rathi, Simha-Vahini, Snow Queen, Supreme Goddess, Devi, Devi, Durga, Durga, Durga, Agni- Durga, Aparajita, Aticanadika, Camunda, Candogra, Chinnamasta(ka), Durgha, Kapalini, Karali, Kaushita, Kirati, Mahamari, Mahisha-Mardini, Pinga, Pracanda, Pramuni, Rudra(carcika), Shas(h)t(h)i, Ugracangika, Yogini, Java Ambu Dewi, Pacific Islands Batari, Kali, Kali, Black One, The, Ambi(ka), Ankalamman, Anna-Purna, Bhavani, Bhimadevi, Bhuta-Nayaki Black One, Dewi, Digambara, Kali Ma, Karala, Katyayani, Kumari, Mahakali, Mahes(h)vari, Pitari, The Black One, Vijaya, Javanese Ambu Dewi, Lara Jonggrang, Ratu Lara Kidul, Pacific Batari, Canda, Mahisha, Mahisha, Mahisa, Mahishasura, Mahishura, Mahisura, Mahis(h)ura, Bhainsasura, Parvati, Parvati, Adrija, Ahladini-Sadini, Aja, Amba, Bhutamata, Kamakshi, Manasa, Mangata, Mhalsa, Raudri, Tripura, Vindhya-Vasini, Balinese Parwati, Prawati, Cambodian Lady Po Nagar, Uma, Uma, Kamakya, 'mother', Shas()ht(h)i, East Indies Dewi, Japanese Umahi, Great Goddess, Great Goddess, Dorje, Hera, Juno, Neith, Nerrivik, Sedna or Palace Goddess.

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