Durga’s Shrine ca. Bengal India The goddess Durga, depicted as the central figure of a shrine, attacks the buffalo demon Maheshasura with her tiger. Two yoginis occupy side niches; Siva on Nandi appears above the main arch while Ganesa on his.
The Great Goddess Durga Slaying Demons Artist/maker unknown, Indian Geography: Made in Kota, Rajasthan, India, Asia Date: c. 1740 Medium: Opaque watercolor with gold on paper Dimensions: Image: 11 × 16 inches
With her fierce lion as her carrier, Goddess Durga (Mahadevi) rode towards the lair of Mahishasura. After 9 days of continuous battle the demon was finally beaten. Thus, Mahadevi also came to be known as ‘Mahishasura Mardhini’ – the slayer of Mahishasura.