Durga Mahishasura Mardini
Karnataka or Maharashtra, India
Four-armed Durga, two arms are missing
devotional puja-wear; good patina, the two upper arms are missing; needs some support to stand
Durga is the principal form of the Goddess, also known as Devi and Shakti . Durga the mahashakti, the form and formless, is the root cause of creation, preservation and annihilation. According to legend, Durga manifested herself for the slaying of the buffalo demon Mahishsura from Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and the lesser gods, who were otherwise powerless to overcome him. She is pure Shakti, having manifested herself within the gods so that she may fulfil the tasks of the universe via them. At times of distress, such as the mahishasura episode, to protect the universe she manifests herself via the gods.