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Sri Mahishamardini or Durga, the Goddess of the Universe, possesses different forms and aspects. She is a powerful aspect of the feminine Goddess in Hinduism. Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva is a form of Durga. She is also called Shakthi, the Goddess of Energy/Power.
She is best known for destroying the Buffalo demon Mahishasura. When Mahishasura drove the Gods out of their heaven, they appealed to Durga to help them, and each God gave her his weapon. Durga's slaying of Mahishasura, was why she is called the Mahishamardini, the slayer of Mahishasura.