The most well-known amongst the mother Goddesses is Goddess Lakshmi, who originated from the sagar manthan. According to the legend when the devtaa and the asura began churning the ocean, 14 objects emerged from the sea and the last was Lakshmi, seated on a lotus holding precious jewels in her hand. Lord Vishnu immediately chose her as his consort.
Goddess Durga /Amba are manifestations of Shakti created to nurture good and vanquish evil. The fable has it that when demon Mahishasura was unconquerable, Lord Bhrma, Vishnu and Shiva concentrated energy to create Durga, the Goddess extraordinaire to combat the evil! Sculpted from the essence of the Trinity, she was bestowed with exclusive armor that would revoke her invincible.
According to poet Bana in the seventh Century, demons Shumbha and Nishumbha, two megalomaniacs, dreamt of ruling the universe. One day, Shumbha sent his aides with his marriage proposal to the beautiful Goddess Kali. She was outraged by Shumbha’s audacity and perished Chanda, Munda the demon’s messengers, then the brothers Shumbha, Nishumbha and finally the demon, Raktabeeja too.
Goddess Vaishno Devi was created in order to control evil forces. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali combined their powers to produce a Goddess who would free humanity from suffering and this would be possible after severe penance and timeless devotion.
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