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Updated on October 9, 2008

Literally translated, ''Mahishasur' means 'Buffalo Demon'.

Was he really a 'Demon' or a dark-skinned and athletically built King of a non-Aryan kingdom?

Very likely the later. His story is probably 3000 years old, when there used to be a lot of fights between Aryans , who spread their kingdom in India,along the coast of rivers of the Sind area and later along the coast of the Ganges. and non-Aryans , who were in this country from the pre-Aryan days.

Kingdom of Mahishasur worshipped animal totem . Mahishasur was a natural leader and had military skills superior to the satraps of Aryan kingdoms neighbouring his territory. He was a shrewd person who stole a lot of military secrets of the Aryans in his early days by pretending to be a devout of Aryan beliefs.

After each of his victories , he took away wealth, weapons and women of the Aryan satraps , leaving them bitter and furious. But, he was invincible , commanded a deadly army and plundered Aryavarta at his will.Aryans dreaded Mahishasur who would terrify his opponents soldiers by leading his flock wearing a buffalo's mask and holding a dead Aryan's head at the tip of his sword.

Powerfully built , dark and handsome Mahishasur enjoyed the awe he inspired among his soldiers, subjects and women . He was virile , a person with high libido and an ego which grew in size with each of his triumphs . His libido and ego would cause his defeat and death as he aspired to capture the great Queen of the Aryans .In a way, this tragedy was the precursor of that of Ravana.

The great Queen lived and ruled the northern portion of Aryabarta. She was adored for her beauty,valour and insight .... she was literally worshipped by her subjects .She commanded great respect among the satraps of her kingdom because of the strength of her character.

At the early stage of this campaign,Mahishasur scorched through the neighbouring districts of Aryabarta towards north in persuit of his ambition .But the satraps who were directly subordinate of the great Queen's kingdom put great resistance.Her army was aided by those satraps of Aryabarta who were defeated time and again by Mahishasur earlier.Soon, the strength of his team started depleting in face of the stiff resistance he received.Deep inside Aryabarta, his supply line was getting thinner by the day.He himself got tired .A king who thrived on success time and again failed to recognise the negatives staring at his face. He believed he would be able to charm the Queen to come out with him as his consort.He continued in his efforts and sent a messenger to her court with this impossible suggestion that was outrageous to the Aryan community.The great Queen sent a warning to Mahishasur, but, he paid no heed to the Queen's words.

Was he infatuated and therefore unable to realise that he had crossed the limit?

The Aryan Queen regrouped and led the army herself to vanquish the Mahishasur's army.He tried all his tricks without success. He prayed to his god,wore his lucky mask and charged towards the great Queen to capture and run away with her. She was far too fast for the worn-out Asur .She pierced the breast of Mahishasur with her spear and the half-dead king was captured in no time . The Queen did not look back ....she ordered her General to throw the still alive body of king Mahishasur to her pet lion's cage.

A hero of Mahishasur's stature could have had a much better life and a more befitting death if he did not cross his limit.But, he did not know when to stop .

Tragic end of demon-King Mahishasur. For more photos , please view Creation by : Mohan Banshi RudraPal
Tragic end of demon-King Mahishasur. For more photos , please view Creation by : Mohan Banshi RudraPal


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      MAN 5 years ago

      God is one for anyone!aryan or non-aryans,black or whites,brahmins or non-brahmins!!

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      shyamchat 7 years ago from Calcutta

      Dear Mr Pravin,

      Thanks for reading my blog & wish you a happy Diwali.

      I have not termed Aryans as the 'Invaders'.Pl read the 3rd paragraph above carefully. I have talked about 'fights'.

      I have read about Aryans spreading into India from North-West since my school level.

      You may also search about 'Drvidian civilisation/history' separately in Internet. Wikipedia offers a lot of material.

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      Pravin 7 years ago

      Good story. How come you know that aryans were invaders and others were local?

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      shyamchat 8 years ago from Calcutta


      Thanks for your comment.

      I re-read my blog to-day and found a few errors.The worst is a spelling mistake :

      'Asra-guru' shd. hv been spelled as 'Astra-guru'.

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      Dipanjan 8 years ago

      @ Shyamchat...this is just had occured to me once that this tale of Mahishasura Mardini might be one of the war between the Aryans and the non-Aryans. However, I lacked this imagination and knowledge to give a full shape to this idea. What you've written seems really possible. Great job dude!!!

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      shyamchat 9 years ago from Calcutta

      @ Vrajabala.... what I have written is a 'Tale'. Pl see my Tags.

      But, there are quite a few clues in our history as well in the 'mantras' and 'Puranas'.

      For example, there are godesses in MEA('Nania' or Bibi Nani), Rome ('Nona') and Greece who have lions accompanying them.'Lion' can be interpreted in many ways. It is a noble animal, symbol of authority and courage. I have used my interpretation.

      Constant skirmishes between Aryan settlers and the earlier residents of India are a part of our ancient history.

      Many demons/'rakshasha' have earned favour of gods like Shiva and Brahma about use of special weapons after prolonged 'worship'. I doubt if the gods were really so gullible..... the non-Aryan kings used tricks in acquiring the weapons, very likely by working incognito in the 'ashrams' of 'Asra-guru' ( Martial art Teacher) and weaponery.

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      vrajavala 9 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      never heard of this before. what literature does it come from?