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Durga In Dasam Granth?

Genie Singh

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Why was Durga/ Chandi chosen to be composed in a few sections of Dasam Bani? A whole chapter is dedicated to Chandi in Chandi Charitar the story of Chandi.

Chandi Charitar: http://www.sridasam.org/dasam?Action=Page&p=175

Chandi Di Vaar: http://www.sridasam.org/dasam?Action=Page&p=297

From other narrations it appears Durga/Chandi was created to destroy Mahisha (the demon). Mahisha had done pennance to attain powers to become invicible and then tried to destroy the Gods themselves (which sounds abit like the attack Monotheism had on Polytheism in it's many manifestations be it Muhammad against the Arab pagans or Aurangzeb against the Hindus). The gods in fury came together gave their power to Durga/Chandi who held the power of all the main hindu Gods who destroyed Mahisha. After Mahisha was destroyed, Mahisha became the devotee of Durga/Chandi.

Is it possible that this story is told to ignite the spirit against zealous monotheism in the spirit of Aurangzeb's time when he had no tolerance for polytheism? Making Chandi the ideal figure of the Dasam Granth a united force against of pantheons of Gods against one marked by the unified creator? Durga vs Allah?



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pg 140 http://www.ramayana.pushpak.de/pdf/markandeya_en.pdf

Edited by JatherdarSahib
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Why was Durga/ Chandi chosen to be composed in a few sections of Dasam Bani?

It's deeper than that.

There are references to Durga/Chandi in a number of places. Not just the bani overtly associated with her.

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