The Legend of Mahishasura

Prologue

According to Shaktism or Shaktidharma that focuses worship upon Shakti or Devi, a denomination of Hinduism most of the Hindus observes Durga Puja or Navratri, a small group of tribals in Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Assam are in grief. While most celebrate Goddess Durga slaying the Demon King, the Asura tribe from Jharkhand and West Bengal will observe Mahishasura Martyrdom Day on Mahanavami and remember how a foreigner used tricks and illusion to kill their ancestor.
The asura tribes believe they are descendants of Mahishasura and do not worship any god. They say that the Devi Mahatmya story of the Markandeya Purana, which describes the birth of Durga and her nine day battle with Mahishasura, is biased. According to them, the birth of Durga from the powers of Brahma oi, Vishnu and Shiva was a twisted version of the story.
The tribals now have help from experts and academics to bring their perspective to the forefront.

“Ravan and Mahishasur are our ancestors and the celebration of their killing by trickery must not continue the way it has for centuries, The so-called upper caste always had a grip over documentation of Indian mythology and that is the reason why the tribal perspective never got highlighted.” – Sushma, a member of the primitive tribe group (PTG)

Vandana Tete, who has been documenting unwritten tribal folklore, said: “Tribal tales are mostly in oral form and from various Santhal, Asur and Porku folktales we have figured out that Mahishasur was a king and he was killed by Durga. The incident has never been revered in our community. Civilized society should give equal place to all perspectives.”

Admitting that comprehensive research has not been done to look into the real history of mythological events, Tete said the ritual of Durga Puja was sponsored by the erstwhile East India Company for the zamindar families of Bengal to create a socio-religious divide among the tribals and the upper caste.

The Legend

Mahishasura was a dark skinned and athletically built King of a Dravida/Non Aryan kingdom.
His story is centuries old, when they used to be arch enemies with Aryans(Whites), who spread their kingdom in India along the coast of rivers of the Sind area and later along the coast of the Ganges. and Dravidas, who were in this country from the pre-Aryan days.
Kingdom of Mahishasura worshiped Buffalo; an animal totem. Mahishasura was a natural leader and had military skills superior to the satraps of Aryan kingdoms neighboring 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 to save his people (Something similar to the batmans skill set).
After each of his victories, he took away wealth and weapons of the Aryan sa
traps, leaving them bitter and furious. But he was invincible, commanded a deadly army and plundered Aryavarta at his will. Aryans dreaded Mahishasura 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.
Heavily built, dark and handsome Mahishasura enjoyed the awe he inspired among his soldiers and people. His ego grew in size with each of his triumphs. His 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 part of Aryabarta. She was adored for her beauty, courage and insight; she was literally worshiped by her people. She commanded great respect among the clans of her kingdom because of the strength of her character.
He believed he would be able to charm the Queen to come out with him as his wife. 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 Mahishasura, but, he paid no heed to the Queen’s words.
He was infatuated and th

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A Statue of Mahishasura in Chamundi hills, Mysore

erefore unable to realize that he had crossed the limit.
The Aryan Queen regrouped and led the army herself to Conquer the Mahishasura’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 Mahishasura. She pierced the chest of Mahishasura 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 Mahishasura to her pet lion’s cage.
A King of Mahishasura’s stature could have had a much better life and a more befitting death if he did not cross his limit. But, he was ambitious like the Great Alexander
This great Queen’s victory gradually transformed into the eternal Tale of good versus evil in the hand of the conqueror’s poets and bards. People started to worship the Queen as the deity of ‘Power’, (Shakti’ in Sanskrit). decades after she was gone . When Aryan’s Puranas chronicled this Tale, she was given the name of ‘Durga’, the Goddess whose worship leads to overcome ‘durgati’ (ill-fortune).

Conclusion

Today, few Asuras, especially the younger generation, know who Mahishasura was and what he means to their community and the activists hope to change that and to raise their voice against the centuries-old systematic repression of their culture and religion.
There are two ways of concluding this Tale. We may conclude that Mahishasura deserved his end, because he was evil and tried to over reach.
The second is just the diametrically opposite view: Mahishasura was an ambitious king, fighting with Aryans to expand his territory, no way different from the Aryans who pushed the people of this country down south, beyond the hills of Vindhya. His story was written by the conqueror, therefore, he has been painted as an evil person. If we compare his character with those of many other kings of our history, he was not much different!

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Quote Challenge #2 – Day 3

Hello blogging world,

This is the fourth day of the challenge (i extended it) :p sorry for delaying my last post in the challenge.
This is me, this is my life. I’m too lazy sometimes. OK forget it :p

I was nominated by one of my favorite blogger, This is my life. and this is a blog i’d proudly recommend to my friends and fellow readers.

The challenge rules:
1) Post in three consecutive days.
2) You can pick one to three quotes per day.
3) Challenge three different bloggers per day.

My quotes for the day:

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[I’m a Joker inspired guy, i don’t know if normal people can handle me, but am not gonna change for others, period.]

Nominees: 

1, Chai & Biscuits
2, The Crazy Bag Lady
3, new2writing

 

Peace
MADdy

Quote Challenge #2 – Day 2

Hello all,

I was nominated a few days back in the Quotes Challenge, by SFR. This is the second time i am being nominated ( by same person 🙂 ).
Thank you for nominating me again and I must say, I really enjoy reading This is my life. and looking forward for more from you.

The challenge rules:
1) Post in three consecutive days.
2) You can pick one to three quotes per day.
3) Challenge three different bloggers per day.

My quotes for the day:

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Nominees:
1. blabberwockying!
2. Success Inspirer
3. Solo Artist At Her Finest

Love
MADdy

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Quote Challenge #2 – Day 1

Hello all,

I was nominated a few days back in the Quotes Challenge, by SFR. I took some days to show up because i was bit busy with my work (i had a tough time).
This is the second time i am being nominated ( by same person 🙂 ).
Last time i felt i missed some good quotes i loved, so thank you for nominating me again and I must say, I really enjoy reading This is my life. and looking forward for more from you.

The challenge rules:
1) Post in three consecutive days.
2) You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3) Challenge three different bloggers per day.

My quote for the day:

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[I’d be posting some of my favorite movie quotes this time]

Nominees:
1. CAMICLE
2. Zero creativity Creativity Learning
3. PotatoPen

Love
MADdy

Why normal people worry me

Normal people worry me. They make me a little uncomfortable, let me explain.

I don’t believe many people are ‘normal’ and if they are that kind of makes them a bit abnormal in itself. However, a lot of people pretend to be normal and these are the one that worry me.

Firstly they worry me because I’m afraid that they are not being honest to themselves. They are repressing all their weird little quirks and foibles, the things that make us interesting and unique. Repressed thoughts and feeling often have a way of growing and developing into something darker, less healthy and much more worrying. They impact on peoples psyches and create serious behavioral problems.

Secondly they worry me because if they are being honest with themselves then they are not being honest with me. Psychologists recognize the fact that people who are portraying one thing and feeling another cause discomfort and distrust in those around them. They say that we are picking up on their in congruence, the fact that the inside doesn’t match the outside.

Thirdly I have found that on the whole people who consider themselves ‘normal’ tend to be a bit ‘judgey’ on those who are more comfortable with their inner freak. They tend to lack empathy and understanding that we don’t all have to come from the same mold in order to be happy, healthy valuable members of society.

Lastly they tend to be a bit dull. This dullness combined with a tendency to judge can take the wind out of the most creative and fun souls, leaving the world less interesting.

So if we ever get to meet, don’t try to pass yourself off as normal.

Let your Freak flag fly.

I’ll be waving mine too.

MAD
MADdy

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Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

This is my third day of “Quote Challenge” 🙂

I’d like to thank once again This is my life  and the writer SFR for giving me an opportunity to be part of this amazing challenge.

The golden rules : 

# Post three consecutive days.
# You can pick one or three quotes per day.
# Challenge three different bloggers per day.

And my quotes for the day are :

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Now come the nominees for today! The three of them are:

1. C.M. BLACKWOOD
2. Daily Inspiration
3. MiddleMe

Do visit these blogs. I really enjoy them and hope you all would too!
Happy reading!

Peace
MADdy

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Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

This is my life , an amazing blog by aspiring writer SFR has given me an opportunity to be part of an interesting challenge Titled “THREE DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE”.

“This is my life” cater to a variety of topics, poetry, short stories, thoughts on life, books reviews and more. I had a good time reading her blog.
I must say, The balloon girl series is my personal favorite 🙂
You should definitely have a look at her works, i promise you won’t regret it.

Every game has its own rules, same applies here! So the rules for this challenge are:

# Post three consecutive days.
# You can pick one or three quotes per day.
# Challenge three different bloggers per day.

This is my second day 🙂

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Now come the nominees for today! The three of them are:
1. MERA BLOG
2. THAT SCRIBBLER
3. LITERATURE IS MY PORN

Do visit these blogs. I really enjoy them and hope you all would too!
Happy reading!

MADdy