Thursday, 1 January 1970

Chapter ten (Slaying of Sumbha)

Om prostrations to Chandika

She whose complexion is like molten gold, illustrious, Shakti of Lord Shiva, whose three eyes are sun, moon and fire respectively and who holds with Her lovely hands arrow, bow, noose and trident, I invoke that bestower of boons in my heart, whose crest is crescent moon.

Om prostrations to Chandika

The sage said: 1

“Seeing his brother Nisumbha slain, who was dear to him as his life, and his army routed, Sumbha angrily said. ‘Oh Durga who are puffed up with pride of strength, don’t show your pride here. Though you are exceedingly haughty, you, resorting to the strength of others, fight.’ 2-3
The Devi said: 4

‘I am all alone in the world here. Who else is there besides me? See, oh wicked one, these Goddesses, who are but my own Avatars, merging into my own self!’ 5

Then all those, Brahmani and the rest, merged in the body of Devi. Ambika alone then remained.6 
The Devi said: 7

‘The numerous Avatars which I projected by my power here – those have been withdrawn by me, and now I stand alone. Be steadfast in combat.’ 8
The sage said: 9

Then began a dreadful battle between them both, the Devi and Sumbha, while all Devas and Asuras looked on. 10

With showers of arrows, with sharp weapons and frightful missiles, both engaged again in a combat that frightened all the worlds. 11

Then the Daitya lord countered the divine missiles, which Ambika discharged in hundreds. 12

With a fierce battle-cry and the like, the Shakti of Parameshvara playfully broke the excellent missiles that he discharged. 13

Then the Asura covered Devi with hundreds of arrows, and Devi in wrath split his bow with Her arrows. 14

Seeing his bow split, the Daitya took up his spear. With a discus, Devi cut it even as he held it. 15

Next the Daitya monarch, taking his sword bright like the sun and shining shield bearing the images of a hundred moons, charged at Devi at that moment. 16

Just as he was rushing forward, Chandika split his sword with sharp arrows shot from Her bow, as also his shield as bright as the solar rays. 17

With his steeds slain, with his bow broken, without a charioteer, the Daitya then grasped his terrible mace, being ready to kill Ambika. 18

With sharp arrows, She split the mace of Sumbha, who was charging at Her. Even then, raising his fist, he rushed swiftly at Her. 19

The Daitya king punched on the chest of Devi, and Devi also slapped him hard on his chest. 20

The Daitya king, wounded by the blow of Her palm fell on the earth, but immediately he rose up again. 21

Seizing Devi, he sprang up and mounted on high into the sky. There also Chandika, suspended mid-air, fought with him. 22

Then the Daitya and Chandika fought, a never before, with each other in the sky in a close contact, which wrought surprise to the Siddhas and sages. 23

Ambika then, after carrying on a close fight for a vary long time with him, lifted him up, whirled him around and flung him down on the earth. 24

Flung thus, the wicked Sumbha reaching the earth and raising his fist, hastily rushed forward desiring to kill Chandika. 25

Seeing that Daitya lord approaching, Devi, impaled him with a trident hurled him down on the earth. 26

impaled by the pointed trident of Devi, he fell lifeless on the ground, rocking the entire earth with its seas, islands and mountains. 27

When that wicked Asura was slain, the universe became happy and regained perfect peace, and the sky grew clear. 28

Flaming portent-clouds that were in evidence before became tranquil, and the rivers kept within their courses when Sumbha was stricken down there. 29

When he had been slain, all Devas became rejoiced, and the Gandharvas sang sweetly. 30

Others played on their instruments, and the bands of nymphs danced; likewise favourable winds blew; the sun became very brilliant; the sacred fires blazed peacefully and tranquil became the strange sounds that had risen in different quarters. 31-31
Thus ends the tenth chapter dealing with the Slaying of Sumbha of Devi Mahatmyah in Markandeya Purana, during the reign of Savarni Manu.
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