This is an exquisite Handcrafted brass sculpture of Devi as Mahishasura Mardhini - The Slayer of Mahishsura - half buffalo / half human. The legend of Mahishasura is important in Hindu mythology since the goddess Durga was incarnated in order to slay him.
The Legend - Rambha, the king of Asuras was enticed by the beauty of a she-buffalo and eventually married her. The child, born from this union was named Mahishasura because he was both buffalo as well as human ( Mahisha literally means buffalo). As an Asura, Mahishasura wanted to wage war against the Devas, as the Devas and Asuras' were perpetually in conflict. To make himself invincible, Mahishasura performed austerities to Brahma asking for immortality which Brahma refused and instead gave him a boon such that his death would happen only at the hands of a woman.
Mahishasura imagined that this was the equivalent of immortality since he believed it was impossible for a woman to slay a person of his strength. Emboldened by this belief, he started a war with the Devas and in the battle that ensued, the Devas, led by Indra were defeated. At this point, the Devas approached the trinity of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu for help. The three great gods combined their divine energies and created a woman. The Goddess thus created was Durga who led a battle against Mahishasura and killed him, thus fulfilling the prophecy that he would meet his death at the hands of a woman.
The popular legend is that Mysuru gets its name from Goddess Durga - Mahishasura Mardini as is believed that the people of this region were saved from the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura who had come and occupied the land. This is when people prayed to Goddess Durga for help and she descended during a sacred period which is now called Navratri and Dusshera and hence, the Dusshera festival is the biggest festival.
Measures: 28.5 cm in height and 16.5 cm wide.
Weight : 1.8 kilograms .