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Sri  Adi  Shankaracharya's MAHISHASURAMARDHINI
(Sanskrit)
Free 30 page booklet with transliteration translation of the
hymn.
  1. Mahishasuramardhini (Aigiri Nandini)
  2. Lalitha Pancharatnam
  3. Lakshmi Ashtakam
  4. Kanakadhara Stothram
  5. Ashtalakshmi Stothram
  6. (Lyric: Mukkur Srinivasa Varadachar)
  7. Shyamala Dandakam
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Mahishasuramardhini, one of the Durga forms of Devi, is described in the Devi
Mahatmaya section of the Markendeya Purana (700 AD). Legend has it that the gods,
unable to defeat the demon Mahisa who took the form of a buffalo, went to the Goddess
for assistance . She agreed to help but while practising her austerities, Mahisa attacked
her. The gods gave her all their weapons to defeat the buffalo demon. After a fierce
battle, the Goddess pinned the buffalo  with her foot and trident on his neck and
decapitated  him as he emerged from the buffalo’s mouth. The ten arms of the
Goddess represent the weapons given to her by the gods.

The Mahishasuramardhini hymn, the Lalitha Pancharatnam used for Srividya Upasana
and the Kanakadhara Stotram seeking wealth  was composed by Shankara the great
Hindu theologian and philosopher (700 - 820 AD?). The Laksmi Ashtakam,  the
Ashtalakshmi Stotram and the Shyamala Dandakam are all in praise of the goddess.
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