There was once a fierce battle

Between Devas (Gods) and Asura kings Shumbha and Nishumbha

Asuras (Demons) had the edge

Devas were on the brink of defeat

For Asuras several boons from Brahma was helping a lot

Made the Asuras unconquerable

But the brothers did not ask for boon

For protection against women

Shumbha and Nishumbha thought women to be very weak

They cannot stand before the power, force and strength

They thought them to be weak and meek

Devas were very much worried


No male warriors could withstand before the Asuras

The batter became very very fierce

Every God was afraid to fight further

Gods sought the help of Divine Mother

Otherwise, this world will be no more

Asuras will take over this world

They will rule and punish Devas

Devas prayed to Divine Mother – Devi Maa Durga

They wanted her help

As they knew the mighty strength of Maa Durga

Also knew that there was no boon to fight against women

With Shumbha and Nishumbha

The prayer of Devas was granted by Maa Durga

Maa Durga agreed to help

Maa Durga showed her divine power

From Devi Maa’s form (body)

Thousands of shaktis emerged as shakti sena

All battle ready with fighting spirit

The shakti sena of Maa Durga was ready to fight as a team

The Devas witnessed the strength of Devi Durga and her sena

They were all happy, they were stunned

To see the brilliance, beauty and unparallel strength that radiated

The shakti sena went straight to fight against the Asuras

The Asuras were taken aback to see the women fighters

Among the women fighters shaktis there were seven most revered shaktis

They are called Saptamatrikas

They are… Brahmi, Vaishnavi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Varahi, Indrani and Chamundi


All the shaktis emerged from the Divine Mother Maa Durga

All emerged from herself

They were part of herself

Devi Maa brought out the team

It highlights the importance of togetherness

Importance of team and team spirit

Saptamatrikas were the part of shakti senas but they were leaders

Each of these matrikas represents a specific energy

These specific energy bring specific benefits needed for truth and victory

Maa Durga became the fighting leader, the main leader of Devas in the battle field

Harmoniously fought and brought out the skill of saptamatrikas

Together all were fighting for the victory

Devi Maa Durga was leading from the front

She was very much present in the battle field

Shakti Sena was always strengthened and inspired by her presence

This battle was the battle of Maa Durga

Maa Durga is the epitome of shakti

In her presence all negative force fade away and vanish

Maa Durga shakti is synonymous with strong qualities

She is strength, dynamism, positivity, courage and confidence

Maa Durga has fought many battles with Asuras

She has defeated them and killed them and has become a saviour

No Asuras was spared by her

Whether it was Mahishashura

Chanda Munda or Dhumralochana

Shumbha, Nishumbha or Raktabirja

Maa Durga is depicted with a lion or tiger as her mount

This also speaks about her courage and valour

All the stories of fights are symbolic

They contain deeper meaning

But they clearly symbolize the victory of good over evil.


English Poet – Ratikanta Singh