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Mahishasura Mardini/Durga? Mata

1959 167’ b&w Kannada/Hindi? d/c B.S. Ranga pc Vikram Prod. s/lyr Chi. Sadashivaiah m G.K. Venkatesh lp Rajkumar, Udaya Kumar, Sowcar Janaki, Sandhya, Narasimhraju, Chittor V. Nagaiah, Ashwath, Rajanala, Suryakala, Indrani, M. Lakshmidevi, Kushalakumari, Ramadevi

Devi Purana variation of the circumstances that led to the goddess Durga slaying the demon Mahishasura. In the film, told in flashback, he is not a demon but one who was ancestrally wronged when the god Indra slew Karambha, king of Mahishamandala. Karambha’s brother Rambha (Udaya Kumar), in retaliation, reaches the Nagaloka and steals the Sanathanakalpa fruit, bringing down a curse on his son: the boy shall never see either of his parents alive. The prophecy comes true as Rambha is killed and his wife Mahishi (Suryakala) commits sati (ritual self- immolation) just after her son Mahishasura is born. Mahishi was in fact a buffalo turned into a beautiful woman by Indra. The orphaned Mahishasura (Rajkumar) is raised by Shukracharya, who tells him the family story in the film’s opening. Vowing to take revenge against the invincible Indra, Mahishasura through prayer achieves indestructibility. The celestial impasse is resolved when the goddess Parvati-Durga, gifted with the accumulated power of all the gods, defeats Mahishasura in a nine-day battle.

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