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DEVI MAHATMYAM DURGA SAPTASATI CHAPTER 10

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shumbhovadho naama dashamo.adhyaayaH ||

RRishhiruvaaca||1||

nishumbhaM nihataM dRRishhTvaa bhraataraMpraaNasammitaM|
hanyamaanaM balaM caiva shumbaH kRRiddho.abraveedvacaH || 2 ||

balaavalepadushhTe tvaM maa durge garva maavaha|
anyaasaaM balamaashritya yuddyase caatimaaninee ||3||

devyuvaaca ||4||

ekaivaahaM jagatyatra dviteeyaa kaa mamaaparaa|
pashyaitaa dushhTa mayyeva vishantyo madvibhootayaH ||5||

tataH samastaastaa devyo brahmaaNee pramukhaalayam|
tasyaa devyaastanau jagmurekaivaaseettadaambikaa ||6||

devyuvaaca ||6||

ahaM vibhootyaa bahubhiriha roopairyadaasthitaa|
tatsaMhRRitaM mayaikaiva tishhTaamyaajau sthiro bhava ||8||

RRishhiruvaaca ||9||

tataH pravavRRite yuddhaM devyaaH shumbhasya cobhayoH|
pashyataaM sarvadevaanaaM asuraaNaaM ca daaruNam ||1

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shara varshhaiH shitaiH shastraistathaa caastraiH sudaaruNaiH|
tayoryuddamabhoodbhooyaH sarvalokabhayagnykaram ||11||

divyaanyashtraaNi shatasho mumuce yaanyathaambikaa|
babhagnya taani daityendrastatprateeghaatakartRRibhiH ||12||

muktaani tena caastraaNi divyaani parameshvaree|
babhanja leelayaivogra hoojkaaroccaaraNaadibhiH||13||

tataH sharashatairdeveeM aaccaadayata so.asuraH|
saapi tatkupitaa devee dhanushciChceda ceshhubhiH||14||

cinne dhanushhi daityendrastathaa shaktimathaadade|
ciChceda devee cakreNa taamapyasya karesthitaam||15||

tataH khaDga mupaadaaya shata candraM ca bhaanumat|
abhyadhaavattadaa deveeM daityaanaamadhipeshvaraH||16||

tasyaapatata evaashu khaDgaM cicCheda caNDikaa|
dhanurmuktaiH shitairbaaNaishcarma caarkakaraamalam||17||

hataashvaH patata evaashu khaDgaM chiChcheda chaMDikaa|
jagraaha mudgaraM ghoraM ambikaanidhanodyataH||18||

cicChedaapatatastasya mudgaraM nishitaiH sharaiH|
tathaapi so.abhyadhaavattaM mushhTimudyamyavegavaan||19||

sa mushhTiM paatayaamaasa hRRidaye daitya pungavaH|
devyaastaM caapi saa devee tale no rasya taaDayat||20||

talaprahaaraabhihato nipapaata maheetale|
sa daityaraajaH sahasaa punareva tathotthitaH||21||

utpatya ca pragRRihyoccair deveeM gaganamaasthitaH|
tatraapi saa niraadhaaraa yuyudhe tena caNDikaa||22||

niyuddhaM khe tadaa daitya shcaNDikaa ca parasparam|
cakratuH pradhamaM siddha munivismayakaarakam||23||

tato niyuddhaM suciraM kRRitvaa tenaambikaa saha|
utpaaTya bhraamayaamaasa cikshhepa dharaNeetale||24||

sakshhiptodharaNeeM praapya mushhTimudyamya vegavaan|
abhyadhaavata dushhTaatmaa caNDikaanidhanecChayaa||25||

tamaayantaM tato devee sarvadaityajanesharvam|
jagatyaaM paatayaamaasa bhitvaa shoolena vakshhasi||26||

sa gataasuH papaatorvyaaM deveeshoolaagravikshhataH|
caalayan sakalaaM pRRithveeM saabdidveepaaM saparvataam ||27||

tataH prasanna makhilaM hate tasmin duraatmani|
jagatsvaasthyamateevaapa nirmalaM caabhavannabhaH ||28||

utpaatameghaaH solkaa yepraagaasaMste shamaM yayuH|
sarito maargavaahinyastathaasaMstatra paatite ||29||

tato deva gaNaaH sarve harshha nirbharamaanasaaH|
babhoovurnihate tasmin gandarvaa lalitaM jaguH||30||

avaadayaM stathaivaanye nanRRitushcaapsarogaNaaH|
vavuH puNyaastathaa vaataaH suprabho.a bhooddhivaakaraH||31||

jajvalushcaagnayaH shaantaaH shaantadigjanitasvanaaH||32||

|| svasti shree maarkaNDeya puraaNe saavarnikemanvantare devi mahatmye shumbhovadho naama dashamo dhyaayaH samaaptaM ||

aahuti
oM kleeM jayaMtee saaMgaayai sashaktikaayai saparivaaraayai savaahanaayai kaameshvaryai mahaahutiM samarpayaami namaH svaahaa ||

Meaning

1-3. Seeing his brother Nisumbha slain, who was dear to him as his life, and his army being slaughter, Shumbha angrily said. ‘O 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.’ The Devi said:

4-5. ‘I am all alone in the world here. Who else is there besides me? See, O vile one, these Goddesses, who are but my own powers, entering into my own self!’

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

7-8. ‘ The numerous forms which I projected by my power here – those have been withdrawn by me, and (now) I stand alone. Be steadfast in combat.’ The Rishi said:

9-10. Then began a dreadful battle between them both, the Devi and Shumbha, while all the devas and asuras looked on.

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

12. Then the lord of daityas broke the divine missiles, which Ambika discharged in hundreds, with (weapons) that repulsed them.

13. With fierce shout of hum and the like, the Paramesvari playfully broke the excellent missiles that he discharged.

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

15. And when the bow was split the lord of the daityas took up his spear. With a discus, the Devi split that (spear) also in this hand.

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

17. 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.

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

19. With sharp arrows, she split the mace of Shumbha, who was rushing at her. Even then, raising his fist, he rushed swiftly at her.

20. The daitya-king brought his fist down on the heart of the Devi, and the Devi also with her palm smote him on his chest.

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

22. Seizing the Devi, he sprang up and mounted on high into the sky. There also Chandika, without any support, fought with him.

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

24. 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.

25. Flung thus, the evil-natured (Shumbha) reaching the earth and raising his fist, hastily rushed forward desiring to kill Chandika.

26. Seeing that lord of all the daitya-folk approaching, the Devi, piercing him on the chest with a dart, threw him down on the earth.

27. Pierced by the pointed dart of the Devi he fell lifeless on the ground, shaking the entire earth with its seas, islands and mountains.

28. When that evil-natured (asura) was slain, the universe became happy and regained perfect peace, and the sky grew clear.

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

30. When he had been slain, the minds of all the bands of devas became overjoyed, and the Gandharvas sang sweetly.

31-32. Others sounded (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. Here ends the tenth chapter called ‘The Slaying of Shumbha’ of Devi-mahatmya in Markandeya-purana, during the period of Savarni, the Manu.

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