Shiva’s wife Durga the Mashisasuramardini
The statue of Shiva’s wife Durga the Mahishasuramardini stands in the inner sanctum of the Shiva Temple located on the Prambanan Temple complex in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The inner sanctum has four chambers, each of which faces a cardinal direction and houses a statue. The Durga statue is in the north-facing chamber.
The Sanskrit word Mahishasuramardini is a concatenation of three words: mahisha (buffalo), asura (demon) and mardini (slayer). The Durga statue was sculpted to portray her as the killer of evil Mahishasura, a demon who took the form of a buffalo.
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