Durga Mata (1959)
(Certified: Apr 23, 1960)
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. Karambhas brother Rambha (Uday Kumar), in retaliation, reaches the Nagaloka and steals the Santhanakalpa fruit, bringing down a cruse on his son: the boy shall never see either of his parents alive.k 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 films opening. Vowing to take revenge against the invincible Indra, Mahishasura throught prayer acheives indestructibility. The celestial impasses is resolved when the goddess Parvati-Durga, gifted with the accumulated power of all the gods, defeats Mahishasura in a nine-day battle.