Shumbh and Nishumbh were sons
of Danu. They wanted to avenge Mahishasura's death and sent many demons like to
bring Goddess Chandika after enslaving her. First of all, Sugreev was sent
followed by Dhumralochan but both of them were killed by the Goddess. When
Shumbh and Nishumbh heard of their death, they were infuriated. Nishumbh
attacked the goddess with a huge army. Shumbh attacked from the other side. In
the fierce battle, Goddess Chandika broke Nishumbh's sword as well as his
shield. Nishumbh then attacked Goddess Chandika with his weapon- Shakti. Goddess
Chandika broke it with her Chakra. At last, she attacked him with her arrows at
him and as a result, Nishumbh got injured and fell.
When Shumbh saw Nishumbh, injured and unconscious, he ran
towards Goddess Chandika to kill her. Goddess Chandika blew her conch and made a
thunderous noise by pulling the bowstring. Shumbh released the dangerous weapon-
Ugradipti in the direction of Goddess Chandika. But her weapon Maholkanaamni
destroyed it. Shumbh thundered loudly and attacked Goddess Chandika with a
volley of arrows but none could cause any harm to her. Finally, Goddess Chandika
attacked Shumbh with her trident. Shumbh fell down unconscious. After sometime,
he regained his consciousness and attacked Goddess Chandika with his arrows. But
she destroyed all the arrows. In the meantime, Nishumbh had regained his
consciousness. He got up and attacked Goddess Chandika with his trident. In the
end, Goddess Chandika killed Nishumbh by piercing her trident in his heart. As
Nishumbh was dying, an another demon manifested from his body. Even he was
killed by her. Her mount Simha devoured all the dead demons.
became angry at the death of his brother- Nishumbh. He furiously told the
goddess- "O wicked lady! Do not be proud of your strength borrowed from others."
Goddess Chandika replied- "O wicked demon! I am the only power of this whole
universe. I am the origin of cause and effect. Look! All the divinities are
entering into my body.
The next moment, all the divine entities, which
had earlier manifested from the bodies of the deities united with the goddess.
Now, the goddess was alone. A tremendous battle was fought between Goddess
Chandika and Shumbh. Ambika attacked him with numerous divine weapons. But,
Shumbh neutralised her attack with his own weapons.
Shumbh covered the
whole body of Goddess Chandika with his arrows. She broke his bow. After this,
Shumbh attacked her with his weapon- Shakti, which was broken into pieces by her
chakra. Now, Shumbh took out his sword and attacked her with it. She broke his
shield and sword with her arrows. Shumbh then attacked her with his mace. Even
his mace was broken into pieces.
Shumbh had no more weapons left with
him. He hit the goddess on her breast with his clenched fist. She slapped him so
hard on the face that he fell down. The next moment, he got up and manifested
himself in the sky. Now, a tremendous duel was fought between them in the sky.
In the end, she dashed him to the ground and pierced the trident in his
heart. Shumbh was instantly killed. After the killing of Shumbh, Gandharvas, the
deities and Apsaras were so pleased that they danced and rejoiced. The whole
atmosphere echoed with the sound- "SHANTI SHANTI" (Let there be peace).
After goddess Chandika killed Shumbh, all the deities under the
leadership of Indra and Agni started eulogising her- "O Goddess! Be pleased upon
us! Protect the whole world, as you are the goddess of this whole universe. You
appear in the form of this earth- the base on which everything is situated. Your
light illuminates all the living creatures. You are the only power through which
creation, nurturing and annihilation takes place. You are the Brahmani,
Maheshwari and the Kaumari. We salute you because you have protected us from the
terror of the demons. We need your protection from all the calamities of this
Goddess Chandika was very pleased by their eulogy. She asked them
for any wish. The deities said- "O Akhileshwari! We need your protection. Clear
all the obstacles from our path. Eliminate our enemies."
replied- "During Vaivasvat Manavantar, I will take incarnation from Yashoda's
womb- the wife of Nand, to kill the demons Shumbh and Nishumbh. After that, I
will kill the demon- Vaiprachit in my most aggressive form. One hundred years
later, I will manifest myself and would be known as Satakshi because of my
hundred eyes. My next incarnation would be known as Shakambhari because I would
nurture the whole world during the period of drought. I will kill the demon
Durgam during that drought period. I will kill the demon Arun- the tormentor of
all the three worlds by taking the form of a bee. Due to this, I will be known
as Bhramari. I will take incarnations every time the demons torment the world.
Goddess Chandika says- "I will clear all the obstacles from the path of
such a man who worships me. If a devotee listens to the great tales of how I
killed Mahishasura, Shumbh and Nishumbh, on the eighth, ninth and fourteenth
days of any month then he would be liberated from poverty and all his sins. He
would become free from fear. A devotee must listen to my divine tales during all
the religious ceremonies like making sacrifice, worship and performing Yagya. By
doing this, all his enemies will be eliminated. A man who remembers me when
faced with dangerous situations remains protected by me."
the deities, Goddess Chandika disappeared from their sight. All the demons, who
had survived after the killings of Shumbh and Nishumbh, went to the nether world
to save their lives.