The descent of Mother Parvathi
here to assuming the form of Chamundeswari has a
fascinating background and it begins with the birth of Mahishasura. Many legends
trace the origin of this demon King, but are at variance with one another. Devi
Bhagavatha and Skanda purana embody long accounts of this place - his capital.
The birth of Mahishasura itself has different versions.
According to one version, Diti, the Mother of demons and wife of Kasyapa grieved
over the destruction of her sons incessantly at the hands of Devendra. Though each obtained numerous boons by
penance and austerities from the Highest Trio,
they could not live longer, nor made a mark as adorable persons. By some error
or other they were not blessed with good boons, and on every occasion they were
tricked into choosing something that brought their ruination. With a view to
getting immortality for her progeny and sovereignty over the worlds, particularly over Devendra, she took
a decision of pleasing the Highest with
vigorous penance. Accordingly she went to a deep forest for doing penance. She
selected a sublime place beside the ashram of Suparsva. As her penance progressed there emerged heat
from her body and it started sending out hot winds
that affected his asram. He bore it for sometime but the inmates of his asram
and surroundings felt life unbearable. His endurance too crossed the bounds.