was Leela, the darling wife of the much-adored Dattatreya in her
purvajanma. She was the daughter of Sage Galava of great fame. After
the wedding, the couple were leading a carefree life of comforts
enjoying all the pleasures, but Dattatreya, fully conscious of his
divine nature and the purpose of his birth, was preparing for
Vanaprasthasram by withdrawing himself from the mundane life.
being earth and earthy desired to immerse in luxurious life only.
Though he explained the futility of transitory life and momentary
pleasures, she did not pay head to the word of her husband. Although
he expressed his displeasure at her frivolousness, she continued her
way. Enrged Dattatreya, cursed her to be born as Mahishi -
She-buffalo, but she retaliated at once with a counter curse - he to
be-born as Mahisha-a he-buffalo.
to the curse of Dattatreya, Leela was born as the daughter of
Karamba and she was called Mahishi. When she came of right age, she
learnt about cause of the death of her father Karamba at the hands
of Devendra. She then developed hatred against suras, and to add to
this, the death of her cousin Mahishasura gave further fillip to her
pent up hatred.