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Shumbh and Nishumbh
This story comes in Devee Bhaagvat, Vaaman Puraan
According to Devee Bhaagvat Shumbh and Nishumbh were two Asur brothers. According to Vaaman Puraan they were the two brothers - sons of Kashyap and Danu. They performed severe Tapasyaa and obtained the Var from Brahmaa Jee that they would not be killed by any male, be it human being, or animal, or bird etc, rather they would like to be killed by some woman (like Mahishaasur).
Shumbh became the King and Chand and Mund and Raktbeej were helping them. Then Durgaa went to kill them. Shumbh's minister Sugreev reported that a beautiful woman was coming towards his palace. Shumbh sent him to that woman with the marriage proposal to her. Devee said - "I am ready to marry him but he had to defeat me in battle first." Hearing this Shumbh sent Dhoomralochan to bring her tied. Devee said - "Shumbh is a fool, can Aadi Shakti marry anybody?" So Dhoomralochan fought with Devee and was killed by her.
After him, Shumbh sent Chand and Mund to bring her there, but Devee killed them also. Then Shumbh sent Raktbeej, Deve killed him also. Then Devee sent Shankar Jee as her messenger to Shumbh that "either you go to Paataal Lok or get ready to be killed by Devee." So Nishumbh came to fight and was killed. Seeing his brother killed Shumbh got very angry and came to fight with Chandikaa Devee. He challenged her - "Don't be proud on borrowed powers from other Devtaa." Chandikaa said - "O wicked, I am the only Power of this Universe, see all Devtaa are entering me." Then both fought fiercely. In the end Devee killed Shumbh by her Trishool (trident).
Thus Chandikaa killed them all.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 03/29/13