Long ago, the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha over took the kingdom of Triloki from Devraj Indra and started doing all the duties of deities themselves and drove the gods out of heaven. Then the gods remembering the boon given to them by goddess Adishakti – that whenever the gods are in trouble, she herself will appear and relieve their distress, remembering that and going to the Himalayas and they prayed goddess jagdamba for help. Then Mother Jagdamba appeared in the form of Kaushiki from the body of Goddess Parvati and started the war with Shumbha and Nishumbha.
In this war, the Goddess killed the commander dhumralochan and upon hearing this, Shumbha and Nishumbh were very angry and ordered the demons named Chand and Mund, that you go to the Himalayas, where the Goddess resides and after defeating her in battle, catch her If she dies in war, then if you bring her dead body. Having received the orders of Shumbha and Nishumbha, Chand and Mund went to the place where the goddess was present to fight with the goddess.
Seeing the Goddess sitting on the lion, all the Asuras started attacking her, then the Goddess got very angry and her forhead became red. Then from her forehead appeared goddess kaali black in form, with a axe in her hand, a garland of skulls around her neck and a wearing garments of leopard skin on her body. Goddesses kali, holding the army of demons in hand, started putting them in her mouth. In one go, she would put many elephants and asuras in her mouth and chew them, this way goddess started to kill whole army of asuras.
After seeing the goddess destroying all his army, Chand took the sword in his hands and proceeded to fight with the goddess, he attacked the goddess but the goddess cut his sword and Chand started to attack with arrows on the goddess but The goddess also spontaneously cut off all his arrows. In this way, war broke out between Devi and Chand and in the end Devi separated the head of Chand from his body with her sword. After , seeing his brother dead, Mund also came forward to fight with the goddess and in no time the goddess also stripped him of his head.
Later, Goddess kali took both their heads in hand to the place where Maa Amba Bhavani was present and said to her, Goddess I have brought you the heads of these two demons as a gift . now in this war you kill the Shambhu and Nishumbha.
When Kalika gave a gift of heads of Chand and Mund , Mother Jagdamba , said to her, “Kalike you have killed two dangerous demons named Chand and Mund in the battlefield, hence you will be known in the world as Chamunda.”
In this way goddess kali got the name Chamunda after killing the demons chand and munda .
Categories: Stories of Goddess Durga