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DURGA [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] `Inaccessible.' The wife of Siva. See Devi.

ANNAPURNA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Full of food.' A form of Durga, worshipped for her power of giving food CJ. the Roman Anna Perenna.

BHADRAKALI [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Name of a goddess. In modern times it applies to Durga.

CHAMUNDA [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] An emanation of the goddess Durga, sent forth from her forehead to encounter the demons Chanda and Munda. She is thus described in the Markandeya Purana: "From the forehead of Ambika (Durga), contracted with wrathful frowns, sprang swiftly forth a goddess of black and formidable aspect, armed with a scimitar and noose, bearing a ponderous mace, decorated with a garland of dead corpses, robed in the hide of an elephant, dry and withered and hideous, with yawning mouth, and lolling tongue, and bloodshot eyes, and filling the regions with her shouts." When she had killed the two demons, she bore their heads to Durga, who told her that she should henceforth be known, by a contraction of their names, as Chamunda.

CHANDA, CHANDI [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] The goddess Durga, especially in the form she assumed for the destruction of the Asura called Mahisha.

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