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Candika was the furious aspect of the Goddess, having ten, eighteen, or twenty hands, each holding a weapon. Her vehicle was a lion, and she stood with her left foot on the corpse of the demon called Mahisha-asura and held his severed head aloft. From the bloody neck of the felled demon emerged a red-headed, red-eyed man with weapon drawn but already noosed by Candika’s rope.
In the Dev! Mahatmya Candika has become the sakti of the Goddess her­self so that Durga (or Devi) possesses a feminine manifestation of her divine activity rather than needing a masculine actor; in the final evolution of this myth cycle the feminine is complete in itself.