Essence Of Maha Bhagavatha Purana

Bhagvat Purana

War by Demons with Demi-Gods

Lord Vishnu’s exhortation to the Danavas fell flat on their ears; instead, they became more violent than before, especially as they were denied access to Nectar and got frustrated. Many demons like Taraka, Sumbha, Nisumbha, Jambha and Arista continued to terrorise Trilokas. They were also fortified with boons of invincibility from Lord Brahma on account of their intense prayers and harsh Sacrifices. Led by Indra riding Airavata the celesial Elephant, Demi-Gods like Vayu, Varuna, Agni, Sun, Moon, and various other planets, and associates retaliated.

Sumbha and Nisumbha were annihalated by Goddess Durga Devi, Indra defeated Bali, Moon fought with Rahu, Brihaspati with Sukracharya, Lord Siva with Jambha, Sanaischara with Narakusura, Kartikeya with Taraka, Yamaraja with Kalanabha, Surya with hundred sons of Bali headed by Bana and so on. As Demon Kalanemi attacked Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s disc  severed his head as also those of Mali, Sumali and Malyavan, as these Demons became too powerful in the battle. Demi-Gods Varuna, Vayu and Agni chased and killed thousands of  Demons like roaring lions to flocks of deer. After the battle ended, substantial  Demon population, especially of those who claimed invincibility, got dwindled to a large extent.But the display of valour, scheming and determination in  Deva-Danava War was an unparalelled spectacle witnessed never before nor later.

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