Durga was created by Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and the lesser gods, to slay the buffalo demon Mahisasura. They were otherwise powerless to overcome him, he was creating imbalance in the world. Using their collective energy (shakti), Durga is the true source of their inner power. She is also greater than any of them. Born as a woman and beautiful, Durga presents a fierce menacing form to her enemies. She is usually shown riding a lion and with eight or ten arms, each holding the special weapon of one of the gods, who gave them to her for her battle against the buffalo demon Mahisasura. She had fought with the most treacherous demon ‘Mahisasura’ for nine long days and took nine different forms (NavaDurga) of power to kill him. Good certainly prevailed with her strength and energy.