Changing sculptural representations of the Warrior Goddess from fierce to benign.
In the 12th century panel Mahisasuramardini is a benign goddess standing on the head of the buffalo. Her legend of a demon slayer remains but now her form is docile. She grants wishes to her devotees. She is the creative force, 'Mahalakshmi', destroyer, 'Mahakali' and sustainer, 'Mahasaraswati', collectively called Tridevi.
Dr. Shatarupa Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.