Mahishasura slayer Durga in Indian art

For centuries, Goddess Durga has been given a prominent place in Indian art, whether in temple sculptures, bronze idols, or paintings. Durga is usually depicted as a ferocious goddess riding on a lion, holding weapons of various kinds in her multiple arms. In almost every representation, she is shown to be slaying the buffalo demon, Mahisha. One can observe the limp body of a buffalo with a severed head writhing beneath the goddess's feet.