The Durga Saptasati or Devi Mahatmya of Saptasati Candi is a sacred and most significant text in Sanskrit literature. It is very dear to the Hindus and is chanted everyday by many as a very favourite scripture. The text is called Saptasti, as it contains 700 verses. This count includes even one line sentences which are not strictly verses. Besides, it deals with the story of Seven Satis or Devis, viz. Brahmi, Mahesvari, Kaumari, Vaisnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Camunda. Candi or Candika is the name by which the Supreme Goddess is referred to Durga Saptasati.
The Durga Saptasati, Which now exists as an independent aEUR scriptureaEUR originally, formed part of the Markandeya Purana, chapters 81-93. Surely, it was the work of a rare genius, the fruit of the highest poetic inspiration and overflowing devotion of a highly concentrated soul. The story of Durga Saptasati depicts Devi in her universal from as Sakti. Durga , the great warrior Goddess, represents the lethal energy of Divine Anger when turned against evil. She killed the most furious and evil demon Mahisasura. Hence, Devi portrayed as Mahisasura Mardini, i.e. slyer of the Buffalo demon-a cen-tral episode of Durga Saptasti.
The book contains Sanskrit text along with seven commentaries and English translation. Besides a general Index, Sloka Index a Glossary is also appended with the book for the benefit of researchers.