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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Munda, MuNDa, Munda

Caṇḍa and Muṇḍa were two fierce demons who worked under the demon king Sumbha as chiefs of a section of his army. Both of them were killed by Kālī[1] in their encounter with Durgā. Kālī got the name Cāmuṇḍā because of this act of hers. Muṇḍa also means the decapitated head. Śiva and Kālī are described as wearing a garland of the muṇḍas. Hence the names Muṇḍamālin and Muṇḍamālinī for them.


  1. She is an emanation of Goddess Durgā.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore