I have been thinking about this, does anyone know if a God (Shiva, Durga etc.) has ever destroyed any devil without taking birth/avatar?

If God is so powerful then why does He/She need to transform into something else to destroy a devil?

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    Welcome to Hinduism.SE! Vishnu, Shiva, Durga, etc. have all killed demons without taking an incarnation. Shiva destroyed three floating cities of the Asuras (Tripura), Vishnu killed Madhu and Kaitabha, Durga killed Mahishasura, Indra killed Vritrasura, etc. Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 19:28
  • Thanks for the quick reply, But whats the logic behind taking avtars to kill demons? Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 20:01
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    Well, for instance the reason Vishnu was born as Rama was that Ravana got a boon that he wouldn't be killed by any god or demon; see my question here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/2187/36 Each incarnation has a specific reason why it occurred. Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 20:19
  • yes each asura gets varam and they cant be killed any God directly so in this case god take avatar to destroy the evil
    – Sree
    Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 5:14
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    The reason is that , the asura / devil is a certain skewed form of the original divine, cosmic energy. In order to destroy this energy (or sometimes matter), the original satchidananda parabrahma has to assume a form that can counter the evil energy of the asura. The original parabrahma is formless and guna-less (i.e. it does not have satva, rajas or tamo guna).Gunas are necessary to perform action. Action contains force and is usually imparted through matter or energy or their combination. Hence, chit-sakti which is pure ananda in its formless state has to assume a form to perform an action.
    – user1195
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 18:05


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