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