Devi assumes various forms, fierce at times and benevolent at others. Even in iconographic depictions where she's killing a demon, her form assumes a pacific of countenance (saumya-vadana). Devi's actions are not motivated by anger, greed or selfishness. When she kills a demon, she does so because his actions warrant pain for his body in this world.
The first thing that strikes about this work is its intensity. The drawing conveys the calm monumentality of the transcendent feminine reality that underlies the universe. Devi's form rendered here appears to throb with energy, the drawing and delineation of the feature having been pressed into service towards the attainment of that end. Her eyes are angry, the gaze firm and the face radiant. She appears human; her third eye is the only indication of her cosmic being. She pulls out the demon's tongue and clubs it to death. Devi is adorned with a stone-encrusted crown, beneath which her hair parts into two to fall on either side. She wears many stringed necklaces, bracelets, earrings and anklets.
Here when she stands thus in all her glory against a richly done up, deep background, made up of small hills and a temple. The flaring flag atop the temple signifies the imminent vistory of the goddess. Devi in this painting appears like a vision, a veritable shakti, embodiment of divine energy.