Then a demon appeared, first as Lord Desire (kama) and then as Lord Death (mara), representing lust and fear. Lord Death sent an army of horrifying demons after him. These demons hurled all kinds of objects at the Buddha, but these projectiles turned into flowers before making their impact. All Mara's move had no effect. We read:
'Mara roused against him the fury of the winds. Fierce gales rushed toward him from the horizon, uprooting trees, devastating villages, shaking mountains, but the hero never moved; not a single fold of his robe was disturbed.'