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Kalaratri: The 7th And Most Ferocious Form Of NavaDurga

Goddess Kalaratri is the seventh form of NavaDurga & worshipped on the 7th day of Navratri. She is the most ferocious avatar of Goddess Durga and is known for destroying ignorance and removing darkness from the universe.

Goddess Kalaratri
Goddess Kalaratri
Kalaratri is the most ferocious avatar of Goddess Durga. She is known for destroying ignorance and removing darkness from the universe.
Other Names Goddess Shubhankari
Affiliation 7th Form of NavaDurga
Worship Day Navratri Day 7
Consort Lord Shiva
Weapon Sword and deadly iron hook
Ride Donkey
Mantra Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah
(ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥)

This avatar is a destructive form of the Goddess Durga. She rides a dark black donkey. Her complexion is dark black, and she has four hands. The positioning of her hands is in Abhaya and varada mudra. She carries a sword and an iron hook in her left hand. She licked the blood of Rakta Beeja, who had the potential to create more demons from his blood. Because of the powers she possesses, she is called Goddess Shubhankari.

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Story

According to legend, Dasta Shumbha-Nishumbha and Raktabeej had made a stroke in all three states. Worried by this, all the goddesses went to Shivji. He asked the Maa Parvati to kill the demons and protect their devotees. Considering Shivji, Parvati Ji assumed the form of Durga and killed Shumbha-Nishumbha. Thereby she got the name Goddess Chamunda. But as soon as Durga killed the bloodbath, the blood released from her body produced millions of Raktabeej. Seeing this, Maa Durga took her most ferocious form – Goddess Kalaratri. She drank the blood of Demmon Raktabeej to prevent it from falling down, eventually killing him. 

Goddess Kalaratri filled his blood in her face and slaughtered his blood base after cutting his throat. She became so fierce and destructive that she started killing everyone who came in front of her. All the gods prayed in front of Lord Shiva to stop her. So Shiva decided to come below her foot to stop her. When she was engaged in killing everyone, Lord Shiva appeared below her foot. By seeing her beloved husband below her foot, she bit her tongue. In the guilt, she forgot about the fight. Hence god shiva calmed her down.

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Kalaratri Puja

Goddess Kalaratri puja is performed on the 7th day of Navratri. Krishna kamal is her favorite flower. Jasmine & Hibiscus flowers are also used for her worship. Kalratri Mata is offered jaggery and water as bhog. Many devotees also keep sweets and fruits along with them. 

Apart from Kalaratri Puja, MahaSaptami marks the start of the Durga Puja & Dussehra Celebration. On this day, the Prana pratishta ritual is performed. Started with Kalash Puja, divine mantras and hymns are chanted to invoke the Goddess in the idol.

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Significance

Worshiping Maa Kalaratri on the 7th day of Navratri can remove all the fear from the heart and make the devotees bold and self-confident. She is the destroyer of all demon entities, ghosts, evil spirits, and negative energies. If you are suspicious of any evil spell or force pursuing you. Then you may free yourself from it by chanting the powerful Kalaratri mantra. This mantra shall bestow peace and shall win the protective shield of Goddess Kalaratri for her devotees. Yogis and occult practitioners chant this mantra to attain mystic powers.

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Facts about Goddess Kalaratri

  • Origin: This is the fiercest and the most ferocious form of the Mother Goddess to destroy the demons – Raktabeej, Sumbha and Nisumbha.
  • Meaning: Goddess of the Night. Also referred to as the one who is the death of time. This form primarily depicts that life also has a dark side – the violence of Mother Nature that encompasses death and destruction.
  • Worship Date: 7th day of Navratri
  • Planet: Saturn
  • Favorite Flower: Krishna kamal
  • Favorite Color: Grey
  • Kalaratri Mantra: Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah (ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥)
  • Other Names: Goddess Shubhankari
  • Ride: Donkey
  • Weapon: Sword and deadly iron hook
  • Appearance: Goddess Kalaratri rides on a donkey. Her complexion is dark black, and she has four hands. Her right hands are in Abhayamzudra and Varadamudra. She carries a sword and deadly iron hook in her left hand.
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