Maha Saptami, Kalaratri Puja

The 7th day of Navratri which falls in the Maha SaptamiTithi observes the worship of Goddess Kalaratri as well as Goddess Saraswati. This day people also arrange the Utsava Puja. On the seventh day of Navratri Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped. She is considered to be the most ferocious avatar of Goddess Durga and is known for destroying ignorance and removing darkness from the universe.

Kalaratri

Origin Of Kalratri Puja

During the devastation created by the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha Goddess Parvati took the avatar of Kalratri Devi. It is said that these two demons invaded the Devlok that is the abode of the Demi Gods. After getting frustrated the Demi Gods prayed Goddess Parvati to help them defeat the asuras. It is then when Kalratri avatar was created.

Appearance and Form

This avatar is depicted as a destructive form of the Goddess. She can be seen riding a dark black donkey. Her complexion is dark black and she has four hands. The positioning of her hands are in abhaya and varada mudra and she carries sword and an iron hook in her left hands.It is said that she licked the blood of demon RaktaBeeja, who had the potential to create more demons from his own blood. Because of the powers she possesses, she is also referred as Goddess Shubhankari.

Auspicious Time

This Goddess is worshiped on the 7thday of Navratri. The tithi prevailing is Saptamitithi.

Puja vidhi

This Goddess has different rites to be followed. Sometimes tantric method is followed where wine or blood is offered to the deity and some people follow certain daily rites performed while praying.

Mantra

Maa Durga mantras for all nine days of the navratri

Om Devi KalaratryaiNamah॥

EkaveniJapakarnapuraNagnaKharasthita।
LamboshthiKarnikakarniTailabhyaktaSharirini॥

VamapadollasallohaLatakantakabhushana।
VardhanaMurdhadhwaja Krishna Kalaratrirbhayankari॥

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma KalaratriRupenaSamsthita।
NamastasyaiNamastasyaiNamastasyaiNamoNamah॥

KaralavandanaGhoramMuktakeshiChaturbhujam।
KalaratrimKaralimkaDivyamVidyutamalaVibhushitam॥
DivyamLauhavajraKhadgaVamoghordhvaKarambujam।
AbhayamVaradamChaivaDakshinodhvaghahParnikam Mam॥
MahameghaPrabhamShyamamTakshaChaivaGardabharudha।
GhoradamshaKaralasyamPinonnataPayodharam॥
SukhaPrasannaVadanaSmerannaSaroruham।
EvamSachiyantayetKalaratrimSarvakamSamriddhidam॥

Him KalaratriShrimKarali Cha KlimKalyaniKalawati।
KalamataKalidarpadhniKamadishaKupanvita॥
KamabijajapandaKamabijaswarupini।
KumatighniKulinartinashini Kula Kamini॥
KlimHrimShrimMantrvarnenaKalakantakaghatini।
KripamayiKripadharaKripaparaKripagama॥

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