Maa Kali is known as the deity of destruction. She is represented as the horrifying form of Shakti and is the fiercest of all goddesses of Hinduism.
Goddess Kali is related to endless energy. She is the deity of time and change. She is remembered as the mother of ultimate truth and knowledge. She is depicted as the consort of Lord Shiva and is associated with brutality, fatality, sexuality and ironically with motherly love. She is a compassionate Mother and is the destructor of ignorance.
She is also known as Kalika mata, Kaalratri, Lord Shiva’s Shakti, Adi Shakti, Para Prakriti, Bhadrakali, Durga, Sati, Parvati, Chamunda, Rudrani, Dakshinakali, Aadya and Bhavatarini being the savior of the universe.
“Om Kreem Kalikaye Namah” is the mantra devoted to Her.
Maa Kali is originated from the word “Kaal”, that resembles time, black in color, death and Lord of death i.e. Shiva. Since Lord Shiva is termed as Kaal, so Kali, being His wife, also referred to as Goddess of Time or Death. It is said that nothing can be escaped from time. Goddess Kali is sometimes referred to as the deity of death of the ego. She has just killed the demons who tried to harm the mankind and not anyone else. Deity Kali is also not related with Yamraj (better known as God of Death). Ma Kali is also known for practicing self-denial among Hindus.
The Kalika Puran describes Goddess Kali as having a gentle dark facial appearance, seated on a lion, four-armed, holding a sword and blue lotuses, disheveled hairs, densed body and attractive.
Despite of Her apparently horrible form, Ma Kali is often considered as the kindest and most affectionate of all the Hindu goddesses, and because of Her terrible form only She is also often seen as a great protector to Her Devotees.
Goddess Kali is the belief of awareness. She is “Akhanda Satchidananda”, an inseparable truth, consciousness, and delight.
Ma Kali is the most kindhearted of all the forms of goddesses as She gives freedom to Her devotees from the demons. Goddess Kali is alike to Lord Shiva as both of them are the destroyers of imaginary and evil fake. It is believed that with the glance of Deity Kali, ego trembles with fear considering its own ultimate end in Her.
The persons who are closely attached to their ego can never get the idea of Goddess Kali as She appears in a furious form to them. But people, who are engaged in holiness, removing the fantasy of the ego, finds Ma Kali in a different form as a sweet, affectionate, and abundant with immense love for them.
Goddess Kali can be seen with four hands depicting Her massive strength. In two of Her hands, She holds a sword and a fresh detached head, symbolizing a great battle in which She conquered the demons. Her other two hands always bless Her true devotees.
Kali Maa can also be seen wearing a garland made of 52 skulls and a skirt made of dismembered arms. This is because when there is an identification with the body then only an ego comes out. It is believed that the physical body is fake and the spirit is the only reality. Her black or at times dark blue skin depicts the womb of the un-manifest from which all of living beings is born and into which all of them will finally go back. Thus She is the pure, un-manifested energy, the Adi-shakti.
Goddess Kali is often seen standing on Lord Shiva’s body. Lord Shiva laid in the way of Ma Kali to grasp Her anger. She is time demonstration of other Hindu goddesses like Durga, Bhadrakali, Sati, Parvati and Chamunda. She is prime among the Das Mahavidyas, the ten vicious Tantric goddesses.
Maa Kali, the Dark Mother, is especially known in Her Destroyer aspect.
Hence as a Mother, Goddess Kali is also remembered as Treasure-House of Compassion, Giver of Life to the Universe and the Life of all lives.
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