Seventh Manifestation of the Divine Mother Goddess.
Kalaratri means the One who is ‘the Death of Kaal’. Here Kaal means time & death and ratri means night. Kalaratri is the one who destroys ignorance and removes darkness. The Mother Goddess appears in this Dangerous form to protect good from the evil. She is also known as Shubhamkari or ‘good-doing’. In taking this form the Goddess Kalaratri killed the demon Raktabeej, who could multiply from every drop of his blood as it fell on the ground (instant cloning?) She is believed to endow her devotees with both calm and courage.
The complexion of Maa Kalaratri is like dark night with unlocked hair. She has four hands. The left two hands holds a ‘Khadag’ (rounded tip sword) and a torch, and the right two are in the mudras of ‘giving’ and ‘protecting’. She wears a necklace that shines like the moon. Kalaratri has three eyes which emanate rays like lightning. Flames appear through her nostrils when she inhales or exhales. Her mount is the donkey. The appearance of Maa Kalaratri can be seen as being very dangerous for evil-doers. But she always bares good fruits for her devotees.