Day 7 of Navaratri celebrates Maa Kaalaratri. Her name means the end of death and time. It is common to see Kali and Kaalaratri be used interchangeably, and she is one of the few forms of Ma that is ugra (fierce) and destructive. She is known to have the fiercest form of the Navdurgas (nine forms of Durga), and this form is known to invoke fear. This form depicts the dark, which is known to create chaos and fear. Fortunately, Maa Kaalaratri is known to bring light into the dark and removes all things bad and dirty. To her devotees, she brings serenity and diligence, the diligence to face anything bravely.
Maa Kaalaratri is usually depicted to have a dark complexion, and her vehicle is a donkey. She has four hands, two right hands bestowing blessings to her devotees, one left one holding a torch, and the other one holding a cleaver. She also has plenty of hair, three eyes, and her necklace shining like lightning. Here, I have drawn her with two hands, one holding a skull and the other as though she is still clawing the guts out of an Asura.
She resides in our 7th Chakra, the Sahasraara Chakra. She teaches us that pain, destruction, sorrow, death are inevitable and cannot be ignored. We must wholeheartedly accept the truth, in order to unlock our full potential. The Sahasraara Chakra is on the top of the head, and is where Maa Kaalaratri herself will devour and destroy your ego, doubts and fears to lead a better life— and help us to ascend to Satyaloka energies.
(Artwork by yours truly: Dhevamitra)
Jai Pratyangira Jai Jai Pratyangira
Jai Maa Kaalaratri
Jai Adiparasakthi Namo Namaha
Jai Bhuvaneswari Jai Namo Varahi
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