Navratri or Navratra days is a major festival celebrated by Hindu followers in India. In this festival, people worship the nine manifestations of the Goddess Durga who symbolizes purity, divinity and of course feminine power.
As the word Navratri means Nine-nights, it is the longest Hindu festival of the year. The festival spanning over nine nights and ten days is celebrated with great zeal and gaiety.
On the sixth day of the festival, the sixth form of Durga is worshipped which is Maa Kalratri. This form of the goddess is said to remove darkness and negativity from lives of people.
Maa Kalratri Significance
The sixth day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Kalratri. This avatar of Maa Durga is one of the fiercest forms and is believed as the destroyer of all bad spirits as well as negative energies.
Defining the meaning of the name Kalratri; Kaal means time and death and Ratri stands for night. Thus, Kalratri is the one who removes darkness and negativity. Maa Kalratri represents herself as a death of Kaal appeared like a dark night for demons.
Talking of the appearance of the idol of the goddess, the left two hands of Maa Kalratri hold a thunderbolt and a scimitar and the right two hands are in the mudras of giving and protecting.
Maa Kalratri Puja Vidhi
To seek the blessings of Maa Kalratri avatar of Durga, perform the puja rituals rightly. Before beginning the puja, take flowers/fruit/sweets in your hands and chant the mantras and stotr path while invoking the Goddess. Perform the aarti of Maa Kalratri and finish the puja ritual by distributing the sweets among everyone.
Maa Kalratri Mantra
Chant the mantra mentioned below to seek the blessings of Maa Kalratri:
Karalvandana Dhoran Muktkeshi Chaturbhurjam
Kalraatri Karalinka Divya Vidyutmala Vibhooshitam
Divya Lauhvraj Vamoghordhaw Karambujam
Abhayan Vardan Chaiv Dakshinodhvagh Panirkaam Mam
Mahamegh Prabhan Shayama Taksha Chaiv Gardbharura
Ghordansh Karalasyan Pinonant Payodharaam
Sukh Pprasan Vadna Smeraan Saroruham
Evam Sachiyanantyet Kalraatri Sarvakaam Samriddhidadam.
Maa Kalratri Stotr Path
Read the following stotr path while worshipping Maa Kalratri:
Hreem Kaalratri Shri Karali Ch Kleem Kalyani Kalavati
Kaalmata Kalidarpdhni Kamdeesh Kupanivta
Kumatighni Kulinartinashini Kul Kamini
Kleem Hreem Shree Mantravarnen Kalakantakghatini
Kripamayi Kripadhara Kripapara Kripagama.
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