In order to kill demons Shumbha and Nishumbha, Goddess Parvati removed her outer skin and revealed a dark skin; this avatar is known as Maa Kalaratri.
Maa Kalratri is the most vicious form of Goddess Parvati, as she represents her fierce side.
She is also known as Goddess Shubhankari because of her auspicious power to ward away demons.
She is seen riding on a donkey with her two lefts hands carrying a sword, & an iron hook, and her other two rights hands are in Abhaya and Varada Mudra; blessing her devotees.
Her complexion is dark and she blesses her devotees and wards away any negatives from their lives. Maa Kalaratri is the symbol of Goddess Parvati's aggressive and destructive manifestation.
Maa Kalaratri is also spelled as Kaalaratri, and Kaalratri.Maa Kaalratri has dark complexion. Donkey is her mount, She has bountiful hair and four hands.
One of the two left hands holds a cleaver and the other holds a torch, and the right two hands are in “giving” and “protecting” mudras.
She has three eyes emanate rays like lightning and Her necklace is shining like thunder.
When She inhales and exhales air, flames appear through Her nostrils. Ganesha advises you to wear Blue, Read and White colour on this day.
Maa teaches us that sorrow, pain, decay, destruction and death are unavoidable and cannot be ignored. These are the truths of life and denying them is futile.
We must accept their presence and significance to realise the fullness of our being and our potential.
Worshipping Maa Kalaratri eliminates any sort of malefic effects of planets and obstacles from her devotee's lives.
The mantra for Goddess Kalratri is given below:
Ya devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kalratri Rupenu Sansthitan |
Namastaseya Namastaseya Namastaseya Namo Namah ||
Vampadolallsallohaltaknatak Bhushana ||
Vardhanmudhardhawaja Krishna Kalratribhayankari ||