Kalratri | Navratri Day 7

Kalratri | Navratri Day 7

The seventh day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Kalratri, she has the most terrifying appearance of Durga and is believed to be the most aggressive and fiercest among Navadurga. She has a dark complexion and a fearlessness posture. Her large red eyes, open red tongue, and sobre on hand violently demolish devils and monsters. She is also glorified with the name “Kali Maa“.

Devi Kalratri has three round eyes, and scattered long black hairs. She wears a bead that gleams like a fire of electric power. Durga manifested herself as a complete destroyer of the dirt and demons from existence. She is revered with name Kalratri because she represents herself as the death of Kaal appeared like a dark night for demons. This form of Goddess is believed to be the destroyer of all demon entities, ghosts, spirits, and negative energies, who flee upon knowing of her arrival.

She rides on Shava (dead body). She holds a sharp sword in her right hand while her lower hand is in a blessing gesture. The burning torch (mashal) is in her left hand and her lower left hand is in a fearless gesture by which she makes her devotees fearless. She is known as “Shubhamkari” in her auspicious state.

The story of Maa Kalratri in English

Once there were two demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha, who invaded devaloka and defeated the demigods. Indra the ruler of the gods, along with the demigods went to the Himalayas to get Lord Shiva’s help in retrieving their abode. Together, they prayed to Goddess Parvati. Parvati heard their prayer while she was bathing, so she created another goddess, Chandi or Ambika to help the gods by killing the demons. On the battlefield when Chanda-Munda who was sent by Shumbha and Nishumbha, came to battle Chandi, she created a dark Goddess Kali or Kaalratri. Kali killed them, thus acquiring the name Chamunda.

Thereupon, a demon named Raktabija arrived. Raktabija had the boon that if any drop of blood of his fell onto the ground, a clone of him would be created. When Kaalratri attacked him, his spilled blood gave rise to several clones of him. As such, it became impossible to defeat him. During the battle, furious Kaalratri attacked him and immediately drank his blood to prevent it from falling down. She thus killed Raktveej and helped goddess Chandi kill Shumbha and Nishumbha! This way, they gave back the demigods a safe place to live.

Kali was so much raged that she killed whoever came in the way, scared to death, the gods prayed shiva to calm her down. Soon Shiva appeared before her and lay down to get run over by her feet. Seeing her beloved husband beneath her foot, she felt embarrassed and was calm down.

Maa Kalratri Ki Katha

हिन्दू धर्म मान्यताओं के अनुसार पता चलता है कि इस सृष्टि में एक ऐसा समय भी आया था जब रक्तबीज नामक एक दानव के अत्याचार से देव,पशु,गन्धर्व प्रकृति आदि सब भयभीत होने लगे थे। उस राक्षस से कोई युद्ध नहीं कर सकता था,क्योकिं जैसे ही उसके रक्त का कतरा धरती पर गिरता था वहां एक और रक्तबीज का जन्म हो जाता था। इसलिए सब उस राक्षस जान बचाकर भागते रहते थे।

तीनों लोकों में मचे हुए हाहाकार को देखकर सभी देवता देवों के देव महादेव के पास गए और उनसे सहायता की गुहार लगाने लगे। देवताओं व् प्रकृति की ऐसी हालात देखकर महादेव क्रोधित हो उठे और उन्होंने अपने क्रोध की अग्नि से महाकाली का आह्वाहन किया और उन्हे रक्तबीज को समाप्त करने का आदेश दिया।

देवी महाकाली का क्रोध भी भगवान् शंकर के क्रोध के समान था। क्रोधित कालरात्रि महाकाली ने अपने खडग से रक्तबीज का शीश धड़ से अलग कर दिया और उसका सारा लहू पी लिया।

रक्तबीज की मृत्यु के बाद भी कालरात्रि का प्रचंड क्रोध शांत नहीं हुआ अब अन्य लोग उनके क्रोध की बलि चढ़ने लगे। इनके भयंकर स्वरूप और उतपात से सृष्टि में हाहाकार मच गया।

ऐसे में मां काली को प्रत्यक्ष रूप में रोकने की शक्ति स्वयं आदिदेव महादेव में भी नहीं थी। इसलिए वे देवी महाकाली के क्रोध को शांत करने के लिए उनकी राह में लेट गए। जब देवी ने देखा कि चराचर ब्रह्माण्ड के स्वामी और उनके पति परमेश्वर उन्ही के पांव के नीचे है तो वे एकदम से शांत हो गई।

Maa Kalratri Mantra

In Navratri recitation of Kalratri Mantra gives peace of mind and keeps away all the evil from your life and makes you healthy, wealthy and prosperous

|| Om Aim Hrim Klim Shrim Kalaratri sarvam vashyam kuru kuru viryam Devi Ganeshvaryai Namah ||

|| ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं श्रीं कालरात्रि सर्वं वश्यं कुरु कुरु वीर्यं देवी गनेश्वर्ये नमः ||

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