Day 7 of Navratri ~ “Goddess Kaalratri”
India celebrates the seventh day of the most awaited festival of the year, today.
The seventh day of the Navratri is dedicated to the fiercest incarnation of Goddess Durga as ” Goddess Kaalratri“.Her dark complexion, bountiful hair, a shining necklace and four hands -two left hands holding a torch and a cleaver and the other two right hands, in postures of blessing and protecting, riding on the back of a donkey, is her characteristic appearance.
After the warrior form of “Katyayani”, “Kaalratri” is yet another fearless form of the magnificent Hindu Goddess. Not to misjudge or misinterpret her intense and dark appearance, this avatar of the Hindu Deity, embodies this image to destroy all demon entities, negative energies, and unholy spirits and above all, the darkness of ignorance.
In her this Kaalratri incarnation, Goddess Parvati/Durga is said to have defeated the demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha, riding her powerful donkey.
Her this darkness is symbolic of “Time”, meaning “kaal” and also meaning black, acknowledging it being created long before light itself. This dark or black complexion also signifies Her as the destroyer of ignorance and helps her devotees attain salvation by freeing them from the oblivion of the cycle of birth and death. Also, many Hindus believe that, for the welfare of the creation and her children, the Mother Goddess had absorbed into Her, all ignorance, negativity, and sorrows that turned her complexion black.
Isn’t that interesting!
However, irrespective of her intense appearance, she always bears blessings and good luck for the welfare of her devotees and her children, removing the darkness of fear and worry from their lives.
In other words, She is just like any mother, who acquires yet another form who combats for the welfare of her beloved children. Although she embodies an angry or even in some cases a blood thirsty image, there is no way that, that can interfere with the absolute reason and intention of her love for her children.
” May this Navratri, eradicate darkness in all forms, from our lives.”
♥ Happy Navratri ♥
P.S: This featured image is an extremely loving portrayal in contrast to the conventional angry image of “Goddess Kaalratri”. Thank you Suchita for letting me feature your illustration on my blog.
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