Kali is the most aggressive form of Goddess Durga. She is regarded as the Goddess of might, time and death. She looks menacing, as her form itself is awe-inspiring. But she is a merciful divinity, who has taken on this aggressive form only for destroying evil and protecting the good. It is for this reason that she is often referred to and worshipped as Maa Kali or Kali Mata, the compassionate mother. Somewhere she is also believed to be a celibate Goddess and a symbol of austerity and renunciation.
Legends hold that she is mightier than even the supreme Gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva and that she is endowed with their combined powers. The Gods too are said to have given her their weapons with which she uprooted evil and established virtue on earth.
Kali inspires terror simply with her image. She is typically depicted as dark complexioned, possessing a protruding tongue and wearing a garland of human skulls, and to add on to these, she also wears a skirt of dismembered hands and holds in her hand, a severed head with blood dripping from it. She is youthful, her hair disheveled, her eyes red, small fangs protrude out of her mouth, and she also holds a sword in one of her hands. While her mount is the lion, she is often seen standing on her consort Shiva, who is lying at her feet.
Legend of Kali
As per some legends, when Goddess Durga was fighting the might demons, she was challenged by the generals Chanda and Munda. It was then that Kali emerged out of Durga’s forehead armed with a noose and a sword, holding a skull-topped staff, clad in tiger skin and adorning a skull-garland. She overcame the two demons with consummate ease, slew them and removed their heads to complete her triumph. This also got her the name Chamundeshwari. She is also said to have incarnated in many forms for the benefit of the people.
Kali can drive out fear from the hearts of the devotees, dispel all forms of darkness and fulfill their legitimate desires and aspirations.
Kali Mantras are potent hymns in praise of the Goddess, which can please the all-powerful divinity and earn her blessings for the devotees. These are quite easy to learn and simple to recite but can bring into the lives of the devotees, a variety of benefits.
‘Kreem’ is Kali Beej mantra, the fundamental seed sound of the Goddess. The vibrations that its recitation can create in the atmosphere are such that it can drive out negativities and fill the devotees with positive energy, courage, and confidence.
‘Om Krim Kalikayai Namah’ is another powerful mantra of Kali. Its meaning is quite simple and runs as – ‘To the mother Goddess Kali, I bow myself in devotion.’
The mantra recitation can give rise to positive vibrations in the devotees, and provide them with the confidence to take on the challenges that life throws at them. It can also bestow them with good learning, skills, wisdom and a sense of balance to lead a life of peace and equanimity.