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Goddess Kali – Information about Goddess Kali

Goddess Kali symbolically represents the fierce manifestation that Mother Earth can unleash when Adharma spreads on earth. It is impossible to describe or define Her. In general belief and popular stories, Goddess Kali is the most terrible and malignant form of Goddess Shakti or Durga or Goddess Parvati. Information about Goddess Kali is mainly found in the Puranas and Devi Mahatmya.

Goddess Kali is worshipped independently throughout India. She is widely worshipped in Bengal and eastern parts of India. In South India, she is known as Bhadrakali.

Goddess Kali is also believed to be time that devours everything.

The popular belief is that Goddess Kali appeared from the forehead of Goddess Durga while She was fighting demons Chanda and Munda.

She is also one of the Dasa Mahavidyas that Goddess Sati created at the infamous Daksha Yajna in which Sati self immolated.

She is the consort of the Mahakala form of Shiva.

Goddess Kali is generally depicted as having long ragged hair, fang like teeth, lips smeared with blood and hands with long nails. Her tongue often protrudes.

She may be two-armed and there is no end to the number of hands she can have. Commonly she has eight or ten or eighteen arms.

She wears a necklace of skulls, belt of severed arms, earrings of corpses and snakes as bracelets.

She is dark in complexion.

She holds a severed head in one of her hands and a large sword in another.

Her temples are spread across India, the most popular one is the Kalighat Temple in Bengal.

She is worshipped mainly on Amavasya or no moon day. Main ritual dedicated to her is observed on the Kartik Amavasya, which is popularly observed as Diwali.