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Goddess Kalika – Story And Information About Goddess Kalika

Goddess Kalika is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is believed to be Uma or Goddess Parvati. Her story is found in the Kalika Purana. Legend has it that Goddess Kalika performed intense meditation and austerity for several years to get Shiva as Her husband.

Goddess Kalika was a reincarnation of Goddess Sati, Shiva’s wife who self immolated at Daksha Yajna.


In her reincarnation, Goddess Kalika was the daughter of Menaka and Himalaya, the king of mountains.

Sage Narada informed Kalika about her true identity and asked her to take only Shiva as her husband.

He asked her to chant the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and constantly meditate on Shiva.

Kalika told her parents her intention to marry Shiva and her decision to go to forest and perform austerities.

The parents had to reluctantly accept her decision.

It is said that so intense was Goddess Kalika’s meditation that she wore tree bark for clothing, and ate only fruit, later only leaves fallen from trees. She meditated upon Shiva while sitting in the midst of five fires – four fires around her on the ground and the Sun.

Finally, She ate nothing and stood on one foot chanting Om Namah Shivaya.

Eventually, Shiva appeared before her and took her as his wife.

The concept of Goddess Kalika and her meditation is more famous in eastern parts of India especially in Bengal.