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The 7th Day Of Navratra: Kalratri Mata And The Story Behind Her Fierce Avatar

On the seventh day of Navratri, people worship  Kalratri Mata.  She is the deadliest and most ferocious incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Kalratri Mata is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati after she shed her golden skin in order to defeat the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. Read this blog to know more about Kalratri Mata and her intersting story of origin.  

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Kalratri Mata- Overview


The mother goddess Mahadevi has nine Navadurga forms, with Kalaratri mata being the seventh.  She is one of the scariest incarnations of the Maa Durga. The names Kali and Kalratri are frequently used interchangeably, despite the fact that some believe these two deities to be distinct beings.

Kalratri Mata is worshipped on the seventh day of the Hindu festival of Navratra and is regarded as the Mother Goddess’s deadliest manifestation—her mere presence inspires terror. All demon beings, ghosts, evil spirits, and negative energies are said to depart when they learn of this Maa Kalaratri’s presence.

Dark-skinned Kalratri Mata travels on a donkey. She appears to have four hands. Her left hands hold a dangerous iron hook and a sword, and her right hands are in the Abhaya and Varada mudras. Her hair is untied and flying around in all directions erratically. Her body emits a light that is as bright as fire, and she is adorned with a garland made of lightning or skulls.



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 Kalratri Mata and the Story of her Origin


Once upon a time, two demons by the names of Shumbha and Nishumbha invaded Devaloka and conquered the gods. The gods’ king Indra headed to the Himalayas with the other gods to ask Lord Shiva for assistance in getting the swarga loka back.

They prayed to Goddess Parvati collectively. While taking a bath, Parvati heard them praying, so she made Chandi, another goddess, help the gods by defeating the demons.

Two demon commanders deployed by Shumbha and Nishumbha were Chanda and Munda. Goddess Chandi created the dark goddess Kalratri Mata when they arrived to fight her. They were slaughtered by Kali/Kaalratri, who thereafter took the name Chamunda.

A demon by the name of Raktabija then appeared. A duplicate of Raktabija would be made if even a single drop of his blood fell on the earth. His blood was spilled during Kaalratri’s onslaught, and this caused numerous copies of him to be created. As a result, defeating him was no longer conceivable.

So, in the midst of the battle, Kalratri Mata, enraged by this, swallowed his blood to keep it from falling, killing Raktabija and assisting goddess Chandi in slaying his commanders, Shumbha and Nishumbha, in the process.

She was ruthless and destructive to the point where she started killing everybody who stood in her way. Shiva chose to descend beneath her foot in an effort to stop her after all the gods pleaded in front of him to do so.

Lord Shiva came beneath her foot as she was slaughtering everyone. Kalratri Mata bit her tongue when she saw her beloved husband lying beneath her foo (this is why most of her pictures depict her biting her tongue). Because of her guilt, she forgot about the battle and God Shiva was able to soothe her.

According to a different narrative, Devi Kaalratri was created by Goddess Chamunda (Kali). The demons Chanda and Munda were pursued by Kalratri Mata on a robust donkey, and she eventually caught and imprisoned them, bringing them to Kali. The goddess Chamunda then slaughtered these devils.

Another legend claims that a demon by the name of Durgasur once tried to destroy the universe by chasing all the gods out of Swarga loka and stealing the four Vedas. As soon as Parvati learned of this, she summoned Kalratri Mata and gave her the mission of warning Durgasur to avoid an attack.

But when Kalratri Mata showed up as a messenger, Durgasur’s soldiers tried to seize her. The warning was subsequently given to him by Kalratri Mata in her enormous form.

When Durgasur later attempted to attack Kailash, Parvati fought him and eventually slew him, earning the name Durga. Here, Kalratri Mata acts as an intermediary between Parvati and Durgasur, delivering the message and warning.

She embodies the strength of the longest, darkest nights. She is both Moharatri and Maharatri. When devastation finally arrives at the end of time, the goddess evolves into Kalratri Mata, who completely consumes time and leaves nothing behind.



Kalratri Mata


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Kalratri Mata and her Significance


The name Kalratri means “dark night goddess” or “death night goddess.” Similar to sleep, when you die you let go of your physical form and enter a dark place where your only physical presence is your thoughts. Kalratri Mata is an outraged manifestation of Durga who burns our egoistic impulses in the sacrificial fire.

Even though Kalratri Mata has a frightening appearance to sight, spiritual seekers need not be afraid of her since when she is happy, she bestows extremely favorable blessings on them. Devotees follow her into the light of wisdom, past the attachment’s darkness.

Kalratri Mata also has a connection to the crown chakra. Spiritual seeker may experience suffering as they give up their egos. But ultimately, removing the darkness creates room for the Divine Light to enter our awareness and lead us towards wisdom.

According to legend, Kalratri Mata governs Saturn in a birth chart. It is recommended that those who are experiencing Shani’s negative effects worship Kalratri Mata.

Because it is believed that Kalratri Mata constantly brings good fortune to her followers, she is also known as Shubhankari, which means auspicious or doing good in Sanskrit. She is said to make her followers courageous as a result.



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Mantra Of Kalratri Mata


ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥


Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah॥

Prayer of Kalratri Mata


एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता।
लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्त शरीरिणी॥
वामपादोल्लसल्लोह लताकण्टकभूषणा।
वर्धन मूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयङ्करी॥


Ekaveni Japakarnapura Nagna Kharasthita।
Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirini॥
Vamapadollasalloha Latakantakabhushana।
Vardhana Murdhadhwaja Krishna Kalaratrirbhayankari॥



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