Mahakali – The Great Goddess
Mahakali is the Hindu goddess of time and death. She is the consort of Shiva and regarded as the form of AdiParashakti. MahakaliMahakali
Mahakali is the Hindu goddess of time and death. She is the consort of Shiva and regarded as the form of AdiParashakti. Mahakali is considered to be an aspect of Durga, more specifically, anger of Durga. is considered to be an aspect of Durga, more specifically, anger of Durga. And as such she is one of the most ferocious and fierce goddesses in Hinduism. She is also regarded to be one among the DashaMahavidyas. The name Mahakali in Sanskrit translates to “she who is the great time or death, or she who is great and dark”. Mahakali is worshipped and revered by devotees and worshippers all over the world and is regarded as one of the most important deities of the Hindus.
Mahakali is usually depicted as a dark colored fierce woman sticking her long tongue out. She is portrayed to have large red eyes filled with rage and anger. She has four hands and holds a sword, trident, a severed head and a skull in each. She has black disheveled hair and is adorned with a necklace made out of heads of the demons she has slain. In other depiction of Mahakali she is depicted to have ten heads and ten hands and carries various powerful weapons of the gods in each hand. This depiction represents the fact that the powers to the gods is ultimately provided by Mahakali herself. She is generally shown to be seated on a lion or an inert and lying down ShivaShiva
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One of the most famous legends associated with Mahakali states that once upon a time the world was trembling with the terror of the demons. Mahishasura, the king of the demons, spread havoc and chaos all around the world along with his followers Chanda and Munda. He defeated many gods and demigods and, thus, the whole world faced a great imbalance. All the gods and demigods approached Brahma, VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. and Shiva for help. Upon this the three supreme deities concentrated together and started praying to Devi. Devi accepted their prayers and decided to help the gods and demigods. She mesmerized Chanda and Munda with her beauty which rendered them speechless. Chanda and Munda then informed the same to their king Mahishasura. Mahishasura He was a demon who had the power to transform into a buffalo at will. He was blessed by Brahma that no man could kill him. He wanted to take over the heaven and conquer the universe. Durga failed him in his attempt by fighting and killing him. According to some legends, he is believed to be a great devotee of Durga, who played her enemy on her request as she wanted to teach the value of heaven to various Godsthen gave them orders to convey a message to her. Chanda and Munda then approached Devi and told her that their king Mahishasura wanted to marry her. To this Devi replied that she had no objection to it but there was just one problem. She told them that she had made a vow to herself that only the one who would be able to defeat her in a battle will be her husband. When Chanda and Munda told Mahishasura about it, he was infuriated. This made him hell bent to do anything to defeat her. Soon he approached Devi with his army. Devi then created her true warrior and ferocious form named Mahakali. It is believed that many demons lost their powers and became feeble just by the sight of Mahakali. She then started fighting the demons. She then got up from her lion and crushed Mahishasura on the ground with her feet, thus killing the tyrant.
When the demons got to know about the death of Mahishasura they were terrorized. then a very powerful demon named Raktabeej came into the battlefield. He had the boon that if a drop of his blood would fall on the ground, an identical clone of him would grow from it. Due to this he was never ever before defeated in battles because whenever he got injured in a battle and started to bleed, several identical clones of him would form and would eventually form an army and defeat the opposition. He was considered to be impossible to defeat. When Mahakali and Raktabeej started fighting, the same events that always happened with Raktabeej followed. Whenever Mahakali would inflict damage upon Raktabeej and he would bleed, his several clones would form and they too would attack Mahakali. In order to kill the demon Mahakali started injuring the demon severely and drinking every drop of blood that would fall from his body before any drop would reach the ground. Eventually, she drank all his blood and completely eradicated the so called undefeated demon.
Worship, Beliefs and Significance
There are numerous temples of Mahakali all over the world, and the most prominent temples of the goddess are Maha KaliKali
There are several traditions of how Kali came into existence... Devi Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh and Kalighat Temple in Kolkata, West Bengal. The festival of Navaratri is considered to be one of the most prominent and important festivals associated with the goddess. The goddess is widely worshipped in all parts of India but is most fervently revered in the state of West Bengal. Mahakali is considered to protect her devotees from all the evils and fulfill their wishes and desires. Mahakali symbolizes true power, and the most primeval force of the world and its existence.