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Navaratri – Day 7 – Dedicated to Goddess Kālarātri


एकवेणिजपाकर्णपूर नग्ना खरास्थिता।
लम्बोष्टि कर्णिकाकर्णि तैलभ्यक्तशरीरिणी॥
वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरत्रिर्भयङ्करी॥

ekaveṇijapākarṇapūra nagnā kharāsthitā |
lamboṣṭi karṇikākarṇi tailabhyaktaśarīriṇī||
vardhanamūrdhadhvajā kṛṣṇā kālarātrirbhayaṅkarī||

ekaveṇi  – with braided hair, japā – with the rose flower, karṇapūra –with her ears adorned with ornaments, nagnā – naked, kharāsthitā – seated on a donkey, lamboṣṭi – long lips, karṇikākarṇi – from one ear to the other, tailabhyaktaśarīriṇī – applied with oil all over the body, vāmapāda – her left foot, ullasa – trembling, llohala – iron, kaṇṭaka – thorns, bhūṣaṇā – adorning, vardhana – increasing, mūrdha  – head, dhvajā – flag, kṛṣṇā – dark, kālarātri ­– kālaratri, bhayaṅkarī – frightening

[I meditate on] Mother Kālarātri of dark complexion, frightening in form, with braided hair, adorned with rose flowers as earings, naked, seated on a donkey, with long lips from ear to ear, her body smeared with oil, a trembling left foot, holding a weapon of iron thorns in her left hand, and in the upper left hand her weapon mūrdhadhvajā.

The seventh form of Mother Durga, is Mother Kālarātri of dark complexion. Her hair is braided and left loose, adorning a sparkling necklace and possessing three eyes. Her body gleams with the light of divinity and her inhalation and exhalation causes great and dreadful flames.

Seated on her chosen vehicle, the donkey, her lower right hand is raised in the gesture of greatness, her upper right hand in the gesture of fearlessness. Her lower left hand is holding the chosen weapon, a thick sword and her upper left hand is holding iron thorns. Though the form of Mother Kālarātri is very fearful, she is a loving mother who endeavors to eternally protect her children.

For tantric worship, her followers should concentrate on her image in the sixth spiritual discus, sahasra cakra.


About Makwana

A student of Sanatan Vedic Dharma


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