As the Navratri festivities reach to seventh day of Navratri puja, devotees soak into religious activities and in goddess’s Bhakti. Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri Pooja who is the seventh incarnation of Goddess Durga among Nav Durga. It is believed that she is the most violent goddess among nine goddess of Navratri. She kills the Asuras and demons before the blink of eye. Devotees should not scare with her appearance as she blesses devotees with power and renowned status and protect them with all bad evils. She is known with the other names “Shubhankari” and “Kali Maa”.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga came into her most dreadful Swarup – Devi Kalratri, to destroy cruel demon Raktabeej. There was no one in the Gods army who could kill Raktabeej because one drops of his scattered blood was able to create another embodiment of Raktabeej. Goddess Durga has to come into Kalratri avatar to kill him. She kept a Patra (vessel) to keep and assimilate whole blood of Raktabeej so that no more Raktabeej come into existence for fight. Her extreme vicious appearance while annihilating Raktabeej and other demons is immensely frightened. At the same time, she is a caring and loving goddess among Nav Durga.
This year in 2016, seventh day of Navratri is lying on October 8 (Saturday). The meaning of Kalratri is “Dark Moonless Night” or “Kaal of Death” or “Dark Night for Demons”.
Goddess Kalratri eliminates all type of fears, suffers and problems from the life of devotees and fill it with calmness, power, good status and courage.
About Goddess Kalratri:
Goddess Kalratri has dark (black) complexion as dark night, tangled hair and her appearance is very fearsome. Her open hair always waves in the air, huge red eyes and open red tongue make a ferocious posture. When she breathes, dreadful flames originated from her nostrils. She is seated on a Gadarbh (Donkey). She has four hands and three eyes, which shine as red & bright with intense. In her upper left hand, she holds a cleaver (thorn of iron) while in below left hand there is a dragger (torch) in her hand. Upper right hand is in Var Mudra (blessing) while lower one is in Abhay Mudra (Protecting).
Seventh night of Navratri has special significance because seventh day of Navratri puja is made to awake the powers and attain siddhis. Rest of the Pooja rituals are same as devotees perform on all other days by worshipping Kalash and planets then all the family member of God and Goddess then Goddess Kalratri (Kali Maa).