Legend of Goddess Kalaratri
According to a legend Goddess Kalaratri is said to have killed the demon Rakhtbeej. The demon had the power to multiply from every drop of blood that fell on the ground. The goddess sucked the blood before it fell on the ground thus, killing him.
Attributes of Goddess Kalaratri
Goddess Kalaratri is dark complexioned and has dishevelled hair. She has four hands and with two hands she holds a dagger and thorn like weapon while with the other two she displays abhaya mudra and varada mudra. The goddess is adorned with a necklace that flashes like lightening. She has three eyes that emanate rays and glows like lightening. Flames can be seen appearing while she inhales or exhales air through her nostrils. Her mount is a donkey.
Worship of Goddess Kalaratri
The worship of Goddess Kalaratri as prescribed in the scriptures is performed on the seventh day of Navaratri, also known as the 'Night of Siddhis.' On this day the sages and worshippers perform penance on Shahtra Chakra. It is said that by worshipping the goddess all the sins of the devotees are completely destroyed. The following mantra is chanted while praying to the goddess.
Ek Vaidhi Japakrinpura Nagna Kharasthita | Lamboshti Karnikakani Tailabhayashareerini ||
Vampadolallsallohaltaknatak Bhushana | Vardhanmudhardhawaja Krishna Kalratribhayankari ||
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