Ya devi sarva bhuteshu
buddhi rupena samsthita
namastasyai namo namaha
||To the Devi who abides in all beings in the form of intelligence Salutations to Her,
Salutations to Her,Salutations again and again
The Divine Mother's magic is as ancient as life itself. She existed before gods and mortals, and
she will still exist even after the great dissolution. Mother is pure energy in subtle form, but in
times of need or just out of a desire to play, she manifests.
Many people fear the mysterious black goddess Kali. Her symbolism startles them because they
try to understand with their brain. One needs to understand with one's heart. Kali is an
experience, a very personal one. If one gets a taste of the ecstasy of Her Divine Love even
only once, one's life is transformed and becomes holy.
Adhi Para Shakthi manifested herself in 10 different Avatars for the upliftment of the mankind.
|The 10 different Avatars are mainly
- Chinna Mastha
The first and foremost Manifestation of the Adhi Parashakthi was in the form of Kali. Kali Stands
for the endless Time . As she contains within herself the endless Time She is called Kali.
( Kalam means time in Sanskrit and Tamil) or Kaliga-one who has won the time.
Kali also denotes black in Sanskrit. So the diety is associated with darkness and black colour.
She is the God who is associated with destruction of evil and Death.
Adhi para Shakthi
Thousands of names like Kalakandi, Thigambari, Kala Hanthiri, Maha Kali talk about her omnipresence, her extraordinary kindness, her ruthless pursuit in destroying evil.
Kali is worshipped in many different forms in many levels. In general, every time Kali appears as an avatar to kill an evil Asura she is worshipped as a pertinent diety.Though Adhi Shakthi is one, man kind has thrust their desire to see the Shakthi in hundred different forms to satisfy
their inner need.
Kali has according to old sources 8 forms. They are called Ashta Mathakkal meaning eight mothers.
They are :
Dakshina Kali and Kughiza Kali are 2 important forms in all the three lokhas and worshipping
them brings peace and prosperity.
Sri Kali containing of time within her she is called Kaali or Kaliga . She appears with 8 hands
carrying weapons and an Asura is under her feet.
Sri Kala Rathiri
During death she comes as Payangiri, surrounded by 12 powers residing in the heart chakra
of the mankind.She appears with 8 hands and has fire on her head.
During the destruction of Chanda Munda Asuras, Kali cuts the head of Chanda and the body
of Munda and hence she is called Chamundi or Chamundeshwari . She appears fierce with
8 hands and an asura under her feet.
Sarva Maya Mundi
The name denotes that she is omnipotent and everything in the universe including time.
She appears with 8 hands and a glowering fire on her head.
She is the one who bestows prosperity to her devotees. She appears with a fierce temper.
She has 10 hands carrying weapons to destroy the evil and protect the Good. She appears
seated with one leg hanging and with fire on her head.
Sri Maha Kali
Saptha Sathi powers Saraswathi , Lakshmi and Durgai together are called Mahakali. She
appears with 14 hands carrying weapons. With fire burning on her head she is fierce
and appears seated.
Of all the kali Avatars, Dakshina Kali and Kughizya Kali are the important ones.Kughizha Kali
has very fascinating appearance. She indicates that the world worshipped Kali from its
beginning as Ram and Bharathan in Ramayanam worshipped her.She has 10 faces, 1000
hands and 27 eyes.She is seated on 5 dead bodies in the navel of Vishnu.There is only
one statue of this Kali in Delhi museum in India.
She is Bava tharini in Calcutta and Sri Ramakrishna Parama Hamsar worshipped her. Her
tales of glory is told in 14 volumes. She appears with one face and four hands.Dakshina
Kali Chakra is enough to pray to all the other forms of Kali.
Physical forms of Kali
With 8 forms and countless number of avatars to destroy the evil asuras Kali is worshipped
in numerous forms, figures and ways. Her physical attributes gives her yet another
classification . Kali with 2 hands carrying weapons to kill the evil and protect the good.Kalli
with four hands is dark in colour and appears fierce. She bestows all boons to those who
worship her.Kali with six hands is red in colour and is fierce in her temper. She appears with
weapons to destroy the evil asuras and protect the good.Kali with eight hands has one-face
three eyes and is dark in colour.With fire in her hair she is the source of Kundalini Yoga.Kali
appear with 10 hands, 10 faces and 10 legs. Maha Kali appears in blue colour and she is
the one created to destroy the Madhu Kaidabar.Kal appears with sixteen hands and is in
different colours. With several weapons she appears fierce.Kali appears with 18 hands
seated on a lion. With a very fierce appearance and using the spirits as her transport she is
gross in her nature. With weapons she destroys the evil and protects the good.