Kalaratri: The Goddess who carries the soul of soldiers and animals dead in war
Anirban Chaudhury: Navadurga are the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Each of them is worshipped in each night during the nine night long festival of Navaratri. Amongst them Goddess Kalaratri is the seventh one who is used to worship on the seventh night.
Kalaratri is the most fearsome form of the Goddess. Kala means the last time and Ratri means night. She is as terrible as the last moment of life and that is why known as Kalaratri. According to Tantra, she is the presiding Goddess of great dissolution and thus responsible for it. And according to Mahabharata, she is the one who carries the souls of the soldiers and animals dead in war.
In Puranas and Tantra, Goddess Kalaratri is depicted with a dark blue or black complexion and four arms carrying sword, thunder hook, protection and blessings or bow-arrow-lotus flowers or sword-thunder hook-noose-blessings or two swords-skull cup filled with blood-severed head. Seated on a donkey, she is draped in tiger skin and adorned with skull garland.
Picture Courtesy: Collected from Google
#Kalaratri #Navadurga #Durga #Navaratri #Mahabharata #Purana #Puranas #MythologicalIndial #AnirbanChaudhury