Published On : September 30, 2021  |  Author : Astrologer Umesh
Goddess Kaalratri

Who Is Goddess Kaalratri?

Mata Durga is a supreme divine almighty born out of the combined cosmic energies of the gods, including the Trinity-Gods. And goddess Kaalratri is the seventh of the total nine divine forms of Mata Durga. On the auspicious occasion of Navratri, the worship of goddess Kaalratri is held by her devotees, offering prayer and Prasad to the divine almighty and asking for her blessings in their lives. There is grand mention of Mata Kaalratri in Durga Saptashati of the Markandeya Purana. The notable thing about this form of Mata Durga is she is the most ferocious or destructive form of Mata Durga which is known by different names, including Mata Kali, Mata Chamunda, and Mata Bhairavi.

References Of Mata Kaalratri In Religious Texts

The epic, Mahabharata makes mention of Goddess Kaalratri by citing the context of her divine presence at the climax, when the Pandavas and the Kauravas were engaged in a pitched battle on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. At the closing of the battle engagement, Dronacharya was cajoled into believing that his son was no more. Mortified at the news, he rescinded extending the fight against the Pandavas, which resulted in his death. His son, Ashwatthama, vowed to avenge his father’s death and so hackled all the followers of Pandavas in their sleep. This is when Mata Kaalratri made her appearance, personifying the danger of war.

Mata Kaalratri is found in her description in the religious text of Markandeya Purana, Skanda Purana, Varaha Purana, and Devi-Bhagavata Purana.

The Legend Of Mata Kaalratri

The legend has it that once the king of Gods, Indra, lost his kingdom to the demons, Shumbha and Nishumbha. To reclaim his throne, he, accompanied by other gods, approached Lord Shiva. They also requested Mata Parvati there to help them retrieve his Indralok now in possession of the demons. Mata Parvati then created her divine form called Chandi/Ambika. A fierce battle between the gods and demons ensued. The two demons, Shumbha and Nishumbha sent their generals, Chanda and Munda to battle against the gods. They accosted Chandi, who then created her dark divine form known as Kaalratri (also known as Kali). Mata Kaalratri killed the demons. Goddess Kaalratri also killed a demon, Raktabija in the battle. Goddess Kali wore a ferocious form consumed with maddening temperament during the battle against demons. She became uncontrollable in slaying everyone who came in her way until Lord Shiva lay spreadeagled in front of her. She accidentally set one of her feet on his chest. The incident pacified Kali immediately as well as made her guilt-ridden for insulting Lord Shiva (though unknowingly).

Benefits Of Worshipping Mata Kaalratri

  • Being the ferocious form of Mata Durga, Mata Kaalratri exterminates problems of those people who selflessly worship her.
  • One gets divine salvation.
  • Problems of any difficulty get removed.
  • Mata Kaalratri makes your life blessed with peace, happiness, and good fortunes.
  • Pursuit in prosperity becomes successful in one’s life.
  • One gets success in academic involvement or in other sectors by the blessing of Mata Kaalratri.

Final words

Mata Kaalratri is the seventh divine form of the nine forms of Mata Durga. She is also called the enraged version of Mata Durga who appeared in the battle between gods and demons slaying demons, like Raktabija. Worship of Mata Kaalratri means attainment of peace, good fortunes, and prosperity in life. On Navratri, worshipping goddess Kaalratri can help you acquire success in all walks of your life.

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