ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥
Ma Kalaratri is the seventh Shakti of Ma Durga is the fiercest form. Kala means time and death both. Kalaratri means the one that destroys even the time and death. There is a very special significance of Ma Kalaratri for serious spiritual seekers.
Ma Kalaratri is depicted seated on a donkey. She is dark in complexion with long, bountiful open hair. Her form evokes fear in them who do not understand her and in them who fear losing their material attachments. She has four hands. Her right hands are in Abhaya and Varada Mudra and she carries sword and the deadly iron hook in her left hands. She has three eyes which emanate rays like lightning. Flames appear through her nostrils when she inhales and exhales air. She is wearing a necklace that is shinning like a lightening. She is also known a Ma Shubhankari as she always gives “Shubh” good fruits to her devotees. Ma Kalatatri governs the planet Shani and gives respite to her followers from the ill effects of Shani.
When the fierce war was going on between Ma Durga and Mahishasura, a demon Raktabeej came into form. Raktabeej was a demon who could multiply from every drop of his blood which fell on the ground. Ma Durga takes up the form of Ma Kalaratri to destroy demon Raktabeej. The Goddess Kaalratri killed him by licking the blood before it could reach the ground and hence conquered him. The negative thoughts also divide infinitely and cause havoc if they are not destroyed well before time. Ma Kalaratri teaches us to finish the negative tendencies even before the drop on the fertile land of the mind. As soon as you get aware, destroy it. Connecting with this Shakti principle will help you gain strength to destroy negativity from roots.
Ma Kalaratri is Sahastrara Shakti. The Sahastrara (Crown) Chakra is the thousand petalled Chakra that connects a Sadhak directly to the spiritual realms for which he is earnestly and untiringly does his Sadhana. This is a very special day for all Tattva Shakti Sadhak and Sadhikas. The Panchtattva Sadhana while contemplating on the form of Ma Kalaratri destroys their darkness and ignorance. The secret sadhana of Dwiteeya Koti Sadhaks is thousand times fruitful to them on this special day. Ma Kalaratri destroys all the negative tendencies and a Sadhak who is not prepared or protected feel fearful as he/she may start losing the identity and merge with the Goddess. She is also the destroyer of negative forces in the form of Rakshasa, bhoot, pret and daanav. A Sadhak should realize the form of Ma Kalaratri completely and with focussed mind worship her. A Sadhak should take special care of being pure in thoughts, words and actions. Connecting with Guru and being in Guru’s protection is the key here however that sort of connection can not be established without extremely firm faith and surrender to one’s Guru. It is said no one can cross this chakra without the grace or Guru because there comes so much fear and anxiety as holes start developing in Kanchukas.. the first two being – Time and space. Only Guru’s unconditional love for the disciple can make him/her sail through this zone.
Worshiping Ma Kalartri opens the doorways to all sorts of Siddhis. She needs to be offered our ‘identity’ and little tiny ‘presence’ as sacrifice and in return she gives us the taste of ‘infinite’. Fills us with immense power. A Sadhak get free from all fears even fear of Fire, water, animals, enemies and darkness is no more there for him/her. Ma Kalaratri teaches us that sorrow, decay and death are unavoidable and cannot be ignored. We should accept these truths of life and rise above them.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कालरात्रि रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
I prostrate at the lotus feet of my Guru who is always there with me in my journey.. the one who protects and guides tirelessly. How merciful! I bow down to Goddess and pray. “May you receive all the divine grace from Goddess in this New Year.”
– Ma Shakti Devpriya Anand Nath