As the navratri festivities reach to seventh day of navratri puja, devotees soak into religious activities and in goddess’s Bhakti. Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri pooja who is the seventh incarnation of Goddess Durga among Navdurga. It is believed that she is the most violent goddess among nine goddess of navratri. She kills the Asuras and demons before the blink of eye. Devotees should not scare with her appearance as she blesses devotees with power and renowned status and protect them with all bad evils. She is known with the other names “Shubhankari” and “Kali Maa”.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga has to come into her most dreadful Swaroop - Devi Kalratri, to destroy cruel demon Raktabeej. There was no one in the Gods army who could kill Raktabeej because one drop of his scattered blood was able to create another embodiment of Raktabeej. Goddess Durga has to come into Kalratri avatar to kill him. She kept a Patra (vessel) to keep and assimilate whole blood of Raktabeej so that no more Raktabeej come into existence for fight. Her extreme vicious appearance while annihilating Raktabeej and other demons is immensely frightened. At the same time, she is a caring and loving goddess among Navdurga.
|NAVRATRI DAY 7 INFOMRATION|
|NAVRATRI DAY 7 DATE||23 October, 2020|
|SEVENTH DAY GODDESS||Maa Kalaratri|
|OTHER NAMES||Mahakali, Chamunda, Chandi, Bhadrakali, Kali, Bhairavi, Rudrani|
|MOUNT||Donkey, Lion or Tiger|
|DONATION (DAAN)||Mustard Oil|
|WEAPON||Hooked Vajra, Curved Sword, Abhayamudra, Varadamudra|
|NAVDURGA - AVATAR||Seventh Incarnation of Goddess Durga|
|MANTRA||ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥ - Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah॥|
This year in 2020, seventh day of Navratri is lying on 23rd October (Friday). The meaning of Kalratri is “Dark Moonless Night” or “Kaal of Death” or “Dark Night for Demons”.
Goddess Kalratri eliminates all type of fears, suffers and problems from the life of devotees and fill it with calmness, power, good status and courage.
Goddess Kalratri has dark (black) complexion as dark night, tangled hair and her appearance is very fearsome. Her open hair always waves in the air, huge red eyes and open red tongue make a ferocious posture. When she breathes, dreadful flames originated from her nostrils. She is seated on a Gadarbh (Donkey). She has four hands and three eyes, which shine as red & bright with intense. In her upper left hand, she holds a cleaver (thorn of iron) while in below left hand there is a dragger (torch) in her hand. Upper right hand is in Var Mudra (blessing) while lower one is in Abhay Mudra (Protecting).
Seventh night of navratri has special significance because seventh day of navratri puja is made to awake the powers and attain siddhis. Rest of the Pooja rituals are same as devotees perform on all other days by worshipping Kalash and planets then all the family member of God and Goddess then Goddess Kalratri (Kali Maa).
The people who chant the Goddess Kaalratri mantra and her name, evil spirits and ghost can not touch them. Devotees should also recite the “Raktabeej Daman” chapter from “Saptashati Path” on the seventh day of Navratri puja. Recite the below listed mantras, shlokas and stutis on the seventh day of Navratri to please the goddess Kalratri.
एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता। लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्त शरीरिणी॥ वामपादोल्लसल्लोह लताकण्टकभूषणा। वर्धन मूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयङ्करी॥
Ekveni Japakarnapura Nagna Kharastitha। Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirani ॥ Vaampadolla Salloh Lata Kanthak Bhushna । Vardhan Murdha Dhvaja Krishna Kalratribhayankari॥
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कालरात्रि रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Maa Maa Kalratri Rupena Samsthita । Namestasyai Namestasyai Namestasyai Namo Namah ॥
करालवन्दना घोरां मुक्तकेशी चतुर्भुजाम्। कालरात्रिम् करालिंका दिव्याम् विद्युतमाला विभूषिताम्॥ दिव्यम् लौहवज्र खड्ग वामोघोर्ध्व कराम्बुजाम्। अभयम् वरदाम् चैव दक्षिणोध्वाघः पार्णिकाम् मम्॥ महामेघ प्रभाम् श्यामाम् तक्षा चैव गर्दभारूढ़ा। घोरदंश कारालास्यां पीनोन्नत पयोधराम्॥ सुख पप्रसन्न वदना स्मेरान्न सरोरूहाम्। एवम् सचियन्तयेत् कालरात्रिम् सर्वकाम् समृध्दिदाम्॥
Karalavandana Ghoram Muktakeshi Chaturbhujam। Kalaratrim Karalimka Divyam Vidyutamala Vibhushitam॥ Divyam Lauhavajra Khadga Vamoghordhva Karambujam। Abhayam Varadam Chaiva Dakshinodhvaghah Parnikam Mam॥ Mahamegha Prabham Shyamam Taksha Chaiva Gardabharudha। Ghoradamsha Karalasyam Pinonnata Payodharam॥ Sukha Prasanna Vadana Smeranna Saroruham। Evam Sachiyantayet Kalaratrim Sarvakam Samriddhidam॥