After Devi Katyayani, devotees are all ready to worship Maa Kalaratri, the seventh divine form of Goddess Durga. Also spelled as Kaalratri and Kalratri, this manifestation of Maa Shakti is revered on the seventh day of Navratri. The annual ten-day festival of Sharad Navaratri which began on September 21, 2017, will continue until September 30, 2017. The last day marks the celebration of Dussehra or Vijayadashami. Maa Kalaratri is described as the fiercest and the most ferocious form of Goddess Parvati with devotees worshipping to please the Goddess for her divine blessings. Navratri Colours 2017 For Each Date: List of all 9 Colours to Wear Every Day During Navaratri Festival to Please Goddess Durga.Also Read - Puri-Based Miniature Artist Makes Goddess Durga Idol With 275 Ice-Cream Sticks
According to Hindu mythology, Mata Parvati peeled off her outer golden skin to kill demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha. This form of hers came to be known as Goddess Kalaratri. The iconography of Devi Kalratri is described as – Her complexion is dark black and is depicted riding on a donkey. Maa Kalaratri is described to be four-handed, with her right hands being in Abhaya and Varada Mudra. She is shown carrying a sword and the deadly iron hook in her left hands. Also Read - Patna's Priest Keeps 21 Urns on His Chest to Observe 9-day Navratri Festival
Goddess Kaalratri is considered as one of the many destructive forms of Goddess Parvati – Kali, Mahakali, Bhadrakali, Bhairavi, Mrityu, Rudrani, Chamunda, Chandi and Durga. She is believed to govern Lord Shani (the Hindu God associated with the planet Saturn). People who are troubled by bad effects of Shani planet can worship and pray to Mata Kalratri and get rid of it. This avatar of Adi Parashakti is also called Shubankari meaning auspicious in Sanskrit. She is ferocious yet caring and is believed to make her devotees fearless. Also Read - 45-Foot-Tall Eco-Friendly Idol of Goddess Durga Installed at Pandal in Hyderabad | See Pics
Goddess Kaalratri is also known as Raudri and Dhumorna. According to the texts written in the Silpa Prakasha, she is described as the goddess that rules the night portion of every day and night. She blesses her devotees with siddhis and niddhis (particularly, knowledge, power and wealth). An individual performing Goddess Kaalratri on Saptami must chant the powerful mantra to please the goddess – ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥ Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah. They must also offer night-blooming jasmine also called Raat ki Rani in Hindi to Maa Kalaratri as they are said to be her favourite.