On the 7th day (Saptami) of Navratri 2021, Maa Kaalratri is worshipped. Devotees will worship Goddess Kaalratri (Kalaratri) on October 12. She is the fiercest and most violent avatar of Maa Durga and she is the destroyer of all evil and negative energies.Also Read - West Bengal Sees Sharp Surge in COVID Cases, Kolkata Police Keeps Vigil Eye on Violators | Key Points

Maa Kaalratri rides a donkey and wears a garland of skulls around her neck. Kaalratri in Sanskrit means the one who brings death and darkness. The iconography of Devi Kalratri is described as –her complexion is dark black and is depicted riding on a donkey. Maa Kaalratri 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 hand. Also Read - Go For Online Shopping, Avoid Travel: Centre Issues COVID Advisory to States Ahead of Festivals

Kaalratri Mantras

ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥ Also Read - West Bengal Witnesses Spike in COVID Cases, Officials Blame Guideline Violation During Durga Puja

Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah॥
एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता।

लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्त शरीरिणी॥

वामपादोल्लसल्लोह लताकण्टकभूषणा।

वर्धन मूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयङ्करी॥

Ekaveni Japakarnapura Nagna Kharasthita।

Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirini॥

Vamapadollasalloha Latakantakabhushana।

Vardhana Murdhadhwaja Krishna Kalaratrirbhayankari॥

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ कालरात्रि रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Kalaratri Rupena Samsthita।

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥

Maa Kaalratri Puja Vidhi

Devotees offer kumkum, red flower and roli to Goddess Kalratri. Offer a garland of lemon to the goddess and lit an oil lamp in front of her. Offer red flowers and jaggery to her.

After this, recite the above-mentioned mantras or recite Saptashati to please the goddess. On this day, God Shiva and God Brahma are also worshipped after worshipping Maa Kalratri. Kalratri is also associated with the crown chakra (the Sahasrara chakra). She bestows the believer with siddhis and niddhis, namely knowledge, power and wealth. Also known as the ‘Shubankari’ which means auspicious in Sanskrit, it is said that the goddess gives auspicious and positive results to her devotees, making them fearless. She is also known by the names Raudri and Dhumorna.

Colour

Grey colour is advised on the seventh day of Chaitra Navratri. It symbolises the strength of transformation.

Favourite Flower

Night-blooming jasmine

Bhog

Worship Maa Kalaratri and offer jaggery (gud) or ladoos made of jaggery,

During Navaratri, devotees’ worship nine forms of Goddess Durga namely Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri.