Kali is fearful and ferocious form of the mother goddess. The composition of the Devi Mahatmya, a text of the 5th - 6th century AD describes her popularity and how she assumed the form of powerful goddess. She was born from the brow of Goddess Durga during one of her battles with the evil forces. In the battle, Kali was so much involved in the killing spree that she got carried away and began destroying everything in sight. To stop her, Lord Shiva threw himself under her feet. Shocked at this sight, Kali stuck out her tongue in astonishment and put an end to her homicidal rampage. Hence the common image of Kali shows her in her distrubed mood, standing with one foot on Shiva's chest, with her enormous tongue stuck out.
Kali’s themes are rebirth, cycles, joy, courage, hope, cleansing and change. Her symbols are flowers, dance, iron, swords, peacock feathers and honey. Kali, a Hindu Goddess whose name means ‘time’, is the genetrix of natural forces that either build or destroy. Even in destruction, however, She reminds us that good really can come of bad situations. If you find your hopes and dreams have been crushed, Kali can change the cycle and produce life out of nothingness. Where there is sorrow, She dances to bring joy. Where there is fear, She dances in courage.
Kali's guises and names are diverse. Shyama, Adya Ma, Tara Ma and Dakshina Kalika, Chamundi are popular forms. Bhadra Kali, who is gentle, Shyamashana Kali, who lives only in the cremation ground, and so on. The most notable Kali temples are in Eastern India ~ Dakshineshwar and Kalighat in Kolkata and Kamakhya in Assam, a seat of tantric practices. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Vamakhyapa, and Ramprasad are some of the legendary devotees of Kali. One thing was common to these saints, all of them loved the goddess as intimately as they loved their own mother.! ✨👁🐍👅💀🌙🔔❤️📿🕉🐚🎨🙏🏻✨
Jai Maa Kali ~ Jai Maa Shakti 🐍💀🐍