The world today steps in to the seventh day of Navratri festival. In the day, devotees will dedicate their prayers to the seventh form of Durga, Goddess Kalaratri. She is also known as Shubhamkari and depicts the darker side of life. According to Hindu myths, Devi Parvati removed her skin in order to kill the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. Owing to this, she got the name Kalaratri.
Though Goddess Kalaratri portrays a ferocious look, she is generous towards all her devotees. Devotees who worship her are believed to be protected from the perils like trouble, negative powers and ignorance in life. Worshipping Goddess Kalaratri today will bring good fortune to you and removes fears in your life.
The Goddess Kalaratri is the violent form of Goddess Durga. Her iconography is scary for all. Represented as riding on a donkey, Goddess Kalaratri has four hands. In the left side she carries a sword and an iron hook. The right side has Abhaya Mudra and Varada Mudra.
The name Kalaratri means Death of Kaal, where Kaal is referred to time and death, while Ratri means night. On the seventh day of Navratri, Goddess Kalaratri is believed to govern planet Shani. She is also known as Kali Maa.