The seventh day of Navratri puja marks the worship of Goddess Kalaratri who happens to be the seventh incarnation of Goddess Durga. She is the most violent amongst all the nine forms of the Goddess as she kills demons in a blink of the eye. Devotees get blessed with power, position, name and fame on worshipping her with complete dedication and devotion. One should not get scared by her appearance as she protects her devotees against all evils and bad spirits. Other names by which she is renowned are ‘Shubhankari’, and ‘Maa Kali.’
As the name suggests, this form of Goddess Durga possesses as dark a complexion as a dark night. Her hair is entangled and she displays a very fearful appearance. Her hair is always kept open which keeps waving with the breeze, she has huge red eyes and her red tongue juts out making her posture all the more ferocious. When she breathes, her nostrils emit dreadful flames. She sits on a donkey and has four hands and three eyes which shine bright with intensity and anger. She holds a cleaver in her upper left arm and a torch/dragger in the lower left hand. The right hand on the upper part is positioned in the Var Mudra, blessing the devotees while the lower right hand is in Abhay Mudra thereby protecting her worshippers. The seventh night of the Navratri puja is considered very auspicious and significant because during this night special puja is performed to awaken powers and attain siddhi.
Mantras and Shlokas
It is believed that chanting of Goddess Kalratri’s mantra keeps all evil spirits and ghosts away from you. The ‘Raktabeej Daman’ chapter from ‘Durga Saptashati path’ should be recited on this day along with the following other mantras and shlokas.
Mantra for Maa Kalratri Worship:
एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता।
लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्त शरीरिणी॥
वर्धन मूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयङ्करी॥
Ekveni Japakarnapura Nagna Kharastitha।
Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirani ॥
Vaampadolla Salloh Lata Kanthak Bhushna ।
Vardhan Murdha Dhvaja Krishna Kalratribhayankari॥