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DAY – 7; Kālarātri
Colour – Green
HIGHLIGHTS
Today being the 7th day is called MAHA-SAPTAMI.
In the Kala-Ratri form, the mother looks very fiery and appears in a dark complexion.
She is mounted on an ass and has four hands, two of which carry a torch and sword, while the other two hands are shown n boon giving and protecting poses.
Her other name is Shubankari (शुभंकरी) – meaning auspicious/doing good to others.
एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता
लंंबोष्टी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी।
वामपादोल्लसल्लोहलताकंठकभूषणा
वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयंकरी।
Ēkavēṇī japākarṇapūrā nagnā kharāsthitā
laṁmbōṣṭī karṇikākarṇī tailābhyaktaśarīriṇī.
Vāmapādōllasallōhalatākaṇṭhakabhūṣaṇā
vardhanamūrdhadhvajā kr̥ṣṇā kālarātrirbhayaṅkarī..
She always provides auspicious results to her devotees. Hence, it is believed that she makes her devotees fearless.
Kalaratri is the seventh of the nine forms of the Goddess Durga, known as the Navadurga. She is first referenced in the Durga Saptashati, Chapters 81-93 of the Markandeya Purana, the earliest known literature on the Goddess Durga. Kalaratri is widely regarded as one of the many destructive forms of the Mother Goddess, which include Kali, Mahakali, Bhadrakali, Bhairavi, Mrityu, Rudrani, Chamunda, Chandi, and Durga.
It is not uncommon to find the names, Kali and Kalaratri being used interchangeably, although these two deities are different.
The Saudhikagama, an ancient Tantric text referenced in the Silpa Prakasha, describes Goddess Kalaratri as being the goddess that rules the night portion of every day and night. She is also associated with the crown chakra (also known as the Sahasrara chakra), thereby giving the invoker, siddhis, and niddhis (particularly, knowledge, power, and wealth).
Mantra:
ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नम: Oṃ Devī Kālarātryai Namaḥ

Dhyan Mantra:
करालवंदना धोरां मुक्तकेशी चतुर्भुजाम्।
कालरात्रिं करालिंका दिव्यां विद्युतमाला विभूषिताम॥
Karalvadnam ghoram muktkeshi chaturbhjam.
Kaal Ratrim karalikaam divyam vidyutmala vibhushitam.
ॐ ह्रीं श्रीं क्लीं दुर्गति नाशिन्यै महामायायै स्वाहा।
ऊं ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चै ऊं कालरात्रि दैव्ये नम:
ॐ कालरात्र्यै नम:
ॐ फट् शत्रून साघय घातय ॐ
ॐ ह्रीं श्रीं क्लीं दुर्गति नाशिन्यै महामायायै स्वाहा।
ॐ ऐं सर्वाप्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्या अखिलेश्वरी।

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