Goddess Maha Kali (literally translated as Great Kali) is the Goddess of Liberation. She is known as the preserver of Earth, but due to her destructive powers, She is also known as “Dark Mother.”

As the Goddess of Liberation, She and her counterpart Lord Shiva grant moksha to their followers by removing the illusion of the ego. Mother Kali is the dynamic and active aspect of the transcendental Reality and Lord Shiva is the silent aspect of the transcendental Reality.

Additionally, She is commonly worshiped by tantric practitioners to achieve spiritual powers – siddhis.

Mother Kali is also one of the most misunderstood goddesses of all. She is the fierce aspect of the Great Feminine principle, both giving life and destroying it, She can be ruthless and drastic.

When the Goddess destroys, it is only so that truth and good will triumph. The Goddess can look sinister and dark, but She only destroys the negative to make way for the positive.

Moreover, She is the mother of the world and the treasure-house of compassion. Mahakali is the form of Adi Parashakti, who is beyond space and time. She is considered to be the primordial mass from which all life arose.

When we honor the Goddess, we honor the changes in our lives. She shows us the cycles in everything – seasons, nature, our relationships, our moods – reminding us that these aspects of ourselves are part of nature – everything must keep changing, it is the constant of the universe.

Furthermore, She is also known as the Prakriti (female) or World as opposed to the Purusha (male) or Consciousness, or as one of 3 manifestations of The Great Goddess Durga that represent the three characteristics in Samkhya philosophy.

The Goddess’ power instruments are the Kriya Shakti – the power to creatively affect the creation, the Kundalini Shakti – the power of spiritual electricity, and Iccha Shakti – the power of will that personally compels our physical actions and movements, while in the creation it causes the galaxies to rush away from one another into cosmic night.

Iconography

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She is represented as standing in the battleground with one of her feet on the chest of supine Lord Shiva.

The Goddess wields the sword of knowledge, which cuts through ignorance, a severed head, which represents letting go of rational mind and ego; and the lotus, which signifies spiritual fulfillment.

Her eyes are portrayed as red with intoxication and in absolute rage, and small fangs occasionally protrude out of Her mouth and Her tongue is lolling. She wears a garland of skulls around her neck, which signifies the memory and wisdom of human existence.

In some illustrations, one of the upper hands of the Goddess is shown in Varada Mudra (the gesture of generosity) and one of the lower hands holds a Trishul.

Note – a Kali without the tongue is called Bhadra-Kali, who does not reject feminine grace totally.

Benefits Of Chanting Kalika Mantra (Maha Kali Mantra):

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This mantra forms part of the prayers offered to the Goddess. When called by mantras that carry her vibrations, She responds with a direct power that usually leads right through some cherished part of our ego attachments.

Chanting the mantra is also said to bring concentration and focus in children who are students, and makes them intelligent in the process by sharpening their mind to resolve their problems in studies quickly.

Moreover, this powerful mantra makes the women of today stronger to achieve their goals despite all the odds faced in a patriarchal society. Additionally, Kalika mantra also wards away the bad eye and evil that can harm you.

Complete Lyrics Of Kalika Mantra (Maha Kali Mantra):

„Om Jayanti Mangala Kali,
Bhadrakali Kapalini,
Durga Kshama Shiva Dhatri,
Svaha Svadha Namostuthe.”

Om Jayanti Mangala Kali Bhadrakali Kapalini – Translation In English:

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”Salutations to Jayanti (Who is ever-victorious), Mangala (Who is the bestower of auspiciousness), Kali (Who is beyond time), Bhadrakali (Who is the controller of death and life), Kapalini (Who wears a garland of skulls),

Salutations to Durga (Who is The Mother Goddess), Shiva (Who is ever-auspicious), Kshama (Who is an embodiment of forbearance), Dhatri (Who is the supporter of all sentient beings), Swaha (Who is the final receiver of the sacrificial oblations to gods) and Svadha (Who is the final receiver of the sacrificial oblations to Manes); Salutations to You.”

Kalika-Yei Mantra

”Om kleem kalikaye namah.”

Kali Gayatri Mantra

”Om Maha Kalyai
Ca Vidmahe Smasana Vasinyai
Ca Dhimahi Tanno Kali Prachodayat.”

Note

Whenever you chant these powerful mantras, articulate and enunciate as carefully as possible.