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Mantras of Maa Kali – The Black Goddess of Dakshineswar
Kali: The Goddess of Liberation
Kali is one of the most worshiped Goddesses of the Hindu religion. She is also one of the most misunderstood goddesses. Her name is derived from the Sanskrit root word Kal which means time. Kali is the personification of time and death. Maha Kali is the fiercest form of Maa Durga, representing the destroyer of evil. But Kali is also a compassionate mother who loves her devotees and is easy to please. Maha Kali is usually worshiped by tantriks to achieve special siddhis. Goddess Kali is the goddess of liberation. In Bengal, Diwali is celebrated as Kali Puja. Kali is worshiped in her destructive mode. She is terrifying to look at, black and furious, with four hands, dripping blood and dressed in skulls. She is shown with one foot onLord Shivaand with her tongue sticking out.
Kali is the first of the ten Mahavidyas. The others are: Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta and Dhumavati, Matangi, Kamala and Bagla Mukhi.
Goddess Kali Mantras
Maha Kali Mantras forms part of the prayers offered to this goddess. Some of these mantras are given below.
- "Om aim hrim klim camundayai vicche svaha."
This is the most-used mantra. "Om" represents the sound corresponding to absolute reality in its entirety. "Aim" is the syllable of knowledge (Saraswati). "Hrim" is the syllable of purification (Parvathy). "Klim" is a syllable corresponding to transformation (Kali). "Camundayai" is another name of Kali. "Vicche" means cut (cutting ones ego) and "svaha" is the ending of the mantra.
Some other Mantras are
- "Kreem Kreem Kreem Hoom Hoom Hreem Hreem Dakshina Kaalike Kreem Kreem Kreem Hoom Hoom Hreem Hreem Swaahaa."
- "Atha Kalimantraye Sadyovaksiddhiprapyivan. Aravitairyah Sarvestam Prapnuvanti Jana Bhuvih."
- "Savaruhaammahabhimaghoradanshtram Hasanmukhim. Chaturbhujamkhadagmundavarabhayakaram Shivam. Mundamaladharamdevi Lolajihvandigambaram. Evam Sanchintayetkalim Shamasanalayavsinim."
For more insight on this Goddess one can go through the book Mother Kali: The Black Goddess of Dakshineswar by Elizabeth Harding.