New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Navratri is a nine-day long festival celebrated a lot of zeal and enthusiasm to worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga. On Day 7, people worship Maa Kalaratri who is believed to be the destroyer of all ghosts, evil spirits, demon entities, ghosts, and negative energies. She is also also known as Shubankari. In Sanskrit, Shubankari means ‘auspicious’. Devotees worship Maa Kaalratri to become fearless.

The word Kaal means time and death and Kaalratri is the one who is ‘the death of Kaal.’ The goddess is believed to put an end to ignorance, bringing light into the darkness.

As per legends, Maa Kalaratri has a dark complexion and has three eyes. She wears a shining necklace like a thunder. The goddess is depicted riding on a donkey as her vehicle. She has bountiful hair and four arms. Maa Kalaratri carries a deadly hook in her left hand and sword in her right arm. Maa Kaalratri uses her other right hand to bless her devotees.

According to scriptures, the devotees should worship Maa Kalaratri with flowers and kumkum (vermilion). The devotees should also recite the following mantra to impress her.

Here's complete puja vidhi to worship Maa Kalaratri:

Wake up early and take bath before sunrise.

Place Maa Kaalratri in a puja room.

Place dhurva grass, akshat, flowers and bhog in front of her.

Take a kalash and put mango twigs and coconut over it.

Lit a lamp and begin chanting the mantra:

Vama padolla sallohalata kaṇṭaka bhuṣaṇa |
Vardhana murdha dhvaja kr̥ṣṇa kalaratri bharyaṅkari ||

Markandeya Purana:

prakrtistvamca sarvasya guṇatraya vibhavini
kaḷaratrirmaharatrirmoharqtrisca daruṇa

Perform puja and aarti

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Posted By: James Kuanal