New Delhi| Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The nine-day festival of Chaitra Navratri is dedicated to nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. The festival began on April 13, and it will conclude on April 22. Here, devotees worship the nine forms of Maa Durga on each day. Today is the 7th day of Navratri where Maa Kaalratri is worshipped, who is the seventh avatar of Goddess Durga. Maa Kaalratri who mounts on a donkey is one of the destructive avatars of Goddess Durga. 

As per the pictorial description, Maa Kaalratri has a dark skin tone and has a third eye. She has four hands where one of her hands in Abhaya mudra, her second hand is in Vara mudra, while in her third and fourth hand she carries a thunderbolt and a scimitar.

How to worship Maa Kaalratri?

On this auspicious day, the devotees should get up early and take a bath. After doing so, they should offer prayers to Lord Ganesha and after this, they should offer prayers to the idol of Goddess Kaalratri.

The devotees should also chant mantras to appease Maa Kaalratri on her special day:

*Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Kalaratri Rupena Samsthita।

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥

*Ekaveni Japakarnapura Nagna Kharasthita।

Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirini॥

Vamapadollasalloha Latakantakabhushana।

Vardhana Murdhadhwaja Krishna Kalaratrirbhayankari॥

Devotees should also offer flower, kumkum, role to the idol of Goddess Kaalratri and they should lit an oil lamp in front of her to appease her.

History of Maa Kaalratri

According to Hindu mythology, Maa Parvati took the avatar of Goddess Kaalratri to kill the demons-- Shumbh Nishumbh and Raktbeej. By taking the fierce avatar, she killed three of them. However, when Ratbeej was killed, his blood produced more Raktbeej and to stop him, Maa Kaalratri drank all the blood, so that Raktbeej can be killed.

On this auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri 2021, we are wishing the readers of Jagran English, a very happy Navratri.

Posted By: Deeksha Sharma