49 Facts About Kali


Kali's is regarded as the ultimate manifestation of Shakti, and the mother of all living beings.

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Over time, Kali has been worshipped by devotional movements and Tantric sects variously as the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe, Principal energy Adi Shakti.

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Kali's is seen as the divine protector and the one who bestows moksha, or liberation.

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Kali is the feminine form of Kala and thus the consort of Shiva.

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Kali's appearance is dark blue, gaunt with sunken eyes, and wearing a tiger skin sari and a garland of human heads.

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Kinsley writes that Kali represents "Durga's personified wrath, her embodied fury".

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Kali's is called and appears to the Pandava soldiers in dreams, until finally, she appears amidst the fighting during an attack by Drona's son Ashwatthama.

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In Devi Mahatmya version of this story, Kali is described as a Matrika and as a Shakti or power of Devi.

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Kali's is given the epithet, i e the slayer of the demons Chanda and Munda.

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Kali is portrayed mostly in two forms: the popular four-armed form and the ten-armed Mahakali form.

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Kali's is often shown wearing a skirt made of human arms and a garland of human heads, and she is shown wearing a tiger skin.

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Kali's is accompanied by serpents and a jackal while standing on the calm and prostrate Shiva, usually right foot forward to symbolize the more popular Dakshinamarga or right-handed path, as opposed to the more infamous and transgressive Vamamarga or left-handed path.

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Kali's has ten faces, ten feet, and three eyes for each head.

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Kali's wears a garland of human heads, variously enumerated at 108 or 51, which represents Varnamala or the Garland of letters of the Sanskrit alphabet, Devanagari.

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Kali's is shown as very dark as she is Brahman in its supreme unmanifest state.

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Kali's has no permanent qualities—she will continue to exist even when the universe ends.

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Kali is depicted in the Mahakali form as having ten heads, ten arms, and ten legs.

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Kali's is the benevolent mother, who protects her devotees and children from mishaps and misfortunes.

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Lord Vishnu, Kali's brother, confronted Kali in an attempt to cool her down.

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Kali's was unable to see beyond the limitless power of her rage and Lord Vishnu had to move out of her way.

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Kali was a noted Bengali leader of the 17th century and author of a Tantra encyclopedia called Tantrasara.

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Kali reportedly appeared to him in a dream and told him to popularize her in a particular form that would appear to him the following day.

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Samhara Kali, called Vama Kali, is the embodiment of the power of destruction.

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Samhara Kali takes form when Kali steps out with her left foot holding her sword in her right hand.

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Kali's is the Kali of death, destruction and is worshiped by tantrics.

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Kali's stands on a corpse and holds a freshly cut head and a plate to collect the dripping blood.

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Kali's is worshiped by warriors, tantrics – the followers of Tantra.

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Interpretations of the symbolic meanings of Kali's appearance vary depending on Tantric or devotional approach, and on whether one views her image in a symbolic, allegorical or mystical fashion.

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One interpretation of Kali's tongue is that the red tongue symbolizes the rajasic nature being conquered by the white nature of the teeth.

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The forehead of Kali is seen to be as luminous as the full moon and eternally giving out ambrosia.

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Kali is often shown standing with her right foot on Shiva's chest.

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Kali's is typically shown with a garland of severed heads, often numbering fifty.

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The Dark appearance of Kali represents the darkness from which everything was born.

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Kali is standing calm on Shiva, her appearance represents the preservation of mother nature.

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Kali's is referred to as a great and loving primordial Mother Goddess in the Hindu tantric tradition.

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Kali represents Prakriti, nature or matter, sometimes seen as having a feminine quality.

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Kali could be considered a general concept, like Durga, and is primarily worshiped in the Kali Kula sect of worship.

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Kali is worshiped as one of the 10 Mahavidya forms of Adi Parashakti.

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In many sources Kali is praised as the highest reality or greatest of all deities.

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Figure of Kali conveys death, destruction, and the consuming aspects of reality.

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Karpuradi-stotra, dated to approximately 10th century ACE, clearly indicates that Kali is more than a terrible, vicious, slayer of demons who serves Durga or Shiva.

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Kali's is described as young and beautiful, has a gentle smile, and makes gestures with her two right hands to dispel any fear and offer boons.

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Kali is a central figure in late medieval Bengal devotional literature, with such notable devotee poets as Kamalakanta Bhattacharya, Ramprasad Sen .

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Tantric approach to Kali is to display courage by confronting her on cremation grounds in the dead of night, despite her terrible appearance.

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Ramprasad comments in many of his other songs that Kali is indifferent to his wellbeing, causes him to suffer, brings his worldly desires to nothing and his worldly goods to ruin.

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Kali is said to refrain from giving that which is expected.

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Kali is especially venerated in the festival of Kali Puja in eastern India – celebrated when the new moon day of Ashwin month coincides with the festival of Diwali.

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Version of Kali is on the cover of the first issue of feminist magazine Ms.

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Thuggee cult of Kali worshippers are villains in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, an action-adventure film which takes place in 1935.

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