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Maa Kali is one of the avatars of Maa Durga and the incarnation of goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva in Hinduism. Maa Kali is referred to as the feminine version of Mahakal in Hinduism who symbolises the destruction, death and finally the doomsday. The arrival of Maa in the form of Kali is to defeat the demons and protect the innocent.
It is believed that Maa Kali emerged from the ‘Halahal’ , the poison once swallowed by Lord Shiva during the churning of the ocean. Maa Kali is the result of Goddess Parvati coming in touch with this poison. Some of the followers believe that the black color of Maa Kali is due to the impact of poison.
There is a very popular incident of Maa Kali when she conquered the demon named Raktbeej. Raktbeej was given a boon that his single drop of blood if falls on ground was capable of creating hundreds of Raktbeej. The very common posture of Maa Kali holding a bowl in one hand, with tongue outside standing on Lord Shiva originates from this incident.
When it comes to the appearance of Maa Kali, she reflects the most threatening expression with four arms. The top left arm holds a Kharag that depicts strength, the lower hand holds a severed head that denotes ego, which is ultimately shredded by Maa Kali. The right hands represent an abhay mudra by which she protects, loves and shows care towards its children. Her entire body is naked covered with skulls and human hands often seen in black or blue shade in the images, signifying that Maa Kali is above all materials of the world.
According to some devotees this form of Maa Kali is also the representation of Yoga practice as the form is full of vibrant energy. This energy in Kali is indulged in the process of life-death cycle which ultimately helps in the growth and transformation of the universe.
Maa Kali is worshipped widely throughout the country as a sacred deity by millions of devotees. Immense devotion is seen in the hearts of followers of Maa Kali who practice strict fasting even without water. Kali pooja is also known as the Shyama Pooja, observed on the new moon day, Dipannita Amavasya of the Kartik month. As part of the pooja many rituals are performed by the devotees like offering Hibiscus flower, rice, lentils and sweets as part of bhog followed by a majestic aarti.