Devi Mahakali, the consort of ‘Mahakala’ (Great Time), a form of Lord Shiva, is
the Goddess of time, life, death, creation, as well as liberation. The most
powerful Goddess Mahakali is one of the three manifestations of Devi Durga
that represent the three Gunas of material nature (sattva, rajas, and tamas).
Being the consort of Lord Shiva, who is the predominating deity of the mode of
ignorance, Mahakali represents Tamas and is the boundless energy behind the
act of destruction of the material world. She is considered as ‘Prakriti’, the
driving force or energy, while ‘Purusha’ is the Absolute Reality, hence, Mahakali
is the divine power of the supreme consciousness (Mahakala). This means that
without the cosmic energy of action, material existence is not possible.
The fiercest Goddess with ten arms, having a black complexion appears as dark as a night sky. Her disheveled hair at the back, eyes filled with absolute rage, and hands holding various weapons depict Her ferocious act of slaying the evil-doers who promote Adharma. She is garlanded with the heads of the adharmic she has slaughtered and is standing on a rotting corpse. Her wild destructive fury can only be stopped in the presence of the pure consciousness, Lord Shiva, who then brings the balance in the act of destruction and creation of the world. The killing of demons by Devi Mahakali depicts that She destroys the demons within the conditioned souls (anger, lust, and greed) that entangle them in the clutches of Maya, and bestows liberation.
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