To fulfil her destructive purpose she carries on her self various weapons.
Here two hands of the four-armed goddess are armed with a deadly sword and
sacred trident respectively. The two left hands hold a severed head and
cranial bowl of flames. The flames symbolize the cremation fire, which is
the but the sacrificial fire that demands the ultimate sacrifice, namely
that of our own mortal bodies. The gruesome decapitated head is of course a
pointer to the fearsome nature of Kali.
Lithely astride the chest of her husband Shiva, Kali strikes a remarkable
pose. Her entire being reverberates with a triumphal poise. The necklace of
skulls adorning her upper body accentuates her naturally full feminine form,
while the girdle made up of human hands is her only lower garment.
It is intriguing why Kali steps on her own, loving husband. It is believed
that she once got so carried away in her own dance of destruction that the
resulting havoc threatened to destroy the entire world. Nobody was able to
calm her, not the gods, not the mortals, nor the demons. The baton was then
passed to Shiva, who commanded her affections. Observing that she was
blinded in her own dance of fury, not taking notice where she placed her
destructive step, Shiva lay down in the field of her dance, which is but the
entire universe. In a following moment, she stepped on the chest of her
husband. Though she realized her folly in a split second, the deed had
passed. Kali froze in an arrested moment of her dance, displaying a stilled
gesture of her rhythmic movements, and lolled out her tongue in shame, at
the realization of her gaffe.
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