The seventh day of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Kalaratri who is another fierce form of the goddess. According to mythology, when the Goddess Parvati removed her outer golden skin to kill demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha, She was known as Goddess Kalaratri. Kalaratri is the fiercest and the most ferocious form of Goddess Parvati.
In the Puranas, she is depicted as having a dark complexion, and her vehicle is a donkey. She wears a garland of skulls on her neck. Her right hands are in Abhaya and Varada Mudra, and she holds a sword and the deadly iron hook in her left hand. Her name combines Kala, which means death, and Ratri, which means darkness. Hence, the one who brings the ‘death of darkness’.
The names, Kali and Kalaratri are used interchangeably, although these two deities are argued to be separate entities by some. Kali is first mentioned in Hinduism as a distinct goddess around 3000 BC. Maa Kalaratri governs the planet Shani and eliminates all the harmful effects of the earth from her devotee’s life and brings them only happiness. She protects them from all the evils and blesses them with whatever they seek in life by removing obstacles and sorrows.
The muhurat for pooja of Maa Kalaratri will start at 08:52 am and ends at 02:32 pm. The Mula Nakshatra will start at 03:11 am on October 2 and end at 01:53 am on October 3.
Devotees may wake up early, take a bath and wear new clothes. The bright colour of this day is orange. Maa Kalaratri is offered jaggery or sweets made with jaggery as prasad on the seventh day or Saptami of Navratri.
ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah॥
एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता।
लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्त शरीरिणी॥
वर्धन मूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयङ्करी॥
Ekaveni Japakarnapura Nagna Kharasthita।
Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirini॥
Vardhana Murdhadhwaja Krishna Kalaratrirbhayankari॥
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कालरात्रि रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Kalaratri Rupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
करालवन्दना घोरां मुक्तकेशी चतुर्भुजाम्।
कालरात्रिम् करालिंका दिव्याम् विद्युतमाला विभूषिताम्॥
दिव्यम् लौहवज्र खड्ग वामोघोर्ध्व कराम्बुजाम्।
अभयम् वरदाम् चैव दक्षिणोध्वाघः पार्णिकाम् मम्॥
महामेघ प्रभाम् श्यामाम् तक्षा चैव गर्दभारूढ़ा।
घोरदंश कारालास्यां पीनोन्नत पयोधराम्॥
सुख पप्रसन्न वदना स्मेरान्न सरोरूहाम्।
एवम् सचियन्तयेत् कालरात्रिम् सर्वकाम् समृध्दिदाम्॥
Karalavandana Ghoram Muktakeshi Chaturbhujam।
Kalaratrim Karalimka Divyam Vidyutamala Vibhushitam॥
Divyam Lauhavajra Khadga Vamoghordhva Karambujam।
Abhayam Varadam Chaiva Dakshinodhvaghah Parnikam Mam॥
Mahamegha Prabham Shyamam Taksha Chaiva Gardabharudha।
Ghoradamsha Karalasyam Pinonnata Payodharam॥
Sukha Prasanna Vadana Smeranna Saroruham।
Evam Sachiyantayet Kalaratrim Sarvakam Samriddhidam॥