Saptami – Maa Kaalratri

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The seventh day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Kaalratri

Significance: In this form, She is the dark complexioned avatar of Maa Parvati that she attains by liberating the golden outer sheath. She is the destroyer of evil and negativity.

Colour: Imbibe the colour Green on this day to initiate various aspects of Mother Nature and its nourishing qualities.

Mantra: ॐ ऐं ह्लीं क्लिं चामुण्डायै विच्चै | एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्न खरास्थिता | लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी | वामपदोल्लसल्लोहताताकण्टकभूषणा | वर्धनमूर्ध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयंकरी      

Translation: May the Bhayankari Maa Durga who is with long lips, riding a donkey, shining in various hues, looks formidable because of the halo of Devi’s lustre and is adorned with multi coloured ornaments, remove my darkness of ignorance.

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