Maa Kalratri is the Seventh form of Maa Durga, Kalratri is a furious form of Maa Durga, in this form she destroyed the most dangerous demons Shumbh and Nishumbha.
करालवंदना धोरां मुक्तकेशी चतुर्भुजाम्। कालरात्रिं करालिंका दिव्यां विद्युतमाला विभूषिताम॥
Color: Royal Blue
Kalratri is the most fierce form of the Goddess. The complexion of Goddess Kalratri is extremely dark like night. She has long tresses which remain open and Her necklace shines like thunder. The Goddess has three eyes and flames come out from Her nostrils when She breathes.
The Kalratri form of the Goddess is said to destroy all demonic entities. She has four hands. The left two hands hold a torch and a cleaver while the right two hands are in the form of giving blessings. She is seated on a donkey. She is also known as Shubhankari as She always provides auspicious results to Her devotees.
Once a demon named Raktabeej obtained a boon from Brahma. According to the boon, as soon as his blood would touch the ground, he would multiply. With the boon, Raktabeej started creating havoc for humans as well as the Gods. It became impossible to kill him since he would multiply by hundreds and thousands as the drops of his blood fell on the ground. Then the Goddess took the form of Kalratri and killed Raktabeej. She would lick the blood drops before they fell on the ground and hence Raktabeej was eliminated from the face of the earth. Goddess Kalratri is the one who destroys ignorance and removes darkness. This form primarily reveals the dark side of Mother Nature who takes a fierce form to remove all negative entities from the earth. Though this form of the Goddess is fearsome. But those who worship Her with full devotion and without fear are blessed with great things. The Goddess removes all obstacles from their life and blesses them with all the happiness and joy.
The rituals followed in the worship of Goddess Kalratri is similar to that of the other forms of Durga. However certain special sacrifices are performed at midnight to please the Goddess. Various kinds of Tantrik rituals are also performed on this day and the Goddess is offered alcohol as special prasad.