The Mythology of Goddess Kali : The Name Kali comes from the Sanskrit word Kal which means time…Hindu Mythology says Devi Kali is represented as the consort of Lord Shiva, on whose body she is seen standing. She is the fierce aspect of the goddess Durga (Parvati).In Devi Mahatmyam as one of the shaktis of Mahadevi, she defeats the demon Raktabija. The tenth-century Kalika Purana potrays Kāli as the ultimate reality. According to David Kinsley, Kāli is first mentioned in Hinduism as a distinct goddess around 600 CE, and these texts “usually place her on the periphery of Hindu society or on the battlefield.” She is often regarded as the Shakti of Shiva, and is closely associated with him in various Puranas. The Kalika Purana depicts her as the “Adi Shakti” and “Para Prakriti”. Kali is worshiped as one of the 10 Mahavidya forms of Adi Parashakti (Goddess Durga) or Bhagavathy according to the region. Kali destroys Raktabija by sucking the blood from his body so that it does not duplicates. In the Devi Mahatmya , Kali is also described as a Matrika and as a Shakti or power of Devi. She is the slayer of the demons Chanda and Munda. Chamunda is very often identified with Kali and is very much like her in appearance and habit.
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