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MahaKaLi is one among the three Great Goddesses representing the Destruction aspect of Adya Shakti (Primordial Energy). She is responsible for the destruction/Laya of the cosmos. She personifies Time and Detachment/Inertia (Tamas). Her story appears in Devi Mahatmya portion of the Hindu Puranic text Markandeya Purana. When Lord Brahma, the creator of cosmos is threatened by demons Madhu and Kaitabha, he prays to Adhya Shakti, who appears (from Vishnu) as KaLi to save him.
I have painted her according the following Dhyana-Mantra-
ॐ खड्गं चक्रगदेषुचापपरिधान् शूलं भुशुण्डीं शिरः
शङ्खं सन्दधतीं करैस्त्रिनयनां सर्वाङ्गभूषावृताम् ।
नीलाश्मद्युतिमास्यपाददशकां सेवे महाकालिकाम्
यामस्तौत्स्वपिते हरौ कमलजो हन्तुं मधुं कैटभम् ।।
I pray to MahaKaLi who is three eyed, ten faced and holds a scimitar, disk, mace, arrows, bow, lance, club, a skull and a conch shell in her ten hands, whose body is covered with ornaments whose countenance is that of blue diamonds, and to whom Brahma prayed for protection from the demons Madhu and Kaitava, when Vishnu was in Yoga Nidra.
October 28th, 2011
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