On the seventh day of Navaratri we celebrate Goddess Kalaratri. Her complexion is as dark as the night. Her cascading hair is let loose and She wears a garland that radiates light as bright as lightning.
During Navaratri celebrations at Shree Peetha Nilaya, since last year, everybody is given the opportunity to offer rose water and oil to the Feet of Tara, which is another aspect of Kali or Goddess Kalaratri. These offerings are mixed together, blessed by the Mother and distributed back to people after being blessed.
|Goddess Tara (left) and Oil offering to Her Feet (right)|
“Don’t try to comprehend the Divine with your mind, because the Divine can appear soft and at the same time terrifying, can appear calm and at the same time very wild. Like Her, She is soft, look at Her face, how beautiful She is. Very soft, but yet She is wild, with a big tongue outside. So Maha Bhagavati takes all our negativities on Her, so that we can be free because She wants us to be free. She wants us to really surrender to the Divine and to be ourselves, who we really are. All the little demons that we create in our mind, they are all jumping. They are called Mahishasur, Raktabija, Sumbha and Nisumbha, Chandamunda. They are all jumping left and right. Ma in this form says, ‘Give them to me and I shall sort them out. One by one I shall devour them.’ So don’t have fear. Offer them to the Mother.
When you come to offer your obedience to Her, to offer your respect to Her, pray to the Mother saying, ‘Kalaratri, as you are dark, take all of these things. I offer all this negativity of myself to you. Hey Jagadamba, remove all this and make us bright like Katyayani, make us shine our true light. Whenever we are in distress, come to our rescue. You are the Mother, so why wait? Come! Take whatever form, in whatever way, but just come. Come and deliver us. Come and save us. Come and remove us from our afflictions.”