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The transformation of Goddess Parvati to Goddess Kali

There are various Hindu gods and goddesses we worship everyday. One of those goddesses popularly worshipped in the north-eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal is Goddess Kali.

Goddess Kali

Goddess Kali is revered as the supreme power who controls the events occuring in the entire universe. It is said that every little thing which happens in the universe is by the command of Goddess Kali.

The goddess is respectfully called Maa Kali, meaning the mother of all goddesses. If there is one goddess in our mythology who is feared and revered at the same time, it is none other than Maa Kali.

She is regarded as the ultimate creator and destroyer. She destroys limitations so that we can create. She destroys the negative, so the positive will lead to a new beginning.

Goddess Parvati with Mahadev

According to ancient religious scriptures and manuscripts, Goddess Kali is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati was unaware of her divine powers until one day an eye-opening incident revealed everything to her. With the help of her husband, she explored her true self.

How did Goddess Parvati became Goddess Kali?

Lord Shiva once gifted Goddess Parvati a trifoliate leaf of a wood-apple plant and told her to open the leaf and have a look at i

Goddess Parvati accepted the gift and agreed to his proposal. One day, the demons Shumbh and Nishumbh attacked the paradise of Kailash, the home of Lord Shiva’s family.

The attack was launched all of a sudden, leaving no option for Kailash residents to escape. Lord Shiva was engrossed in Yog Nidra, leaving Goddess Parvati to take charge of the situation.

Unable to find answers to her much-sought questions about protecting the heavenly abode of Kailash, she opened the trifoliate leaf and suddenly she remembered something, once heard from her husband in the past.

Lord Shiva had told her that if a woman sets aside her hesitation and doubt, she herself becomes Mahadev, meaning Lord Shiva.

These magical words fostered immense courage in her and she saw a fateful vision of a warrior within herself. Self-realisation dawned upon her and she became aware of her powers, thus, taking the avatar of Goddess Kali, a ferocious incarnation which destroys the evil. She then defeated Shumbh and Nishumbh.


It is said that Goddess Kali is the beginning and also the end. She is the light and also the dark within us. The universe starts from her and ends at her. She is Kali and also Mahakali. The ultimate goal of a person’s life is to mingle with its creator and universal mother, Mahakali.

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