Seventh Day of Navratri : Mata Kalratri
Mata Kalratri is the seventh avatar of Goddess Durga and is worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri. Mata Kalratri is as dark as black night so she is known as Mata Kalratri. Mata always leaves her hair open and has 3 eyes which are as round and big like Universe and four hands; wherein she holds different sharp objects and the rest of the two hands are in a particular mudra offering blessing and protecting her worshippers. Mata rides on a donkey. She always keep blessing her worshipper and protects them so she is known as “Shubhamkari” as well.
“Kalratrimahartri Mohratrisha Daruna, Twam Shristwamoshwari Twam Histwam Budadhibodhlakshana”
Brahmaji had worshipped Mata Kalrtari by offering this mantra to wake up Lord Vishnu from his sleep when there was a fear of Rakshasha Madhu Kaitabh.
Mata Kalratri Pujan:
This seventh day of Navratri is very important for the Tantrik people. The one worshipps and offers prayers to the Mata in the midnight. This day Mata opens her eyes. The puja of seventh days holds very importance in the Durga puja. The pooja vidhi is same as the earlier days of the puja which starts with Kalas Puja and ends with Mata Kalratri puja. One should practice this mantra while offering prayer to the Goddess:
” Devya yaya Tatamidam Jagatatamshaktiya, Nisshesh Devgana Shaktisamuhatarya Tambikamkhila Devmaharshipujyam,
Bhakt Nataha Sma Vidadhatu Shubhani Sa nah”
Mata Kalratri Mantra:
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kalratri Rupen Sanshitha,
Namastasye Namastasye Namstasye Namo Namah.
Ek Vedhi Japakarnapura Nagna Kharashita,
Lambosthi Karnikakani Tailabhyayakt Sharirini.
Vardhan Murdhdwaja Krishna Kalratri Bhayankari.
Mata Kalratri Dhayaan:
Karalvandana Dhoram Muktakeshi Chaturbhujam,
Kalratri Karalika Divyam Vidayutamala Vibhushitam.
Divyam Lohvajra Khadak Vamododharv Karambujam,
Abhayam Varadam Chaiv Dakshinodwadha Panirkam Mama.
Mahamedh Prabham Shyama Taksha Chaiv Gardbharuda,
Ghordansh Karalasyam Pinnonant Payodharam.
Sukh Prassanna Vadana Smoraan Saroruham,
Aivam Sachiyantyet Kalratri Sarvkam Samruddhidam.
Mata Kalratri Shotra:
Hrim Kalratri Shri Karali Cha Kalim Kalyani Kalavati,
Kalmata Kalidarpadhni Kamdish Kupanvita.
Kambeej Japanda Kambeej Swarupini,
Kamatidhni Kulintrinashini Kuul Kamini.
Klim Hrim Shrim Mantravarnen Kalkantkadhatini,
Krupamayi Krupadhara Krupapara Krupagama.
Mata Kalratri Kawach:
Om Klim Mein Hridaym Patu Pado Shrikalratri,
Lalate Satatam Patu Tushtgrah Nivarini.
Rasnam Patu Kaumari, Bhairavi Chakshushobhram,
Katoo Pushthe Maheshani, Karnoshankarbhamini.
Varjitani Tu Sthanabhi Yani Cha Kavchen hee,
Tani Sarwani Mein Devisatatampatu Stambhini.
After worshipping Mata Kalratri, one should worship Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma.