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Kalika Ashtakam

Kalika Ashtakam / Devi Kali Stotra

Each day of a week is dedicated to a particular god in the Hindu pantheon. Apart from the special Vratas and Upvaas, many Hindus also fast on a particular day in a week. Tuesday is dedicated also to Kali Maa, the Mother Goddess. Goddesses Durga and Kali are also worshipped with utmost devotion. Recite Kalika Ashtakam today and connect with Maa.

Shloka of the Day: Kalika Ashtakam ( श्री कलिकाष्टकम् )

गलद्रक्तमुण्डावलीकण्ठमाला महोघोररावा सुदंष्ट्रा कराला ।
विवस्त्रा श्मशानालया मुक्तकेशी महाकालकामाकुला कालिकेयम् ॥

Salutations to Kalika Devi. Her neck is hanging a garland of severed heads from which blood is dripping down. She is making a very terrific sound revealing Her large teeth, and Her appearance is very fierce. She is Digambara or without clothes and residing in the cremation ground; Her hair is let loose and free. Her entire being is manifesting the great yearning to have union with Mahakala or Shiva, She is Kalika, the Great Dark Goddess.

Rice is prepared along with kheer, vegetables, and sweets to please her. Red hibiscus flowers – Kali Maa’s favorite flower. These offerings should not have been smelled by the giver. The offering is for Kali Maa, after all!

So, visiting Kali Maa Temples nearby is believed to help you in gaining strength and power, and fill you up with positive energy. This potential positive energy creates a safeguard around your life.

|| Jai Mata Di ||

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