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Navarathri Day 7 - Kaal Ratri

Day seven of Navarathri(Saptami): Goddess Kaal Ratri

Navarathri Day 7

Kaal Ratri = Kaal(death) + Ratri(night) = Kaalratri, the one who destroys ignorance and darkness.

Appearance of Goddess Kaal Ratri
The seventh manifestation of Goddess Durga, Maa Kaal Ratri appears in dark complexion with three eyes and four hands - the two left hands bears thorn like weapon and other hand holds a dagger. Her raised right hand seems to grant boons to her worships and the right lower hand seems to alleviate her worshippers from fear. She wears a necklace that looks like shining lightening. Her eyes huge and bright red, tongue open and red, with tousled black hair and her posture that show bravery and rides on a donkey. Her appearance brings fear to the demons and courage and calmness to her devotees. She is also called as Maha Kali.
Prayers Offered to Goddess Kaal Ratri:

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ कालरात्रि रूपेण संस्थिता।नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
Ya devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Kaal Ratri Rupen Sansthita |
Namastaseya Namastaseya Namastaseya Namoh Namah ||


The legend of Kaal Ratri

The seventh Durga of Navarathri is Maa Kaal Ratri. The legend says that Maa Durga took this form to kill a demon called Raktabheej who gave form to new set of demons with every drop of blood that spilled in the ground. Maa Kali licked the blood before it touched the ground and killed him.
The dreadful appearance of Kaal Ratri is feared by demons, she protects her devotees from evil influences in their life.

GIRI’s Navarathri Pick – Day 7 – Lalitha Pancharatnam

Lyrics in Sanskrit & English

प्रातः स्मरामि ललितावदनारविन्दं
बिम्बाधरं पृथुलमौक्तिकशोभिनासम् ।
आकर्णदीर्घनयनं मणिकुण्डलाढ्यं
मन्दस्मितं मृगमदोज्ज्वलफालदेशम् ॥ 1 ॥
Pratha smarami Lalitha vadanaravindam,
Bimbadaram pradhula maukthika shobhi nasam  ।
Aakarna deerga nayanam mani kundaladyam,
Mandasmitham mruga madojjwala phala desam ॥ 1 ॥

प्रातर्भजामि ललिताभुजकल्पवल्लीं
रक्ताङ्गुलीयलसदङ्गुलिपल्लवाढ्याम् ।
माणिक्यहेमवलयाङ्गदशोभमानां
पुण्ड्रेक्षुचापकुसुमेषुसृणीर्दधानाम् ॥ 2 ॥
Prathar Bhajami Lalitha Bhuja kalpa vallim,
Rathnanguleeya lasathanguli pallavadyam 
Manikhya hema valayangadha Shobha maanam,
Pundreshu Chapa kusumeshu sruneen dadhanam ॥ 2 ॥

प्रातर्नमामि ललिताचरणारविन्दं
भक्तेष्टदाननिरतं भवसिन्धुपोतम् ।
पद्मासनादिसुरनायकपूजनीयं
पद्माङ्कुशध्वजसुदर्शनलांछनाढ्यम् 
॥ 2 ॥
Prathar namami lalitha charanaravindam,
Bhakteshta dana niratham bhava sindhu potham 
Padmasanadhi sura nayaka poojaneeyam,
Padmangusa dwaja sudarsana lanchanadyam ॥ 3 ॥

प्रातः स्तुवे परशिवां ललितां भवानीं
त्रय्यन्तवेद्यविभवां करुणानवद्याम् ।
विश्वस्य सृष्टविलयस्थितिहेतुभूतां
विद्येश्वरीं निगमवाङ्ममनसातिदूराम् ॥ 4 ॥
Pratha sthuthave parasivaam lalithaam bhvaneem,
Trayyanha vedhya vibhavam karunanan vadhyam 
Viswasya srushti vilaya sthithi hethu bhootham,
Visweswareem nigama vang mana sathi dhooram ॥ 4 ॥

प्रातर्वदामि ललिते तव पुण्यनाम
कामेश्वरीति कमलेति महेश्वरीति ।
श्रीशाम्भवीति जगतां जननी परेति
वाग्देवतेति वचसा त्रिपुरेश्वरीति ॥ 5 ॥
Prathar vadami lalithe thava punya nama,
Kameswarethi, kamalethi Maheswareethi 
Sri shambhaveethi jagatham janani parethi,
Vag deva thethi vachasa tripureswareethi ॥ 5 ॥


यः श्लोकपञ्चकमिदं ललिताम्बिकायाः
सौभाग्यदं सुललितं पठति प्रभाते ।
तस्मै ददाति ललिता झटिति प्रसन्ना
विद्यां श्रियं विमलसौख्यमनन्तकीर्तिम् ॥ 

Ya sloka panchakam idham, Lalithambikya,
Soubhagyuam, sulalitham patathi prabhathe 
Thasmai dadathi lalitha jadithi prasanna,
Vidhyaam sriyam vimala soukha manantha keerthim