By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Kalaratri, KalarAtri, Kalaraatri
Kalarātri literally means ‘presiding goddess of the fierce night’.
Kālarātri is one of the several aspects of the Divine Mother or a minor goddess presiding over the night that brings death and destruction.
She is dark in complexion and fierce in appearance. She has a cruel laughter. She rides an ass. If she is shown with four arms, she carries daṇḍa (cudgel) and a liṅga. The other two hands shows the varadamudrā.
- Varadamudrā displays the bestowal of the boons.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore