From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

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.[1]


  1. Varadamudrā displays the bestowal of the boons.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore