- Published on Aug 12, 2015
Bizarre images of what some said represented “Satan” appeared on the Empire State Building in New York, causing Christians to freak out about a ‘demonic ceremony’. The truth is somewhat different, but in a way it’s no less creepy….
Kālī (/ˈkɑːli/; Sanskrit: काली & Bengali: কালী;IPA: [kɑːliː]), also known as Kālikā (Sanskrit:कालिका), is the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, or shakti. She is the fierce aspect of the goddess Durga. The name of Kali means black, time, death, lord of death; she is therefore called the Goddess of Time, Change, Power, and Destruction. Her earliest appearance is that of a destroyer principally of evil forces.
She is often portrayed standing or dancing on her husband, the god Shiva, who lies prostrate beneath her. Worshipped throughout India but particularly in Kashmir, South India, Bengal, and Assam, Kali is both geographically and culturally marginal.
Kālī is the feminine form of kālam (“black, dark coloured”). Kāla primarily means “time”, but also means “black”; hence, Kālī means “the black one” or “beyond time”. Kāli is strongly associated with Shiva, and Shaivas derive the masculine Kāla (an epithet of Shiva) from her feminine name. A nineteenth-century Sanskrit dictionary, the Shabdakalpadrum, states: कालः शिवः। तस्य पत्नीति – काली। kālaḥ śivaḥ। tasya patnīti kālī – “Shiva is Kāla, thus, his consort is Kāli”.