Mahakali is an Adi Shakti. One such form of Maa Parvati from which Swam Mahakal was also unaware. At the time when it was necessary to kill Shumbha and Nishumbh, Lord Shiva reminded Devi Parvati of the primal energy inside her. Then Mahakali was revealed.
A mythological story behind it – Shumbha and Nishumbh came to attack Mount Kailash. Then Mahakal reminded Devi Parvati of her power and killed Shumbha-Nishumbh. After that, drinking the blood of an asura named Raktabija brought negativity inside Maa Kali, due to which she was going to consume the world. Then Lord Shiva took the form of Mahakal and calmed him by lying under the feet of Maa Kali.
When the entire world was inundated and Lord Vishnu was sleeping on the bed of Sheshnag taking shelter of Yoganidra, at that time two terrible asuras produced Madhu and Catabh from the filth of his ears. Both of them agreed to kill Brahmaji. Then Maa Kali killed them too. Maa Kali used to kill such demons like Mahishasura, Shumbha-Nishumbha, Madhu-Catabh and Raktabija who had boon.
Maa Kali is worshiped on the sixth (6th) day in Maa Durga Navratri. It is believed that worshiping Maa Kali on this day leads to peace and happiness in the house. Kalesh and other anti-social elements live away from home and by lighting a lamp of ghee in the house, Goddess Lakshmi lives in the house.
Om jayanti manglakali, Bhadrkali kripalini.
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