This is an image of the rather awe-inspiring and frightening Goddess Kali. As is the Goddess Durga, Kali is a warrior-like incarnation of the Goddess Parvati, the mother goddess of love, fertility and devotion as well as strength and power in Hindu religion.
I’m posting this today because it’s currently Navratri (a Sanskrit word meaning nine nights) in India, one of the biggest festivals in the Hindu calendar. It coincides with Durga Puja (the worship of the Goddess Durga). Which of these Hindu festivals you celebrate in India will depend on where you live.
During Navratri, nine forms of the Goddess are worshipped over nine nights, so there’s a lot of Shakti power going on! Shakti is divine female power and energy and none of the Hindu Gods would have any of their power without their Shaktis or their Godesses by their side. I love the concept of Shakti and personally I think the world could do with a lot more of it!
Varanasi (also known as Benares), on the banks of the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh