Kali, the Black is a form of Durga who herself represents Parvati in her destructive aspect. It is one of the forms of the Shakti of Shiva. Kali destroys, she expresses rage, primitive terrors, she is often represented in a terrifying form, full of blood, dancing naked on corpses - but it is also the ultimate force that allows to overcome, to go beyond the deepest, most archaic fears.
In Devimâhâtmya, Kali is born from the wrath of Durga: she springs from her forehead, howling with rage from birth, she is black, ready to deliver the world of demons. Kali is the last resort: in Hindu mythology, she helps the powerless gods. In the battle against Shamba and Nishumbha, Kali intoxicated by the blood of demons began to dance as long as the vibrations threatened the very existence of the universe. Shiva threw himself at her feet to save it by absorbing this terrible force.
This statue symbolizes
: destructive energy.
Standing, front, Kali dances on Shiva. In this statue, her face is peaceful: no fury in her features, Kali appears serene. The aspect of the divine mother is clearly represented in this statue. Beyond her frightening aspect, Kali is basically there to help overcome the most insurmountable fears.
Kali is shown here with 4 arms. On the right, the trident symbol of Shiva and the Trimurti (creation, preservation and destruction) and the saber, which are the symbols of destruction of ignorance. On the left, she holds a severed head at the top, a symbol of death and precariousness; her other hand holds the fire which symbolizes the purification.
The tiara-shaped crown (Kiritamukuta) shows her royal nature. Her long, straight hair falls to the lower back: it recalls her wild nature, however they are wisely styled while often Kali appears disheveled or with bushy hair.
The disc or wheel of fire, behind the head, symbolizes the light and the sun which brings knowledge as well as the destruction of ignorance.
Kali is always shown naked, only wearing her necklace made of human skulls (kapâlamâlâ) and a loincloth of severed arms. However, a shawl covers her shoulders and its sides amplify the movement of the dance.
Many jewels enhance its port of goddess and reduce its terrifying aspect.
Kali appears in this statue, as always, terrifying but this appearance is mitigated by the softness and serenity of her face.