Kali goes crimson


V0045118 Kali trampling Shiva. Chromolithograph by R. Varma.

She danced unhinged,

The Gods fearfully cringed.

Kali was not one to be tamed

But Shiva knew she could be shamed

She danced a deathly dance,

Lost in her blood soaked trance

Such that she felled Shiva too.

Fearsome and glorious until she knew.

Eyes wide open in shock,

Crimson tongue bared, she seemed to gawk.

Ash tickling her toes yet she glared

As Kali stood snared.

About the post: As per a mythological tale, after Goddess Durga (God Shiva’s consort) defeated Mahishasura (a Part Asura/demonic being) for the Gods, her rage gave birth to Kali who consumed all demons she came across and her powers became dangerous for the entire universe. None, Gods alike could dare to cross paths with her and that is when Shiva decides to intervene. Kali is considered a destructive form of Durga and when she stood on Shiva’s chest after defeating him, she realized her mistake, in humiliating and conquering her husband (A very interesting theme that has all the ingredients for debates on the depiction of women and corresponding norms in the Indian society). She eventually calms down and the universe is safe again for all living creatures.

The photo above is from Wikipedia, it is Raja Ravi Verma’s depiction of the tale.

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