Bhadrakali

Bhadrakali

Bhadrakāli (Tamil: பத்ரகாளி, Telugu: భద్రకాళి, Malayalam: ഭദ്രകാളി, Kannada: ಭದ್ರಕಾಳಿ, Sanskrit: भद्रकाली), is one of the forms of the Great Goddess (Devi) mentioned in the Devi Mahatmyam. In Sanskrit, the word Bhadra means "blessed", "auspicious", "fair", "beautiful", "good", "fortunate", "prosperous".

There are atleast three traditional versions regarding the origin-incarnations or avatar of Bhadrakali. The first version is from Devi Mahatmyam and basically a part of Shaktism, and it was during the battle between Raktabija and Shakti, according to this tradition. The second is associated with the Daksha and Dakshayaga, from the more Shaivism related tradition, and glimpses of this version can be seen in some Puranas. The third and the equally most famous one is her divine birth as the daughter of Shiva to liberate the world from demon Daruka. This version makes her the sister of Virabhadra; not a consort. This daughter of Shiva tradition is associated with Kalarippayattu martial arts and highly popular in Kerala, an Indian state located in the south.

Read more about Bhadrakali:  Martial Arts and Bhadrakali, Different Names, Monastic Beliefs and Tantric Traditions, Brother of Bhadrakali and The Goddess As Shiva's Daughter, More, Family Deity of Martial Communities, Kakatiya Tradition of Telangana, Atharvana Bhadrakali, Kalidasa and Vikramaditya, Folk Art Ritual of Kerala and Bhadrakali, Priests of Bhadrakali Temples, Famous Bhadrakali Temples

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