ॐ क्रीं कालिकायै नमः
Mahakali literally translated as Great Kali, is the Hindu Goddess of time and death, considered to be the consort of Mahakala the God of consciousness, the basis of Reality and existence. Mahakali basically is an epiphet of Lord Shiva and is a form of Adi Parashakti – who is beyond time and space. For some of us she is simply referred to as “Maai” – the mother who understands and protects us all from the evils. Kali also embodies shakti – feminine energy, creativity and fertility – and is an incarnation of Parvati, wife of the great Hindu god Shiva. She is most often represented in art as a fearful fighting figure with a necklace of heads, skirt of arms, lolling tongue, and brandishing a knife dripping with blood.
The name Kali practically comes from the color – which depicts one who is black but is also referred to and known as Chaturbhuja Kali, Mahakali, Chinnamasta and Kaushika. Mahakali devours all things, she is irresistibly attractive to mortals and gods, and can also represent (particularly in later traditions) the benevolence of a mother goddess. Kali is incarnation of Parvati where in she represents the dark side and Parvati also known as Gauri the fair one (Gori – disambiguation)
There are several powerful sites in India where Mahakali is worshipped and one of them is on Mount Girnar. It is practically a cave which is extremely hard to reach and is known as Kalika Gufa. One has to climb up Mt. Girnar using the steps upto Kamandalu Kund and then take a pretty risky trek which takes roughly an hour and a half to reach the cave. Once enroute one has to pass two hills – usually termed as “Shikhar” – The Anusuya Maata Shikhar (Mother of Lord Shri DattaGuru) and Gayatri Shikhar and finally the Mahakali Shikhar where Mahakali is known to reside. It is the 7th and final hill of importance in Mt. Girnar. One can experience the chill down the spine walking through the dense forest and climbing the rocks which are perfectly balanced and placed in the thin walkway one has to take. It is not at all advisable to go to this site alone and it is better to go with an experienced guide or go along with a group for this area is known to have presence of panthers and leopards.
The road to Mahakali from Kamandalu Kund is a treacherous one. Again it is not advisable to go alone and definitely not in the monsoons because of the slippery nature of the stones. Herein I have tried to give several pictures enroute to Mahakali which can give you an idea of the trek and what is involved.
Once starting off from Kamandalu Kund from the backside, one has to climb up and down over through the rocks for about 10 mins to enter a dense forest surrounded by shrubs all over. One has to be really careful over there since this place is really thorny. There are many edges where one missed slip can result in a 20 foot fall or at times a 100 foot falls and it would be nearly impossible to get the person back without proper equipment. Going ahead straight for 20 mins one crosses the great Anusuya Mata Shikhar.
After a steep climb upwards and again down one crosses the great Gayathri Shikhar giving us a full view of Mahakali Shikhar and the Khappar on top. From this point there is a good dense jungle area again where one has to be careful from poisonous fruits and the inch long thorn which can rip out muscles with ease. One also needs to be careful whilst walking as to not disturb any snake which might inadvertently come in the way. Finally one reaches the Mahakali Shikhar after a steep and curvy climb upward on the rocks. The Mahakali sthan is in a cave which is a small one and barely 5-6 people can sit in ease.
Important Note: If you are venturing there – Dont forget to carry sufficient water.
And lo and behold the slightly terrifying and mesmerizing darshan of Shri Mahakali
Some important Kalika Mantras which can help you meditate:
1. The Maha Kali Mantra fills you with strength and courage, which makes you more powerful than the problems you face and helps you to solve them quickly.
ॐ क्रीं कालिकायै नमः
Om krim kalikayai namah
Meaning: I bow my head to the Goddess Kali
2. To pacify enemies and win over them
ॐ क्रीं क्रीं क्रीं कालिके क्लीं क्लीं क्लीं सर्व शत्रुणां प्रहारय भंजय मारय विस्फोटय क्लीं क्लीं क्लीं क्रीं क्रीं क्रीं फट् ॥
Om Kreem Kreem Kreem Kalike Kleem Kleem Kleem Sarv Shatrrunaam Praharya Bhanjaya Maraya Visfotya Kleem Kleem Kleem Kreem Kreem Kreem Phat