Goddess Kali at Muktinath
Kali is a tantric figure. She has no direct relationship with Muktinath as such, nor with the Kali Gandaki River. Indirectly there is a connection though; she is consort of Shiva on whom she is standing here. (Shiva is venerated in Muktinath at the Shiva-Parvati mandir.)

Kali is The Slayer of Time & Death; The Destroyer of Illusion. Kali literally means 'death' and 'time", but also 'black'. sickle, represents the state where time, space and causation have disappeared. She is both the destroyer and creatrix.

The attributes of Kali
Amounts other attributes she holds a sickle, wears a girdle of severed arms, a necklace of skulls or severed heads, earrings of children's corpses, cobras as bracelets or garlands. Her mouth is blood-smeared. She is accompanied by she-demons.

For more detailed information on Kali see for instance the
Kali text at the Shiva Shakti Mandalam Site or the Kali article at HinduPaintings.Com.

More online information
For more backgrounds on Hindu Deities & images see the Hindu Deities Index.

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