FAQ: Why Did Kali Step On Shiva’s Chest?

Hari Om

Goddess Kali is regarded as the most fierce and destructive form of Shakti. She has a dark complexion, red eyes and has four arms. In one of Her hands She carries a sword (khadaga) and in another hand She carries the decapitated head of a demon. The other two hands are in the position of blessing Her devotees. She also wears a garland of heads of the demons She has killed which makes this form of the Goddess even more fearful and divine.

Apart from all Her fierce looks, You will also see that the tongue of the Goddess is always out. The most important part is that the Goddess is shown as stepping over the chest of Lord Shiva, who is Her husband. This episode of Goddess Kali stepping over Lord Shiva has an interesting story behind it. So, would you like to know why Kali stepped on Shiva’s chest?

Story Of Rakta Beej

There was once a very powerful demon known as Rakta Beej who had acquired a boon that he could duplicate himself as soon as his drop of blood touched the Earth. Due to this boon, the Gods were unable to bring the notorious demon under control. Hence, Shakti in the form of Goddess Durga was summoned to kill the demon.

Armed with all the weapons, the Goddess charged at the demon. But as soon as She wounded him with Her sword and his blood fell on Earth, the demon kept on multiplying. Huge armies of Rakta Beej were formed by the puddles of blood which fell on Earth. Enraged by this, the Devi took the fierce form of Kali. Then She went on to destroy the demon with sword in Her hand. She would slay each demon and drink his blood immediately. Soon She finished the whole army of Rakta Beej and only the real Rakta Beej was left. Then She slay him and drank all his blood till he fell down lifeless.

It is said that the Goddess became mad with blood lust after this incident. She started dancing the dance of destruction and forgot that She had already killed the demon. She kept on slaying the innocent after that. Seeing this, the Gods became extremely worried and approached Lord Shiva for help. Only Shiva had the power to stop Kali at this stage.

So, Lord Shiva went and lay down among the corpses where the Goddess was dancing. Accidentally, Kali stepped on Shiva and soon She realised Her mistake. It is then Her tongue immediately came out of embarrassment and She calmed down. She was ashamed that Her blood lust had prevented Her from recognizing Her own husband. Thus, She came back to Her original form and the destruction was stopped.

Shiva lying at Kali’s feet also symbolises the supremacy of Nature over man. It clearly shows that without Kali or Shakti even a powerful force like Lord Shiva is inert. Hence, Kali is shown as stepping on Shiva’s chest.

Maa Kali Mantra

Om krim kalikayai namah||

Overall Meaning of Kali Mantra:

I bow my head to the Goddess Kali

While chanting Kali mantras with Beej, the chanters must be very careful since mispronunciation will reverse the results. It is advisable that you learn the mantra from an accomplished person once and then begin chanting it.

When you are afflicted with hopelessness and misery, chanting this kali mantra can give you confidence, courage, knowledge, skill, balance and insight to fight the problems with ease. You will find that you are filled with a positive energy to be able to face the challenges so confidently and courageously without feeling let down.

Those who are looking for jobs, career advancements, promotions and change of careers can highly benefit from this mantra. Fix up a regular time for chanting this mantra and sit diligently and chant this mantra with devotion meditating on the benign form of Maa Kali. You will see the results coming to you from nowhere. However, it is on your part to make the best use of the opportunities that come in your way.

Chanting this kali mantra together with the family members can assure peace, prosperity and success for all in the family. Maa Kali is so merciful and is easily pleased. You do not have to go through strict austerities to win her grace. More than anything, the most important thing while chanting this mantra is to develop an unshakable faith in the powers of Maa Kali

GF’ Blessings.