Kali in this statue is shown with 6 hands and standing on the corpse of Shiva. She holds a severed head, dripping blood in one hand and holds various armories in other hands. This is the Roudra (angry) form of Lordess Parvathy. The severed head is of a demon named Rakthabija. Even after the war, the anger of Kali never drops and she goes on a killing spree, destroying the world. To calm her, Shiva throws himself on her feet, which ends his life. Kali, shocked on killing her husband, calms down and bring him back to life. The various arms she hold signifies that human mind has different eternal and spiritual, enemies which can not be destroyed with a single weapon, but by use of various techniques. The head in her hands signifies ego, which must be destroyed to attain Nirvana or Moksha. She gives an idea of her immortality and existence beyond the life of this universe, by killing Shiva who is considered to be the ultimate destroyer of universe. She is considered equal to Brahma.
About the Black Marble: The black marble, called sange-rathek, is found in Jhansi, in the state of Bihar, India. The stone is known for its wonderful deep black/blue color and the colored purple and yellow veins that flow through the stone. Looking into a piece of sange-rathek is like staring into deep space and seeing distant galaxies. It is a very unique and wonderful stone. Sculpture is very rare to find in this stone because there are seldom pieces of raw stone large enough to accommodate a full-sized sculpture.
The Hindu Goddess Kali is the malevolent form of Devi. She is associated with eternal energy, "She who destroys". The name Kali comes from kāla, which means "the black one". Since Shiva is called Kāla - the eternal time, Kālī, his consort, also means "the Time" or "Death". Hence, Kali is considered the goddess of time and change.
The Story of Kali: To aid her son in his endeavor to rid the three worlds of the multiplying demon, Raktabija, Parvati entered the cosmic battlefield as the dreaded goddess Kali - dark as death, gaunt with sunken eyes, gaping mouth, with long disheveled hair covering her naked body.
Kali spread her tongue over the battlefield and licked the demon's falling blood catching on her long, outstretched tongue before the drop could find it's way to the ground springing a demonic life anew. Raktabija, without his multiplying numbers was left powerless. Skanda was able to dispatch Raktabija and all his remaining duplicates with ease.
Skanda, guardian of the heavens, went on to destroy many demons who opposed the reign of the gods. But he could not defeat the demon Raktabija. Whenever this demon's blood touched the ground, a thousand new demons sprang to life. He seemed unconquerable.
Skanda thanked his mother for her timely help. To celebrate her victory, Kali danced wildly on the battlefield, bedecking herself with a garland of served heads and a girdle of severed hands.
Shiva Calms Kali: Intoxicated with Raktabija's blood, Kali ran a muck across the three worlds, destroying everything and everyone in her sight.
To restrain her, Shiva took the form of a corpse and blocked her path. As the goddess, blinded by blood lust, tripped on his lifeless body, she was jolted out of her frenzy. She wondered if she had killed her own husband. She placed a foot on Shiva's chest and brought him back to life.
Shiva then took the form of a little child and began to cry, stirring maternal love in the heart of Kali. This forced her to shed her fierce form; Kali became Gauri, the radiant mother, bestower of life.
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