himself, the Mahakala lies under the foot of Kali like a corpse symbolising the
fact, that purusha is Udasina, while prakriti alone is active and is the
principal cause of motion. Siva and Sakti thus represent consciousness and
energy, but they are ONE, and nothing but Oneness alone exists between them. In
the cosmic projection, this one becomes God and Goddess.
Kali is portrayed as a very merciful deity, though shocking in her external
features, like broad red shot eyes, sharp incisors, awful countenance, shocking
stature and riding astride a terrifying lion. She is infinitely compassionate
and appears as Sarvamangala, Sundari, Durghatanasini, Mahasakti etc., and grants
the desires of her devotees liberally. And always stands by their side. She is
described by many names such as Kali, for her dark complexion; Karali for
frightening form; Manojava for swift motion: Sulohita for blood coloured
complexion and Sudhumravarna for smoke coloured visage etc.