Who Is the Kali of the Yuga?

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(Art by Android Jones)

Right at the time of his birth Kali carried an Upaasthi (a small bone) and his entire body complexion was sooty and dark. This huge-being, with a terrible tongue and an obnoxious smell about his entire physique, chose gambling, liquor, woman (prostitutes) and gold as his permanent abodes. ~ The Kalki Purana

Often it is presumed that Kali, the fierce aspect of the Vedic Goddess, is the divinity ruling over the Age of Iron.

Kali Goddess of Time – Abhishek Singh Art

(Art by Abhishek Singh)

Not so. Our ferocious and merciful Mother has been much maligned. Her role, far from demonic, is in fact that of demon-slayer.

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The Kali Yuga is instead the age of Kali, a demon born in different eras as Ravana ( the bad guy of the Ramayana tales) and Duryodhana.

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Kali, the Goddess, is spelled and pronounced Kālī, with long vowel sounds. It is the feminine form of Kāla…

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