Kalratri Devi Temple
The temple is open from 06.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 04.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Aarties are held in the morning and evening.
The temple is built in the North Indian Nagara style, which is characterized by a square-shaped sanctum and a curved shikhara or tower above it. The tower is made of white marble and features intricate carvings of Hindu deities and motifs. The temple's entrance is adorned with beautiful carvings and designs that depict scenes from Hindu scriptures.
One of the unique features of the Kalratri Temple is the use of modern technology in its construction. The temple's roof is made of glass, which allows natural light to filter into the sanctum and create a unique atmosphere. The use of glass in the temple's construction also reflects the modern approach to architecture and design.
The interior of the temple is decorated with intricate carvings and designs, including beautiful floral patterns and depictions of various Hindu gods and goddesses. The sanctum is home to a statue of the goddess Kalratri, which is adorned with flowers and other offerings by devotees.
When the evil demon Durgasur was to be killed, Kalratri was sent by Goddess as her special emissary. Kalratri created havoc by her exhalation which resulted in huge fire balls destroying the demon’s army.
After slaying the demon and taking the form of Durga Devi, Kashi Khand states that Durga Devi guards Kashi in form of various Shaktis/Devis at various places in Kashi. Kalratri is one of them. Maa Durga’s seventh form is Kalratri.
Her body is pitch black just like darkness. Her hair is in disorder. She has garland around her neck which shines like lightning. She has 3 eyes which are round like the universe and give out lightning rays continuously. She exhales fire flames continuously through her nose. Her vehicle is a donkey. Her upper right hand grants blessings and lower right hand assures protection. Her upper left hand has an iron thorn and her lower left hand has a dagger.
Though her appearance is fearsome, she always grants auspicious boons. So her name is Shubhkari. Her devotees need not fear her. She destroys evil, so demons and ghosts run away even when somebody thinks about her. Her devotees are freed from fear (phobia) of fire, water, animals, enemies, night etc i.e. all kinds of fear.