There She Stands
38 x 28 cm
Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
She represents the violence of Mother Nature that encompasses death and destruction. Kalaratri is the most violent of Durga's manifestations. She appears aggressive. She can curse and bless. Her intensity induces fear. She is believed to be the destroyer of demons, thus symbolizing the destruction of evil. Kalaratri means the One who is “the Death of Kaal”.
Here Kaal is referred to as time and death. Kalaratri is the one who destroys avidya, and ignorance, and removes ru, darkness. This is symbolic of human life having a dark side that Mother nature bombards with violence to create havoc before all ‘dirt’ is removed. Darkness also represents Tamas gunas.