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This goddess is portrayed as fierce-looking with three eyes, and four, twelve, or eighteen hands. She carries a number of weapons, with flames flowing from her head, and a small tusk protruding from her mouth. In many places, in particular in Kerala, her worship is also closely associated with the Tantric tradition being followed normally by the Matrikas - people who practice witchcraft. Kali worship represents the tradition of the ten Mahavidyas that come under the broader spectrum of Shaktism.
Regarding her avatar, there are more than 3 versions seen in some Puranas. Among them, the popular one is her divine birth as the daughter of Shiva to liberate the world from demon Daruka. Lord Shiva created Kali to kill the demon Daruka who got a boon of invincibility and immortality and no body could kill him. Intoxicated with this mystic power, he committed all kinds of attrocities that tested the patience of the celestial and demigods The demon was forced to confront Kali and atlast was slain in a tough battle. In the wake of her victory over the demon goddess Kali - Devi was in uncontrollable rage. When Lord Shiva came to know about it, he was tempted to calm her wrath by dancing before her and offering her worship. Then, she became subdued.
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Badrakali Amman Temple in Sivakasi town in Virudhunagar district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu was built during the 18th century. The temple saw further expansion during the 19th and 20th centuries. The tall temple is chracteristic of a five-tiered gopuram, the gateway tower and a granite wall surrounding the temple, enclosing all its shrines.
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As for puja rituals, the same tradition is being followed here, as in other places. The major annual festivls are Panguni Pongal-April and Chithirai Pongal- May celebrated for the deities Mariamman and Badrakali Amman. It is a ten-day engagement.
Normally in numeous temples, the deity of Badrkali, with a relaxed standing posture as a whole is a personification of humane nature and sympathy and it can not be misken for her weakness. She is equally deadly and fearlful, when dealing with the evil-minded people, demons, etc. Instantly, her sybolic face full of grace can turn red with rage, and action will be taken forth with. Hence, she is the goddess of annihilation of the evil forces.
That she is wearing the crown of Fire and holding the trident downward suggests two things. The trident she is wearing destroys evil and the fire on the head prevents the reoccrence of evil and reduces them to ashes.