Kali is none of that: Her power and ferociousness are greater than Shiva's, whom she nearly kills by stomping upon him, an image so upsetting to the patriarchy that, explains mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik in Seven Secrets of the Goddess, it was long kept secret.
She kept on slaying the innocent after that. Seeing this, the Gods became extremely worried and approached Lord Shiva for help. Only Shiva had the power to stop Kali at this stage. So, Lord Shiva went and lay down among the corpses where the Goddess was dancing.
Kali (/ˈkɑːliː/; Sanskrit: काली, IAST: Kālī), also known as Dakshina Kālikā (Sanskrit: कालिका), is a Hindu goddess who is considered to be the master of death, time and change. She is also said to be the Parvati, the supreme of all powers, or the ultimate reality.
Mahishasura shapeshifted throughout the battle, from a buffalo to a lion, to a man, to an elephant, back to a buffalo. But despite all his efforts, Kali defeated him. Other versions of the birth of Kali involve the goddess Parvati. In one version, Parvati sheds her dark skin.
Ma Kali is the most misunderstood of all Hindu Goddesses, though she is often regarded as the most powerful. Kali's dark and fierce form is certainly intimidating and hard to fathom, unless one is willing to look with discernment behind the veil of sensational images about her.
Kali is the Hindu goddess of death, time, and doomsday. She is often associated with sexuality and violence but is also considered a strong mother figure and symbol of motherly love. Kali embodies shakti - feminine energy, creativity and fertility - and is an incarnation of Parvati, wife of the great Hindu god Shiva.
Krishna is worshipped as Kali from the same day. However the above question remains a question even today. But the universally accepted truth is that they were the incarnations of Vishnu.
Lord Siva is also a great Vaishnava and never eats nonvegetarian food, and the goddess Kali accepts the remnants of food left by Lord Siva. Therefore there is no possibility of her eating flesh or fish.”
Iconography of Kali. In all forms of representation, Goddess Kali is usually depicted as naked, in blue or black skin colour signifying the sky and the ocean, and seen with her tongue hanging out.
Kali, (Sanskrit: “She Who Is Black” or “She Who Is Death”) in Hinduism, goddess of time, doomsday, and death, or the black goddess (the feminine form of Sanskrit kala, “time-doomsday-death” or “black”).
(1) For a Śaiva, the answer to this question is Him. This notion of thinking that one between Shiva and Vishnu is more powerful, supreme, at a higher position than the other is completely bogus and done by people with narrow mindset.
As Vishnu/Vamadeva, Shiva preserves. As Rudra/Aghora, he dissolves. This stands in contrast to the idea that Shiva is the "God of destruction". Shiva is the supreme God and performs all actions, of which destruction is only but one.
According to legend, on this day, Goddess Durga begins her journey towards Earth. Scriptural recitations and prayers are sung to summon the Goddess so she may efface all evil. In destroying evil, Durga transforms into Goddess Kali, who is regarded as her most ferocious avatar.
The Bhagavata Purana describes Kali as a 'sudra wearing the garments of a king' and portrays him as a brownish-skinned demon with a dog-like face, protruding fangs, pointed ears and long green bushy hair, wearing a red loin cloth and golden jewelry.
Kali's tongue here is a weapon, to be feared, a reminder that nature ultimately consumes all life. In popular story-telling, the reason for Kali sticking out her tongue is rather domestic. After killing the demon Daruka, Kali drank his blood. The blood drove her mad with bloodlust.
Mahakali (Goddess Parvati) is the consort of Mahakal (Lord Shiva). Who is Parvati? Parvati is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the Hindu goddess Shakti and one of the central deities of the Goddess-oriented Shakta sect.
With a notebook and pen close by, close your eyes and summon Kali inwardly. Ask that the Kali energy in you be present. Ask, “Let me speak to Kali.” At this point, drop inside, and notice what is invoked in you by this question.
(exact dates uncertain). She is also described in the Devi-Mahatmya portion of the Indian historical texts Markandeya Purana, circa 300–600. Today Kali is primarily worshipped in Bengal, eastern India, and throughout Southeast Asia in various forms.
Etymologically speaking, the Sanskrit word 'Krishna' means black or dark. At times, it is also translated as “all attractive”. According to Vedas, Lord Krishna is a dark-skinned Dravidian god. Even in traditional patta chitras (cloth art) in Odisha, Lord Krishna and Vishnu are always shown having black skin.
Shiva's fondness for meat is further emphasised when Jarasandha, a devotee of Shiva, keeps kings as captives only to kill them and offer their flesh to Shiva. Shiva's meat-eating habits find a clear voice in the Vedas as well as the Puranas, but his association with wine-drinking seems a later appendage.
If you think classic Kali is intimidating, just wait until you see her Mahakali form. As Mahakali, the goddess is conflated with the ultimate spiritual force of feminine power. This is her cosmic form, guarding over the cosmic order and restoring it when it's out of balance.
Unlike the general belief, Lord Kali is a vegetarian and is believed to love dishes made with rice.
Shiva and Vishnu
In Vaishnavism and Shaivism, God, Vishnu or Shiva respectively, is personified as male. God, however, transcends gender in these sub-schools, and the male form is used as an icon to help focus the Puja (worship).
Kalkin, also called Kalki, final avatar (incarnation) of the Hindu god Vishnu, who is yet to appear. At the end of the present Kali yuga (age), when virtue and dharma have disappeared and the world is ruled by the unjust, Kalkin will appear to destroy the wicked and to usher in a new age.
Radha, as a supreme goddess, is considered as the female counterpart and the internal potency (hladini shakti) of Krishna, who resides in Goloka, the celestial abode of Radha Krishna. Radha is said to accompany Krishna in all his incarnations.