Yet She is unequalled in beauty. Behind the naked body and the terror-striking stance of the Mahakali, lie a beauteous maternal figure, replete with feminine strength (shakti) and grace. She is the Devi Mahakali (in Sanskrt, ‘maha’ stands for great), in whom the strength and wrath and beauty of Devi Kali is augmented a thousand times. The same is conveyed through the multitudinous limbs of this murti, each of them as black as the rest of Her. Indeed She is the colour of sattvaguna.
A fine sense of symmetry pervades the entire composition - from the sculpted angles of Her handsome face to the lines of Her torso and the undulations of Her limbs. She is clad in nothing but a skirt of severed arms, symbolic of the karmaphala offering of Her devotees, and a garland of the heads of vanquished adharmees. The weapons in Her clutches take precedence over the gold bangles in Her wrists. The omnipotent Lord Shiva, Her husband, lies supine at Her divine feet.