The Temple is dedicated to the Great Goddess in her more fierce, and awe-inspiring manifestation as Kali. "Kali" literally means dark-skinned and "Amman" means Mother. The worship of the Great Goddess plays an important role in Hinduism, and the cult of female-worship may have existed in the Indus Valley Civilization (c. 2500 B. C). The Mother-Goddess is worshipped in many manifestations such as Saraswati, Lakshmi, Ganga and Durga. Although the Temple is dedicated mainly to the Goddess as Kali, it contains images of a number of important deities, especially Shiva that is housed in a separate sanctum.
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Vidya Dehijia, (ed), Devi. The Great Goddess. Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Washington, D.C., Arthur M. Shackler Gallery, 1999.
Last updated 16 October 2001.