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We know that Goddess Parvati is worshiped in her child or Kumari form and in north India Kanya-pujan is done at the end of Navratri as a symbolic offering to the goddess. To some extent the Brahmacharini form of Nav Durga and Bal Tripura Sundari also show the goddess as an unmarried girl. But do we have any such mention in any scripture of Goddess Kali as a child or a young girl?

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    BTW Goddess Kali also likes the act of worshipping Kumaris. But you seem to be asking a different Q.
    – Rickross
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 13:01
  • There is a laghusyamala form.
    – user1195
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 14:20
  • At least there is a story where Lord Shiva becomes child to pacify angry Kali...
    – Tezz
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 15:17
  • @Tezz ya i know that. The question is for Kali being depicted as a child. Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 5:54
  • @Rickross yes the question is different. Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 5:55

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Indeed there is a Bala form of Bhadrakali (and not Kali).

Her description is found in Kerala Agams. Mostly Bhadrakali temples in Kerala worship her in Bala form as in that way it is easy to control her rage.

Her iconography in Kerala tantras is as follows-

Sitting in padmasana, the devi is adorned with anklets in feet. She has huge fang and yet sports a smile of a child. The mundamala adorns her neck, with moon as her diadem on her crown. Know the Dhala and Chakra to be in her upper left & right hands, and Kapala and Khadga in her lower Left and righht hands respectively as her Ayudhas.

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Vigraha of Bala Bhadrakali

Some of the notable temples of Bala Bhadrakali are -

Pournami Kavu, Venganoor, Kerala
Erumpili, Kanyakumari, TN
Melparai, Eraniel, TN
Kaipuram pattanam, Kerala
Shri Bala Bhadrakali Kshetram, Perumkadavila, Kerala
Bhadrakali Kavu, Palakkad

कालिकार्पणमस्तु ।🌺

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  • Very nice, thanks for sharing. Do share any reference from the scriptures if you have. Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 6:41
  • @Dr.VineetAggarwal I have no referance other than this dhyan mantra given here. The idol you saw is of one of the Bala Bhadrakali sadhaka from Kerala. He didn't revealed much about her. Yet, if I get to know about her will update. Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 14:54
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I am pretty sure that in Bengal there is a story of Maa Kali giving darshan to her sadhak Ramkrishna in a child or teenage girl form. Her description is something like this : matted and wild hair, wearing a nose ring and anklets with white and red saree. I am not sure but in Dakshineswar temple the Kali idol looks like a little girl too!

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