A collection of images depicting Kali and related goddesses that has been culled from miscellaneous sources. It is offered with the intent of not only providing a convenient internet darshan, but also serving an educational function. Since iconography is a dynamic and living visual language, we can learn more about the Mother Goddess through comparing and contrasting Her visual representations.
Clicking on one of the thumbnail images below will expand it in carousel view, where you can then navigate through the gallery using the arrows located on the left and right sides of the display. Scrolling down while in carousel mode will allow you to read an accompanying description. If you wish to view a particular icon at its original upload size, a link to the bottom right of the display will allow you to do so. This gallery will be updated semi-regularly with new information and iconography, in the hope of transforming it into a valuable resource for bhaktas, artists, and researchers. Downloading and sharing images of Kali is strongly encouraged.
If you would like to contribute to this gallery, please send your images to for consideration. When possible, full credit will be given to the original artists although with many of these images identifying their creators may not be possible.
Bengali oil painting of goddess Kali Ma. She’s even prettier when she’s dancing inside your head. Ma Nalhatishwari
Old printed image of Kalighat Kali Ma. Dakshina Kali. Scanned print found in Kolkata. Tantrik painting of Ma Kali united with sadhaka while standing on Shiva.
Dakshineswar Kali Ma. Painting of Bhairavi. Kali gazing upon her beloved child, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
Bengali folk painting of Kalighat Kali Ma. The Dasa Mahavidyas. Illustration of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa hugging the murti of Ma Kali.
Darshan of Ma Tara. Bengali oil painting of Kali. Folk painting of Manasa, the goddess of snakes.
The Goddess Kali (c. 1940s). Goddess Kali Ma, oil painting on canvas from Bengal (date unknown). Smashana Kali at the Bakreshwar burning ground. Photograph by William Clark.
Painting of youthful Tara as seen by the “mad saint” Bamakhepa during his cremation ground darshan. Chromolithograph of Kali by Raja Ravi Varma (c. 1906). Painting of Tarapith Tara Ma.
Kali. Chromolithograph by Bhau, Bul & Co. of London, 19th century German print. Printed image of Adyapith Kali Ma. The loving face of Mother Kali.
Image of Kali from a series of illustrations depicting the ten Mahavidyas (Great Wisdoms). Shwet Kali, the white Kali. Scanned and edited print found in Kolkata. Ma Borgobhima of Tamluk. Photo by William Clark.
The face of a Kali Puja Kali murti Kali with Bhairav attributes. Submitted by Saul Chavez. Smashana Kali (with human skulls) at Nalhati Burning Ground. Photo by William Clark.
Mahakali. Scanned image from a book. Kali by Valerie Vargas. Exotica Kali by William Clark.
Rakshashi, a flesh-eating female ghoul. Lithograph of Ma Tara. Kalighat Kali Ma.
Phullora Ma of Labhpur Fierce image of Mahakali from Gujarat. Ten-armed Kali. Calendar print.
Kali by Nirmala. Modern calendar art. Dhumavati. Jaipur, Rajasthan late 19th c. Lithograph of Kalighat Kali Ma.
Bengali woodcut of Ma Kali. Kali (chromolithographic print). Original artist and date unknown. Adya Ma of Adyapith by William Clark.
Dasamukhi Kali, her ten-headed form. Orissan painting of Kali. Chinnamasta, the self-decapitating tantrik goddess of renewal.
Bhadrakali taking part in the destruction of Daksha’s sacrifice. Scanned image from a book. Tantrik Diagram of Kali, filled with sacred mantras. Dasamukhi Kali, the ten-headed form of Ma.
Kalighat Kali Ma. Scanned print found in Kolkata. Kali’s Eyes by William Clark. Nepali-style painting of Ma Kali by Romio Svestha.
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