Cāṃuṇḍā

Cāṃuṇḍā

Cāṃuṇḍā

Cāṃuṇḍā (Sanskrit: चामुण्डा), also transliterated as as Chamunda, is also known as Chamundi and Charchika. She is the power of Devi (Chandi). She is very often identified with Kali and is similar in her appearance and habit. The identification with Kali is explicit in Devi Mahatmya.

The black coloured Chamunda is described as wearing a garland of severed heads or skulls (Mundamala) and holding a Damaru (drum), trishula (trident), sword and pānapātra (drinking-vessel). Riding a jackal or standing on a corpse of a man (shava or preta), she is described as having three eyes, a terrifying face and a sunken belly.