Excerpted from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna p.135
The Master Said:
"Oh, She plays in different ways. It is She alone who is known
as MahA-kAli, Nitya-kAli, ShmashAna-kAli, RakshA-kAli,
and ShyAmA-kAli. ShyAmA-kAli has a somewhat tender aspect
and is worshipped in the Hindu households.
She is the Dispenser of boons and the Dispeller of fear.
People worship RakshA-kAli, the Protectress,
in times of epidemic, famine, earthquake, drought and flood.
ShmashAna-kAli is the embodiment of the power of destruction."
om tat sat
~~~~~~om shanthi om ~~~~~~
This is a reasonably accurate representation of my home shrine, of more than thirty-five years: