Kali is a fierce Hindu goddess who battles the forces of evil on behalf of her children. She is an intimidating figure, brandishing multiple weapons with her four arms. She wears a skirt of severed arms and a garland of heads. These body parts are symbolic of the demonic forces that she slays to protect her devotees. This divine mother defeats all, including death. Her name comes from the Sanskrit root meaning "time.” Although fearsome, she is the most loving of all mothers because she liberates her children, removing all illusions, including the illusion of evil. Those who do not fear liberation see her as overflowing with love for all of her children.