Syama Kali was the presiding deity of the old palace of Puri. She was probably established at Bali Sahi, Puri town by the Bhoi dynasty after it shifted its headquarters from Khurdha to Puri. The deity is four-handed, holding khadga and severed human head in upper right and lower left hand respectively. The upper right and left are in varada and varada mounting on a dead body respectively. She is worshipped in Dakshina Kali mantra and confirms to the dhyana of first mahavidya Kali.
Maa shyama kali puja of bali sahi puri – Photo: Ranjan Ganguly