A Hindu goddess of death, Kali appears as various characters go to her temple throughout the play. Devadatta sacrifices his head to her, and Kali interrupts Padmini as she tries to kill herself as well. Kali revives Devadatta and Kapila, but only after Padmini has accidentally swapped their heads. When Hayavadana travels to her temple to ask her to make him a complete man, she instead makes him a complete horse. She demonstrates the indifference of the gods as well as their ability to sow chaos just as easily as they create order.
Kali Character Timeline in Hayavadana
The timeline below shows where the character Kali appears in Hayavadana. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...worry about Devadatta when they cannot find him, and so Kapila follows his footprints to Kali’s temple. When he discovers Devadatta’s body, he is filled with anguish at his friend’s death,... (full context)