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Kali Puja – Welcome Power

Posted on November 2, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Come to India during Diwali and you will feel you are a star in the twinkling sky of Diwali festival. Visit West Bengal during Diwali and you will see the celebrations of Kali Puja. So exactly why worship Goddess Kali and why is it done in West Bengal.

Let us understand that Kali Puja coincides with Diwali. A lot of energy and enthusiasms loaded with a lot more verve is what Kali Puja is all about. The difference is that while rest of India worships Goddess Lakshmi, it is Goddess Kali who is worshipped in West Bengal. She is the chief deity for this occasion.

Goddess Kali according to Hindu myth is one of the first incarnations that Goddess Durga took to come to earth. Kali has a very terrifying look and she is revered as the aggressive form of Goddess Durga. The Kali image is one that shows with her foot on the chest of the Indian God Lord Shiva, a severed head she holds and a sword she holds in the other hand. There is a garland of skulls that she wears and Kali is worshipped to finish off all destruction in the world and to win over all the evil. She is a great fighter and she leads the world to fight for justice. Goddess kali is worshipped as Adya Ma, Shyama, Tara Ma, Chamundi, Dakshina Kalika , Bhadra kali and Shyama Kali.

Goddess Kali

Kali Puja is celebrated on the black moon night or the no moon night or in Indian terms the Amavasya. IT falls in the month of Kartik in the months of October and November. Kali Puja is at the same time Diwali is celebrated and has a legend also attached to it.

Legend has it that there were two demons, Nishambhu and Shambhu. They became a challenge to Indra the King of Gods and also a threat to heaven. So Durga was approached and she is the Goddess of Power. So she took birth as Goddess Kali and it is believed that Goddess Kali was born from Durga’s forehead as Kal Bhoi Nashini and she came down to save heaven as well as earth from the cruelty of the demons.

Kali Puja

Kali wore a garland of the heads she killed and wore it around her neck. She completely went out of control during the slaughter and she killed anyone who came here way. It was complete disorder. So someone had to stop here and for this Lord Shiva put himself under her feet. Goddess Kali was so shocked that she put her tongue out. This is the idol of Goddess Kali where she is shown with hair open, tongue hanging out and standing on Lord Shiva. She repents a lot and she is worshipped with a lot of love and reverence in West Bengal.

This moment when she realizes here mistake and takes her tongue out is celebrated as Kali Puja as it denoted that she finally realized her rampage had to stop. Devotees come here and ask blessings that they would always be happy and have good health, prosperity and wealth. The Kali Puja rituals are of the tantric form and they are performed only in the midnight during the Amavasya.

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