Kali Puja – Worshipping the Ferocious Goddess
Kali Puja is one of the most important festivals during the Diwali season, and is dedicated to the goddess Kali. She is regarded as one of the most ferocious and fiercest forms of Devi. She is depicted to have a complexion as dark as a night and appears to be very infuriated. However, the goddess is very benevolent to her devotees. She is believed to be the destroyer of all evil and protector of her worshippers from all the evils and wrongdoings of the world. KaliKali
There are several traditions of how Kali came into existence... Puja coincides with the day of Diwali and is performed on the new moon day of Kartik month (October to November) according to the Hindu calendar. Kali She is the embodiment of empowerment and a fierce aspect of the Goddess. She is black in her complexion and thus she is named Kali. She is the Goddess of time, power, change and destruction and is majorly worshipped in South India, Bengal and AssamPuja is also popularly known as Shyama Puja among the various parts of India. The festival is celebrated with great zeal and passion especially in West Bengal, Orissa and Assam.
Once upon a time there were two powerful demons named Shumbh and Nishumbh. They used to create havoc and chaos for humans as well as gods. With time, the demons gained so much power that they even dethroned Indra, king of gods, from heaven. The gods had no choice but to retreat and take refuge on the Himalayas, where ShivaShiva
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After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... lived. Upon reaching there, they began praying to Parvati and requested her to help them. Upon this, Parvati created a new form of herself – Kali. Later, a fierce war between Kali and the demons ensued.
Eventually, the goddess reigned supreme and beheaded the demons. However, even after the demons were killed and the battle was over, Kali got carried away and was lost in bloodthirstiness and began dancing. She began to destroy and demolish everything and everyone in her way. In order to stop the rampage, Shiva thought of a plan. He came in front of her and placed himself under Kali’s feet. Kali, lost in the emotion, inadvertently stepped on him. As soon as this happened she realized what she had done, she was shocked and suddenly came to her senses. In her reaction she stuck out her tongue, hence, she is always depicted as sticking out her long tongue. Thus, Kali’s rampage came to a halt and this day is believed to signify Kali Puja.
The rituals of Kali Puja range from simple to extreme. People generally decorate their houses with bright lights and lamps made of clay are lighted all around the places. Rangolis are also made at the entrance of the homes in order to welcome the goddess. In some parts of India, especially West Bengal, one of the most important customs that are followed is of animal sacrifices. The animals for the rituals are generally buffaloes, goat or chickens. Yogis and hermits are supposed to be the most ardent devotees of Kali and they offer special prayers to Kali by visiting crematoriums and worshipping her throughout the night.
Kali is considered to be very aggressive; nevertheless, she destroys the evil within human beings and protects her worshippers from harmful entities and ensures world peace. Kali Puja is performed to kill ego and all the negativities, and bring about progress and prosperity in one’s life. Yogis and hermits perform Kali Puja on this day at midnight as it is believed that doors to all the powers and knowledge are opened at that moment of time.