Kali Puja

What is Kali Puja:

Maa Kali or Goddess Kali is the fearful and ferocious form of Maa Durga. She is usually shown with her feet on the chest of Lord Shiva and wearing a garland of skulls. She symbolizes the darker side of life and epitomizes strength or "Shakti". Maa Kali is worshipped on the night of Kartik Amavasya in October/November. The day is also celebrated as Shyama Kali, the first 10 avtaars of Maa Durga. The reason behind worshipping Maa Kali is destroying all evil both that lies in the outside world and within us. This year Kali Puja festival falls on 13th November, 2012.

History of Kali Puja:

The legend goes that two demons, Shambhu and Nishambhu disturbed the peace of Lord Indra. After endless battles when the gods failed, they sought help from Lord Shiva and Parvati. The gods sought protection of Maa Durga or Shakti. Kali was born out of Durga's brow as Kal Bhoi Nashini. Along with her two escorts, Dakini and Jogini, she was meant to destroy all evils and the growing cruelty of demons. It is believed that Kaali was so much engrossed in the killing spree that she went on killing everything within her sight. To stop this, Lord Shiva, threw himself under her feet. She was so shocked with this act of Lord Shiva, that she stuck her tongue out in disbelief. Hence we have the common image of Kali standing with her feet on Shiva's chest and her tongue out.

On Kali Puja Day:

Kali Puja is a major festival for the people of Bengal after Durga Puja. It is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. Like Diwali, people in Bengal light lamps, and fire crackers to welcome Maa Kali. Houses are decorated and Rangolis is drawn in front of the houses. Kali Puja is carried out late in the night. People seek he blessings of Maa Kali during the puja.

Celebrations Across India:

It is celebrated in most of the states in India but it is highly popular in Estern region of India viz. West Bengal.


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