Kali Puja: Festival Honoring Hindu Moon Goddess Celebrated Nov. 10:
The much famed Kali Pooja of West Bengal and the Diwali Festival coincide. The only noticeable difference one can see is the fact that while remainder of India worships Goddess Lakshmi on this very day, in West Bengal Goddess Kali is the main deity for the event.
Depicted with terrifying look and a furious face Goddess Kali is looked upon as the more competitive kind of Goddess Durga. The picture of Kali wearing a garland of skulls and generally reveals her foot on Lord Shiva’s torso, a severed head in a single hand, her sword in the other.
Kali is worshiped as the Mother Goddess who’s well known to destroy all evil and is a ferocious fighter for the basis for justice. Names and popular guises for Goddess Kali include Bhadra, Adya Ma, Tara Ma, Dakshina Kalika, Chamundi, Shyama Kali and Shyama Kali who’s tender.
When is Kali Pooja Observed?
Kali Pooja is observed in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November) night on the Amavasya or the no moon. This date of Kali Pooja coincides with the North Indian New Year, Diwali or the Festivals of Lights.
Reason behind Kali Puja:
Based on legends when the devils named in force grew and pose a challenge to King of Gods, Indra, and his Kingdom of Heaven. From Durga’s brow as Kal Bhoi Nashini Goddess Kali was born at this point to save world and heaven from the demons’ growing harshness.
After slaughtering the devils, Kali wore it around her neck and made a garland of their heads. In the bloodbath, Kali began killing anyone who came her way and lost control. There was mayhem all around. To prevent chaos all, himself threw under her feet. Shocked at this sight, Kali stuck her tongue out in amazement, and put an end to her killing spree. The well known image of Kali Ma really depicts the moment, shown with her tongue hanging out and repents.
That momentous day is observed ever since as Kali Pooja. Performing the Puja with religion devotees seek benefits of success, well-being and general well-being and protection against drought and war.
Kali Puja Parties in West Bengal:
Kali Puja is among the more significant festival for individuals in West Bengal and the event is celebrated by them with much gusto and excitement. Houses are decorated and complex Rangoli design are drawn in front of houses and courtyard. Complex Kali Puja is performed during the evening. Through Puja individuals seek abundance, well-being and protection against adversities.