Live Kali ePuja in Kolkata 2012
Kali Puja - Maa Kali also knew as several different name, those are Shyama, Adya Maa, Tara Maa, Dakshina Kalika, Shasan Kali, Chamundi and Bhadrakali is a festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu month Ashwin in Bengal. It coincides with the pan-Indian Lakshmi Puja day of Diwali. While the Bengalis, Oriyas and Assamese adore goddess.
The festival of Kali Pooja is not an very old one. Kali Puja was practically unfamiliar before the 18th century,.Kali Puja gained fame in the 19th century, with rishanachandras grandson Ishvarchandra and the Bengali elite; wealthy landowners began patronizing the festival on a grand scale. In West Bengal specially in Kolkata, Barasat and Madhyamgram, on the month of Ashwin according to Bengali calendar which fall the month of October or November. While people of all over India celebrate Diwali.
Kali has four arms; she holds a sword in her upper left hand and a demons head on the lower left hand. Her other two hands bless her devotees. Her eyes are red and her body is smeared with blood. Three modes of time, the past, present and future are represented by her three eyes.
Kali puja (like Durga Puja) worshipers honor goddess Kali in their homes in the form of clay idols and in pandals (temporary shrines or open pavilions). She is worshipped at night with Tantric rites and mantras. She is prescribed offerings of red hibiscus flowers, animal blood in a skull, sweets, rice and lentils, fish and meat. It is prescribed that a worshipper should meditate throughout the night until dawn. Homes may also practice rites in the Brahmanical (mainstream Hindu-style, non-Tantric) tradition with ritual dressing of Kali in her form as Adya Shakti Kali. Animals are ritually sacrificed on Kali Puja day and offered to the goddess. A celebration of Kali Puja in Kolkata is also held in a large cremation ground where she is believed to dwell.
In the Kalighat Temple in Kolkata, on this day the temple is visited by thousands of devotees who offer animal sacrifices to the goddess. Another famous temple dedicated to Kali in Kolkata is Dakshineswar Kali Temple. The famous Kali devotee Ramakrishna was a priest at this temple.
In Bangladesh Kali Puja also celebrate whole over the country. Once Kali may be a goddess of tribal.
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