Kali Puja is commended to pay tribute to Goddess Kali who is viewed as the first out of ten incarnations of Goddess Durga. The Puja occurs on the night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Kartik. Kali, the Dark Mother is one such god, with whom devotees have an extremely cherishing and cozy bond, disregarding her dreadful appearance. In this relationship, the admirer turns into a youngster and Kali rakes on the form of the forever-loving mother.
Kali’s wild structure is strewn with magnificent images. Her dark appearance symbolizes her sweeping and transcendental nature. Pretty much as all colors vanish in the dark, so all names and structures vanish in her. Her nakedness is primitive, essential, and transparent like Nature — ocean, the earth, and sky. Kali is free from the fanciful covering, for she is past the all maya or ‘false awareness.’ Kali’s festoon of fifty human heads that stands for the fifty letters in the Sanskrit letter set, symbolizes immeasurable understanding.
Her support of separated human hands implies work and freedom from the sequence of karma. Her white teeth demonstrate her inner virtue, and her red drooping tongue demonstrates her omnivorous personality. Her sword is the destroyer of false cognizance as well as the eight links that unite us.
Her 3 eyes symbolize, the past, the present, and the future, — the three modes of time — a property that lies in the very name Kali that is ‘Kala’ in Sanskrit means time.
Kali’s closeness to cremation grounds where the five components or “Pancha Mahabhuta” meet up, and all common connections are exculpated, again indicate the cycle of conception and demise. The leaned back Shiva lying prostrate under the feet of Kali proposes that without the force of Kali (Shakti), Shiva is lifeless.
How is Kali Pooja observed?
Uncommon drummers called dhakis, pounding tremendous drums made of empty extensions and goatskin, land of rustic Bengal to join in the merriments. It is accepted that Raja Krishnachandra of Nadia locale requested the worshiping of Kali on the night of Diwali. Like during Diwali, houses are adorned with candles and oil-filled diyas during Kali Puja. Kids and grownups blast crackers and light flower pots.
Things you must know about Kali Puja:
The ‘fasting’ that you need to keep for Kali Puja has exceptionally stringent guidelines. The previous day of the real Puja, you will need to practice refraining. You should not consume any non-vegan sustenance. The sustenance you consume must be tasteless. You must fast from sunrise until the Puja is finished which will be the next morning.
Preparing the “Bhog”
The nourishment that is offered to the Dark Mother is called ‘bhog’. This bhog must be arranged with extreme vigilance. The individual who cooks the bhog must do it silently so that under any circumstances a drop of spatter is not discharged into the bhog from his or her mouth. Meat as well as fish is offered to Mother Kali amid her Puja. These non-veggie nourishments must be cooked without the use of onions and garlic.
For the fulfillment of Mother Kali Puja, ritual killing is indispensable. Previously, animals were relinquished at her holy place. However, at present, animal sacrifice is forbidden by the Indian laws. That is the reason; vegetables like pumpkins in addition to bottle gourds are sacrificed characteristically.
The dark night
Kali Puja is carried out on the night of no-moon. What’s more, once you begin doing Kali Puja, it must be persistently done for a minimum of three years.
In the progressive branch of the Puja, the customs identify with ‘Shavajagran’, i.e. an extraordinary strategy to awaken the dead. The Goddess Kali is worshiped with hibiscus, accordingly stimulating the negative powers of nature. She is revered till the commencement of the subsequent day and finally the Goddess is plunged in the Ganges.