Kali Puja coincides with Diwali, the North Indian New Year, the festivals of lights .The national festival of the Bengalis, The Durga Puja ends with a somber tone. But soon after that people again rejoices at the festive mood of Diwali. Every households clean their houses and light up candles all over their houses. Children and adults set off firecrackers all night. No one sleeps on that night.
History of Kali Puja
The Kali Puja is held on the night of the New Moon in the Bengali
month of Kartik. It is said that Maharaja Krishnan Chandra
of Nawadweep gave an order that everyone, in his domain should
worship Kali. According to history the present form of the image of
Kali, is due to a dream
The Mythology of Kali Puja
Goddess Kali appears in various forms as an embodiment of Shakti,
the eternal energy and cosmic power. She is also the Goddess of
Tantrism or the Indian Black Magic. . Using the powerful imagery of
paintings, sculptures, and writings, the celebration of Kali Puja
explores and illumines the rich meanings of feminine divinity.
Legend has it that Ma Kali was the Goddess of dacoits. But Ma Kali
is the Goddess of common man the middle-class people, or the daily
wage earner too.
The image of Kali usually shows her foot on Lord Shiva's chest, a
severed head in one hand, her sword in the other, and wearing a
garland of skulls. The actual puja takes place at midnight on the
day of the new moon.
The main purpose of the kali puja is to seek the help of the
goddess in destroying evil - both in the outside world and within
us. Kali Puja is done to diminish the ego and all negative
tendencies that hinder spiritual progress and material prosperity.
The rituals of Kali puja are very plain and simple. Elaborate
cooking or preparation is not needed to satisfy Ma Kali. Even 'soma
ras' or pure wine is offered as a 'bhog' to Ma Kali.
The main puja starts at midnight and stretches till dawn. Ma Kali
is worshipped amidst the bursting of crackers and display of
Goddeess kali is worshipped to destroy evil powers in the world.