INTRODUCTION OF KALI PUJA
Kali Puja is a major festival of West Bengal. Kali Puja is celebrated as a religious ritual. It is the second-largest festival celebrated after Durga Puja. Goddess Kali is considered as another form of Goddess Durga. Goddess Kali had taken this form for killing many demons and playing other important roles. Therefore it can be said that Kali is also another form of Goddess Durga. In Bengal, this puja is performed on the day of Deepawali, while in India, Laxmi Puja and Deepawali also take place on this day. Kali Puja has special significance in West Bengal, but along with it, Kali Puja is celebrated with great faith in the states of Assam and Orissa.
LEGEND OF KALI PUJA
Kali Puja is the main religious worship. A legend is mentioned from the beginning of Kali Puja. According to this mythology, it is said that at one time there were two strong and majestic demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha. They used to torture saints and gods a lot. Distressed by the atrocities of both of them, all the saints and deities went to the shelter of Goddess Durga and prayed for the destruction of demons. Goddess Durga became extremely angry on hearing the atrocities inflicted on her by the faces of all the saints and deities and immediately took the form of Kali to kill the demons. Mother Kali wore this form for the destruction of the demons, but even after the destruction of Shumbha and Nishumbha, Mother Kali’s anger did not calm down. Seeing their formidable and fierce forms and destructive power, when the gods realized that if the anger of Goddess Kali was not immediately calmed, they would destroy the entire world in a short time.
All the gods became distraught and tried to calm the anger of the goddess and tried to convince them, but they failed. Then all the gods went to Lord Shankar and lay down on the ground in front of Goddess Kali to calm the anger of Lord Shankar Devi. As soon as mother Kali placed her foot on Lord Shankar, seeing Lord Shankar, all his anger subsided and his tongue came out with surprise. This form of Maa Kali is worshiped in Bengal.
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IMPORTANCE OF KALI PUJA
There are many devotees of Maa Kali who make a very deep sense of the birth of Maa Kali. All of them believe that the demons refer to the evil feelings going on in the human brain. Kali refers to the source of power while Lord Shiva is considered a symbol of knowledge. With the help of knowledge, power helps to overcome the bad feelings and walk on the path of truth. We also know Kali Puja as Mahanisha Puja. This puja is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Bengal, Tripura, Orissa, and Assam, etc. mainly in eastern India. The date of worship of Goddess Kali is on the new moon day of Kartik month. During which the festival of lamps i.e. Deepawali is celebrated in India and Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi Puja are performed at the same time Kali Puja is also celebrated.
According to Hindu scriptures, the night of Kali Puja has special significance. On this day many people also worship them to please mother Kali. Kali Puja has special significance because on this day Mother Kali fulfills the wishes and wishes of all her devotees. According to planetary constellations every year, Kali Puja is performed inauspicious time. It receives special benefits.
THE IDOL OF GODDESS KALI
In the idol of Goddess Kali, Goddess Kali is seen in a monstrous form. There are no clothes on their body. She is wearing a garland of demons around her neck. Their hair is matted and their hair is scattered. Mother Kali has one leg on Lord Shiva’s body. Mother Kali’s tongue remains to protrude outward, causing the demons’ blood to drip.
IMPORTANCE OF KALI PUJA IN WEST BENGAL
Kali Puja in West Bengal can be seen by the crowd of devotees. Huge idols of mother Kali are also made and made to sit in it. Many different size pandals are also installed, which have different types of carvings. In which there is a lot of movement and crowd of devotees. People are busy preparing for Kali Puja with great enthusiasm.
Generally, the brightness of Kali Puja is not less than that of Durga Puja. Despite this, this puja is conducted with a great enthusiasm with the reverence and faith of the people. We often get to see different types of attractive themes in pooja events. The opening of the pandals is attended by big artists, which is attended by a large number of people. Like Durga Puja, various types of pandals are made in Kali Puja for which millions of crores of rupees are spent. The festival of Bhoot Chaturdashi is also celebrated in Bengal 1 day before Kali Puja. Goddess Kali is specially worshiped in the Tarapith temple on this occasion. The priests of the temples say that 14 lamps were burnt after Lord Sri Ramachandra returned from exile, remembering the same as this special puja.
On the Amavasya date of this Kartik month, Shri Ramchandra Ji returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and people show their happiness and enthusiasm by lighting it. On this day, colorful rangolis are also made in the house, and firecrackers are burnt.There is a belief in Kali Puja in Bengal that offering sacrifices of animals in front of Mother Kali pleases the Goddess. On this day, goats, sheep, etc. are sacrificed on the Goddess, which many people are shocked to see. People believe that for all these reasons, the mother is pleased and blessed.
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In Kali Puja, worship of Goddess Kali is done, which also maintains people’s faith. It is said that worshiping Goddess Kali on this day leads to the attainment of special attainments and the increase of wealth. People worship Goddess Kali to fulfill their desire. Mother Kali has special blessings on her devotees on this day, due to which the negative thoughts and positive thoughts enter the house of the devotees.