Maa Kali worship – Kali in Hinduism is referred to as “Shakti” which is a reincarnation of Devi Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife. The word comes from the Sanskrit word “Kal” which means time. Though myth logically stands for death and doomsday, the interpretation is often misunderstood. The goddess brings an end to the human ego and anything evil. In spite of her fearful appearance, Kali is one such deity with whom devotees have an intimate of trust just like a child and mother. Kali or “Maa Kali” presupposes the role of the ever-caring protective mother among her devotees.
Mother’s form and her devotees
Kali names and forms are diverse. Some of the popular forms of the deity are Shyama, Tara Ma, Chamundi, Adya Ma, and Dakshina Kalika. Other popular forms of ma are the gentle form called Bhadra Kali and the ma on the cremation grounds of Shakti(a form of Shakti) is known as Shyamashana Kali. Though priests follow a lot of rules for worshiping the deity but are popularly believed that loving ma like one’s own is enough to satisfy the goddess. Some of the famous devotees of the deity are Ramprasad and Vamakhapa, they worshipped her like their own mother and preached the message of love and faith.
Benefits of worshiping Kali
She is often associated with sexuality, violence, and death because according to mythological tales, the black goddess once got wild and angry and ate all the demons and made a chain of their heads which she wore on her neck. However, kali in reality is the most compassionate of all goddesses and blesses her devotees with liberation. It is believed that a person who is full of ego when worships her will be shaved off the pride and being blessed with strength and faith.
The most popular festival
Though the deity is worship all across the year but in Eastern India “Maha Kali Puja” is celebrated on the new moon day of the Bengal month of Kartik, roughly at the end of October.
Regions of Worship
Numerous places of worship of the mother are dotted across Eastern India. The Dakshineshwar Temple in Howrah, Kalighat temple in Kolkata, and Kamakhya in Assam are some of the most famous among other temples. Hope this article helped to learn more about Maa Kali worship.