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New York Kali Temple: Photo Courtesy: Dulal Pal, NY
According to Ramkrishna Paramhansa Deb, darkness is the Ultimate Mother, or Kali:
My Mother is the principle of consciousness. She is Akhanda Satchidananda; indivisible Reality, Awareness, and Bliss. The night sky between the stars is perfectly black. The waters of the ocean depths are the same; The infinite is always mysteriously dark. This inebriating darkness is my beloved Kali.
Kali is associated with eternal energy, she is the one who destroys only to re build the universe. It is once again time for Kali Puja, the festival of lights and the destruction of the evil. Kali Puja is often termed as Shyama Puja and when the rest of India worships Ganesh and Lakshmi on the the amavas night, we, the Bengalis worship goddess Kali. Unlike Durga Puja, Kali Puja is held just for one day but the puja is performed only at night. If one can stay awake and watch the rituals, it’s something amazing. This feature has some well known Kali Pujas from India and around the World.
A big thank you to everyone who have generously contributed photos and write ups for this exclusive feature.
New York Kali Temple:
(Photo courtesy: Dulal pal, NY)
(Bhog & Dinner)
Swami Paritushtananda, Assistant Minister of the Vedanta Society of New York, performed Kali Puja with Hom. The puja was held with an introduction, worship, devotional songs, Hom fire ceremony, flower offerings and potluck dinner.
(Photo & text courtesy: Vedanta, Portland & Doug Olmstead)
Wales Kali Puja (Wales, UK)
Kali Puja in Wales, UK was
(Photo Courtesy: Ramkrishna Mission Dhaka)
North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri, India:
Shivaji Park, Mumbai
(Photo Courtesy: Ms.Parameshwari Sircar)
Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal
(Photo Courtesy: Ms.Kalyani Samaddar)
Bagmari Vivekananda Sporting Club, Calcutta:
Phata Kesto Kali Puja, Armharst Street,Calcutta
(Photo Courtesy: Ms.Keya Sen & Ms.Asmita Mukherjee)
North America Sarbojanin Kalipuja Association (NASKA) celebrated the second year of Kalipuja
at Newington High School, 605 Willard Ave, Newington, Connecticut on October 29, 2011. Like last year, the indomitable spirit of the people that participated in the event turned the occasion into one of the biggest Puja celebrations in North America.
Vibrant, energetic, enthusiastic, a sense of community are all words that describe “Srishti”. The word Srishti literally means an act of creation and true to this description it emerged to fulfill the community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali arts and culture.
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina Srishti was formed in Spring of 2004. Although in its nascent stage, there are over 80 member families who participate in the activities. Members include not only Bengalis – originating from the state of West Bengal in India but also Indians from other parts of the country. Srishti has welcomed individuals who have expressed an interest in Bengali literature, theatre, music, cinema and popular arts.
As in every year, this year also Kali Pujo was celebrated with great pomp and splendor on October 22, 2011 at Sanctuary Lodge on Lake Wylie. The puja was carried out as per procedures stated in Devi Purana. Puja was followed by a cultural program presented by the members of the Srishti family and concluded by a sumptuous dinner.
Yet another successful event that knit the Srishti members a little bit more tighter.
(Photo & text courtesy: Srishti & Saswati Collam)